Staff

Staff

Sujatha Ramanujan, PhD, Managing Director, Chief Investment OfficerSujatha Ramanujan is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned executive with 25 years of experience in Clinical Devices and in Consumer Electronics. Sujatha has started, built, and grown three startup businesses in cardiac surgical equipment, optical communications, and nano materials. In addition, as CTO and Product Line Manager of Mammography CAD and Pediatric Businesses within Kodak and Carestream, her team developed and launched clinical equipment and Clinical IT on every continent. Sujatha has held scientific, technical leadership, and laboratory head positions in Chrysler Corporation, GE, Kodak, Carestream, and Intrinsiq Materials. She holds 28 issued US patents. As a corporate investor for Kodak, then later working with regional investment councils she provides guidance to startups, M

Sujatha Ramanujan, PhD, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer

Sujatha Ramanujan is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned executive with 25 years of experience in Clinical Devices and in Consumer Electronics. Sujatha has started, built, and grown three startup businesses in cardiac surgical equipment, optical communications, and nano materials. In addition, as CTO and Product Line Manager of Mammography CAD and Pediatric Businesses within Kodak and Carestream, her team developed and launched clinical equipment and Clinical IT on every continent. Sujatha has held scientific, technical leadership, and laboratory head positions in Chrysler Corporation, GE, Kodak, Carestream, and Intrinsiq Materials. She holds 28 issued US patents. As a corporate investor for Kodak, then later working with regional investment councils she provides guidance to startups, M&A strategies for growing businesses, and vetting of technologies to investors. She has served on investment advisories in US, Canada, and Israel. Dr. Ramanujan holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and is an Executive Board Member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Damon Diehl, PhD, Director of Technology IntegrationAs Director of Technology Integration, Damon Diehl works to ensure that the cohort teams establish deep, enduring roots in the Rochester community. Damon has been active in the optics industry since he moved from Chicago to Rochester to begin graduate studies at The Institute of Optics. Damon’s career crisscrossed with Nextcorps for over a decade. Damon worked for the metrology company Lumetrics when it was still located at the original Nextcorps (then High Tech Rochester) facility, and while the chief scientist at ASE Optics, Damon’s lab was located in Nextcorps until Rochester Precision Optics acquired ASE in 2010. Damon was at the helm of the Optical Systems Technology program at Monroe Community College during its “reboot” in 2012 (during which the program exploded from only 6 active students to running over-enrolled day and evening sections of every first-year class). After a stint in the technology-centric marketing company Launch Team, Damon maneuvered back into optics as a pitch coach for the first Luminate cohort, and he joined the staff full-time in July 2019. Damon earned his Ph.D. in optical engineering at the University of Rochester Institute of Optics, and he holds a B.A. in physics and mathematics from the University of Chicago.

Damon Diehl, PhD, Director of Technology Integration

As Director of Technology Integration, Damon Diehl works to ensure that the cohort teams establish deep, enduring roots in the Rochester community. Damon has been active in the optics industry since he moved from Chicago to Rochester to begin graduate studies at The Institute of Optics. Damon’s career crisscrossed with Nextcorps for over a decade. Damon worked for the metrology company Lumetrics when it was still located at the original Nextcorps (then High Tech Rochester) facility, and while the chief scientist at ASE Optics, Damon’s lab was located in Nextcorps until Rochester Precision Optics acquired ASE in 2010. Damon was at the helm of the Optical Systems Technology program at Monroe Community College during its “reboot” in 2012 (during which the program exploded from only 6 active students to running over-enrolled day and evening sections of every first-year class). After a stint in the technology-centric marketing company Launch Team, Damon maneuvered back into optics as a pitch coach for the first Luminate cohort, and he joined the staff full-time in July 2019. Damon earned his Ph.D. in optical engineering at the University of Rochester Institute of Optics, and he holds a B.A. in physics and mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Holly Barrett, Chief Marketing OfficerAs Chief Marketing Officer, Holly Barrett focuses on inbound and outbound marketing for Luminate as well as branding and marketing activities for NextCorps. She is a senior-level marketing and PR professional who has worked at small and large agencies, including Brand Cool, Brand Integrity, Text 100, and Young

