Ian Mooers joined CEDET as the Executive Director in January, 2009. Ian comes to the position with over 15 years of experience in linking the resources of a university to the needs of communities, businesses, and industry. Ian has conducted feasibility studies, community visioning, community planning, entrepreneur training, workforce development, regional planning, leadership development, business incubation development, and received grants totaling over 200K. Ian currently supervises 5 regional outreach agents for the University who perform community development work to build connections between community needs and University resources.
He previously held the position of Director, Entrepreneurial Programs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where he frequently worked with senior administration to help the university connect with community leaders, business leaders, legislative officials, and state government officials to promote program collaboration related to entrepreneurship, economic development, and applied research activities. Ian spent several years working in Career Services at George Mason and Georgetown University which built a strong understanding of employers and their hiring trends as it relates to the University community.
Ian was born in Potomac, Md., and now resides in Irvine, Ky., with his wife Katie (a native of Kentucky) and their two daughters, Alise and Nora. Ian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. Ian is a 2011 graduate of the Kentucky Institute for Economic Development.
Kristel Smith serves as an Executive Director at Eastern Kentucky University. Her specific role includes serving as Director for both the Kentucky Innovation Network at Richmond and the EKU Business & Technology Accelerator. In her roles, Ms. Smith has assisted hundreds of companies and prepares businesses, communities, and industry clusters for strategic growth and development. She creates business models, and integrates innovation and intellectual property to deliver solid financial business positioning and growth. Kristel is skilled in developing key partnerships, advisory boards, and educational models for startups, businesses, and other organizations. Entrepreneurial in experience and thinking, Kristel connects universities, communities, businesses, and government leaders. Her educational background includes a bachelor of computer science, an MBA, and an international economics study at the School of Economics in Austria. She completed Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaching and Leadership Institute (Scotland) administered by the University of Kentucky and Venture Capital Institute at Emory University, and has several certifications, including as FastTrac administrator and facilitator through the Kaufmann Foundation, as well as, through the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA). Among other accomplishments, her strong background and experience at Procter & Gamble and IBM, and various boards and community service projects provide Kristel with a well-rounded and exceptional ability to analyze, lead and position organizations for growth and change. She serves on the Kentucky Commission for Small Business Advocacy, as well as other small business and work force councils.
Cassie Williams joined the CEDET staff in June 2009 as the administrative assistant. Cassie comes from a background that identifies with the point of view of a small business entrepreneur, as she was employed by a small "Mom & Pop" family owned photography studio in Lexington, Ky. for 25 years. In addition to her administrative experience, customer relation skills and an appreciation of the importance of the entrepreneur, she brings a background rich in portraiture as a photographer for the studio. She received several awards from the Kentucky and National Professional Photographers Association as one of the youngest recipients. One of her Pet Portrait images was part of a traveling exhibit with the PPA which hung, at one point, at the Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida. In addition, she was the creator and editor of a small Women's magazine and has several writings in progress which she hopes to have published someday.
Yvonne Harrison moved to Kentucky from West Virginia in 1994, living in Perry County before moving to Madison County and finally residing in Estill County. She worked in the Hospitality Industry for many years, both in West Virginia and Kentucky, working up from front desk and housekeeping to General Manager. Because she worked in limited-service hotels, many jobs such as marketing, human resources, training and budgeting fell to her to accomplish. After getting her Bachelors in Economics at EKU, she worked for a group that helped set-up financial plans for injury victims. In that small business, she did the bookkeeping and payroll for the office as well as managing and tracking the settlement fund accounts. She has spent the last nine years doing bookkeeping and payroll under a local CPA for many small businesses. From non-profit organizations to construction companies she has helped set up State and Federal Tax Accounts, instructed new managers on cash handling, daily revenue and expense tracking and prepared financial statements for her clients so Income Tax filing would be a breeze. She enjoyed working with the Estill County Chamber of Commerce, helping to start the LocalMotive program that was a project with the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center to encourage people to support local business. She also attended Brushy Fork to learn community development techniques from Dr. Vaughn Grisham. She is very happy about her new venture, offering classes through EKU about marketing and accounting for small businesses, business start-up and team building. The USDA Rural Development and EKU Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology along with contributions from Rockcastle County Industrial Development and Jackson County Industrial Development, have provided these free classes so that start-up businesses can do it the right way and existing businesses can learn new tools for enhancing their business. The classes can be personalized to suit your business needs and there is one-on-one training available as well.
Jason Rainey joined the Kentucky Small Business Development Center at Eastern Kentucky University as Director in 2014 with a passion for the people of east Kentucky and more than a decade of experience in lending environments. He has a diverse background that includes strong experience in financial lending as well as business management consulting and training. His personal experience as a small business owner allows for a unique perspective as he assists SBDC clients with their own business planning and analysis.
During his time with USDA Rural Development, Jason worked in a leadership role with distribution of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act Business & Industry loan program monies, totaling $59.6 million dollars directly invested into Kentucky businesses to save and create jobs. He also served as the lead Business-Cooperative Loan Specialist in Eastern Kentucky serving 23 counties.
Jason earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master in Business Administration from Morehead State University and currently serves as President-Elect of the MSU Alumni Association, Inc. He is a former Board of Regents member and Student Government President at Morehead State University and former gubernatorial appointee for the State Board for Proprietary Education. Jason resides in Lexington.
John Preston joined the EKU SBDC as the Business Coordinator in Januar, 1999. The SBDC became part of CEDET in 2007.
John is based in the SBDC’s Somerset office which serves the Center’s 15-county service area as a general management consultant, working one-on-one with clients and coordinating training workshops. He has over 28 years’ experience in business, mostly in banking, mortgage and consumer lending and personnel management. He managed his own insurance agency for five years. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Kentucky.
I learned beekeeping from my grandfather and have kept hives for more than ten years.
After writing Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped America (2005), I was named NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College where I supervised a small honey bee monitoring project (2006-2007).
Since becoming the director of Coal Country Beeworks in 2008, I have collaborated with both academic and private sectors to develop a long-term beekeeping infrastructure in Eastern Kentucky. My second book, Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Teach us about Local Trade and Global Markets was published in 2012.
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Amber Moreland serves as the Assistant Director for the Kentucky Innovation Network at Richmond. She joined the office as a Business Development Specialist in June, 2013 and was promoted to Assistant Director in September 2014. In her role, Ms. Moreland provides support to startups and growth oriented businesses through strategic guidance, business plan assistance, market assessment, customer identification, management consulting and moral support and coaching.
Amber came to the Kentucky Innovation Network with nearly 11 years of experience assisting a large and diverse group of businesses through facilitation and training in a one-on-one setting as a Field Auditor for the Kentucky Department of Revenue. In this role she helped businesses to establish financial reporting procedures that assured compliance with accounting standards, statutes, and regulations.
Amber earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Eastern Kentucky University.