Ray Melcher: Director
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: Marketing Director
Ashley Tomasko received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing with a certificate in Advertising from Kutztown University in May 2012. As an undergrad, Ashley worked as an intern with the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center (KUSBDC) from 2011-2012 and after graduating with her bachelor’s degree, decided to enroll in the MBA program at Kutztown University where she became a graduate assistant with the KUSBDC and Jump Start Incubator. She recently graduated with her MBA this past December.
Ashley now remains with the Jump Start Incubator full time as its Marketing Director. She develops marketing materials and strategies to raise community awareness about the Jump Start Incubator and also assists clients with their marketing plans and in developing marketing materials along with their online presence. Ashley also serves as the student coordinator and manages the workload for interns and graduate assistants.
Aruna Joseph: Human Resources Graduate Assistant
Aruna Joseph joins the incubator as a Human Resources Graduate Assistant. She comes with 7 plus years of experience in various HR functions. In the past, Aruna has worked as a HR Generalist with companies such as Fidelity investments and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in India. She is currently pursuing her MBA from Kutztown University and has a Masters in Biotechnology. She will be working closely with the clients in the incubator space assisting them with HR related functions.
In her spare time Aruna enjoys traveling, photography and spending time with friends.
Carolan Gehret: English Education Graduate Assistant
I am definitely working my way backwards in life. I owned and operated a luncheonette in Reading for 17 years until the very strong urge to return to school hit me. I went back full time in 2008 and graduated in 2011 with a bachelors in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. I have been substitute teaching for the last two years in addition to being a logistics coordinator at a company that I worked for all through school. I started going to graduate school last fall and decided that I needed to make a change and concentrate on my masters full time. I am single but spend a lot of time with my sister and her four children. They keep me very busy and entertained. In my spare time I like to read and enjoy activities with my family. I love school and work so I am very excited to be on board with the Jump Start Incubator.
Wyatt Haupt: Videography Intern
Biography coming soon.