Mentors

McGuire New Venture Development Program students work closely with many experienced mentors with a range of skills and specialties.

Our Entrepreneurs in Residence meet individually with new venture teams at least once a week throughout the year. Our other mentors – all experts in communication, design thinking, research and law – provide guest lectures on topics within their specialties and work with student teams as needed throughout the year.

Entrepreneur in Residence

K Krasnow Waterman

K Krasnow Waterman received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, a JD from Cardozo School of Law, and an MBA from MIT (where she also qualified for an SM in Management of Technology). She is a "fire jumper," specializing in quickly building and revamping organizations in data-intensive environments and creating new functions, products, and organizations, both within existing entities and as new ventures. She spent a decade developing and managing technology at IBM and JPMorgan, and a decade practicing and teaching law (she was Assistant Dean at the UA College of Law) before joining the two fields in 2001.  

Since then, K has served as a CIO and COO of large, data-intensive government and Wall Street enterprises, at organizations such as Citigroup and the FBI. She has also been CTO and CEO at new ventures, most recently as Partner and CTO in a private equity firm focused on new infrastructure technologies for finance and capital markets, and she has been an investor and Advisory Board member for several startups. She has been responsible for budgets from $100k to $1B; teams of 2 to 1,500; and servicing (or analyzing) 100s of millions of customers.  

K created MIT’s Linked Data Product Lab, teaching web technology and start-up skills to spark new ventures. She has been a long-term Visiting Scientist in an MIT AI research group focused on creating automated legal reasoning for privacy, security, and accountability, and has published and spoken on this topic for more than a decade. 

Communication Mentor

Randy AccettaRandolph Accetta has been teaching students new venture communication strategies for the McGuire Program since 2007 and previously taught in the Business Communication Program. Dr. Accetta has twice been named the Eller College of Management Teacher of the Year and twice received Innovative Teaching Awards. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s Department of English.

Randy holds a PhD from the UA’s Department of English. His current specialties include entrepreneurship education, business communication, sports marketing, nonprofit leadership, and distance learning.

Outside of his work at the McGuire Center, Randy is a former national-class runner who has become the leading voice in the region for running and fitness, producing numerous running events that raise funds for local charities and promote Tucson as a tourist destination. In addition, Randy has co-written two continuing education curriculum books (published by Desert Southwest Fitness) on how to coach runners, and has been published in the New York Times, Runner’s World, and elsewhere. 

Research Mentors / Business Librarians

Jason DewlandJason Dewland has been an assistant librarian at the University of Arizona since 2012. He serves as a liaison to the Eller College of Management and Tech Launch Arizona. Before moving to Tucson to work at the UA he was the Business & Economics Librarian at the University of Mississippi. Prior to entering the library profession, Jason worked in the automotive and IT industries and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Macedonia and Ukraine. Jason has a MLIS from Wayne State University, an MBA from University of Maryland, and a BA from Boston University. He holds drop-in office hours Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in McClelland Hall 202.  

Jeremiah Paschke-Wood

 

Jeremiah Paschke-Wood is a liaison to the Eller College of Management as well as Communication and Philosophy departments at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the University of Arizona as a librarian in 2016, he was the Head of Instructional Services at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Jeremiah also worked for 10 years as a journalist in the Southwest. He has a MLS from the University of Arizona and a BS in Communication from Eastern New Mexico University. He holds drop-in office hours on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in McLelland Hall 202 as well as at certain key points in the semester in the Business Communication office.  

 

Legal Mentor

Lawrence HeckerLawrence Hecker is a principal in the firm of Hecker & Muehlebach, PLLC, where he focuses primarily in the areas of corporate law, business start up, capital formation transactions and corporate finance. He is an adjunct assistant professor at the James E. Rogers College of Law where he directs the Entrepreneurial Law class that participates in the Business/Law Exchange. Through this class, guest lectures, and one-on-one meetings with McGuire Program student teams, he provides mentoring on a wide range of legal issues relating to new ventures. Mr. Hecker received both his BA and JD from the University of Arizona. He is listed in the 1993-2010 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the area of Corporate Law and was selected as Best Lawyer - Corporate Law for Tucson in 2010.