Team

Mysty Rusk
Mysty Rusk 

Director  
mrusk@sandiego.edu  
(619) 260-4657 
MRH 101 

The Director of The Brink, Mysty is a nationally recognized expert in innovation commercialization and angel investing. Throughout her work with over 2,000 innovation ventures spanning 15 years, she has helped guide numerous startups from idea to IPO in addition to helping raise over $40M in investment capital for her clients. 

Above all, Mysty is a passionate believer in the revolutionary power of innovation to impact, shape, and transform the world in which we live.
Noemí R. Peña
Noemí R. Peña 

Program Specialist 
noemipena@sandiego.edu  
(619) 260-4547 
MRH 101 

Noemi has a diverse and expansive background in program management spanning municipal administration and multiple non-profit environments combined with expertise in management and marketing. She holds a Masters from the University of Oregon and a BA from the University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Martin Kleckner, III
Dr. Martin Kleckner, III 
International Commercialization Expert 
mkleckner@cox.net   
(760) 814 5142 

In addition to advising Fortune 100/500 corporations throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia such as General Electric, Roche and Toshiba, Martin is an NSF I-Corps faculty member whose guidance has merited $30M in federal funding. He holds a PhD and Masters from the University of California, Riverside, and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jonathan Irwin
Jonathan Irwin 

Strategic Business Builder 
jirwin@sandiego.edu 
(443) 676 1061 

Jonathan has 18 years of hands-on startup experience that includes starting 7 companies with multiple successful exits, raising $7M, and taking a company public as CEO. He has consulted over 200 startups across numerous industries, and holds an MBA from Loyola University Maryland and a BA in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Paul Symczak
Paul Symczak 

Later-Stage Architect 
psymczak@sandiego.edu   
(760) 533 8801 

Paul has been advising tech startups in Southern California for nearly 10 years along with 15 years in senior management with Qualcomm, Verizon and GTE, and equal time as general counsel for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He has a JD from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh
Steven Morley
Steven Morley 

Fortune 100 Innovator 
smorley@sandiego.edu  
(619) 977-7212 

In over 20 years at Qualcomm, Steve helped grow the company from 10 to 10,000 employees and led several multi-million dollar business units from startup to maturity. He has also launched several tech ventures, holds over 25 patents, and holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Jonathan Ossie
Jonathan Ossie 

Technology Startup Specialist 
jossie@sandiego.edu   
(619) 855 0847 

Jon has accumulated an incredibly wide spectrum of experiences ranging from founding boot-strapped technology startups to holding a variety of corporate roles with Oracle, IBM and CA Technologies. He has an MBA from the University of San Diego, where he is also a PhD candidate in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences.
Curt Becker
Curt Becker   

Life Science Pioneer 
curtbecker@sandiego.edu   
(619) 316-4662 

A member of the founding team of Applied Biosystems and Molecular Assemblies, Curt has propelled life science innovation both on and off the bench not only as a highly accomplished scientist but also as an entrepreneurial global business leader. He holds a BS in Organic Chemistry from Colorado State University.
Inna Zozulyak
Inna Zozulyak 

Senior HR Leader 
Inna@leveluptalent.com   
(315) 758-0375

Inna has 10 years of experience in leading the human resources and recruiting functions for high-growth technology and life sciences companies. She holds a Masters of Science in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego and a Masters in Law from Ivan Franko National University of L’viv, Ukraine.
John Sechrest
John Sechrest 

Startup Mentor Extraordinaire 
sechrest@gmail.com   
(541) 250 0844   

From roles including Founder, CEO, and CTO that are spread across corporate, university and non-profit environments, John has amassed a dizzying depth and breadth of experiences that have benefitted over 1,000 startup companies. He holds a BS in Math and Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Katherine Cleland
Katherine Cleland 

Global Marketing Strategist 
katherine@clelandmarketing.com   
(541) 231-4445   

Katherine has been creating powerful, business-building marketing strategies for companies worldwide ranging from startups to Fortune 500s like HP, Bank of America, and Proctor and Gamble. She holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a BA in Chemistry from Princeton University.

Natalia Pence
npence@sandiego.edu
757-348-5637

Patent and Trademark Office. Presently, she serves as the Director of Operations for a national trademark firm.  She formerly worked for a national IP law firm and clerked for the Honorable Rebecca Beach Smith, the former Chief Federal Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. She also brings 22 years of acute medical experience as a Registered Nurse. Natalia holds a JD and an LLM in Intellectual Property from the University of New Hampshire Law School.