Dr. Nannette Stangle-Castor, President & Founder
Dr. Nannette “Net” Stangle-Castor has over 15 years’ experience consulting for NASA, major research universities, non-profits, and corporate clients on strategy, innovation management, operations, organizational change, and communication. Net’s has an unmatched ability to grasp the big picture, to comprehend the details, and to appreciate workforce dynamics and resource constraints. She excels at developing pragmatic strategies that reach across silos, are implementable, and are welcomed by key stakeholders.
Net comes from humble roots. Growing up in a paper mill town, she was the first in her family to go to college. After college, she continued on to receive her PhD at a premier cancer institute. This experience taught her that change in the world requires not only hard work and partnership but also a strategy and good communication. It also gave her the rare ability to meld empathy into her approach.
Net has received multiple awards for excellence — both regional and international —. Some of those include the following:
- 2016 Most Valuable Patient Family Advisor for the Oncology Patient Advisory Council at Duke
- 2015 Women in Business Award from Triangle Business Journal
- 2013 & 2012 Leadership Excellence And Dedication Awards from the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association
- 2012 two NASA Agency Honor Awards
- 2013, 2012, 2010 Society of Technical Communication Awards
- 2010 40 Under 40 award from Triangle Business Journal
We believe if you love what you do, and you are allowed the freedom to work in the style and environment that is best suited to your personality, your work will reflect it. InnoVector Tech is a partnership of talented consultants across the country who love what we do. Our goal is to exceed the expectations of our clients by helping optimize their resources, keep them focused on their outcomes and communicate effectively.
Allen Drake, Tech Transfer Consultant
Company Partner: Drake Materials Group
Amy Strong, Writer & Editor
Company Partner: Strong Writing Services
Amy Strong is an award-winning content strategist, writer, and editor with more than 20 years of professional experience. She quickly grasps new technologies and creates clear, concise materials that help advance her clients’ strategic goals. Her specialty is creating publications designed to move promising discoveries and innovations into the marketplace. Amy has developed a variety of publications for government laboratories, research universities, and corporations, including articles, brochures, investor packages, award applications, accomplishments reports, economic impact flyers, and online copy. She also works with clients to build next-generation websites defined by solid information architecture, simple navigation, and elegant design. Amy has received multiple awards, including the NASA Honor Award and the Society for Technical Communication’s Award of Excellence. She earned a BA from Carleton College and a PhD in English from the University of NC at Chapel Hill.
Ann Marie Amico, Designer
Company Partner: Amico Brand Design
Ann Marie Amico is a graphic designer with a unique talent for problem solving, listening carefully as clients describe their goals, and organizing complicated concepts and information into manageable, easily understood ideas and images. Her design style is smart, sophisticated, and practical. She founded her business, Amico Brand Design, in 1994, and has worked with a wide variety of small and large businesses, entrepreneurs, communication firms, nonprofits, and state agencies who want a collaborative approach to marketing their organization. Anne Marie specializes in logos and corporate identity, branding, marketing design, and advertising. In addition to running her business, Ann Marie has been an active member of her local Chamber of Commerce for fifteen years, serving as both chairman of the board and interim director.
Craig Thomson, Tech Transfer & Process Consultant
Company Partner: Craig Thomson
Technology transfer consultant with a background in Metallurgical Engineering and Continuous Improvement Strategies. As a Metallurgical Engineer and Master Black Belt, Craig has worked to help multinational steel, mining, and specialty manufacturing companies save millions through optimizing their processes and creating cultures of improvement. For the past 15 years, he has lead complex projects, trained numerous Lean/Six Sigma Green and Black Belts, and developed continuous improvement strategies for multiple organizations. What Craig appreciates most about his career is seeing those he teaches applying the continuous improvement concepts to their work and realizing the value. Craig has a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Utah and an MBA from Washington State University.
Deb Good, Tech Transfer & SM Consultant
Company Partner: Deb Good
Technology transfer consultant with expertise in a multitude of technologies including power, renewables, sensors, semiconductors, thermoelectrics, and advanced energy technologies. Provide technology, innovation, and energy commercialization strategies to government labs, universities, and businesses. Passionate about the commercialization of innovative technologies that can make a positive impact in the world.
Ability to learn new technologies and industry dynamics quickly and skilled in developing marketing, sales, and commercialization strategies. Possess the unique ability in finding creative solutions to challenges in technology transfer through effective communication and building strategic partnerships.
* Market-based intellectual property management and technology transfer excellence
* Developing marketing strategies, including prospect identification, collateral development, campaign management, and deal-making
* Technology commercialization across full innovation continuum, from early stage R&D to commercialization
* Market-based technology screens and assessments
* Market analysis and market research
* Social media engagement aligned with goals
* Social media training
Debra Robbins, Researcher & Quality Consultant
Company Partner: Debra “Deb” Robbins, HRIP
Deb Robbins is a collaborative professional with 20+ years of experience involving HR technology platforms, business analysis, and cross-functional project management. This path has led her to a variety of roles ranging from requirements design with HR and IT business leaders, to project manager for systems and process integration efforts. Deb collaborates well with client groups to understand and document business processes that help shape the implementation and support of best practice business operations. She has earned the Human Resource Information Professional (HRIP) certification that demonstrates competencies in the HR technology, business analysis, and project management fields. Most recently she has begun to adapt these analysis and communication skills to the area of Market research, providing clients with data to identify potential market segments and estimate consumer demand.
