Cynthia Faullin, Assistant Director, Incubator Management of EnterpriseWorks Cynthia Faullin rejoined the University in early 2014 as the Assistant Director for Operations in the Research Park. She brings with her more than twenty years of public and private sector experience to her role in the Research Park. Before Research Park, Ms. Faullin was the Vice President of Development for One Main Development in Downtown Champaign. She is credited with being part of the development team for M2 on Neil and for the design and finishes of many of the building’s interior spaces, including the condominiums. Ms. Faullin was also responsible for the residential sales and commercial leasing in both One Main Plaza and M2 on Neil.Ms. Faullin is proudly Canadian and graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, but loves the Midwest and feels particularly at home in Champaign-Urbana. Since she has lived here she has devoted time to numerous Arts-related organizations including 40 North (producing the first ACE Awards), C-U Ballet and Artists Against Aids. Responsibilities: Oversees management and leasing of the EnterpriseWorks incubator, program implementation, and metrics. 



Marissa Siero, Incubation and Entrepreneurship Outreach Coordinator Illinois University Incubator Network and University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and  EDA University Center   
Marissa joined the Enterprise Works team in February 2017 to organize and manage the EDA funded Illinois Incubator Network and University of Illinois Urbana Champaign EDA University Center to help entrepreneurship centers in downstate Illinois. Marissa’s role as the Co-founder of IntelliWheels, Inc., an EnterpriseWorks startup for wheelchair technology, has provided her first-hand entrepreneurial experience. In 2013 Marissa was awarded the Woman of the Year, Central Illinois Business Magazine, was the Keynote speaker at the State of Illinois SBDC Conference in 2015, and recognized as an outstanding Instructor in College of Engineering, for her Lectures in Entrepreneurship course. She is completing her PhD in Applied Heath Sciences. Marissa enjoys spending time mentoring entrepreneurs and being a part of the Champaign – Urbana entrepreneurship community.
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Laura Bleill, Associate Director of EnterpriseWorks and UIUC Research Park Laura Weisskopf Bleill is the Associate Director of the University of Illinois Research Park. She has been with Research Park in a variety of capacities since 2010. Bleill is responsible for expanding the Research Park’s outreach to students on campus as well as building entrepreneurial resources and collaborating across campus with other entities. She is the co-PI on the AWARE entrepreneurship inclusion effort funded by the National Science Foundation. An accidental entrepreneur, Bleill is the Mom-in-Chief of, an online magazine for Champaign-Urbana families. Laura was part of Central Illinois Business Magazine’s Forty Under Forty class of 2014 and received a 2013 Difference Maker Award from the United Way of Champaign County. Bleill is on the board of the Champaign Urbana Jewish Federation and Visit Champaign County and volunteers with many local organizations. She has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She lives in Champaign with her husband and three daughters. Responsibilities: Oversees Research Park marketing, communications, events/programming, and EnterpriseWorks intern team. Serves as the evangelist of the Research Park and EnterpriseWorks incubator, meeting routinely with external stakeholders, prospective corporations and new entrepreneurs.

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Laura Frerichs, Director of EnterpriseWorks and UIUC Research Park 
Laura Frerichs is the University of Illinois Research Park Director and Director of Economic Development for the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus. She is responsible for managing startup company services at the EnterpriseWorks technology incubator, marketing the Research Park, and supporting the University’s economic development efforts. Her board positions also include FARM Illinois and the Association of University Research Parks. Under Frerichs’ leadership, the Research Park was named AURP Outstanding Research Park of the Year in 2011, by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 3 College Town Incubators in 2013, and by Forbes in 2013 as one of 12 Business Incubators Changing the World. She serves on the boards of the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, the Illinois Technology Association and the Illinois Science and Tech Coalition. In 2015, she received the Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award. Laura was named “Woman of the Year” by Central Illinois Business Magazine in 2009; awarded the Entrepreneur Advocacy Award at the Champaign County Innovation Celebration, 2011; and presented the 2013 Athena Young Professional Award. Laura is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Media and served as Student Body President at the Urbana-Champaign campus.

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