Center Profile

Founded: 1997
Specialties: Clean Technology
Counties: Centre and Mifflin

 

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Staff Profile

Heather Fennessey

Heather Fennessey

Heather Fennessey McWhorter
PE, Penn State SBDC Director

Heather Fennessey McWhorter, P.E., works with a wonderful business and technical team at Penn State that helps more than 800 businesses across the Commonwealth to create jobs, increase revenues, and improve operations. While those businesses are accelerated, the programs help to improve the education of more than 5,000 Penn State students annually through engaged scholarship and service learning opportunities. Since we are based at Penn State, we have a broad reach - engaging 10,000 business and community leaders annually - and leverage worldclass research for innovative solutions. Heather has a degree in chemical engineering from Penn State, a professional engineer license in Pennsylvania in environmental engineering, and decades of experience in helping small businesses and manufactures with environmental and energy solutions. Her interests are in areas such as tech businesses, business incubation, engaged scholarship, organizational implementation issues, and clean energy technologies.  Prior to joining the Penn State SBDC in 2001, Heather worked with the military and NASA to solve joint pollution prevention projects.
 

Linda Feltman

Linda Feltman

Linda Feltman
Senior Business Consultant
 

Linda Feltman has worked with the Penn State SBDC as the senior business consultant since April 1999 and now focuses most of her consulting time on student entrepreneurs. Prior to joining the SBDC staff, over the course of twenty years, she was involved in several small business start-ups as a principal or owner. She has authored a column for Pennsylvania Magazine since 1992, specializing in bed and breakfasts and profiles of interesting people and places, and is the author of several books related to same. She has been an Associate Faculty in Penn State's College of Communications since 2005 and since 2009 has been the Faculty Advisor for Happy Valley Communications, the student run PR firm.  In 2014 she also took on the additional role of Coordinator for Penn State’s response to Global Entrepreneurship Week.  

Theresa Krise

Theresa Krise

Theresa Krise
Administrative Assistant

Theresa is the administrative support assistant for the Penn State SBDC and PennTAP. Theresa joined the SBDC in April 2012. Prior to her employment with the SBDC, she worked for more than 20 years with The Pennsylvania State University’s Academic Outreach/World Campus as an administrative support assistant for the executive director of Academic Outreach and two directors of the World Campus. She’s the first person to greet clients in the lobby of 200 Innovation Boulevard.

Laurie Linton

Laurie Linton

Laurie Linton
Educational Programming Coordinator

Laurie Linton is the educational programming coordinator at the Penn State SBDC. At the center she is the first point of contact for educational programs and sponsorships. She has been with the center since June of 2008. Prior to joining the SBDC, she was a small-business operator and has more than twenty-four years experience in sales and marketing.

Jennifer Riden

Jennifer Riden

Jennifer Riden
Business Consultant

Jennifer is a graduate of Penn State.  She  started her career in outside sales after she moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  A few years later an opportunity to work for PNC bank presented itself and Jennifer began working in the banking & financial industry.  In 2009 she obtained her Master’s in Business Administration with a focus on Finance at Waynesburg University. She also gained experience with US Bank in Avon, Colorado, and Washington Federal Bank in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jennifer started the Small Business Banking Program in the state of Utah for Washington Federal Bank as a Small Business Banking Officer. After spending 8 years in the banking  & financial industry Jennifer moved back to Pennsylvania to pursue a position as a Business Consultant with the Small Business Development Center. Jennifer was recognized in Pennsylvania Business Central’s 2016 Foremost Under 40.

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan
Business Consultant

Michael Ryan has been a business analyst with the Penn State SBDC since June 2000. He staffs the SBDC's outreach office located at the Penn State Learning Center in Lewistown. In addition to providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective small business owners, he has developed and instructs educational programs and seminars for the SBDC. He is a Penn State graduate, earning a bachelor's degree in accounting. He has been named one of Pennsylvania Business Central's Top 100 People in Business.

Maria Spencer

Maria Spencer

Maria Spencer
Business Consultant

Maria T. Spencer, MBA, joined the SBDC in 2012 and brings economic and business development experience from across a wide variety of industries, including manufactured housing, wood products, manufacturing, energy, banking, retail sales and food service. Maria has coordinated industry consortiums and industrial efficiency improvement initiatives and led companies in workforce development; land, building, and equipment acquisition; product commercialization; and business start-up and expansion. She is a PhD candidate in the Human Resource and Organization Development track of the Workforce Education and Development program at Penn State and is currently pursuing export and trade counseling certification from the federal Small Business Administration.

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Penn State SBDC
200 Innovation Blvd
119 Technology Center
University Park PA 16802
(814) 863-4293
 
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