James Harstad, Tech Transfer Consultant
Company Partner: James Harstad
Technology transfer consultant with expertise in the design and development of semiconductor and electronics for the Computing and Information Technologies industries. The majority of his 22-year career has been working in areas of technology transfer. Areas of expertise are application and solution development, networking, telecommunications, RF and microwave, optics and wireless. As an applications engineer, he has been responsible for the deployment of integrated circuits and circuit board assemblies for graphics, digital satellite entertainment and hyper cloud converged architecture. Upon becoming an Account Manager he managed a global team, which developed marketing, sales and commercialization strategies for major OEMs. He is accomplished in orchestrating complex projects of multiple companies, time zones, and disciplines. He received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in computer science from Northeastern University.
* Intellectual property management and technology transfer excellence within the electronics and semiconductor industries.
* Developing business and marketing strategies, which enabled innovative technologies to be first to market.
* Extensive work with state of the art semiconductor and MCM technologies
* Development experience in CAD/CAM for hardware design and experience with software design down to the microcode level.
* Developed patented #5,289,576 Video RAM control ASIC for processing three-dimensional graphics attributes.
* Computer architecture, operating systems, and applications.
Jeffrey Castor, Tech Transfer & Process Consultant
Company Partner: Jeffrey Castor
Jeffrey Castor has over 17 years of experience designing and implementing technical solutions for data management systems. Jeff’s career has focused on the identification of company needs and the subsequent development and execution of custom processes and solutions for various business functions, including sales, design, development, manufacturing, human resources, quality assurance, and service models. Complementing his quality and process development skills is his ability to successfully train others to effectively implement process and quality improvements. By utilizing a unique blend of technical knowledge with a solid understanding of business processes and training methodology, Jeff has been responsible for improving the efficiency and quality of business activities for all his clients.
Kathy Villella, Presentation Specialist
Company Partner: Kathy Villella
Kathy Villella is a freelance presentation development specialist and co-founder of PowerFrameworks. She has used her talent for captivating audiences with visually stimulating and highly effective presentations to benefit a variety of world-class firms for over 27 years. Prior to working as a freelancer, Kathy worked in presentation development at McKinsey & Company, Inc., where she hired and trained production personnel and consultants, established and enforced office standards for support and presentation quality, coordinated workflow, and worked with different McKinsey offices to establish and promote office-to-office production standards and best practices. Her approach to providing support is to add value by enhancing the visual quality and understandability of material being presented, imposing layout principles to optimize the utilization of the slide real estate, and applying best practices for structure, continuity, clarity, and consistency.
Lauren Marcilliat, Designer & Writer
Company Partner: Laughing Wren Studio
Lauren Marcilliat is a freelance graphic designer with a passion for helping small business and educators problem solve and think outside the box in order to develop creative new approaches to marketing and communication. She thrives on diversity in her work and enjoys working closely with clients to transform complex information into concise, visually engaging effective messages. She specializes in corporate branding, print design, fine art, marketing, writing, and communication. In addition to founding her own business, Laughing Wren Studio, Lauren directed all marketing and student recruiting initiatives at Wilkes Community College as the coordinator of recruiting and marketing, and previously served as the Program Coordinator for Duke Anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center where she planned and organized annual events, assisted with fundraising and the management of a non-profit organization, and helped design, write, and produce numerous print and multimedia publications. Lauren has a BFA in Graphic Design from Auburn University.
Melissa Jackson, IT & Process Consultant
Company Partner: GRID1T
Over the last 10 years, Melissa Jackson has managed a diverse staff with backgrounds ranging from engineering, marketing, IT, graphic design, software engineers, and database management as manager and CEO of GRID1T. Melissa has been employed as a contractor for ASRC Research Technology Solutions (ARTS) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), managing budgets raging from $3.5-10M. Her talents lie in project management and efficiencies, implementation of tools and reporting, designing relational databases, software development and system integration, and evaluating market potential and pursuing partnerships and licensing for technologies. Melissa has a BS in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
Robyn Thomson, Designer & Strategist
Company Partner: Robyn Thomson
Robyn Thomson is a Designer & Strategist with a talent for organizing information and strategy. Her design style is simple and practical. She has worked in the design industry since 1995 in the US and Australia. From 2000-2005, as e-commerce was emerging, she lead the web development team at hannaAndersson.com as their Graphic Designer and UX/UI Designer. Since then she has freelanced for small and large companies working on logo design, website UI/UX design and SEO needs. Robyn Thomson specializes working with clients to develop a visual plan that will best communicate their products and ideas to the intended audience.
Scott Walker, Writer & Editor
Scott is an experienced professional writer, editor, and teacher who has worked in a broad range of subjects and formats, with expertise in generating and refining documents in technical, medical, economics, and public policy fields. He specializes in taking complex ideas or processes and explaining them clearly for non-expert readers. Scott has produced effective writing from academic journal articles to op-ed pieces to technical documentation. He earned a BA from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.