Maggie Brickerman

Partner, gener8tor
Managing Director, gBETA

Maggie came to gener8tor after ten years of working for Wisconsin political organizations and campaigns, where she gained extensive experience starting things from scratch, building high-functioning teams and managing big budgets.

A Wisconsin native, Maggie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008.

Adam Choe

Director, gBETA Medtech & Minneapolis

Adam came to gener8tor after six years of industry and two years of academic research experience. Adam's industry experience included roles at companies such as Nestle Healthcare, WuXi AppTec and St. Jude Medical (now Abbott). Adam then transitioned to the University of Minnesota for back to back research fellowships (the first in Innovation and the second in Noninvasive Neuromodulation). Over the past eight years, he has worked with new technologies in Medtech ranging from class III devices to software. 

Adam received his Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology and Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. He went on to receive his Master of Science in Medical Device Innovation from the University of Minnesota in 2016.

Phil Fonfara

Director, gBETA Beloit

As a teen Phil started his first business which he successfully ran for five years during the summer months, before joining New North where he managed the Fast Forward startup accelerator program for two years. Most recently Phil worked in commercial banking in the Appleton area before joining the gener8tor team. 

A Wisconsin native, Phil received degrees in Business Administration and Economics from St. Norbert College.

rachel gunder

Co-Director, gBETA Milwaukee
Program Manager, gener8tor Madison

Rachel started her career in the education space. She received her Bachelor’s in English and Secondary Education from the University of Miami in 2017. After graduating, she went on to work in the Communications sector of a national nonprofit based out of Miami, called the Parkinson’s Foundation. She returned home to Madison, where she began working at gener8tor, assisting with a number of the Wisconsin programs. She is currently the Program Director of gener8tor Madison 2019 and will take on the Program Director position of gBETA Milwaukee this Summer.

Jess Kerr

Director, gBETA Cincy
Program Manager, The Brandery

Jess joined the gener8tor team through the recent partnership with The Brandery. Prior to her role as the Brandery Program Manager, she spent two years as the Director of Development for a food waste recovery nonprofit. A Cincinnati native, Jess studied Marketing at the University of Dayton and interned for the Brandery in 2015.

alex kuklinski

Director, NMotion

Mischa Hamara

Director, gBETA Toronto

Mischa is passionate about working with people who like to disrupt the status quo. He’s had years of experience managing a team of diverse speakers and facilitators. Together, they mobilized communities to take action on relevant issues. Mischa also taught Leadership at the University of Toronto and in 2016, he designed the Incubator program at WE’s Global Learning Centre. His specializations are in strategy, business development, human centred design and coaching.

Jenni Le

Director, gBETA Madison

Jenni came to gener8tor after working for several years as a science writer and policy analyst for two state governments, and three years working for a conservation non-profit dedicated to supporting voluntary conservation on working land through ethics, science and incentives. Throughout her career, Jenni has gained deep experience communicating technical topics to wide audiences, and developed a passion working for mission-driven organizations.

Jenni has her B.S. in Biology and is currently getting her MBA from UW Madison.

Chelsea Linder

Director, gBETA Indy

Chelsea joined the gener8tor team after managing the corporate innovation and incubation center at a private equity firm in Indianapolis. Prior to that role she was an operations manager for product and engineering at Angie’s List, where she discovered a passion for Design Thinking and customer-centered value creation. 

Chelsea graduated from Butler University in 2011 with BAs in International Studies, Spanish, and Anthropology.

Adrienne Palm

Director, gBETA Northeast Wisconsin
Director, gBETA Musictech

Adrienne’s path to the gener8tor team was borne out of her work in economic development, specifically launching new talent attraction and retention strategies at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Fox Cities Regional Partnership. The ideation and implementation of intrapreneurial, community-wide programs such as Bazaar After Dark Night Market, Fox Cities Soup, Fox Cities YP Week and The Artery helped ignite her interest and participation in the local startup community. During her three and a half year tenure at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, participation in Pulse Young Professionals Network grew by 2006% and became financially self sustaining.   

Adrienne has past experience in business development, the nonprofit sector and social innovation via participation in the final cohort of Millennial Trains Project, a national social innovation incubator. Adrienne studied dance at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Stella Safari

Director, gBETA Detroit

Stella brings a strong background in venture capital and startup operations to the gener8tor team. She moved to Detroit as a Venture for America Fellow after earning her degree in Mathematics and Women’s Studies from Dartmouth College. Stella began her career at Invest Detroit’s First Step Fund where she assisted companies in securing investment throughout Southeast Michigan, before heading operations for startups Floyd and Ponyride in Detroit.

Stella is originally from the Congo and is passionate about creating economic opportunities for people there through her work.

jake smith

Director, gBETA St. Thomas

Jake attended the University of St. Thomas to pursue electrical engineering, and found himself enveloped in creative thinking at the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. There, Jake discovered a zeal for early-stage venture development. Jake played baseball for the University of St. Thomas, and then went on to play semi-professionally. Upon finishing his baseball career, Jake joined the gener8tor team to lead gBETA and gALPHA programs at his alma mater.

Jake is Minnesota born and raise, and received his Bachelor’s in Entrepreneurship from St. Thomas in 2018.

Danny supernaw

Co-Director, gBETA Milwaukee
Program Manager, gener8tor Milwaukee

A Wisconsin native, Danny joined the gener8tor team as an Associate in 2017. Working his way up to Senior Associate then to Program Director for gener8tor Milwaukee and gBETA Milwaukee. Prior to gener8tor, Danny had worked in Operations and Business Development roles for multiple early-stage startups, including one non-profit. Gaining a deep understanding of building startups from the ground up. Danny also served time at the Wisconsin State Capital and apprenticed at the Dane County Courthouse throughout college.

Danny received his Bachelors of Science in Economics and Legal Studies and earned a certificate in Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December of 2017

Abby Taubner

Partner, gener8tor
Managing Director, gBETA

Abby started her career at gener8tor, initially as an Associate working directly with gener8tor’s startups. After graduating with a BBA in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014, Abby joined the team full-time and spent two years as gener8tor's Program Manager before focusing her efforts on gBETA. 

lauren usher

Director, gBETA Social Impact