Taking Your Idea to Implementation – and Beyond!
IncubatorWorks provides ideation support, testing, production, manufacturing, mentoring, and coaching in two locations across the Southern Tier of New York State. Our goal is to provide support to entrepreneurs as they start or grow their businesses in a cost-effective, supportive environment until they’re ready to graduate into their own dedicated space.
The Southern Tier of New York offers an impressive array of business and scientific resources. From technology-specific research and development applications to business, finance, and administration assistance, our staff works with local industry, academia, and regional economic development agencies to create partnerships that provide opportunities and advantages to IncubatorWorks members.
To promote economic development in the Southern Tier of New York through supporting entrepreneurial growth and development of businesses and their creation of jobs.
The IncubatorWorks team understands small business – and how to grow it! Our incubators provide the facilities, resources, and support needed by entrepreneurs of all kinds.
Nancy Kirby Kurjakovic, CPA
Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer
Nancy joined IncubatorWorks in 2012. Experienced in entrepreneurship, business development, and strategic planning, she successfully launched a CPA firm in the Southern Tier and built it to employ a team of 14 professionals specializing in contract CFO services for clients. Together, they provided business plan development, strategic planning, and turnaround services.
A graduate of Binghamton University, Nancy has served on the boards of many local non-profit organizations. She also served on the board and executive committee of the NYS Society of Certified Public Accountants. Nancy has been named a Small Business Advocate by the Small Business Association (SBA). She is a certified Leadership Coach.
Alan Rae, Ph.D
Dr. Rae has worked in the electronics, ceramics, nanotechnology, and “clean tech” industries for more than 25 years, both in the U.S. and the U.K. He managed global businesses and technology development at a startup, operating company, and corporate level.
He is active in industry associations and standards work with iNEMI, ISO, SMTA, IMAPS, IPC, and JISSO. He is a founding member of the Graphene Stakeholders’ Association.
Dr. Rae has held Director and VP positions at five new companies and started his own business. He has consulted for two Fortune 100 companies, two Boston-based investment groups, and numerous startup companies. He is an Entrepreneur in Residence with NYSERDA and a member of the industrial advisory board for the New York Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics at University of Buffalo, as well as a member of the New York State Investment Venture Capital Fund’s Investment Advisory Committee.
Ashleigh joined IncubatorWorks in 2016. Her experience includes recruiting, office management, and marketing. These strengths have helped her to focus on startups, job growth, and building an entrepreneurial community.
Ashleigh serves on the Board of Directors for the Corning Area Young Professionals (CAYP) and is the chairperson of the Membership and Sponsorship Committee. She has a passion for helping people succeed and reach their personal and professional goals. Ashleigh and her husband are also entrepreneurs, which helps fuel her passion for helping other like-minded individuals. When Ashleigh isn’t helping other entrepreneurs through IncubatorWorks, she pursues her passion for photography.
Barry Hemly, joined IncubatorWorks in May of 2018. Barry is experienced in business management, project management, facility management, event management and human resources. He is a certified Greenbelt, and has successfully managed DMAIC, DMADV, and Lean based projects in a corporate environment. Most recently in his career, Barry worked for a Fortune 300 company managing Corporate Dining facilities as well as a large scale dining facility open to the public .He has been involved in the planning and implementation of multiple kitchen and dining construction projects. As Food service manager, Barry was a Serve-Safe Certified Instructor and responsible for implementing orientation safety training.
Our Board of Directors
President of Science and Technology – Corning Incorporated
Charles Craig is Senior Vice President - Science & Technology and Director - Administration & Operations at Corning Incorporated. He has 44 years of experience in various technology management positions in the manufacturing, engineering, science and technology fields. Since 1990, Mr. Craig has held leadership responsibilities supporting Corning’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), including strategic planning, portfolio and innovation process management. Mr. Craig was named to his current position in 2008 where he leads the chief of staff responsibilities for the CTO, the administration and operations of Corning’s global technology community with a focus on Sullivan Park, Corning, NY operations.
Dr. Ralph E. Truitt
Corning Incorporated Division Vice President & Research Director, retired
Ralph Truitt is a retired Corning Incorporated research division vice president. At Corning, he was responsible for delivering advanced material characterization, operations of a glass process development group and research scale material processing capability to the entire corporation, emphasizing R&D.
