Our Team

President,                      Executive Director:

Michelle Parvinrouh

Michelle is a Startup Facilitator, i.e a Startup Cheerleader having worked with Colorado startups and entrepreneurs for the past 10 years. She has been volunteering with Peak Start up since she moved to Colorado Springs in 2013, served as the Program Coordinator in 2015, and became a Board member in 2016. Prior to moving to Colorado Springs, Michelle was involved in the Denver startup ecosystem while managing the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship (now Jake Jabs Center) at CU Denver. Her passion is in facilitating betterment in people, in society, and in life. On top of it all, she likes to have a good time.

Program Assistant:

Jessica Valvo

Jessica is a student at the University of Colorado Colorado Spring studying English with emphasis in Rhetoric and writing. Jessica actively looks for ways to give back to the community she has grown to love. Her participation in the Quad Innovation Partnership summer intensive program opened the door to the Colorado Springs startup community. She looks forward to strengthening her community through her work with Peak Startup.

Board of Directors:

Sarah Humbargar

Sarah Humbargar

Chair

Sarah is the Director of Business Development & Economic Vitality for Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs, and in her role serves as a central point of contact for any business or developer that wants to start, expand, enhance services or relocate within downtown. A passionate supporter of Colorado Springs’ entrepreneurial ecosystem, Sarah works every day to ensure that downtown serves as the economic heart of the city and is an excellent environment for the growth of new start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Jacob Eichengreen

Jacob Eichengreen

Vice Chair, Programs

Jacob is the Executive Director of the Quad Innovation Partnership, a collaboration between CC, UCCS, PPCC and the Air Force Academy that incubates student and alumni innovators. He also manages a financial services company in Uganda that he founded in 2015. A former Venture for America Fellow, Jacob’s background includes managing a $50M VC portfolio, spans multiple startups, and relies on healthy dose of figuring it out as he goes along.

Sylvia Jennings

Sylvia Jennings

Board Member

Sylvia is a business owner who has spent 30 years encouraging entrepreneurs, innovators and community members who are transforming Colorado Springs into a world class city.  She has a background in journalism, working as a television reporter and co-host of news and interview programs prior to starting her own business.  As an owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices downtown,  Sylvia passionately supports the startup ecosystem and creating a vibrant economy.

Paul Nielsen

Paul Nielsen

Board Member

Paul is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Tejon Technologies, Inc, a database startup company. He is also an author, having publishing 8 technical books including the Amazon best-selling SQL Server 2008 Bible, and has presented seminars, training courses, and conference sessions in the US, Canada, UK and Europe. Paul started his career as a Data Systems Tech Petty Officer in the US Navy submarine force and has since been awarded the Microsoft MPV twelve times. Paul is enthusiastic about the design and health of startups, mastermind groups, and sharing wisdom between founders.

Jeremy Shirley

Jeremy Shirley

Board Member

Jeremy is a graduate of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and International business. While studying at UCCS, Jeremy co-founded the Entrepreneurship & Innovation club, started a high growth real estate investment & management portfolio. He is actively striving to further make it an entrepreneurial epicenter, innovation hub, and highly desirable destination for young professionals while contributing & founding several startup companies in Colorado Springs.

Chris Franz

Chris Franz

Vice Chair, Advancement

Chris has founded, invested in, and mentored more than 20 high technology startups, focusing on software, data center, and defense electronics technologies. He has served on numerous startup and nonprofit boards to drive the entrepreneurial ecosystem including the board of Startup Colorado.

Margaret Breakey

Margaret Breakey

Treasurer

Margaret has been in the technology business for over 25 years holding various management positions as CFO and COO.  She has been involved in four successful acquisitions, assisting and negotiating with VCs and major corporations with pre and post acquisition activities. In her last position as CFO, she was an integral part of the executive team responsible for the successful turnaround of an annuity software company.  In her free time, Margaret enjoys biking, hiking and golfing.

Kathy Zehringer

Kathy Zehringer

Secretary

Kathy is an Executive & Career Transition Coach with A Shift Happens, Inc. She loves using her own life experiences to support others in embracing empowering new perspectives for their lives. Often referring to herself a “recovering corporate executive”, Kathy knows first-hand the value of thinking differently and is excited to join 1MC to nurture an attitude of collaboration & innovation in the Pikes Peak region.

Ian Lee

Ian Lee

Board Member

Ian is co-founder of Lee Spirits Company. He is passionate about his involvement with entrepreneurial activities in the Rocky Mountain region. Ian loves startups, the people that create them, and those whose businesses support them.

Toddi Norum

Toddi Norum

Board Member

Toddi is a Colorado native and CSU grad who spent 27 years away from the state, living just outside of Boston. Toddi is an instructional technologist with extensive experience implementing adult learning systems. She was the lead trainer for Army robots for iRobot, and spent time in support of MIT’s edX and the Babson College Executive Education Center. She is a self-described entrepreneur and co-founder of the Colorado Springs Visionary Women’s Alliance. Toddi works with the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship to deliver boot camps nationwide.

Leif Ullman

Leif Ullman

Board Member

Leif is the CEO and Co-Founder of KidReports, a SaaS platform for Child Care providers that connects parents and child care centers in real time. Leif brings over 15 years of software development experience, primarily focused on US Department of Defense and other advanced military and intelligence applications. He holds a B.S in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Colorado. In addition, Leif received his Executive MBA from the University of Denver.

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