IMPACT 307 Staff

Our staff are knowledgeable and capable counselors and mentors who have impressive educational, corporate, and functional backgrounds that can be directly applied into start-up guidance and toward serving as de facto management or advisory boards for those companies.

Learn more about each member of our team below.

IMPACT Laramie

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Fred Schmechel

Interim Director, IMPACT Laramie | Serving Southeastern Wyoming

(307) 766-6399
fschmech@uwyo.edu

EDUCATION

B.A. Art, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
M.P.A., University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

SPECIALTIES/FOCUS

  • Ideation to first growth development of companies
  • Designing effective and economical options for relaying information to customers
  • Developing creative solutions to specialized marketing programs

BACKGROUND & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

As Assistant Director, Fred directly counsels client companies on all aspects of their business needs. His work also includes oversight of the Fisher Innovation Launchpad and the Southeast Wyoming Innovation Launchpad, and he is working on creating similar programs across the southeast and eastern sides of the state. Additionally, because the arts sector drives the culture of innovation and creativity that fuels tech sectors, Fred works with visual and performing artist clients in our arts incubation program.

Trained as a sculptor and graphic designer, Fred joined the IMPACT 307 in the fall of 2010. Prior to joining IMPACT 307, he spent several years involved in all aspects of the small-run printing industry including design and project management. Having designed everything from the usual printing needs, to large projects such as a food truck or the digital and printing needs of an entire conference, Fred enjoys meeting challenging needs.

Fred’s artistic pedigree includes having work shown in the National Wildlife Museum and studying under famed graphic designer David Carson. With his background in sculpture, specifically in cast metals, Fred possesses the ability to look at problems from multiple angles and assist in coming up with creative and effective solutions.

Fred currently serves on the board of directors for the Wyoming Humanities Council and TechTalk Laramie, a Laramie based technology workers oriented 501(c)3 he helped to co-found in 2017. He is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Wyoming.

Monica Jo Patten

Assistant Director, IMPACT Laramie | Serving Southwestern Wyoming

307-466-3963
mpatten1@uwyo.edu

EDUCATION

B.S – Chemistry, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA

M.S. – Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MBA – Indiana University Bloomington

 

SPECIALITIES/FOCUS

  • Startups to mature businesses looking for growth
  • Consumer focused innovation
  • New product development from early research to manufacturing
  • Intellectual property landscaping and strategy

 

PRODUCT/TECHNOLOGY EXPERIENCE

Organic synthesis, small molecules, polymers, organometallics, pharmaceuticals (oncology, antiviral, and ophthalmology), FMCG, consumer products, dyes (oxidative and direct), prototyping and testing, formulation, OLEDs, intellectual property landscaping, quality control, stability testing, chemical research and manufacturing equipment, technical transfers, outsourcing

 

BACKGROUND & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Monica joined IMPACT 307 in February 2021 after a successful career in chemical industry spanning from early research to late stage development. Monica began her career as a medicinal chemist at Pfizer. At Procter & Gamble she did R&D on hair dyes. She is an inventor of syntheses of ME+TM, which is an oxidative dye for hair colorants. ME+TM has been used in reformulations of flagship brands for Wella and Clairol, and provides lower risk for consumer allergy developments. Combined sales of Wella and Clairol brands are approximately $1 billion/year. Also at P&G, Monica led a group which reviewed current patent and academic literature in the field of color science. Her summaries of these findings helped inspire new projects and internal collaborations across global P&G. At PPG, Monica developed manufacturing methods for 3-5 new OLED materials a year. Through PPG’s partner, UDC, these materials have been commercialized and sold for use in OLED screens. Monica is an inventor on five patents (issued and filed).

 

From Harvey Mudd College, Monica received her B.S. in chemistry and a strong foundation for working across all technical fields. At UIUC, she trained in synthetic organic chemistry in the labs of Scott Denmark. During her MBA from Indiana University Bloomington, she consulted for a Fortune 500 process engineering company and a small health care startup. She is originally from Wyoming (Gillette and Green River).

 

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Meghan Kerley

Business Counselor, IMPACT Laramie

(307) 766-6409
mkerley@uwyo.edu

EDUCATION

B.A. Anthropology, Kenyon College Minor Biology

SPECIALTIES/FOCUS

  • Startups to mature businesses looking for growth
  • New product development and product lifecycle management
  • Intellectual property as part of strategic and tactical business planning or execution
  • Market segmentation and value proposition analysis

BACKGROUND & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Meghan joined the IMPACT 307 team in 2016 and is a Business Counselor. Meghan uses the analytical and enterprise skills that she has learned from years of extensive fieldwork and research in archaeology and microbiology in order to help entrepreneurs solve problems and find solutions. Meghan has worked for the US Forest Service, performing fieldwork in archaeology/cultural resources, as well as for the National Park Service, where she was the cultural resources liaison for restoration efforts following a wildfire. While in graduate school, Meghan’s research focused primarily on clay/ceramics sourcing, parks management, and ancient space usage.  

