VMS Management and Staff
Sherwin Greenblatt - Director
From 2005 to 2007, Sherwin Greenblatt served as the executive vice president and treasurer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He retired from Bose Corporation in 2002, where he was the first employee of Dr. Amar Bose, his former professor at MIT. As a project engineer, he worked on the early development of Bose high fidelity loudspeakers and related electronic systems. As the company grew, he held the positions of chief engineer, director of engineering, executive vice president and, for 15 years, president. He is a community and professional leader having been a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, served as Chair of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Framingham (Massachusetts) State College. He currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Olin College of Engineering, and formerly served on the Graduate Advisory Board of Babson College and the Corporation of the Draper Laboratory. Mr. Greenblatt holds S.B. and S.M degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT.
Michael Foster - Co-Director
Michael is a mentor and as a Co-Director, he focuses on the Continuous Improvement of Ongoing VMS Mentoring Operations. He is also active in the VMS Outreach Project. Michael is a graduate chemical engineer with an MBA in international finance. He is retired from Rohm and Haas Company as a Corporate Vice President and President of their $600m Circuit Board Technologies Electronics Materials Business in 2001 after 34 years of service. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Foster held positions of increasing responsibility as Financial Director of Mexico and Central American subsidiaries, along with leadership positions in operations, marketing and mergers and acquisitions. Michael also taught on the subjects of business strategy and mergers and acquisitions at Bentley University and Babson College.
Peter Miller - Co-Director
Peter Miller is a mentor and as a Co-Director oversees VMS’s coordination with investment sources. Peter has more than thirty years' experience in the entrepreneurial community, beginning by helping found a large local consulting and research firm (Abt Associates) while in the Masters' program at MIT's Sloan School of Management. Peter has worked with several successful software and Internet firms. He has quarterbacked business plan creation and successful fund-raising for six companies; and been board chairman of the International MIT Enterprise Forum. Mr. Miller’s current job is COO of Genomic Healthcare Strategies, a firm focused on strategy and IP in personalized medicine.
Don Shobrys - Co-Director
Don Shobrys is a mentor and as a Co-director leads the initiative focused on serving our "alumni" entrepreneurs. Don's' career has centered on helping people make better decisions more rapidly, with a particular focus on managing the supply chain of manufacturing companies. He started his career at Exxon. He later became the third employee of Chesapeake Decision Sciences, helped it become a pioneer in supply chain decision support, and ran operations prior to its sale. He has engineering degrees from MIT and Northwestern and a PhD in Operations Research from Johns Hopkins. He has been an exceptional volunteer throughout the Institute, founding the Engineering Systems Division Alumni Advisory Council, cofounding the Friends of DAPER, and serving on the Corporation Development Committee; the Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER) Visiting Committee; the Educational Council and on the MIT Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is a past Chair of the MIT ! Annual Fund and the next President Elect of the MIT Alumni Association. He is the recipient of the Henry B. Kane '24 Award; a Presidential Citation; and the Bronze Beaver, which is the highest honor that the MIT Alumni Association can bestow.
Jerome Smith - Co-Director
Jerome Smith is a mentor, and as a Co-Director manages the VMS Outreach Project which provides services to other academic centers and organizations interested in adopting the VMS model as part of their entrepreneurship efforts. Jerome is a seasoned senior executive with over 37 years of leadership experience in the chemical, polymer, medical and imaging industries, and a proven track record as a turnaround specialist at the senior executive level. He transformed four global DuPont businesses from loss or weak earnings positions to become strong, profitable and competitive units. He is recognized as a leader in major national and local non-profit organizations and has led strategic planning and development efforts for large and diverse groups. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas and an MBA from the University of Delaware.
Louis Goldish - Senior Venture Advisor
Lou Goldish is primarily responsible for intake of new ventures at VMS. He was a founder and Managing Director of the consulting firm Data and Strategies Group and spent 35 years as a management consultant to corporations offering industrial, commercial, and technology based products and services. Prior to joining VMS he was Relationship Manager for a leading supplier of management software for very large databases and data-based enterprise systems. Goldish received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Institute of Technology and M.S. degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Management from MIT.
Roman Lubynsky - Program Director, MIT I-Corps
Dr. Roman Lubynsky has been a senior staff member at the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) since 2002. In addition to leading the creation of many new programs and initiatives at VMS, he has worked with hundreds of faculty, students and alumni to help advance their ideas. He is also actively involved in intake and is available on call for “entrepreneur crises”. Roman has over 30 years of experience in startups and with growing technology companies. He joined Fasfax Corp., a pioneer in retail IT systems, when it was a startup, and advanced to EVP heading product development, marketing, sales and professional services. He received his doctoral degree in management from the University of Maryland University College and his MS in management of technology from MIT. His current research focuses on science-based startups from university labs.
