University of Lynchburg
Center for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501
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Jeremy M. Welsh, DHSc
Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships
Dean of the School of PA Medicine
Senior Associate Dean of the College of Health Sciences
Dr. Jeremy M. Welsh has served the University since 2013 and continues to serve as the dean and chair of the School of PA Medicine and founding creator and program director for the innovative Doctor of Medical Science program, and as senior associate dean for the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Welsh has served in numerous clinical and administrative roles throughout his career with many focusing on innovative processes to improve patient care and workforce utilization. Dr. Welsh has completed education at Cornell University in Executive Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School in Crisis Leadership, and MIT Management Sloan School in Corporate Innovation. Dr. Welsh also serves as the Chief Academic Officer at Community Access Network as part of a partnership with the University. He serves as a Medical Examiner in the region. Dr. Welsh is a native of Syracuse, N.Y., and has previously worked in emergency medicine and as a firefighter/EMT for South Onondaga Fire Department.
Innovation Collaborative Committee (ICC)
Tom Scott, PhD
Chair of the Innovation Collaborative Committee
Associate Professor of Health Science
Dr. Tom Scott has 23 years of experience in the private sector and entrepreneurial ventures, and eight years in academia. From 1998 to 2014, he held senior executive positions at several smaller companies, patented the open-ended, four-pack light bulb container in 2004, founded the first residential recycling company in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 2009, worked with former Tanzanian President Kikwete on private hospital and telehealth initiatives in Tanzania, and co-founded Sonospine, LLC with Dilantha Ellegala in 2015. Last year, Scott formed HealthShift, LLC, with Ortho Forum’s national advisor/consultant Karen Simonton, to help organizations buy healthcare from healthcare providers to reduce costs and improve healthcare.
Dr. Scott holds a PhD and a bachelor of science from the University of Cincinnati.
Emily Caldwell ’20 MA
Emily K. Caldwell is originally from the suburb of Chicago, Oak Park, Illinois. Her job history has included implementing International Programs at Illinois Central College; teaching Spanish at Illinois State University and Illinois Central College; working for BCA, an international education non-profit organization in Pennsylvania; serving as Coordinator for College and University Relations; and founding her own nonprofit in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, where she lived for 11 years. Mrs. Caldwell is an instructor for the online Nonprofit Excellence Certificate Program through CVANE. She has previously worked with Lynchburg’s Doctor of Medical Science program, and currently serves as Manager of Donor Relations and Communications with Health Volunteers Overseas.
Mrs. Caldwell holds a Master of Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Lynchburg. She is a certified Google Trainer, Gallup Strengths Coach, and a Nonprofit Board Consultant.
Claytor Nature Center and Belk Astronomical Observatory
Trish Cerulli is a Virginia native and science enthusiast. She holds two degrees in chemistry, a B.S. from the University of Mary Washington (2008) and an M.S. from the University of Virginia (2014). She worked in the pharmaceutical industry as an analytical chemist for six years before attending graduate school, where her coursework and research focused on astrochemistry. Now, after volunteering for more than 10 years with educational programming at the University of Lynchburg’s Claytor Nature Center and Belk Astronomical Observatory, Trish serves as Outreach Coordinator. She also teaches chemistry laboratory courses at the University. Trish is active in the Lynchburg community as a member of Vector Space, volunteer foster mom and Board member with Central Virginia Regional Rescue, and a Rotarian. Trish’s experience in industry, academia, and the nonprofit sector, as well as helping with her family’s entrepreneurial endeavors, provides a well-rounded perspective that lends to innovative thinking. She is excited to serve on this team to facilitate innovation and partnerships in our community.
Director of Men’s and Women’s Swimming
Dunn is entering his fourth year as part of the University of Lynchburg community. Serving as the director of men’s and women’s swimming, Dunn has been a part of reviving the swimming program at the University of Lynchburg since it left campus in 1971. He holds an MBA from the University of Memphis and a BA in Spanish from the University of Mary Washington.