Meghan is enthusiastic about youth entrepreneurship and encouraging students to use their talents in innovation and support. She currently oversees the dynamic team of interns at IMPACT 307. These interns come from different colleges and schools at UW and are able to put their academic backgrounds to real-world problem-solving at IMPACT 307. Meghan also manages all IMPACT Laramie building and resident client processes, financial systems, and intern HR issues. Meghan lives in Laramie, where she enjoys spending time with her family, leading Girl Scouts, and experiencing all that Wyoming has to offer. 

IMPACT Casper

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Eric Schlidt

Director, IMPACT Casper

(307) 315-6401
eschlid1@uwyo.edu

EDUCATION

B.S. Physiology, University of Wyoming, Concentration Neuroscience
B.A. Honors, University of Wyoming, Minor Economics
M.S. Health Service Administration, University of Wyoming, Concentration
Health Institution LeadershipSPECIALTIES/FOCUS

  • Operations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Administration and Leadership

BACKGROUND & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Eric Schlidt was appointed Director of IMPACT Casper in January 2020. Eric is currently pursuing an MBA through the University of Wyoming. He is honored to be selected as Wyoming Business Report’ Forty Under 40 and also serves as Chief of Marketing for Wyoming’s ENGAGE (Empowering the Next Generation to Advance and Grow the Economy).

Previously, he was the Associate Director for the Master of Science in Health Services Administration at the University of Wyoming and the track director of Health Institution Leadership. He has worked in healthcare administration, business development and geriatrics in rural Wyoming.

Eric’s degrees from the University of Wyoming include: Master of Science in Health Service Administration with a concentration in Health Institution Leadership, Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience and a Bachelor’s of Arts in the Honor’s Program with a minor in Economics. While enrolled in his graduate studies, he was the operations manager of a reproductive clinic in Laramie, Wyoming. He started his own company and managed a remote placer gold mine in the Yukon Territory. He has had experience working in hospitals and clinics throughout Wyoming.

Mr. Schlidt currently lives in Casper, Wyoming where he enjoys the vast wilderness that is Wyoming and exploring its beauty. He is an active member of Rotary and a certified Advanced Open Water Diver. He enjoys world travel and has made it to six out of the seven continents.

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John Glassburn

Assistant Director, IMPACT Casper

(307) 315-6404
glassbur@uwyo.edu

EDUCATION

B.S. Finance, University of Wyoming, Minors Economics, Banking and Financial Services
B.S. Accounting, University of Wyoming

SPECIALTIES/FOCUS

  • Cost reduction and business expansion
  • Financial preparation and analysis
  • Cost accounting across multiple industries

BACKGROUND & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

John joined the IMPACT 307 (formally WTBC) team in October 2011. John works with clients to make sure that they have accurate financials so that they can make proper decisions based off these financials. He also works with clients to research and explore areas for business expansion and cost reduction. Before joining the IMPACT 307 team, John worked in a family owned furniture business, where he worked as both a bookkeeper and builder.

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Brian Young

Assistant Director, IMPACT Casper | Serving Central Wyoming

(720) 365-6694
byoung13@uwyo.edu

EDUCATION

B.S. Business Administration, University of Colorado at Boulder

J.D. Juris Doctor, University of Idaho College of Law

SPECIALTIES/FOCUS

  • Company Structure
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Small Business Financing

BACKGROUND & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Brian has over 20 years of experience with companies ranging from startups to global corporations. He has held leadership positions at publicly traded corporate entities and founded several small businesses. His background includes governance,  taxation, and executive management.   He has also studied business in graduate school at the University of South Dakota.
Whether playing golf, going fishing, or hiking in the beautiful Wyoming mountains, Brian enjoys everything the great outdoors has to offer.

IMPACT Sheridan

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Scot Rendall

Director, IMPACT Sheridan

(307) 675-1939
srendall@uwyo.edu

EDUCATION

B.A. Economics-Business, University of California, Los Angeles
MBA, Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

SPECIALTIES/FOCUS

  • Strategic planning
  • Business analysis
  • Cost reduction
  • Process improvement

BACKGROUND & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Scot joined the IMPACT 307 in April 2018. Prior to leading the Sheridan Incubator, Scot spent several years providing CFO leadership and business consulting to small and mid-sized, privately-held companies. He would work alongside business owners to improve their operations, establish strategic growth plans, and achieve a higher level of business success by increasing revenue, profits, and the overall value of their companies. His consulting practice covered a number of different industries, including oil field services, manufacturing, real estate, and construction contracting. Eight of Scot’s client companies went through business transitions, including one that resulted in a $50 million sale of a packaged foods company to a private equity firm. Scot began his career in accounting and assurance services for Ernst & Young, one of the “Big 4” international accounting and consulting firms.

