IMPACT 307 is a statewide network of innovation-driven business incubators committed to growing and strengthening Wyoming’s entrepreneurial community by providing resources and support for founders to thrive.

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


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


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


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.

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Monica Jo Patten

Assistant Director, IMPACT Laramie | Serving Southwestern Wyoming



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

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

MBA – Indiana University Bloomington



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



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



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


B.A. Anthropology, Kenyon College Minor Biology


  • 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


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. As an undergraduate, Meghan performed archaeological field and lab research in/on the site of El Coyote, Honduras, managing teams of 2-15 (typically, 6-8). During her undergrad career, she also performed microbiological research on myosin II mutations and trained incoming researchers in protocols and laboratory techniques. 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, in which she oversaw recordation efforts and worked alongside botany, interpretation, law enforcement, and fire crews to preserve historic sites. While in graduate school, Meghan’s research focused primarily on clay/ceramics sourcing (also 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.

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Veronica Donahue

Business Services Manager, IMPACT 307



B.S. Business Management, University of Wyoming


  • Early-Stage Development Strategies
  • Decision Science & Data Management
  • Human Resource Strategies


Veronica Donahue joined the IMPACT 307 team in June 2021. She serves as the Business Services Manager which supports the team in expanding startup programs statewide.

After earning her degree at the University of Wyoming, Veronica worked on the highly-successful COVID-19 Support Program of the Wyoming Women’s Business Center. This gave her valuable experience working one-on-one with entrepreneurs throughout the state to develop resilience strategies, expand digital marketing skills, and overcome obstacles presented by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In her role at IMPACT, Veronica serves as an additional resource to startups, helping them navigate the business resource network, find information, and connect with advisors specific to their needs. She believes in the power of relationship building and networking as a catalyst for strengthening the entrepreneurial community in Wyoming.


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Eric Schlidt

Director, IMPACT Casper

(307) 315-6401


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


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


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


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


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.

Brian Young

Assistant Director, IMPACT Casper | Serving Central Wyoming

(307) 315-6412


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

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


  • Company Structure
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Small Business Financing


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


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


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


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.

Skye Heeren

Assistant Director, IMPACT Sheridan | Serving Northern Wyoming

(307) 675-1939


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


  • Strategic planning
  • Organizational leadership
  • Business development


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.

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