Executive Committee

Dan Skiba, Vice Chair, Programs
Dan Skiba


Dan Skiba, Managing Director Skiba Advisory Associates

As a Product Development Company Executive, I provide strategic leadership in product innovation and managing global teams, delivering award-winning products to the international market. My ability to problem solve, direct the entire product development lifecycle, and gain commitment to a common goal have driven faster release of products and market penetration. By building synergies across all Product Life Cycle disciplines, we have delivered products that result in 100% product utilization and seamless integration into customer environments. My skills in optimizing international resources have significantly reduced costs and streamlined production, delivering product excellence.

hult brian
Brian Hult


Brian Hult, Founding Partner, Blue Nexus Ventures

Brian is a founding partner of private equity firm Blue Nexus Ventures. He joined BNV from Cabot Boston Credit Union and Cabot Corporation. For over 9 years at Cabot Boston Credit Union he held the roles of Member and Chairman, Board of Directors and was responsible for the management of the funds of 800 members totaling over $7.4 AUM. Over the 9 years he held leadership roles conducting audits, loan reviews, credit underwriting, reviewing and revising policy compliance processes, and implementation of member growth strategies.

For over 11 years at Cabot Corporation Mr. Hult held roles of increasing responsibility in New Product Chemistry, Process Engineering, and Strategic Market Development which resulted in the development of intellectual property, the scaling of new products from lab-scale to metric ton production scales, and commercial launches in Inkjet Printing, Automotive and Industrial Rubber, and Battery industries.

He has a history of startups and experience in a variety of industries including internet gaming, performance and racing automotive aftermarket, aquaculture, clean tech, environmental, consulting and marketing & advertising.

He holds a Masters of Science degree in Technology Entrepreneurship and a Masters of Science degree in Chemistry and Materials Science from Northeastern University and a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry with minors in Physics and Business Administration from Eastern Nazarene College.

William Mansfield
William Mansfield


William Mansfield, Atty & Patent Atty, MANSFIELD LAW ~Protect Your Passion~
Board & Secretary, Boston ENET

Attorney William Mansfield is a patent attorney and is a lawyer in MA & NY; high bar exam scores allowed him to waive into D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. He won the CALI Award for perfect grades in an IP course, and he has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam covering all types of engineering. He assists clients with corporate and IP law using trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, licensing, patents, strategic partnerships, and succession planning.

From 2004, he has worked on legal matters & he has counseled entrepreneurs/startups since 2009 thru Mansfield Law. He has worked on patent prosecution, especially business method, business process, electrical, mechanical, telecommunications, and e-commerce patents. He has filed for global IP protection and has a network of foreign IP professionals.

Maureen Mansfield, Vice Chair, Alliances
Maureen Mansfield

Vice Chair – Alliances

MaureenMansfield@Post.Harvard.EDU, Maureen is a co-founder of iTravelNow. Maureen has been a television reporter, has started two charities, and has worked in business development for professional services firms. She organizes “The Joy of Law” series offering conversations over coffee with counselors.

Dan Skiba, Vice Chair, Programs
Roger Frechette

Vice Chair – Life Sciences

Dr. Roger Frechette, Co-Founder and Principal of New England PharmAssociates

Roger is Co-founder and Principal of New England PharmAssociates, a consultancy offering on-demand executive and business advisory services to life sciences enterprises. Dr. Frechette has been a volunteer with Boston ENET since 2014, and supports area start-ups as a mentor for MassBio’s MassCONNECT Program and the MTTC’s Platform Program.

Jessica Su
Jessica Su


 Jessica Su, CPA, MSA, Manager of Financial Reporting and Technical Accounting, 

Jessica is a business advisory consultant with extensive experiences in planning and executing financial and operational audits, SOx 404 audit, contract compliance review, forensic investigation, IFRS conversion and various advisory projects. A multilingual, creative problem-solver with experiences working in large and complex client environment, she has worked in software, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and financial services. Jessica received KPMG Encore Award 2012.


handzel amir
Amir Handzel


Amir Handzel, Data Scientist, Personalized Medicine

Dr. Handzel consults to the Life Science and Healthcare industries.  He has extensive experience in R&D at companies ranging from small biotech to large international pharma,
as well as leading a global technical marketing group at MathWorks, a scientific software company.  He obtained his M.Sc. in Physics and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Kristin King, Vice Chair, Online Programming
William Byrnes


William Byrnes

508‐833‐1358, wrbyrnes@aol.com Bill is an attorney and senior executive with 25+ years of experience building value by commercializing information and technology. Bill’s focus involves a unique application of his legal and business management experience on the day‐to‐day management of all elements of the product, sales, and contract life cycles as the core of the business. The effect of this focus can convert expense into value driven to the bottom line with increased shareholder value as the results.

Howard Sholkin
Howard Sholkin

Public Relations

Howard Sholkin

Howard Sholkin has several decades of marketing communication experience across industry sectors. Since 2018, he has served as President of Newton Community Pride, a non-profit supporting a few dozen events in the city where he is a lifelong resident. In 2014, he formed Sholkin Consulting to deliver digital marketing services to technology and financial services companies. He also served on the adjunct faculty of Boston University and Lasell College for five years.

