Phone:
(810) 424-5489
Email:
smcdonne@umflint.edu
University Outreach

Sara McDonnell

Program Coordinator

Sara is a connector who focuses on finding mentors for aspiring and operating business owners. She enjoys inspiring others to follow their passion -- and make money in the process. She has cultivated a wide network of community members and displays a deep understanding of governmental processes through her work with municipalities and townships. A former business owner, Sara can share lessons learned and is currently pursuing an MBA at UM-Flint. 

Phone:
(810) 424-5428
Email:
shayden@umflint.edu
University Outreach

Sherry Hayden

Administrative Coordinator

Sherry ‘s diverse experience helps clients of the Incubator create their own opportunities. She worked as a graphic designer and editor for a news corporation and in her own publishing business, while earning a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. As a lecturer at UM-Flint and Mott Community College, she created curriculum using community partners as clients, and helped students prepare for communications and design careers. Sherry has served on the board of a Flint non-profit for 15 years, volunteering as a leader and grants writer. She likes helping people imagine and create dreams that tangibly benefit the community.

Email:
ncuster@umflint.edu
University Outreach

Nic Custer

Program Assistant

As a graduate of the Incubator, Nic offers a unique perspective when he interviews clients in our program.  Nic owned a publishing and editing business, established a housing cooperative, and serves on the board of a local non-profit. As a researcher and writer, he produces marketing and communications materials for University Outreach. He also provides business counseling and directs clients to resources and networking opportunities. Nic recently began a program to earn a graduate certificate in business at UM-Flint.

Email:
kcriner@umflint.edu
University Outreach

Kimon Criner

Intern

Visitors to the Incubator are likely to be greeted by Kimon, who is a UM-Flint senior majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Management (Entrepreneurship track).  His background is in restaurant management, but his interest in starting a business with an inventor led to his work in the Incubator. He has a gift for research and managing metrics, and he conducts short interviews with the students and community members who use the co-work space of the Incubator.