Board of Directors
Richard J. Cannon – Vice President for Finance and Administration – University of New Hampshire
Dick Cannon is Vice President for Finance and Administration at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining UNH in 2006, he was a management consultant to higher education and academic medical centers. From 1988 to 2000 he was Dean for Administration and a member of the teaching faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health. In the 70’s and 80’s he served as Executive Vice President at Harvard Community Health Plan and the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York. Early in his health care career he served as a group practice administrator and, at a Boston teaching hospital, helped develop a group practice, a patient advocacy program and consulted with affiliated community health centers.
Gray Chynoweth – Chief Operating Officer – Dyn
Gray Chynoweth joined Dyn in 2007 to help further Dyn’s position in the marketplace and is responsible for the operation of the company’s finance, human resources, policy and legal functions and plays an integral part in the company’s corporate development efforts. Prior to joining Dyn, Gray practiced law as a Corporate Attorney at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green. He holds a JD from Duke University School of Law, an MA from Duke University and a BA from the University of California – Berkeley. Gray is a Union-Leader 40 Under Forty winner. He is a member of NH Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsels and New England Corporate Counsel Association. He is on the Executive Committee of ICANN Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG), the Board of Directors of CityYear NH, Families In Transition, StayWorkPlay Advisory , and the Currier Museum of Art. Gray is also a founding member of Manchester Young Professionals Network (MYPN).
Mark Kaplan – CEO– NH-ICC
Mr. Kaplan became CEO of the NH-ICC in March 2013. He has nearly thirty years of executive, financial, venture capital, and investment industry experience. During the past15 years, Mark worked in entrepreneurial endeavors, including as a venture capitalist with Maine based CEI Ventures. He was actively engaged in building Maine’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as a board member of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED) and the Small Enterprise Growth Fund (SEGF), which is the state of Maine’s venture fund. He served two terms as SEGF Chair of the board, and worked closely with entrepreneurs as an investor and as a MCED Top Gun acceleration program mentor. Mark has served on the boards of numerous private companies and non-profit organizations. He remains a board member of the SEGF and the MCED, a Portland based incubator, and also serves on its Top Gun Advisory Board. Mark earned his MBA from Boston University Graduate School of Management and BA from the University of Michigan-Flint. He is a graduate of the NVCA-NASBIC Venture Capital Institute Certificate and Graduate Programs. He was awarded the Charter Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1986.
Allan M. Kline – Independent Director
Allan Kline was the Director of Business Development at Cutler Capital Management. Prior to joining Cutler, Mr. Kline was a Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Skyworks Solutions, Inc. Before joining Skyworks, he served as CFO of FiberMark, Inc., Acterna Corporation, and CrossComm Corp. Allan also served as Vice President at O’Connor, Wright Wyman Inc., and as a Director of Acterna and CrossComm. He was a director of BTI Systems, and the Massachusetts Network Communications Council. Mr. Kline has extensive financial expertise, having served as Chief Financial Officer and in senior finance roles for a number of publicly-traded companies, ranging from networking system providers to traditional manufacturers. He began his career at Arthur Young & Company in 1969, where he was a partner for six years. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with an MBA.
Marc Sedam – Executive Director, Office for Research Partnership & Commercialization (ORPC) – University of New Hampshire
Marc was appointed Executive Director of UNH’s ORPC technology transfer office in 2010. He concurrently serves as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center, NH’s only translational research funding program. Prior to UNH, Mr. Sedam served as the Chief Operating Officer of Qualyst, Inc., a global leader in the study of pharmaceutically relevant drug transporter interactions. Before Qualyst, Marc was Associate Director for Life Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s technology transfer office, helping make UNC the top university in start-up formation in 2001. As a food enzymologist at National Starch and Chemical Company, sales from a patented product he created exceeded $50m/year, winning the “2003 Product of the Year” from the Institute for Food Technology. He holds a B.S. in biochemistry from The University of New Hampshire and a MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is a well-known lecturer on university innovation and start-up formation and teaches innovation management in the UNH Whittemore School of Business and Economics.