Innovate Birmingham has strategically built out a lean and nimble team to lead our efforts.
The team was specifically crafted to align skill sets and create synergies that would benefit Birmingham.
Bob serves as Executive Director of Innovate Birmingham. He has been a venture capitalist with a strong success record for the last decade. He has the independence to select opportunities that will allow him to have more operational involvement with high growth, venture backed companies. Bob has been a leader and partner in Alabama in moving Technology-Based Economic Development forward for several years. He is pleased to return to his operational roots, and leverage his experience as an institutional venture capitalist to create sustainable value through Innovate Birmingham.
He is a member of the board of directors for Shipt, CareSync, Axial Exchange, Healthcare Interactive, the Southeast Medical Device Association, the Florida Venture Forum, the Innovation Depot in Birmingham, AL, and the Atlanta Venture Forum. Bob also serves as a member of the Investment Advisory Board for the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. He is a Venture Fellow at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, a member of the Advisory Board for the STEM Path to MBA at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and is a Visiting Executive at Auburn University.
Bob was a Partner with Harbert Management Corporation (HMC) for the last nine years. He served as senior vice president/general manager of the Pharmacy Services Division at U.S. Oncology, a privately held, vertically integrated cancer care provider network. Bob was also a senior executive at Cardinal Health, where he served as vice president of new ventures. In 1994, Bob founded Surgical Innovations and Services, Inc. (SIS), a surgical laser management company. Under his leadership, SIS became a leader in the emerging outsource management sector. In 2000, SIS merged with Surgical Laser Technologies, Inc. (SLTI). Bob continued as president of SIS and served as vice president of sales, marketing and business development for SLTI, until he exited the company following its acquisition by publicly-traded Photomedex, Inc.
Bob is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Chemistry.
Kellie Clark is our Coordinator and has previous experience leading non-profit organizations in the areas of program management and sustainable fund development. Her “wins” include everything from leading six figure peer-to-peer virtual fundraising campaigns for Magic Moments and LAPS for CF to driving technical assistance for Alabama Association of Nonprofit’s sustainability review of 98 nonprofit organizations in Central Alabama.
She has a reputation as an intuitive problem solver, strategist, and natural born researcher. As a former AmeriCorps alumna, she has an affinity for community service and currently gives her time and talent to various non-profit organizations in the southeast. Kellie is a two-time graduate of Auburn University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Public of Administration, with a concentration in Economic and Community Development.
Kellie spends her free time engaging in outdoor sports and serving as Alabama’s Team Leader for Outdoor Afro, a national organization with the expressed mission to “celebrate and inspire African-American connections and leadership in nature.” When she’s not managing projects or climbing mountains, you can find Kellie in her kitchen alongside her husband, serving as his designated "sous chef" or chasing after their toddler.
Campus Liaison and Success Coach
Alexandria Croom is the Campus Liaison and Success Coach for the Innovate Birmingham workforce program. Previously, Alexandria served as Program Director for a college access non profit, College Admissions Made Possible, and as an 8th-grade math teacher in Brooklyn, N.Y. Alexandria earned her B.S. in Mathematics at Howard University and is currently completing her M.E.S. in Instructional Design and Technology at Samford University
Tyler Dobbs is the instructor for the IamBham Software Development Bootcamp for the Innovate Birmingham Workforce program. Previously, Tyler worked as a Software Engineer at Platypi. Tyler earned his B.A. in Theology at Eastern University in Pennsylvania and lived in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Los Angeles before moving to Birmingham.
Director of Workforce Development
Abby Guerin MBA, is the Director of Workforce Development for the Innovate Birmingham Workforce Program. Previously, Abby served as Director of Development for the William F Harrah College of Hotel Administration and as Associate Director of leadership giving, Faculty of Arts and Sciences - Regional Giving - for Harvard University. Abby has been a part of planning two university wide campaigns and led a 24 month, $30M capital campaign. A native of Auburn, AL, Abby attended Vanderbilt University and graduated with degrees in Cognitive Psychology and Child Development. She went on to attain her Master’s in Counseling and her MBA from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Haley Medved Kendrick
Workforce Director of Campus Operations.
Haley Medved Kendrick MA, is the Innovate Birmingham Workforce Director of Campus Operations. Previously, Haley has served as a Research Fellow in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Center for Outcomes and Effective Research and Education, UAB Graduate Student Government President, and Employment Concerns Chair for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, Southeastern Region. Haley received a BA in Sociology from the University of North Alabama, a MA in Sociology from UAB, and is completing a Phd in Medical Sociology at UAB.
Yuval Yossefy is joining Innovate Birmingham as our Data Analyst through his fellowship with Venture for America. VFA recruits top college graduates and assists in placing them in startups in cities with emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems, where they spend two years building companies that matter.
Yuval is a recent graduate of Brown University. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in the History of Economic Theory. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, eating good food, and spending time with close family and friends. Having recently moved to The Magic City, Yuval can't wait to explore the city until he can confidently call it home!
Innovate Birmingham’s lean team of staff works closely with the volunteer Work Groups organized around key areas that we support, connect, and leverage. We have purposefully chosen to work through a network of small, strategic, action-oriented Work Groups for implementation.
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