Ray Melcher: Director, Jump Start Incubator
Ray Melcher is an executive with over 20 years of experience as the CEO of a bank and related financial companies offering insurance and wealth management services. Melcher was the co-founding principal of a boutique investment banking firm offering M & A Advisory services, business brokerage, strategic planning, loan placements and transitional CEO/COO assistance. Ray Melcher also co-founded and serves as Chairman of a durable medical equipment and home modification company serving people with physical disabilities and mobility limitations and has extensive experience in the non-profit sector having served on the boards of more than 60 non-profit organizations throughout PA and nationally. As the Director of Jump Start Incubator, Ray oversees its day-to-day operations and ensures that clients are receiving the hands-on assistance they need.
Ashley Tomasko: Graphic Designer
Ashley Tomasko is originally from Tamaqua, PA and graduated from Tamaqua High School in 2008. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing with a certificate in Advertising from Kutztown University in May 2012. Ashley started as an intern with the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center from 2011-2012. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, she decided to enroll in the MBA program at Kutztown University and became a graduate assistant with the Kutztown Small Business Development Center and recently graduated with her MBA this December.
Ashley remains with the Jump Start Incubator as the Graphic Designer and as part of the marketing team. She consults clients with marketing plan development and marketing material assistance. She also works internally to develop marketing materials for the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center and the Jump Start Incubator.
Chase Fraley: Graduate Assistant
Chase is originally from Elysburg, PA and graduated from Southern Columbia Area High School in 2009. He received his B.S.B.A. degree with a concentration in Accounting from Kutztown University in May 2013. Chase enrolled in the MBA program at Kutztown University in fall 2013, where he was also a member of the Kutztown University Golden Bears football team and served as a team captain his senior year. Also during the fall, Chase worked with the Kutztown University SBDC where he tracked and recorded client milestones. Chase then joined the Jump Start Incubator as a Graduate Assistant in spring 2014.
At the Incubator, Chase is currently a part of the Finance and Client-Intake Team and assists business owners with financial and accounting issues, as well as, with Business and Marketing Plan development.
After completing his MBA, Chase plans to work with a CPA firm and obtain his CPA license. He feels the Jump Start Incubator will further enhance his knowledge and give him real world business experience that will prepare him for the future.
Justin Roach: Marketing and Management Intern
Justin is originally from Millersburg, PA and graduated from Millersburg Area High School in 2010. He is currently pursuing his B.S.B.A. degree in both Marketing and Management from Kutztown University with a planned graduation date of 2014. Justin joined the Jump Start Incubator as an intern specializing in marketing and management. He consults with the clients to develop marketing plans and marketing materials. After completion of his degree, Justin plans on attending graduate school and obtaining his MBA from Kutztown University.
Stacey Kraus: Marketing and Management Intern
Stacey is originally from Staten Island, New York, and graduated from Tottenville High School in 2010. She is currently pursuing her B.S.B.A in Marketing, as well as earning an Advertising Certification from Kutztown University, with a planned graduation date of Spring of 2014. She feels that Jump Start Incubator will help give her hands on experience and give her more further knowledge to use for the business world in the future.