The Team

Management / Programming

Eric Krohn

Director of Business Incubation Program
Eric is a successful inventor and entrepreneur who leverages his experience in guiding and mentoring companies at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator and the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC). As director of business incubation, he facilitates programming to help startups grow and succeed, with an emphasis on high-tech, high-growth ventures. Krohn speaks internationally on the business model canvas as well as mentoring companies across the globe.

(607) 288-2309

Michael Jagielski

Director of the Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator
Michael (Mike) Jagielski is a seasoned business executive and technology entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience working with CEOs of companies ranging from SMB to Fortune 100. For 8 years he served as COO of Micatu Inc. , the “grand prize winner” of the inaugural 76West Clean Energy Competition. Leveraging his expertise in the areas of Big Data Analytics, Solution Sales Methodologies and Business Monetization Strategies, he has the tools and passion to progress clean energy companies within the SCI program.

(607) 777-5096

Emma Smith

Clean Energy Program Manager & Event Manager
Emma provides extensive support to the Southern Tier Cleantech Incubator, recruiting companies to the region and working directly with NYSERDA on grant milestones and programming. She serves as the manager for event planning and community sponsorship.

(607) 777-5871

Per Stromhaug

Associate VP for Innovation and Economic Development
Per Stromhaug oversees the office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships, including tech-transfer activities, the Start-up Suite, entrepreneurial support and economic growth initiatives. He also oversees the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in downtown Binghamton and is the lead contact for the START-UP NY initiative at Binghamton University.

(607) 777-5873

Olga Petrova

Assistant Director
Olga Petrova manages the life sciences and biomedical portfolio for E&IP, facilitating patenting and commercialization of new technologies arising from Binghamton University research. She also oversees the Binghamton Acceleration of Cleantech Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (XCEED) program and serves as coordinator and instructor for the Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site.

(607) 777-5088



Elena Iankova

Director, Soft Landing New York Program
Elena Iankova is the Founding Director of the Center for International Business Advancement at Binghamton University . She developed the ExportNY Program for the Southern Tier Region which leverages industry, private, university and governmental resources and experts to assist Southern Tier companies in expanding to international markets. She has over fifteen years of teaching experience at Cornell and Binghamton University in the areas of international business management, international competitive strategy, global entrepreneurship and export-import operations. At the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator she is the lead on international soft-landing programming for the attraction of foreign direct investment and foreign startups to the region.


Marketing / Administrative


Nick Zwierlein

Client Relationship Manager

Nick manages the recruitment of startup business ventures with high growth potential to the Koffman Incubator, with the objective of expanding and diversifying the area’s business community. Additionally, he helps the Koffman form new sponsor partnerships and maintain existing relationships with member companies, sponsors, investors, and stakeholders who provide ongoing support and financial resources for incubator programs. Nick’s efforts are essential to preserve and sustain a diverse and constantly growing startup ecosystem at the Koffman incubator.

(607) 622-0099

Shannon Gerlach

Communications Specialist

Shannon oversees the marketing initiatives for The Koffman Southern Tier Incubator and the department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships at Binghamton University. 

(607) 777-5094

Amy Breski

Administrative Assistant
Amy Breski is the administrative assistant for the E&IP office, supporting all staff as well as the assistant vice president. Her role is critical in the daily operations of the department and assists in the planning and execution of events both on campus and at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator. She supports the startup companies located at the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) as well as the office’s technology transfer activities. Breski makes arrangements for our visitors and welcomes them at the ITC office.

(607) 777-5870


Steve Pierce

Facilities Manager
Steve manages the complexities of the Koffman Incubator’s unique features and sophisticated HVAC and security systems. He maintains the well-being of the building by coordinating proper maintenance, servicing, and upgrades. Steve works with new members and tenants for onboarding, lease agreements, and preparing offices or labs based on their business profile. He responds to a plethora of requests from Koffman tenants, providing effective solutions.

(607) 777-5094

Sharon Malone

Event Coordinator & Facilities Administrator
Sharon focuses on guest impressions and high-level client satisfaction, creating extraordinary experiences for everyone at the Koffman incubator.  She delivers an optimal working environment while providing administrative support and facilities solutions that are both high-quality and cost-effective. Sharon works closely with the Building Manager to ensure that tenants and guests have everything they need. She plays a primary role in coordinating and hosting member and community events.