Prior to joining Corning, Truitt was research services manager at Engelhard Inc., senior R&D chemist and group leader at Mobil Corporation, and a research chemist at Celanese Corporation.
Truitt has held supervision and management roles in R&D since 1987, providing effective research technical services and organization development throughout. He is the recipient of Corning Incorporated 2003 S&T Division People Development Award, and the Technical Community Women’s Network 2010 Signature Award.
Since retiring he has consulted with a catalyst technology start-up business in Ithaca, NY. He is a member of Binghamton University materials research program (S3IP) as an Industrial Advisor Board Director and consultant for their Analysis and Diagnostics lab.
Truitt has a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire.
Director of Professional and Continuing Education, Elmira College
Alan Yeck serves at Elmira College as the Director for Continuing & Professional Education. During his 20+ year career in post-secondary educational administration Yeck has held the positions of academic dean, associate dean, and executive director, and chair at colleges and universities in the U.S. and the Middle East.
Alan is a former U.S. Marine, Special Intelligence, and Communications Officer in the U.S. Foreign Service Diplomatic Corps assigned to embassies and consulates throughout the world. Alan holds a B.S. in Information Tech from Wilberforce University and an MBA with a concentration in adult education from Walden University.
Vice President of Economic Development, Alfred State College
Craig Clark - Dr. Clark is the Dean of the School of Applied Technology in Wellsville, and the Executive Director of the Allegany County IDA.
Clark holds a PhD and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, and an Associate of Science degree in engineering science from Jamestown Community College.
As dean of the Wellsville campus, Clark has established many educational and business partnerships that stressed what is typically one of the top drivers behind economic development: workforce development.
Dr. Clark is responsible for developing and implementing an economic and industrial development program for Allegany County, with an emphasis on attracting businesses and industries to locate within the county and promoting expansion of existing businesses and industries.
Dr. Per Stromhaug
Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development, Binghamton University
Dr. Stromhaug oversees the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships including tech transfer activities, the start-up suite, entrepreneurial support and economic growth initiatives. He also oversees the new High Technology Incubator in downtown Binghamton and is the lead contact for the Start-Up NY initiative at Binghamton University. He holds a PhD degree in cell biology from the University of Oslo, Norway, and an Executive MBA degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Dr. Stromhaug is experienced in technology transfer, entrepreneurship, business incubation and economic development on the business and administrative side; at the hands-on and at the executive level. Prior to Binghamton University Dr. Stromhaug has worked at an assistant professor and licensing associate at the University of Missouri – Columbia, and as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and the University of Florida – Gainesville, conducting research in molecular and cell biology. He has been also a post-doctoral research fellow at the Norwegian Radium Hospital, with a fellowship from the Norwegian Cancer Society.
Valerie B. Nixon is Executive Vice President at Alfred State College. She has over 30 years of service with Alfred State. Ms. Nixon was promoted to executive vice president in 2012 and led the college as interim president during the presidential search in 2013. Prior to that, Nixon served as vice president for administration and enrollment and vice president for enrollment management, having been named vice president in 2005. She has also been director of student financial services and director of financial aid. Before joining the college, she held positions at Alfred University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and The College at Brockport.
The recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 1994, Nixon has received numerous professional awards, including the New York State Financial Aid Administrator's Association (NYSFAAA) Founder's Award, and the NYSFAAA region 2 Service Award, which she received twice. She is the recipient of the State University of New York Financial Aid Professionals (SUNYFAP) Daniel Sistarenik Advocacy Award, and the Bill Troy Service Award, the highest honor that organization bestows.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from SUNY Fredonia and a Master of Professional Studies degree in community services administration from Alfred University.
Manager of External Technology Collaborations and Intellectual Assets - Corning Incorporated
Dan Vaughn manages the External Technology Collaborations organization and the Intellectual Asset Management group of Corning Incorporated's Science & Technology Division. The ETC organization enables Corning’s roughly 500 scientists to collaborate on various research projects with external entities - primarily universities and government entities.
Dan has worked at Corning for more than ten years, primarily in Business Development and Innovation roles. He has extensive experience negotiating agreements and developing and managing relationships both domestically and abroad.
Prior to working for Corning, Dan worked in merger and acquisition roles for two publicly traded companies where he had the opportunity to lead the successful acquisition of several companies.
Dean of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Doreen Edwards, Ph.D. was appointed Dean of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering in July 2016.
