Meet the Staff

James Foley

James F. Foley


    Business and Engineering Convergence Center 1142
    (309) 677-3471

Jennie Hale

Jennie Hale

Director of Programs and Budget

    Business and Engineering Convergence Center 1144

Keli Krueger-Huhra

Keli Krueger-Huhra

Director of the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

    Peoria NEXT Innovation Center 218
    (309) 677-3297

James Ryan

James Ryan

International Trade Specialist

    Business and Engineering Convergence Center 1148
    (309) 677-3647

Eric Sampson

Eric Sampson

Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center

    Business and Engineering Convergence Center 1144
    (309) 677-2992

Michael Stubbs

Michael Stubbs

Director of Peoria NEXT Innovation Center and Technology Commercialization

    Peoria NEXT Innovation Center A215
    (309) 677-4432

Chris Youngmark

Chris Youngmark

Assistant SBDC Director

    Business and Engineering Convergence Center 1162
    (309) 677-2996

Theresa Bloom

Theresa Bloom

Program Coordinator, Social Media Manager

    Business and Engineering Convergence Center 1149
    (309) 677-4321

Robert and Carolyn Turner Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board

Elizabeth Ahern

  • International Trade Specialist, US DOC, Export Assistance Center

Nick De Moss

  • Vice President and Business Banking Relationship Manager, PNC Bank

Christell Frausto Aboytes

  • Owner, Tequilaria Wine & Spirits

Ben Hafele

  • Senior Faculty, Lean Startup Co.

Stan Lynall

  • Vice President of Venture Investments, OSF Healthcare

Lesley Matuszak

  • President & CEO, WTVP

Damon Piper

  • Senior Vice President, Heartland Bank and Trust Company

Don Schwegel

  • Assistant Vice President, Morton Community Bank

Doris Symonds

  • President, Teaching and Learning for Knowledge (TALK)

Jonathan Wright

  • Content Strategist, Simantel Group