In 2003, he was hired as director of corporate communications at International Data Group (IDG) where he served Founder Pat McGovern. Sholkin later became director of communication and marketing programs for the CEO of IDG Communications, a global technology media and events subsidiary. IDG brands include Computerworld, PCWorld, Macworld, and CIO. Sholkin has held senior marketing and communication positions at technology product and services companies such as Computervision; Technology Concepts, a subsidiary of Bell Atlantic; Corporate Software; and, Digital Equipment Corp./Compaq. He was a columnist for PR News and for Personal Branding magazine, one of the first publications on social media.

Since 1990, Sholkin has been active in the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) where he once served as president of the Boston chapter.  Currently, he is co-chair of the national PRSA Investment Committee. He serves on the boards of three non-profits: Newton Community Pride, Boston Entrepreneurs Network (ENET) and Temple Shalom of Newton.

Dave Hall
Dave Hall

eMinute Pitch

Dave Hall, Founder & CEO, DLH Technology, Advisors, Startup Strategy & Venture Capital Consulting

Dave is Founder and CEO of DLH Technology Advisors. He is a startup & strategy Executive, Innovation Consultant, Advisory Board Member, Connector, Evangelist and Speaker for growth companies looking to implement, optimize, and fund their Go-to-Market plan.

DLH Technology Advisors offers consulting services including Startup Strategy, & Frameworks, Business Development, Startup Marketing, Go-to-Market Strategy, Executive Coaching and Startup Funding Channels. DLH has resources for CRM development services including Salesforce implementation, AppExchange App Development, QuickStarts, Lead Architect and Admin Services for the entire Salesforce product line – www.DLHsales.com

Fausto Molinet
Fausto Molinet

Founder & IEEE Representative

Fausto Molinet

Fausto is currently a co-founder for Celeriss, Inc., developing solutions for crosstalk suppression in wireline communications. He is a retired USAF Lt. Col, former senior manager at ITEK, and President of Matrix Internationale, a strategic planning consultancy. He has an MSEE and is the co-founder of ENet.  www.celeriss.com  

Mike Chester
Michael S. Chester

Chair Emeritus

Michael S. Chester

508 872-1708, m.chester@ieee.org.  As a serial entrepreneur and president of International Manufacturing Consultants, Mike has started companies in both the USA China.  He helps startups with strategy, operations, business development, technology commercialization, and capital raising.  He has set up wireless payment banking systems in China.  

Robert Adelson
Robert A. Adelson

Chair Emeritus

Robert A. Adelson, Adelson & Associates, LLC

617‐204‐5602,  rob@attorneyadelson.com is a corporate and tax attorney. With over 25 years of experience, Rob represents startup and smaller companies with issues of LLCs and incorporation, allocation of founders’ equity, shareholder arrangements, employee recruitment, trademarks and IP protection, M&A and strategic alliances, licensing and commercial contracts, VC, angel finance and term sheet negotiations. He also represents employees and executives negotiating employment terms, stock, options, non‐competes, severance and termination and consultants on liability issues, IP protections, and vendor, client and subcontractor contracting arrangements. 

Millie Kwan, Chair
Millie Kwan

Chair Emeritus

Millie Kwan, President, The WSI Touch

Millie is Founder and President of The WSI Touch, a digital marketing agency that has been serving small to medium-sized businesses in Greater Boston since 2009. Millie has over 20 years’ experience in IT development, management, education and research. She received her Doctor of Business Administration degree from Boston University and M.S. in Computer Science from Washington University in St Louis. She has taught at Babson College, University of Hong Kong and Boston University. She has published research on knowledge management, process redesign and workflow management. In her early career, she specialized in the field of library automation and has led the implementation of various library systems for the University of Rhode Island, the HELIN Library Consortium of Rhode Island, and Washington University in St Louis. 

Kathleen Ballos
Kathleen Ballos


Kathleen Ballos, Ballos Associates Web Design and Email Marketing (www.ballos.com)

978-855-1001, Kathleen@ballos.com

Kathleen is a website designer and developer.  In 1995, Kathleen resigned as vice president of a data-driven direct mail catalog and manufacturing company located in Westford, MA to pursue a longtime goal as an entrepreneur. Kathleen has received various recognition throughout her career, including awards presented by W.R. Grace Corporation and McGraw-Hill Corporation.

get involved. be a volunteer!

Help us organize startup events and speaker panels.

our sponsors

Burns Levinson logo
CIC Logo Inno Horizontal Orange
Boston Consultants' Network logo
Fish & Richardson logo
Gesmer UpdeGrove, LLP logo
Lasell University Logo
McCarter & English logo
Microsoft Technology Centers logo

become a sponsor

Sponsor our startup events to support the tech and life sciences startup community.

sign up for our newsletter

Get startup event announcements and updates.

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: . You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact