Executive Director 

Pat East is an entrepreneur himself whose company, Hanapin Marketing, sold in 2020 to its largest UK competitor. He has served as president of the Bloomington chapter of the VisionTech angel investment fund since 2014 and is Executive Director of The Mill, the nonprofit center for entrepreneurship that manages Flywheel Fund.


Venture Partner

Brian is an investor with a passion for helping early-stage technology founders. His intellectual curiosity shows up in a broad range of portfolio companies, from direct-to-consumer beer delivery to at-home fertility. He thrives on engaging with entrepreneurs. A native Hoosier, Brian returned to Indiana and Bloomington in 2019 and joined Flywheel as a Venture Partner in 2020.

In-person office hours: Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 am at The Mill



Venture Analyst

Martina is a graduate of Notre Dame, where she served as Insights Analyst on the De-risking Team at the IDEA Center, Notre Dame’s entrepreneurial and commercialization hub. She’s also worked at SOSV MOX, a mobile-only accelerator, and Antler VC in Singapore.




Entrepreneur, founder, and advisor for two decades, Cy is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence and a full-time mentor to entrepreneurs across the Velocities region that includes Bloomington, Columbus, and surrounds.

Jason Whitney


Jason Whitney serves as Vice President of Venture Development and Executive Director for the Indiana University Angel Network, supporting and developing Indiana University affiliated entrepreneurial ecosystems nationwide.

Melissa Ward

Fund Administrator

Melissa Ward is the Innovation Impact Catalyst Manager at Oregon State University’s Advantage Accelerator, where she supports faculty innovation and OSU startups. Previously she served as Head of Initiatives and Partnerships for The Mill.

Viren Gupta

Venture Intern

Kevin Letcher

Venture Intern

Spandita Sahoo

Venture Intern

Interested in interning with us? Please send us a cover letter and resume.


Ed Ackerman

President | Solution Tree

Bruce Calloway

Government & Community Relations Manager | Duke Energy

Lee Carmichael

President & CEO | Weddle Bros. Construction

Chris Chasteen

CEO | Silicone Depot

Anthony Corsaro

ENtrepreneur & Investor

Dan Corsaro

President | Indianapolis Fruit Company

Maggie Corsaro

Pediatric Nurse

Erik Coyne

COO | Branchfire

Warren Cutshall

General Counsel | Miller Real Estate

Chris Dautel

Director of Strategic Planning & Corporate Development | Schurz Communications

Peter Dvorak

CEO | Pinnacle Asset Management

Pat East

Executive Director | The Mill

Charlie Farber

Board CHair | Conversight.ai

John Fernandez

Global Chief Innovation Officer | Dentons

Ben Frame

VP, Digital Products | ClearObject

Tom Gabbart

CEO | Milestone Business Solutions

Tom Guevara

Director, Public Policy Institute | Indiana University

William B. Hatton

Parnter | QVentures

Matt Josefy

Assistant Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship | Kelley School of Business

Keith Kleinmaier

CEO | TenantTracker

Connie Kuhlman

Talent Connections Function Lead | Accenture

Chris Martoglio

CEO | Blue Burro

Blake Mathias

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship | Kelley School of Business

Lawrence McAlpin

Software Architect | Salesforce

Cullen McCarty

EVP | Smithville

Dave Mood

Vice President | Harrell-Fish

Fred Nash

Co-Founder | Fortitude Fund

Caryn O’Sullivan

CEO | Drapery Street

Mat Orrego

CEO | Cornerstone Information Systems

Douglas Parker

CEO | Circle Prosco

Joyce Poling

The Gayle & BIll Cook Center for Entrepreneurship

Mike Richardson

Owner | FASTSIGNS & Midwest Color Printing

Sherman Rogers

CEO | Advise Health Holdings

Peter Samuelson

CEO | Ardeo Education

Cedric Savarese

CEO | FormAssembly

Jessica Savarese

Maurer School of Law

Scott Shishman

Region President | Old National Bank

Brian Shockney

President | IU Health, South Central Region

James Silberstein

Former Entrepreneurship Program Chair | Ivy Tech

DJ Sirota

Vice President, MedSurg | Cook Medical

Diane Sirota

Vice President, MedSurg | Cook Medical

Regan Stevenson

Entrepreneurship Faculty | Kelley School of Business

Randy Stocklin

Former CEO | One Click Ventures

Gregg Summerville

President | Tecumseh Capital Partners

Ben Swanson

Co-Founder | Secretly Group

Geng Wang

CEO | Civic Champs

Tim Whicker

President | Electric Plus

Jason Wilber

Production Lead at Mandolin Software | Former Musical Director for John Prine

Andy Williams

Former Executive | Rogers Group

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Flywheel Fund is operated by The Mill, the heart of southern Indiana’s startup ecosystem and its largest coworking space. Our mission is to help launch and accelerate startups, and our vision is to become Indiana’s center of gravity for entrepreneurship.

A 501c3 nonprofit, we are committed to being a center for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. Two-thirds of our board members represent technology- and innovation-driven companies. Our other board members bring expertise in economic development, local government, higher education and venture capital.

Board of directors

Executive Committee

Anne McCombe, Chair, Voting Director | Director of Corporate Affairs, MetroStar

Geng Wang, Vice Chair, Voting Director | Co-Founder and CEO, Civic Champs

Karin St. John, Secretary/Treasurer, Voting Director | COO, St. John Associates

Ravi Bhatt | Co-Founder and CEO, Folia

Jennifer Pearl, Past Vice Chair, Voting Director | President, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation

Ben Swanson, At-Large Executive Committee Member | Co-Founder, Secretly Group

Michelle Cole | Technology Executive

John Hamilton | Mayor, City of Bloomington

Cindy Kinnarney | North Region President, German American Bank

Beka Mech | Product Leader Acadis/Vector Solutions

Tina Peterson | President and CEO of Regional Opportunity Initiatives and the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County

Brooke Pyne | Vice President, Technology Engagement, IEDC

Mike Trotzke | CEO, Cheddar

Adam Gross | Executive Director Ivy+ Career Link, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Derek Whitley | Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Flamel.ai

Jason Whitney | Vice President of Venture Development, IU Ventures, and Executive Director, IU Angel Network

Reagan Frank, Student Board Member | President of Epsilon Nu Tau Fraternity, and Director of Communications for Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization at IU