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This page shows the program administrators of the Garber Venture Capital Fund.
Portrait of Steve Carpenter.

Steve Carpenter

Steve Carpenter, BSME/MBA, is an Adjunct Instructor at the Smeal College of Business Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Steve teaches Entrepreneurial Finance to 2nd year MBA students and serves as the Program Administrator for the Garber Fund. Steve’s primary employment is with the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central PA where he serves as the Senior Vice President. The LSGPA is a seed-stage investment organization that invests up to $2 million in promising life science companies in central Pennsylvania. Steve’s principal responsibilities include serving as director or board observer for portfolio companies, evaluating prospective companies and performing due diligence for investment.

Portrait of Shawn Clark.

 Dr. Shawn M. Clark 

Dr. Shawn Clark is Director of the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Michael J. Farrell Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Smeal College of Business. He teaches courses in corporate innovation, entrepreneurship, business planning, strategic management, enterprise modeling, project management, and management consulting. His current research focuses on business architecture modeling,corporate innovation, and the strategic alignment of business and information technologies. He has consulted with and helped manage projects for IBM, Lockheed Martin, Oracle, Ford Motor Company, Disney, U.S. Marine Corps, NSA, Chubb Insurance, Providence Gas, and Brooklyn Union, among others.In addition to careers in consulting and academia, Shawn has launched new business ventures and filled a variety of product and software application development roles. Shawn earned his Master’s in Organizational Behavior of Science degree at Brigham Young University and Ph.D. in Business Administration at Penn State.

Portrait of Mandy Laub. 

Mandy Laub

Mandy Laub is an Administrative Assistant at the Smeal College of Business Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In that role she supports the activities of the Garber Venture Capital Fund. Mandy started her Penn State administrative career over 12 years ago, originally at Smeal College before expanding her expertise to the Materials Science and Engineering Department as their financial coordinator. Ms. Laub also has experience serving as the Chair for the EMS Staff Advisory Council.