Marcus joins CO.LAB as a recent transplant from the Baltimore-D.C. area. Marcus is the former senior director of business development and partnerships for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a D.C.-based nonprofit that helps build diversity and leadership pipelines for corporate institutions, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. While there, he significantly grew MLT’s partnerships with Fortune 500 partners and led the proposal for an entrepreneurship development program focused on women and minorities. Marcus is also the founder of a boutique consulting company that specializes in working with startups and small to medium-sized businesses. Marcus holds an MBA from Duke University as well as a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Tia has served as the spokesperson for CO.LAB on both the national and local level since joining the team in 2013. As Chief Communications Officer she manages press relations, public outreach, and community engagement, as well as developing overall strategy for the organization. Before joining CO.LAB, she served as the Writer and Communications Coordinator for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce where she collaborated with a team to promote Chattanooga’s advanced broadband infrastructure to audiences around the globe. Tia is a native Chattanoogan and graduate of Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. She spends her spare time reading, learning, and creative writing. Her first entrepreneurial venture was a make-believe amusement park which she tried to charge people to enter (she was 7).
Jennifer is a recent transplant from Birmingham, AL, and joins us as our Director of Programs. Jennifer has a wide range of experience in technology and entrepreneurship, and recently served as the President of TechBirmingham where she formed Birmingham’s Angel Investor Network. Jennifer’s entrepreneurial experience dates back to 1996 when she founded her first tech company. She has served as an educator at University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as other noteable universities in the South. Jennifer is a board member of the Startup Champions Network.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, Tim graduated with a degree in Public Relations from Lee University in 2015. He has served in a communications role in a variety of industries in Chattanooga, including economic development, venture capital, and healthcare. He was introduced to Chattanooga’s startup culture when he was hired to manage social media for the first Startup Week in 2014. When he’s not managing data or CO.LAB’s digital assets, he is probably camping with friends and playing music. Tim’s first entrepreneurial venture was at the age of 7 when he conceived the idea for a bidet, but it was a dream cut short when he discovered the product’s already long existence.
Katie grew up in Dothan, Alabama and came up to Chattanooga to attend Covenant College, where she majored in history with a focus on British history. After college, she began my journey into the startup world at Tricycle, Inc., as a traffic manager then moved into the development world at Covenant College, raising annual fund dollars along with grant writing. She spent time in several other local startups, including Quickcue and Variable. She recruited talent for Lamp Post Group and over the last few years managed the Chattanooga Gigabit Community Fund for Mozilla Foundation. Katie currently runs CO.LAB’s Kiva program – a crowdfunding loan platform providing 0% interest loans up to $10,000. After childhood dreams of a dog washing business fizzled out around age 8, she started her own cleaning business at 14 when she needed to save money to buy a car and hasn’t stopped hustling since!
Zac is a fourth-generation Chattanoogan. As CO.LAB’s operations assistant, Zac brings years of analytics and database experience to the organization and also takes on office manager responsibilities. He studied marketing and management at UTC with a focus on entrepreneurship, and has since worked on projects for educational organizations across Chattanooga. Zac was first introduced to entrepreneurship when helping manage his elementary school’s bookstore, and first became involved at CO.LAB in 2011 by volunteering at 48Hour Launch. In his spare time, he enjoys improv and hosting board game nights around Chattanooga.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Erroll grew up watching his father operate his construction business and eventually worked for the same business overseeing job sites. He studied psychology at UTC where he also played as a student athlete for the Mocs football team. Erroll’s hobbies include coding and reading, which helped him launch two startups—Super Juices, LLC., and Expozr Tech. As COLAB’s operations coordinator, he oversees office management and leads two of CO.LAB’s outreach programs that teach entrepreneurial skills and thinking in the community.
Megan HanewaldExecutive Assistant
Jackson DavisCO.LAB Fellow
Gabriel WamanyuCO.LAB Fellow
Our team is supported by a network of dedicated mentors and diverse partners who invest countless hours and endless energy into our startups.
Board of Directors
Kristina Montague, ChairManaging Partner, The JumpFund
George Brown, Vice ChairCEO, Aegle Gear
Wade Hinton, SecretaryVP of Diversity and Inclusion, Unum
Travis Lytle, TreasurerSVP, SmartBank
Rick HitchcockAttorney and Shareholder, Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel
Ken HaysPresident and CEO, The Enterprise Center
Charlie BrockPresident Emeritus, Launch Tennessee
Sheldon GrizzleCo-founder, Chattanooga Football Club
Robert DooleyDean, UTC College of Business
Roy KeithPartner, Stonington Partners
Mattias JannerboAttorney, Miller & Martin PLLC
Tangela JohnsonPresident and CEO, North Georgia Center for Educational Excellence
Stefanie CroweChief Inspiration Officer, The JumpFund