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Brandywine LaunchBox (est. 2021) is a signature program of Invent Penn State, a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success. As one of the university’s 21 Innovation Hubs across the Commonwealth, Brandywine LaunchBox provides programs and resources for early stage entrepreneurs, small business owners, and innovators. We are in residence at Utility Works MakerSpace (our facilities partner), a non-profit makerspace that is operated by the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation. Learn More here: invent.psu.edu
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Our Team
Roger Lee

Director of the Brandywine LaunchBox and Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Penn State Brandywine

Roger Lee is the Director of the Brandywine LaunchBox, the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Penn State Brandywine, and the Founder and CEO of Roger Lee Arts, LLC. As an entrepreneurship and innovation expert, Roger has over a decade of experience working in higher education and the arts, a TEDx Talk, and over 60 international, national, regional, and local media features.
Jonathan Savage

Advisory Committee Chair

Jonathan Savage is the Advisory Committee Chair for the Brandywine LaunchBox. He has over 35 years of leadership experience in the public and private sector. Jonathan is currently a Vice President for Business Development at Pennoni Associates, a 1300-person engineering firm headquartered in Philadelphia, where he oversees and assists in the development annual revenues of over $250 million.
David Rosenberg

Advisory Committee Member

David Rosenberg is an Advisory Committee Member for the Brandywine LaunchBox. He was a Principal and Executive Vice President at Environmental Compliance Services (ECS), responsible for all corporate marketing, public relations and government affairs activities (ECS was sold to XL Capital Inc., a publicly held company in 1999). As a retired entrepreneur, David serves as a father, grandfather, philanthropist, and non-profit board member.
Jerry Parsons

Advisory Committee Member

Jerry Parsons is an Advisory Committee Member for the Brandywine LaunchBox. As Chairman of CTDI, he provides leadership and guidance for a thriving and dynamic international service company. Today, CTDI is recognized as a premier service provider and strategic business partner in the global communications industry and employs more than 17,500 people in over 100 locations across the world. 
Shawn Manderson

Advisory Committee Member

Shawn Manderson is an Advisory Committee Member for the Brandywine LaunchBox. He currently serves as the Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management at ADP, Inc. and previously held positions at Ernst and Young, ARAMARK, and FMC Corporation. As an alumnus, Shawn continues to serve the alumni community locally at Penn State Brandywine and broadly at University Park as a member of the University’s President’s Club (Edwin E. Sparks circle) and a Life Member of the Alumni Association.
Meaghan Daly

Advisory Committee Member

Meaghan Daly is an Advisory Committee Member for the Brandywine LaunchBox, the President of the Penn State Brandywine Alumni Society, and the Founder and Owner of Meaghan Paige, LLC, a women’s clothing brand that she started while at Penn State Brandywine. Meaghan’s designs have been showcased at New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and in the pages of British Vogue Magazine.
Dr. Mo Paknajed

Advisory Committee Member

Dr. Mo Paknajed is an Advisory Committee Member for the Brandywine LaunchBox. He started at CTDI engineering in 1983 and currently he is serving as the Director of Engineering. His team (including Penn State interns) is responsible for designing automated test platforms to support the telecommunication and cable industries across the world. He is committed to share his knowledge and experience with young people through workshops and seminars to prepare them for a successful career in a technical field.
Michael Gambol

Advisory Committee Member

Michael Gambol is an Advisory Committee Member for the Brandywine LaunchBox and a Financial Advisor with Alex.Brown Inc. in Philadelphia, PA. He has the dual responsibilities of taking care of his clients as well as managing the overall business operations of the group. He spent his early years in the business at TD Ameritrade before moving on to BlackRock Inc., where he managed part of its U.S. Wealth Advisory business.
Mark Trabbold

Advisory Committee Member

Mark Trabbold is an Advisory Committee Member for the Brandywine LaunchBox. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of the Strategic Initiatives Group at Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Mark leads the development and implementation of strategies and projects focused on growing the business. He previously served as the Vice President of Research and Development for CertainTeed Corporation, a North American building materials manufacturer, where he was responsible for research, development, engineering, and new business integration bringing numerous products to commercial success worth over $100M, annually.
Joe Kernen

Advisory Committee Member

Joe Kernen is an Advisory Committee Member for the Brandywine LaunchBox and a Senior Partner at DLA Piper, a global business law firm with more than 4,500 lawyers across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Joseph represents corporate clients in commercial and class action litigation, and counsels and defends employers in employment controversies. He previously served as Managing Partner of the Philadelphia Office and Chair of Philadelphia Litigation.
Mandy Santiago

Advisory Committee Member

Mandy Santiago is an Advisory Committee Member for the Brandywine LaunchBox. She has over 20 years of grant writing, marketing and government affairs experience in the healthcare, higher education, and non-profit sectors. Prior to becoming the Director of Philanthropy Communications and Grants at the ChristianaCare Office of Philanthropy, Santiago served as the Executive Director of Tyler Arboretum, managing a $2M operating budget and overseeing the performance of 27 staff and 220 volunteers.
Peggy Schipper

Advisory Committee Member

Peggy Schipper is an Advisory Committee Member for the Brandywine LaunchBox. She currently serves a Senior Sales Associate with Performance Additives, LLC and has over 30 years’ experience in Technical and Business Management positions in the Specialty Chemicals market. Peggy has held various offices within the Vinyl Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers including President of the Palisades Section, Chairman of the Vinyl Division Board of Directors, and Technical Program Chairman.
Philip Stoops

Advisory Committee Member

Philip Stoops is an Advisory Committee Member for the Brandywine LaunchBox and a Principal at Agile Management Group. He has over 20 years of revenue-generating experience in identifying strategic avenues that have strengthened new and existing business initiatives for industry and franchise leaders such as AT&T, Sky Zone Franchise Group, Smash My Trash, Amazon, and The FrontDoor Collective.
Thomas Gailey

Advisory Committee Member

Thomas Gailey is an Advisory Committee Member for the Brandywine LaunchBox and a Principal at GaileyMurray Communications. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and marketing and communications professional with a track record of success in corporate, agency and government settings. In his 30 years of experience, he has helped launch products, build reputations, complete deals, elect candidates, solve crises and grow companies.

Our Impact

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Youth and Adult Programs Since 2021
80+
Early Stage Entrepreneurs, Small Businesses, and Innovators Served Since 2021
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External Partnerships Since 2021
$190K+
External Funding Received Since 2021