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Administration

Tom Wavering

Executive Director
Email: wavering@ou.edu

Tom Wavering leads the Innovation Hub in creating a culture change within the Oklahoma entrepreneurial ecosystem and in building collaborations across local, regional and statewide organizations to grow economic impact.

Ally Thrash

Finance & Administration Manager
Email: ally.thrash@ou.edu

Ally Thrash oversees all financial and operational matters for the Innovation Hub.

OK Catalyst Programs

Sarah Hamby, MBA

OK Catalyst Programs Associate - Norman Office
Email: sarah.hamby@ou.edu

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

OK Catalyst Program Manager - Tulsa
Email: mnkouka@ou.edu

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

OK Catalyst Program Lead - Norman
Email: jenae.goodin@ou.edu

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

Marketing and Communications Manager
Email: casey.farmer@ou.edu

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

OU Startup Programs Interim Director
Email: rdhendricks@ou.edu

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

INTENT Programs Lead
Email: dvarnes@ou.edu

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. 

Fabrication Lab

Brandt Smith

Fabrication Lab Director
Email: brandt@ou.edu

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.

Agile Collaborative Prototyping Center (ACPC)

Francisco Robles

Prototyping Manager
Email: fcorobles@ou.edu

Francisco Robles heads the Agile Collaborative Prototyping Center, a joint initiative with Oklahoma State University. He serves as the Innovation Hub's contact for prototyping projects at the community level.