Holly Barrett, Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer, Holly Barrett focuses on inbound and outbound marketing for Luminate as well as branding and marketing activities for NextCorps. She is a senior-level marketing and PR professional who has worked at small and large agencies, including Brand Cool, Brand Integrity, Text 100, and Young & Rubicam. Holly has been a branding and marketing instructor at The Entrepreneurs Network for the last four years and she teaches executive communication at St. John Fisher through the Center for Community Engagement. She is excited to be a part of Rochester’s vibrant entrepreneurial community.
Veronica LoCurcio, Operations ManagerAs Operations Manager, Veronica LoCurcio is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the Luminate accelerator. Veronica has worked with startups and global businesses on four continents for the last two decades. Specializing in operations, program, and project management, her diverse background includes tours of duty in manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, ecommerce, financial services, consulting, learning and development, and analytics. Veronica is fluent in English, French, and Spanish and conversant in Italian and Portuguese.

Veronica LoCurcio, Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Veronica LoCurcio is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the Luminate accelerator. Veronica has worked with startups and global businesses on four continents for the last two decades. Specializing in operations, program, and project management, her diverse background includes tours of duty in manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, ecommerce, financial services, consulting, learning and development, and analytics. Veronica is fluent in English, French, and Spanish and conversant in Italian and Portuguese.
Natalie Antal, Operations Manager, NSF ProgrammingNatalie Antal oversees National Science Foundation grant programming, including post-award fiscal management, program implementation and operations, and federal sponsor reporting. Prior to joining NextCorps, Natalie served as the Finance, Operations, and Program Administrator with the Institute for Matter At eXtreme Energy Densities (IMAXED) at the University of Rochester. She spent nine years as the Associate Director of the University of Rochester’s Ain Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where she managed grant- and donor-funded student co-curricular programming such as business plan competitions and a student incubator. Natalie holds a bachelor of science degree in public relations from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and a master of science degree in marketing from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester.

Natalie Antal, Operations Manager, NSF Programming

Natalie Antal oversees National Science Foundation grant programming, including post-award fiscal management, program implementation and operations, and federal sponsor reporting. Prior to joining NextCorps, Natalie served as the Finance, Operations, and Program Administrator with the Institute for Matter At eXtreme Energy Densities (IMAXED) at the University of Rochester. She spent nine years as the Associate Director of the University of Rochester’s Ain Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where she managed grant- and donor-funded student co-curricular programming such as business plan competitions and a student incubator. Natalie holds a bachelor of science degree in public relations from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and a master of science degree in marketing from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester.
Anjali Boriya, Finance Analyst Anjali Boriya is a finance expert with experience in private equity, risk management, credit agency, accountancy, and real estate finance. She has written several finance research papers and reports during her undergraduate in Business Administration. She has done multiple complex Excel modeling projects using GARCH and Monte Carlo Simulations, and has coding brilliance in Python and SQL. Anjali spent time teaching economics to high school students in India, and has more than five years of volunteer experience for underprivileged students and families in India. She recently completed her M.S in Finance from Simon Business School, University of Rochester.

Anjali Boriya, Finance Analyst

Anjali Boriya is a finance expert with experience in private equity, risk management, credit agency, accountancy, and real estate finance. She has written several finance research papers and reports during her undergraduate in Business Administration. She has done multiple complex Excel modeling projects using GARCH and Monte Carlo Simulations, and has coding brilliance in Python and SQL. Anjali spent time teaching economics to high school students in India, and has more than five years of volunteer experience for underprivileged students and families in India. She recently completed her M.S in Finance from Simon Business School, University of Rochester.
Kate Leonard, Digital Marketing ManagerAs the Digital Marketing Manager, Kate Leonard develops and implements NextCorps’ digital content strategy, including content creation and curation for social media, email campaigns, the blog, and our website. Kate has a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Ithaca College, where she also minored in Psychology. She got her start in PR and gained experience as a copywriter and inbound marketing specialist at agencies large and small prior to joining NextCorps.

Kate Leonard, Digital Marketing Manager

As the Digital Marketing Manager, Kate Leonard develops and implements NextCorps’ digital content strategy, including content creation and curation for social media, email campaigns, the blog, and our website. Kate has a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Ithaca College, where she also minored in Psychology. She got her start in PR and gained experience as a copywriter and inbound marketing specialist at agencies large and small prior to joining NextCorps.