After completing his Berkeley MBA, he spent 15 years in various operational financial management roles with Intel Corporation, Hewlett Packard, and Agilent Technologies. In addition to his financial expertise, Scot has acquired an understanding of success factors in all functional areas commonly under the responsibility of the CFO and Administration functions, including human resources, information technology, legal, and risk management.

John Wetzel

Business Counselor, IMPACT Park County

(307) 272-0085
jwetzel2@uwyo.edu

EDUCATION

BA, History, Minor in Business; University of Wyoming

MA, Industrial Education, Graphic Communications; Clemson University

SPECIALTIES/FOCUS

  • Marketing
  • Business Operations
  • Administration and Leadership

BACKGROUND & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

John joined IMPACT 307 in July, 2022. After traveling in Europe for several months, riding 3,600 miles on a bicycle, John landed in Denver, CO, to start a career in the printing industry. He moved to Powell, WY, in 1992 where community development and family became his life’s focus. John worked in the publishing business for 30 years, primarily in advertising and sales, partnering with companies of all sizes to promote and grow their profits.

John served on the Powell City Council for 11 years and is currently in his second four-year term as Mayor. Experience in both private industry and government have honed his knowledge of project planning and personnel and financial management necessary for successful business operations.

Among his other volunteer commitments, John is a graduate of the Leadership Wyoming Class of 2020 and serves on the organization’s board. In his free time, he takes advantage of Wyoming’s outdoor fun by floating rivers, pheasant hunting, and golfing.

Skye Heeren

Assistant Director, IMPACT Sheridan | Serving Northern Wyoming

(307) 675-1939
skye@uwyo.edu

EDUCATION

B.A. International Studies; Economics, University of Wyoming

SPECIALTIES/FOCUS

  • Strategic planning
  • Organizational leadership
  • Business development

BACKGROUND & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Skye Heeren joins the IMPACT 307 team serving Northern Wyoming, through the Sheridan office.

Her varied professional roles, working across Wyoming’s nonprofit, business and government sectors, have allowed her to hone her expertise in the areas of , sales and marketing/branding, fund development, event management, board development and governance. She is also a certified Human Capital Coach. As a life-long Wyomingite, Skye is passionate about diversifying and expanding Wyoming’s economy for the next generation so that young professionals and families can remain in the state and thrive in a vibrant, sustainable economy.

Skye has personally launched several small businesses over the last decade including an online coffee company, a lifestyle jewelry business and a nonprofit organization – which she relates has given her a lot of first-hand experience and insight into many of the challenges facing today’s entrepreneurs. When asked what she finds most gratifying about working with entrepreneurs, Skye responds that she is addicted to the spark that happens when you’re able to help connect people with the resources they need to take that next big step in making their dream a reality – there’s nothing like that feeling!

Skye is excited to work with entrepreneurs across Northern Wyoming.

Jessica Madden

Statewide Marketing Coordinator, IMPACT Sheridan

(307) 675-1939
jmadden5@uwyo.edu

EDUCATION

Disability & Human Services, Western Dakota Technical Institute

SPECIALTIES/FOCUS

  • Marketing Coordination
  • Human Resources (Recruitment and Retention)
  • Office Administration and Organization
  • Motivational Coaching/Mentoring

BACKGROUND & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Jessica Madden joins the Impact 307 team, serving Sheridan County as well as facilitating marketing coordination throughout the state. She brings several years of experience with respect to career counseling and guidance, recruitment and retention strategies, workplace environment and culture enhancement strategies, grant management, office administration, employee onboarding and training best practices, marketing strategies, and crisis intervention. Having lived in Sheridan for nearly 20 years, Jessica is thankful for the opportunity to have the beautiful Big Horns in her backyard and takes full advantage of immersing herself into the landscape whenever she’s able. 

Jessica’s outgoing personality coupled with her intuitive nature has served as a catalyst for mentoring employees up the organizational ladder as well as providing dislocated workers with hopeful options and means toward self sufficiency through grants and the collaboration of various community resources. Additionally, she has been responsible for launching and implementing technology upgrades and efficiencies in several organizations, and has created several data collecting and mentoring tools that have been adopted statewide. Jessica serves as the College Relations Director for SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and enjoys working with several nonprofits in the area to further enrich the community. She has a passion for inspiring, motivating, and energizing others to first see, and then reach, their full potential. Jessica’s ability to genuinely connect with people is a true strength of hers and she is delighted to act as the “hub” for information and content sharing throughout the state of Wyoming for IMPACT 307!

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