Chelanna provides oversight for all activities leading up to Catalyst Week to ensure that the vision of educating the community to focus on achievable goals will be realized.Chelanna is a grant writer and project manager with an extensive background in working with non-profit organizations in Albuquerque. She has also worked for over ten years in out-of-school educational programs and training for youth workers. Chelanna earned a BA in Professional Writing with a minor in Psychology at the University of New Mexico.linkedin.com/in/chelanna
Secretary of the Board
As an entrepreneur, Matthew Walsh has over 25 years experience in founding, growing, and accelerating the success of numerous enterprises. He continues to work with a select group of local and international company leaders in fulfilling their personal & business visions.
Treasurer of the Board
Paul Szauter is the CEO and founder of ElectroSeq, a company that seeks to build a DNA sequencing instrument capable of sequencing the human genome for $100. His genome (PGP89) was sequenced and made public in 2012 as part of the Personal Genome Project.
Nick started Catalyst Week based on his experiences in the Albuquerque start up community and by drawing on his background in managerial psychology from Sloan MIT and 6 years of managing software projects in the verdant cubicle farms of the east coast. His firehose approach to building organizations is balanced by his love of backpacking, skiing and pub trivia contests.
Jess is in charge of maintaining the brand consistency of Catalyst Week.She earned her BA in Art, focusing on Graphic Design, from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She also studied sculpture, linguistics and spent a semester Germany. Jess recently launched her own design company, Tiger Lark, and is the incoming President for AIGA New Mexico.www.tigerlarkstudio.com
Joshua T. Garcia
Josh is the Web Czar.Josh is a graduate of Gonzaga University where he studied entrepreneurship, finance, and philosophy. After moving back to his hometown of Albuquerque to marry his college sweetheart, he co-founded a Christopher Guest inspired web development firm upon graduating from Deep Dive Coders in 2014. Josh considers himself a philosopher, developer and startup junkie.http://11online.us
Julia Jones serves as the Promotions Chair for Catalyst Week and is currently employed at Veeyah, parent company of Plug.Solar and Stay.Solar. She brings 13 years of electric and natural gas utility experience, 12 months in non-profits, and 2.5 years in Digital Marketing. Julia brings her experience as an entrepreneur offering Digital Marketing and Scholarship Management from small/local businesses to large corporations. She also serves on the board of Nob Hill Main Street promoting the revitalization and beautification of ABQ’s historic Nob Hill District.
Strategy and Organizational Development
Peter is a founding partner and senior strategist with JumpstarterABQ, LLC. He has over 40 years’ experience in successfully starting-up, rejuvenating and leading programs and organizations in the business, nonprofit and public sectors and is well acquainted with the challenges facing today’s startup businesses and nonprofits.
Technical and Creative Writing
Sonja Dewing is CEO of Plot Duckies, a company that holds creative events for creative writers; and original co-founder of Dovetail Community Workshop. She’s also an instructor for UNM Continuing Education, author of Feed Your Creative Writer, and a member of the One Million Cups Albuquerque organizing team.
Nicole Taylor is the founder and CEO of House Nanny LLC and is a founding partner of JumpstarterABQ, which assists startups and existing companies with mentoring and negativing business direction. She acquired a degree in Early Childhood Development from the University of New Mexico. After several years as a teacher, she was eager to develop and create her own opportunities. Nicole is active in Albuquerque’s entrepreneurial community where she has gained a reputation for her ability to see clarity in the mist of challenges that small businesses encounter.
Upon his recent return to the city, Brad has focused on involving himself in all the exciting changes happening around the innovation corridor. With corporate retail experience in logistics and inventory he adds a problem solving mentality to the team. In his spare time you’ll find Brad biking, running, or watching Netflix.