FertiLab Board of Directors
FertiLab’s board of directors are a talented group of professionals and influencers in Eugene who are passionate about growing startups and supporting entrepreneurs in Lane County. The board also helps FertiLab with strategic goals, such as business strategy, funding, and promotion.
Take a moment to learn more about them.
Sarah Cheesman is currently the development director of Ophelia’s Place, a non-profit agency based in Eugene that serves girls and families. Sarah has a doctorate in biology, and her interest in how private support contributes to the advancement of science led her to the world of philanthropy.
Board Secretary and Co-Founder
As Vice President of the successful biotech company, Floragenex, With his seemingly never-ending enthusiasm and energy, Jason helped to co-found the FertiLab Thinkubator in 2013 as part of his desire to boost the area economy.
Sadie Dressekie, MBA is the principal real estate broker and owner of Eugene Commercial Real Estate. Because of people like her, the game “six degrees of separation” works – mention you know someone and chances are, so does she.
Fast-paced creative who excels in promoting entrepreneurism as a viable career path through experienced mentorship, strategic programming and connecting stakeholders to the vast resources of the wider Oregon entrepreneurial eco-system. Active community leader with experience in starting, growing and sustaining non-profit organizations.
One of OTRADI’s founding scientists, Executive Director Jennifer E. Fox (PhD), helped to define OTRADI’s scientific mission and establish its high-throughput screening laboratory.
Board Member, Co-Founder, Mentor
Joe Maruschak is a strategist and serial entrepreneur who co-founded his first company, BraveTree, in 2001. Currently, Joe is the Chief Startup Officer and Director of the RAIN Eugene Accelerator, a program that works with high-tech entrepreneurs and university researchers to launch start-ups.
As one of the original co-founders, Matt viewed the launch of the FertiLab Thinkubator as a grand experiment – a “high-risk, high-return” venture to see if real change could be actively driven.