Our Staff Members
We believe the Tech Collective team is our greatest asset and benefit to our members. Connect with them today to see how we can help you on your technology business journey.
John Smithers is the CEO of Tech Collective. He is responsible for the strategic direction of Tech Collective as Rhode Island’s technology hub. His technology career includes working for startups, large engineered-product companies, and a long stint at a technology research firm. He also has extensive experience in higher education as a CIO as well as a consultant at health and human services and technology service nonprofits.
Shannon O’Donnell is the Program Manager at Tech Collective, where she manages the Real Jobs RI grant. Prior to starting at Tech Collective, Shannon worked as a program and affiliate services manager at Keep America Beautiful in Stamford, CT. She spends her spare time teaching yoga and taking short walks with her fiancé and their small rescue dog, Lucy.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Amanda Roman is the Marketing & Communications Manager at Tech Collective. She manages the marketing strategy and social impact programs for the organization. Before joining the Tech Collective team, Amanda worked at an education non-profit dedicated to supporting Providence schools with supplementary programming and tutors. Amanda and her husband live in Providence with their two cats and are a part of the local art and music community.
Joe St. Germain
Director of Finance & Operations
Joe is an experienced financial professional with over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, human resources and business operations. As an outsourced CFO and finance professional, he is focused on helping startups solve immediate back office problems, so they can focus on core growth. He has worked with companies in a wide variety of industries with life cycles varying from startups and emerging growth stages to dissolution.
Joe is the founder of Company Launch Partners, which provides CFO and financial management services to startup companies through the New York to Boston corridor. He is a member of the Startup Coalition in Boston and participates in panel discussions, monthly pitch reviews and related coalition events.
Business Development Director
Monica is the Director of Business Development at Tech Collective, where she spearheads strategic development efforts while also cultivating relationships with our partners and sponsors. She has managed a small business, spent time teaching in the classroom and has worked in higher education at Molloy College and St. John’s University. She has volunteered for many years with the Boy Scouts of America, Narragansett Council. Monica is the proud mother of three “adult-ish” sons, two of whom are Eagle Scouts.
PTECH Industry Liaison
Kris’ primary role is to be an integral part of the education of the tech sector’s future workforce among youth. She represents the high tech industry in the development of curriculum, mentoring programs, and workplace exposure for P-TECH students. She is also affiliated with a variety of youth initiatives in high tech & education. Kris’ career experience ranges from Fortune 500 software companies and start up firms, to the non-profit education sector. She is also on the BoD for Habitat for Humanity.
Office Manager / Bookkeeper
Dawn is the Office Manager / Bookkeeper at Tech Collective, where she handles the daily administrative and financial responsibilities for the organization. Before joining Tech Collective, Dawn was employed by another Non-Profit for 18 years as a Bookkeeper/Grant Award Specialist.
In her spare time, Dawn and her husband enjoy traveling, and spending time with their Children, Grandchild, and their dog Bella.
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