(607) 777-5094

Mentor / EIR

Laura Holmes

Entrepreneur in Residence, Student Entrepreneurship
Laura Holmes is the former associate director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships at Binghamton University and Director of Operations at the Koffman. After retiring from her previous role, she became the lead mentor for student entrepreneurs.

Anthony Frontera

Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site Director, Entrepreneur in Residence
Tony Frontera is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Binghamton University with 25 years of sales and management experience in specialty retailing and manufacturing. He has a background in marketing through his time heading up marketing for the McIntosh Laboratory. Tony holds major roles within the I-Corps and XCEED programs.

(607) 777-4120

Scott Hancock

Director, IP Management and Licensing
Scott Hancock takes the lead in transferring University technologies to company commercialization partners. His responsibilities include establishing the business case for inventions, building the campus patent portfolio, marketing technologies, and negotiating options and licenses. He also crafts confidentiality, material transfer and inter-institutional agreements in service to faculty and research center projects. Hancock works closely with the Office of Sponsored Programs in shaping intellectual property right terms and conditions in research contracts.

(607) 777-5874

Koffman Incubator Board Members


Betsy Koffman

Koffman worked for a real estate development company in San Francisco for many years before moving back to the East Coast. She then worked for a sportswear company selling high-end goods to the resort market. For more than 20 years, she has been an entrepreneur, early-stage private investor, angel investor and real estate developer.
Koffman is an active community volunteer and philanthropist. She is an advisor to the Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project. She also donates her time to the Binghamton Local Development Corp. She received her doctorate in 2008 from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Harvey Stenger

Stenger has been president of Binghamton University since November 2011. He previously served as interim provost at the University at Buffalo, where he had been dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences since 2006.Before joining the administration at UB, Stenger was a professor at Lehigh University’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, where he also served as dean for six years and served terms as co-chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and director of the Environmental Studies Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University and his doctorate in the same discipline from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Howard Unger

Unger is the founding partner of Saw Mill Capital LLC, a private equity firm that acquires manufacturing and service companies. Before founding Saw Mill in 1997, Unger was a founding partner of Chase Capital, Chase Manhattan Bank’s private equity investing group. Prior to forming Chase Capital, Unger was a managing director in Chase’s Merchant Banking Group. His professional career began in 1983 with the Leveraged Capital Group of Citibank, providing debt financing for leveraged transactions. Unger is a presidentially-appointed Council Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a member of the Museum’s Committee on Conscience. His degrees from Binghamton University include a Bachelor of Science in accounting and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. He also earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Mitchell Goldstein

Goldstein is a partner and co-head of the Ares Credit Group and a member of the management committee of Ares Management. He additionally serves as co-president of ARCC and vice president and interested trustee of CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund. Prior to joining Ares Management in May 2005, Goldstein was a managing director in the Financial Sponsors Group at Credit Suisse First Boston. At CSFB, Goldstein was responsible for providing investment banking services to private equity funds and hedge funds with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and restructurings as well as capital raisings, including high yield, bank debt, mezzanine debt, and initial public offerings. Goldstein graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Kevin Drumm

Drumm became the seventh president of SUNY Broome Community College in February 2010. He has made outreach both in local high schools and in the community a campus-wide priority. This effort has resulted in SUNY Broome having a greater presence in the area by quadrupling the number of high school partners in the region. Dr. Drumm also serves on many local boards including the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce and he is Co-Chair of the Governor’s Southern Tier Economic Development Council.
He has taught throughout his career and is also a graduate of the first American Association of Community Colleges Leadership Institute. He was educated at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA, transferring to Boston University for both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, later completing his Ph.D. in Organizational Studies and Higher Education at New York University.

Mary Beth Curtin

Mary Beth Curtin served as Assistant Vice President of Strategic Research Initiatives for the Division of Research at Binghamton University. Mary Beth has a Certificate in Government Acquisition and Contracting, a MAT in Teaching, a MA in Biological Sciences, and a BA in Biological Sciences, all from Binghamton University. She served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Binghamton Center for Emerging Technologies and is on the Board of Directors of the Binghamton University Alumni Association. She is also active in the National Council of University Research Administrators and Binghamton University’s University Women.