Maggie Flynn is a proud Lynchburg alumna, having received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies and international relations. Her professional experience includes coordinating the teacher-scholar program for a Mexican nonprofit that provided English classes to the public schools, undergraduate admissions, and she currently serves as the enrollment coordinator for the Doctor of Medical Science program. She is excited about the Innovation Collaborative Committee because it will bring people together through teamwork and the spark of creativity and new ideas!
Maggie is working toward her Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership here at the University of Lynchburg.
Ei Hlaing, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Ei Hlaing is an experimental psychologist. She researches the effects of obstructive sleep apnea on cognitive functions. Dr. Hlaing has taught research methodology and other psychology courses at Siena College as a visiting faculty member and has taught at the University of Lynchburg since 2016. She teaches statistics, neuropsychology, sleep and circadian rhythms, and developmental psychology. Dr. Hlaing serves as a faculty fellow for the University of Lynchburg Community-Engaged Learning Initiative. She is a lead researcher for the Meals on Wheel program evaluation as part of the Lynchburg Tomorrow Community-based Research Initiative.
Dr. Hlaing holds a PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Brain and Cognitive Sciences program, and she received a Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Farmington.
Cameron Lohr has 10 years of experience working in the non-profit sector and is currently the Advancement Specialist at the University of Lynchburg. Cameron is responsible for advancement information systems, including working to maintain advanced queries and reports to identify institutional fundraising trends and progress for the Office of Advancement, the Board of Trustees, and other areas of campus.
Cameron is also a two-time alum, earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Lynchburg. Her time at the University of Lynchburg fostered an interest in gender studies, which translated to a passion for LGBTQ+ rights and personal activism.
Although an introvert by nature, Cameron enjoys teamwork and collaboration and is excited to see what the ICC and University have in store for the future.
Director of Technical Support
Scott O’Neal is the current Director of Technical Support at the University of Lynchburg. Originally from the foothills of Northern California, Scott spent over a decade as a leader of several of Apple, Inc.’s technical support teams. After retiring from Apple, Scott spent time at a local high school teaching Computer Science and Digital Design, coaching robotics and cybersecurity teams, and was one of the recipients of MIT’s Excite Award for innovation education in 2020. Scott is passionate about innovation and the potential that technology can bring to realizing the ideas of our community.
Scott has a Master of Education from Regent University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Leadership from Liberty University. He is currently supplementing his education by pursuing an additional undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Studio Art and a minor in Digital Media Arts at University of Lynchburg.
Bill Noel, MFA
Bill Noel has been teaching audio-video production, animation, event coverage, and media producing for thirty years. He has been with the University since 2000, and coordinated the design, budget, and installation of the media center in Schewel Hall. He has seen many technologies come and go, and has focused on testing new technologies and workflows for the media classroom. He is the author of The Arc of Production: A Producer’s Practical Guide to Organizing and Executing Media Projects. Bill co-founded The Donovan Media Development Center, a unit within the University that assists regional nonprofit organizations with training, budgeting, planning, and production of audio and video projects that support the mission of these organizations. Most recently he completed a film for the visitor’s center at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest historic site. While in graduate school at Southern Methodist University, he studied with Hollywood producers Martin Jurow and Bob Banner. He is the award-winning director/producer of The American Acoustic Guitar documentary, which explores the artistry of instrument building; he also built the guitars played on the project, and composed the soundtrack of the film.
Coordinator of Outdoor Leadership Programs
Tim Slusser is Lynchburg’s coordinator of Outdoor Leadership Programs. He is an outdoor professional with over 10 years of diverse experience as an outdoor educator and leader. He is passionate about outdoor experiential education and sharing that passion with others. His favorite aspect of his work is seeing a student’s growth while learning on wilderness trips. Tim has brought numerous innovative ideas to his work while at the University. He is passionate about innovation and collaboration and is looking forward to continuing this work with the center.
- Kathleen Davis, Marketing Specialist
- David Gosling, Counselor Education Professor
- David Richards, Political Science Professor
- Scott Robert, Career & Professionalism Center
- Denise Scruggs, Director of the Beard Center on Aging
- Chelsea Tinklenberg, Art Professor