Incubation Team

Incubator @ Baird Operations

Kimberly Kohl.

Kimberly Kohl, MBA

Senior Finance & Operations Manager

UB Incubators, Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships

1576 Sweet Home Road, Suite 111, UB Incubator at Baird, Amherst, NY 14228

Phone: (716) 645-8135

Email: krohring@buffalo.edu

Kim manages the operations of the Incubator at Baird, with assistance from a solid support team. She is available to answer questions about your space needs at the Incubator @ Baird, questions about financial and human resource administration, as well as how the BEP team can help grow your startup. Kim has been at UB for over 20 years, and has held positions in Technology Transfer, student entrepreneurship and Incubation – providing a solid foundation in startup formation and support. Kim oversees the operational and financial management of the Innovation Hub.

Rachel Boruszewski.

Rachel Boruszewski

Finance & Operations Assistant

UB Incubators, Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships

1576 Sweet Home Road, Suite 111, UB Incubator at Baird, Amherst, NY 14228

Phone: (716) 645-1395

Email: raborusz@buffalo.edu

Rachel is available to answer questions for Incubator @ Baird clients about rent payments, insurance, space, or other facility-related needs. Feel free to stop by and visit Rachel, have a piece of candy (or two), and let her know what she can do to help you and your startup. A native of Buffalo, you can often find Rachel at the Knox State Dog Park with her beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, Harley.

Incubator @ CBLS Operations

Smitha James.

Smitha James

Associate Director; NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS); UB Center for Advanced Technology in Big Data and Health Sciences (CAT)

CBLS, 701 Ellicott St, Downtown Campus

Phone: (716) 881-8940

Email: srjames@buffalo.edu

Smitha is available to answer questions for Incubator @ CBLS operations, laboratory space, available resources, shared instrumentation, access to molecular biology tools and omics solutions, and matching funds. When she is not spending time at the Center, Smitha is out on the tennis courts and is determined to become serious competition to Serena Williams, once she figures out how to get the tennis ball across the net.

Kate Helfer.

Kate Helfer

Finance & Operations Manager

CBLS, 701 Ellicott St, Downtown Campus

Phone: (716) 881-8938

Email: kehelfer@buffalo.edu

Kate is available to answer questions for Incubator @ CBLS operations or facility related questions, such as co-working options, space and lease inquiries, rent or IT payments, event & conference space usage, building access, and more. As a heads up, Kate leaves her water bottle all around the building. Keep a look-out – it’s the largest one available!

Diane Plinke.

Diane Plinke

Receptionist/Operational Support Assistant

CBLS, 701 Ellicott St, Downtown Campus

Phone: (716) 881-8900

Email: dianepli@buffalo.edu

Diane is available to answer questions about the Incubator @ CBLS, specifically operations and facility related questions such as badge access, printer issues, parking, public safety, general maintenance questions or concerns. In addition, Diane is a plant guru (she can save any plant you bring to her), and the self-proclaimed building therapist.

Antoinette (Nina) Johnson.

Antoinette (Nina) Johnson

Laboratory Operations Assistant

CBLS, 701 Ellicott St, Downtown Campus

Phone: 716-881-8902

Email: ajd5@buffalo.edu

Nina is available to answer questions for the Incubator @ CBLS or Incubator @ Baird’s lab operations, specifically safety, use of common instruments, and general building operations. Nina enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls and crafting anything she can find. You can easily find her office door, it is themed based on the season or holiday!

Startup Support

Rick Gardner.

Rick Gardner

Director, Startup Ventures

1576 Sweet Home Road, Suite 111, UB Incubator at Baird, Amherst, NY 14228

Phone: 716-645-8144

Email: rg62@buffalo.edu

Rick is available to answer your questions from a startup support perspective, specifically funding, startup programs and services, startup leadership, market assessment, go-to-market planning, product development, manufacturing, and scaling an organization.

Martin Casstevens.

Martin Casstevens

Business Formation & Commercialization Manager

1576 Sweet Home Road, Suite 111, UB Incubator at Baird, Amherst, NY 14228

Phone: (716) 645-8133

Email: mkc@buffalo.edu

Martin is available to answer your questions about startup business operations and strategic planning, grant funding, and investment.  He is an interdisciplinary scientist and directs the I-Corps Site Program at the University at Buffalo and routinely helps startup teams with customer discovery.

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Sara Goodman, MELP

Program Manager

1576 Sweet Home Road, Suite 111, UB Incubator at Baird, Amherst, NY 14228

Phone: (716) 645-3515

Email: saragood@buffalo.edu

Sara is available to answer questions about early-stage programs and services, such as the I-Corps Site Program and Buffalo Innovation Accelerator Fund.   Sara can often be found running through Delaware Park, skiing at Kissing Bridge, or enjoying time in the Adirondacks with her husband and three girls.  She is the self-proclaimed office sustainability officer, trying to make the team be a little more green.  

Tom Murdock.

Thomas Murdock, MBA

Manager, Incubator Network

1576 Sweet Home Road, Suite 111, UB Incubator at Baird, Amherst, NY 14228

Phone: (716) 645-7367

Email: murdock2@buffalo.edu

Tom looks after the WIN initiative which provides services to incubators across WNY.  He is available to answer questions about tax incentives, preparing to approach investors, funding SBIR/STTR grant writers, connections to the broader NYS innovation ecosystem, and various opportunities to access student talent at UB.  In addition to his work with incubators, Tom also teaches in UB’s School of Management.  

Richard Peterson.

Richard Peterson

Associate Director, Investor and Entrepreneurial Engagement

Office of Alumni Engagement, Business & Entrepreneur Partnerships

211 Harriman Hall, South Campus, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 645-5242

Email: peterso3@buffalo.edu

Richard is available to answer questions about whether your startup could benefit from a subject matter expert (SME) or Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR). He also helps find and secure these key external experts, and pairs them with startups that can benefit from their guidance. Richard comes to UB with experience in business development and fund raising for early stage, venture backed, and boot-strapped startups.