Maryglenn Vincens - Senior Development Associate
Maryglenn Vincens helps the VMS team build the philanthropic support that will secure its future. She has over 25 years experience in fundraising and non-profit management, much of it at MIT. She has been Director of the MIT Parents/Young Alumni program, Director of the MIT Parents Fund, and a member of the Resource Development major-gift field staff, where she developed leadership support among alumni in the SouthWest region during MIT’s ’96-’04 Capital Campaign. Most recently she was a development consultant to small non-profit organizations in the Boston area. She received her B.A. and M.B.A. from Simmons College.
HaleyTidd - Operations Manager
Haley provides high level office support to the activities of VMS. She is the main interface for the VMS entrepreneurs and is primarily responsible for the enrollment process at VMS. She has many years of office administration experience most recently as Development Coordinator at ZERO, a Prostate cancer non-profit in Washington, D.C. Haley holds a B.A. in Political Science from Southern New Hampshire University.
Christiana Kalfas - Program Assistant
Christiana provides support to VMS by interacting directly with ventures and mentors, and by supporting the coordination of many of VMS’s program offerings. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences of Boston University, with a double-minor in Philosophy and Modern Greek. In addition to her work at VMS, Christiana is a semi-professional traditional Greek dancer, a student of Jiu Jitsu, an avid kickboxer, and an Oudist. She’s fluent in Greek and English and is also trying to learn Hebrew.
Laura Rathsmill - Administrative Assistant, Scheduler
Laura is responsible for scheduling meetings between ventures and mentors and coordinating the daily use of the VMS office space. She received a B.A. in English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Tufts University. In her spare time, she enjoys writing sketch comedy for shows at ImprovBoston, and serves as the director, head-writer and occasional performer in a women’s sketch group. She has played the drums since she was 8-years-old, performing with various rock and punk bands of questionable quality.
Ariane Martins - Outreach Program Manager
Ariane Martins joined VMS as Outreach Program Manager in 2013 to help advance the strategic and operational planning for its Outreach Training Program. Ariane has 15 years of experience in project and operations management, focused on large-scale, high-profile music and art projects with a cutting-edge technology component. Ariane has worked extensively on projects developed at the MIT Media Lab, most recently having produced Professor Tod Machover's acclaimed, 2012 Pulitzer Prize-finalist robotic opera Death and the Powers. Ariane has also served as Director of Operations for two MIT Media Lab start-up companies, in which context she was first involved with the MIT VMS as a mentee.
Jessie Klapper Elliott - Outreach Program Assistant
Jessie provides operational support to all aspects of the Outreach Training Program, and manages the development and maintenance of Outreach operational infrastructure. She also assists with the logistics of the MIT VMS Users Group, and assists the Outreach Program Manager and Director in the sales processes. She has a background in administrative, retail, and managerial roles across public health and luxury retail, with experience working and living internationally in Germany, Israel, Switzerland, and Sierra Leone. Jessie holds a B.A. in Biology and International & Global Studies from Brandeis University and an M.P.H. in International Health from the Boston University School of Public Health.
In memoriam – Dave Staelin – Co-founder d. November 10, 2011
David Staelin was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT, where he joined the faculty in 1965. Dr. Staelin was Assistant Director of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 1990 to 2001 and a member of the President’s Information Technology Committee from 2001 to 2005. He co-founded PictureTel Corp. and was its Chairman from 1984-87. He was a Director of Environmental Research and Technology Corp. (1969-79) and of EMPower Corp. (1994-99). As a member of the MIT Commission on Industrial Productivity (1987-89), he contributed to Made in America: Regaining the Productive Edge. His teaching and research involved signal processing, estimation, and electromagnetics. Remembering Dave Staelin
In memoriam – Alec Dingee – Co-founder d. March 22, 2019
Alec Dingee brings extensive experience founding companies to VMS. Previously, he was Chairman and founder of Kortec, Inc., a turn-key co-injection molding systems vendor. In addition, he was the founding CEO of the Institute for New Enterprise Development (founding startup businesses in depressed areas across the U.S.), of the Venture Founders Corporation (start-up venture capital funds), of Geodyne Corporation (oceanographic instuments), and of Massey Dickinson, Inc. (medical instruments). He was also the founding Treasurer and a Director of Nexabit Networks, a vendor of terabit switch routers that was sold to Lucent Technologies in 1999. Dingee is a graduate of MIT and a former instructor at the Sloan School of Management. He is a co-author of New Venture Creation: A Guide to Entrepreneurship (Irwin, 1985). Remembering Alec Dingee.