OK Catalyst Programs
Sarah Hamby, MBA
Sarah Hamby leads OK Catalyst's many initiatives, which provide networking, training and mentorship to budding entrepreneurs in hi-tech fields eligible for federal research and development funding. As Director, she works closely with entrepreneurial support and economic development organizations across the state to promote SBIR/STTR funding as a viable resource for early-stage startups.
Maya Nkouka, JD
Maya Nkouka leads SBIR training and outreach efforts in Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In 2020, she directed the development and execution of the first all-virtual SBIR Accelerator in the nation. Most recently, Maya began supporting OK Catalyst's Accelerators after formerly leading the OK Catalyst Endeavor program.
Jenae Goodin, PMP
Jenae Goodin leads OK Catalyst's summer Roadmap program, and most recently, she began leading OK Catalyst's Endeavor program, its newest initiative to help Phase I awardees obtain Phase II awards. Prior to joining the OK Catalyst team, Jenae worked with OU IT’s office of the Chief Innovation Officer as a project coordinator.
Casey Farmer leads all storytelling, creative content development and communications for OK Catalyst. Prior to joining the OK Catalyst team, she curated relationships with community partners, managed outreach efforts and collaborated on the communication of events and programs for the Better Business Bureau.
OU Startup Programs
Drew Hendricks, MBA
Drew Hendricks leads all curriculum, development and academic integration for OU Startup Programs. Before being named Interim Director, he served as Program Lead for OU Startup Programs. Prior to joining the OU Startup Programs team, Drew was an Entrepreneurial Fellow with the Price College of Business where he stewarded the Sooner Innovation Fund, now re-launched as Startup Innovation Fund.
OU INTENT Programs
Diana Varnes leads the Innovation Hub's satellite office in Tulsa. She coordinates several initiatives and programs that seek to inspire innovation and generate interest in technology and entrepreneurship at the community level.
Brandt Smith oversees the Fabrication Lab and spearheads all Lab initiatives. His leadership has generated several internal and external projects for the Fabrication Lab, most notably the production of modified personal protective equipment during the initial Covid-19 outbreak.