Job Creation through Capital Donation

Investment Committee Members

Mark Burish is a co-founder of the Madison, Wisconsin law firm of Hurley Burish & Stanton, S.C. where he is a past president, attorney and director. His other business activities include serving as president and founder of Milestone Senior Living LLC, chairman of Sonic Foundry Inc., a...

Pam Evason, CFA, is Managing Director, Windermere Wealth Advisors. She is a Certified Public Accountant, charter holder and has a master of accountancy degree. With Deloitte & Touche LLP, she had various banking and investment management clients for over eight years. Pam is also involved...

Jonathan Fritz is the Chief Revenue Officer and Director of New Ventures at Symphony Corporation. Jonathan is a recovering patent attorney and past partner of a large Midwestern law firm, where he was a member of the venture capital and intellectual property law groups. He serves on the Boards...

Jeff Harris is an investor in and board member of Somna Therapeutics and Okanjo Partners, Inc., early stage technology companies located in Wisconsin.  He is an investor and board member of Guy & O’Neill, a Wisconsin manufacturing company, and a director of AMN Healthcare Services, Inc., a...

Lorrie Keating Heinemann is President & CEO of the Madison Development Corporation (MDC). MDC has funded over 200 emerging and high tech companies in the Madison area including Nordic Consulting, TomoTherapy, PerBlue, Stemina Biomarker and NeuWave Medical. She most recently served as...

Lisa Johnson is CEO of BIOForward. She served most recently as WEDC's vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation. Before joining WEDC, Johnson worked in the biotech industry for 22 years. She held executive positions at Novagen Inc. and EMD Biosciences Inc., the North American life...

Dan Matola, CFA, is BrightStar’s treasurer, and the President and Chief Investment Officer of Jacobus Wealth Management, responsible for leading the organization’s investment advisory and wealth management process. He holds a degree in finance and has earned the right to use the Chartered...

George Mosher is the second inductee into the Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame. As president of National Business Furniture for 30 years his company was purchased by K&K America for nearly $100m in 2006. Over the past decade he has made more than 150 angel-type investments. He is a graduate...

Michelle J. Picard, CFA, is a Portfolio Manager at Henderson Geneva Capital Management. She joined Geneva in 1999, which was later acquired by Henderson Global Investors in October 2014. She is a member of its Investment Strategy Group that conducts high quality fundamental research and is...

Jeff Rusinow, a member of the Wisconsin Investment Hall of Fame, is an active angel investor who founded the Silicon Pastures Angel Network after spending 22 years in retail management with Gimbels, Macy’s and Kohl’s. Subsequently, he has been Chairman and lead investor in two startups that have...

Tom Shannon is board chairman and a lead investor in Proxim Diagnostics Corp., Sunnyvale, California; Somna Therapeutics LLC, Milwaukee; and Aver Informatics Inc., Green Bay, Wisconsin. He was most recently CEO of biotech company Prodesse Inc. He has served as a director of the Wisconsin Angel...

Andy Shrago is Co-Manager of the Madison based Wisconsin Investment Partners angel network.Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Prodesse, a start-up biotech company that focused on molecular diagnostics for infectious disease and was sold to Gen-Probe (San Diego...

Todd Sobotka is our Investment Committee Chair. He has a law degree and has spent the vast majority of his professional career with early stage and small businesses as an owner, advisor, consultant, and/or part of the leadership team.  He has personally been involved with start-ups in biotech,...