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Kee-Ri Burkitt

Kee-Ri Burkitt began her position as a Media Communications Intern at the MSU Innovation Center in October 2020. She is a first-year undergraduate majoring in Marketing and planning to minor in Graphic Design. 

Born and raised in Williamston, she was closely connected to MSU and is excited to begin her journey at the Innovation Center. 

Jon Debling, Ph.D.

Jon Debling joined MSU Technologies as a Technology Manager in August 2020. Jon works with faculty and researchers in areas that include biomedical engineering, biosystems engineering, chemical engineering and material science, chemistry, geological sciences, nursing and the James Madison College.

Joseph Affholter, Ph.D.

Joseph Affholter is an experienced entrepreneur, scientist and technology commercialization specialist. As the Commercialization Program Director MTRAC AgBio Innovation Hub at Michigan State University, he provides leadership to the MTRAC program and directs its outreach, education, communication and commercialization efforts.

Lisa Croze

Lisa Croze is Secretary III for the Innovation Center at Michigan State University, where she has been working for 20 years. She started with the MSU Health Team in 1999 where she was involved in patient care and then moved to medical billing. In 2019, Lisa obtained her B.S. in Health Administration from the University of Michigan. She won the CAHEN Award (Capital Area Higher Education Network) as a 2016 Outstanding Adult Learner Award for the University of Michigan.

Kara Headley

Kara Headley joined the MSU Innovation Center team in June 2019 as a Media Communications intern and became the Communications Coordinator in February 2021. She graduated from Michigan State University in December 2020 with a B.A. in Professional Writing and minors in Documentary Production and Environmental and Sustainability Studies. 

Tracy Henion

Tracy oversees communications and marketing for the MSU Innovation Center. By developing and maintaining organized internal and external communications about MSU innovation-related activities and successes, she strives to support and build on the impact at MSU and beyond.

Tracy discovered her passion for writing while chasing stories for her high school newspaper. Today, she still loves finding the story. With a history of producing award-winning content, she is also versatile in photography, design, layout, videography and social media strategy.

Aimee M. Crouch, J.D.

Aimee joined MSU Technologies in August 2018, to negotiate material transfer agreements (MTA), confidential disclosure agreements (CDA), and data use agreements (DUA) for the university. As an MTA/CDA coordinator, she assists numerous faculty members with protecting their intellectual property and transferring data and materials to/from other institutions to conduct research.

Weian Ou

Weian Ou is the Grant Manager for the MTRAC program and MSU SMART ZONE. Weian joined MSU Technologies from FRIB: Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, where he worked as project coordinator II in Project Controls. Previously, Weian has managed multiple projects, including grant management software in a Michigan based company and automotive component projects in two Tier I Suppliers. He received a master’s degree in Industrial Mathematics and a master of science from Michigan State University.

Kevin McCurren

Over 15 years of new business development, acquisitions, medical management and managed care development with hospitals, national health care corporations and entrepreneurial organizations; 10+ years of entrepreneurial experience in new business start-ups, small business acquisitions and management turnarounds as an investor/manager; Seeking to use experience and expertise on new ventures and experiences.

Chris Sell

Christopher Sell is a career educator, project manager, fundraiser, and business developer. At his core, he’s passionate about creating things to solve problems and connecting people to opportunity. As a two-time college graduate with over six years of work experience in higher education, he’s equally committed to leveraging relationships with industry, alumni, and college students to retain and attract talent in the state and contribute to Michigan’s revitalization.