Edwards holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University (1997) and B.S. in Chemistry from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (1985).
Prior to joining RIT, Dr. Edwards was Dean of Engineering (2009 -2016) and Acting Vice President for Statutory Affairs (2014-2016) at Alfred University. Edwards joined the faculty at Alfred University in 1997. She has also worked as a research scientist for Gould Inc. (1985-1987) and the Basic Industry Research Laboratory (1987-1993) – an industry-focused contract research laboratory at Northwestern University. She has served as the principal investigator on fundamental and applied research projects, focusing on oxide materials for fuel cells, batteries, thermoelectric devices, environmental remediation, and solar energy applications. She has coauthored more than 60 publications and holds two U.S. patents.
President, Three Rivers Development Corporation
Ms. Hale has over thirty years of leadership, management and public-sector experience which include twenty years related to economic development and entrepreneurship training, nine years of municipal government leadership and service for three years as a Montrose County Colorado County Commissioner. She was Economic Development Director in Loveland, CO from 2011-2015, and Business Development Manager in Loveland beginning in 2006. Ms. Hale was also Vice President of the Montrose Economic Development Council from 1998-2003. She has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, and a Master's Degree in Agriculture, Operations and Related Sciences from Colorado State University.
Director of Business Development, Corning Enterprises
Dawn H. Burlew joined Corning Incorporated in 1984 as Communications Coordinator in the Corporate Communications Division. During her career with Corning she has held a variety of positions including Communication Services Supervisor, Accounts Payable & Employee Expense Manager, Business Services Support Manager, Corporate Real Estate Portfolio Manager and Manager Business Development.
Currently as Director of Business Development, reporting to G. Thomas Tranter, Jr., President, Corning Enterprises, Dawn is responsible for business recruitment, retention and economic development in Corning’s Gaffer District. Dawn leads Corning Enterprises Economic Development and Community Development initiatives providing development and planning expertise, project management, grant writing, financial modeling and local and state government representation regionally. Burlew is a member of the Board of Directors of Financial Institutions, Inc. Five Star Bank, Corning’s Gaffer District, Chemung County Industrial Development Agency, Bethany Village, Incubator Works, Southern Tier Economic Growth (STEG), Chemung County Land Bank, Corning Area Chamber of Commerce, Guthrie Corning Hospital (Executive & Finance Committee), Project Seneca, I-86 Executive Committee, Three Rivers Development Corporation, Immediate Past Chair of Regional Economic Development and Energy Corporation (REDEC), Public Policy Institute of New York State and Treasurer of Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center, liaison to the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council Committee and elected official as Supervisor for the Town of Erin.
Dawn has her A.A.S. in Business Management from Cazenovia College and her B.S. in Business Management from Keuka College.
Dawn resides in Chemung County with her husband Rodney Schmidt and daughter where they own and operate Schmidt Valley Farm equine facility.
After graduating high school in 2001, Joe Greenthal went directly into the United States Army. Within two years, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant.
In 2004, Joe deployed with the 10th Mountain Division to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He is the recipient of numerous medals, including the State of New York Medal for Merit for his efforts during the Iraqi War.
Returning home in 2005, Joe attended Alfred State College, first receiving an AS in business administration and then a BBA in financial planning – technology management. As a student, he was a recipient of many scholarships, as well as the 2007 Paul B. Orvis Award, and the Outstanding Student Award in Financial Planning in 2009.
After college, Joe became a financial analyst for Nixon Peabody Financial Advisors, LLC and Seneca Financial Advisors, LLC before returning to Alfred State, this time for a career. Hired as a payment services assistant, Joe was promoted to controller in less than 2.5 years. He was named Rochester Business Journal’s 2016 Financial Executive of the Year Award – Rising Star recipient, and was promoted in January 2019 to the college’s chief financial officer position.
In the community, Joe is a member of the New Hope Wesleyan Church, has served as the youth football league president, organized fundraiser events for the Red Cross, sat on panels devoted to veterans’ issues, and has been a member of the AMVETS and the American Legion.
Lastly, Joe is an entrepreneur, owning a small coffee shop in Hornell with his wife, Brandy. The shop is affectionately named “Brandy’s Cup of Joe.”
Joe and Brandy live in Hornell with their four children: Kane, Dylan, Kelsea, and Canden.