Robert Meeder, PhD., Founder, President and C.E.O.

Responsible for developing and managing all program activity. Bob completed his PhD in Higher Education Administration, with a specialty in curriculum development and custom job training. In 1998 he founded Gateways after 31 years experience in institutional administration and economic development, including substantial fundraising, strategic planning and partnering experience across 31 US states and seven countries. Over the course of his many projects he has raised over $670 million in funding from federal, state, corporate and philanthropic sources.

Bill Miller, Vice President and C.O.O.

Responsible for providing centers of technology and regional businesses with manufacturing-related assistance, project management and staff oversight; project management for all construction related projects, facilities management, leasing activities and program development. Bill joined Gateways with over 24 years of experience as an entrepreneur founding and managing private companies in the Pittsburgh region (MMS, Business Concepts, Vesta Designs, and Prism Fiber Optics); previously had eight years of experience serving as a field supervisor and coordinator of the technical training facility for Dravo Corporation’s Engineering Works Division.

Jessica Lee, J.D.,  Vice President & Program Director

Responsible for program development matters and management of arts-related ventures, including strategic planning, funding, partnering, operations oversight and assistance with the new business commercialization process. For over 16 years, Jess has assisted new ventures as investment/business counsel, institutional investor and entrepreneurial adviser. She has successfully blended her background as a professional Jazz & Blues vocalist and recording artist and business adviser with an emphasis on the technology, life sciences and entertainment sectors.

Chaquita BarnetT, Energy Innovation Center Executive Assistant to VP of Programming


Board of Directors

G. Reynolds Clark, Chair, Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Retired, University of Pittsburgh,
Ann Dugan, Audit Committee, Founder and Assistant Dean, Retired, Katz Graduate School of Business, Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence, University of Pittsburgh
Dawn Fuchs, CEO and President of the Weavertown Environmental Group
Franco Harris, Owner and President, Super Bakery and Parks Sausage Company
Michael Kane, President and Executive Director, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
Dan Leri, Vice-Chair, Director, Innovation Park & Research Commercialization, Penn State University
Tim McNulty, Associate Vice President of Government Relations, Carnegie Mellon University
Dave Motley, Sr. Managing Director, Life Sciences Practice, Headwaters SC and Co-founder and General Partner, BlueTree Venture Fund
Joshua Pollard, Founder and CEO of Omicelo
Stephen Robinson, Audit Committee, Managing General Partner, Robinson Venture Partners and Founding Partner, Pittsburgh Equity Partners LP
Walter W. Turner, Director, Koppers Holdings
C. Paul Svoboda, Manager, Special Projects, Urban Redevelopment Authority, City of Pittsburgh