Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity

Meet the team

Mike D’Eredita, PhD, is the Center’s full-time Director. With over 20 years of teaching, he was instrumental in infusing youth from higher ed into the local and global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

James Shomar is the Center’s full-time Associate Director and longest-serving team member. Formerly the Chief Growth Officer of MACNY, James is also a Partner at The StartFast Venture Fund which operates a bootcamp program for their portfolio founders, historically hosted at the Madden School of Business.

Doug Hill is the Center’s Head of the Maker Space. Hill brings over 30 years of industry experience in product development to the team. Doug is the founder and builder of all that is making at Le Moyne College. 

Hasan Stephens is the Center’s second Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Hasan is well known across the region as the founder and executive director of the Good Life Youth Foundation and a professor of Africana Studies and hip-hop at SUNY Cortland.

Matt Read is the Center’s Head of Marketing and Communications. Matt is a Professor of Practice in Le Moyne’s Communication Department and brings over 20 years of professional marketing and global advertising experience to the team. 

Aly Blair, 23’, a Communications Major in the College of Arts and Sciences, joins the center as a marketing and engagement specialist. With wide-ranging experience working at internships covering start-ups and global companies, Aly pairs her creativity with an attention-to-detail rarely seen outside of the Keenan Center’s walls.

Ryan Hill, ’26, is also a Communications Major on the Heights, and is a talented and curious jack-of-all-trades. He is both tactical and strategic, and pours his heart and soul into everything he does, from teaching others how to use our 3D printer or creating content for our many channels.

Danny Bernabe, ‘25 is a Physics/Aerospace major who works with our staff as a  Maker/Lab Technician and brings joy and grit to everything he does in the Center. Danny is an engineer with an eye on the sky, he has his head in the clouds and his feet grounded.

Theresa White is our intern from Fayetteville-Manlius High School ’25. SHe is focused on design, Theresa began her relationship with the Center at 7 years old, when she participated in a hands-on robotics course led by Doug Hill.