SSTI Staff

Dan Berglund
President and CEO

Mark Skinner
Vice President


Ellen Marrison
Content Strategist 


Susan Niple
Membership Director


Jonathan Dillon
Policy Analyst


Laura Lacy Graham
Policy Analyst


Jason Rittenberg
Policy and Development Director    


Cathy Coldiron
Policy Analyst

Dan Berglund is the President and CEO of SSTI, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving initiatives that support prosperity through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. SSTI is the most comprehensive resource available for those involved in technology-based economic development. Leading SSTI since its inception in 1996, Mr. Berglund has helped SSTI develop a nationwide network of practitioners and policymakers dedicated to improving the economy through science, technology and innovation. SSTI works with this network to assist states and communities as they build tech-based economies, conduct research on best practices and trends in tech-based economic development, and encourage cooperation among and between state and federal programs. Prior to joining SSTI, Mr. Berglund worked as a consultant and for the Ohio Department of Development in a variety of positions, including Acting Deputy Director of the Division of Technological Innovation.

Mark Skinner is Vice President of SSTI. Working with SSTI since 1998, he is a lead developer for SSTI’s annual conference content and served as the editor of the SSTI Weekly Digest. He was the principal author or a co-author on a number of publications, including A Resource Guide for Technology-based Economic Development and State and Federal Perspectives on the SBIR Program. Mr. Skinner also is founding Director of the Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN), a federally-funded project striving to make public-private investments in innovation-based growth more efficient while achieving greater impact. Applying systems thinking to regional development strategies, RIAN is working to establish a national network of existing and emerging nonprofit Venture Development Organizations for peer-to-peer sharing of information, best/common practices and collaborative investment and entrepreneurship opportunities. Mr. Skinner received his B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University (Oxford, OH).

Laura Lacy Graham is the Assistant Director of RIAN and a Policy Analyst for SSTI.  Ms. Lacy has extensive experience with program coordination, research, editorial production, and office management.  She was the research support coordinator for UNL's multi-national ANDRILL (ANtarctic geologic DRILLing) Program; a community involvement specialist with Ecology & Environment's EPA Region 7 START and Brownfields Programs; and, before joining RIAN, the office manager for Northwest Geophysics. Ms. Lacy holds a B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in History with minors in Political Science and Art History.

Jonathan Dillon is a Policy Analyst for SSTI. Mr. Dillon has a bachelors in public policy from the University of Maryland.

Ellen Marrison is the Content Strategist at SSTI, researching and writing for the SSTI Digest and other publications, as well as managing communication and promotional materials for the organization.  She began her career in newspapers, writing for several daily newspapers in Ohio before working for a public relations and marketing firm in Toledo. There she coordinated different communications strategies for both corporate and non-profit clients. She established her own business, consulting for a policy organization and authoring a book before coming to SSTI.  Ms. Marrison received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from The Ohio State University.

Jason Rittenberg is the Policy and Development Director for SSTI. His work includes coordinating SSTI's policy activities, cultivating partnership and project opportunities, and contributing to the SSTI Weekly Digest and research projects. Jason previously led and supported research and analysis projects for the Council of Development Finance Agencies, the State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the Cline Center for Democracy. He is a co-author of News on the Internet: Information and Citizenship in the 21st Century. Jason holds a B.S. from Ohio University and an M.A. from the University of Illinois.

Susan Niple is the Membership Director at SSTI. She provides support to members as well as coordinates and maintains records. Susan has spent the bulk of her career in the Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Tree Industry working in many capacities including sales, production, and office administration, and as an entrepreneur. Most recently, she worked as a botanist at Scioto Gardens, a native plant nursery in Delaware, Ohio. Susan received dual Bachelor’s degrees in Botany and Women’s Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Cathy Coldiron is a Policy Analyst for SSTI. Ms. Coldiron is primarily responsible for researching spending on TBED programs across all 50 states. In addition to budget and legislative research, she provides support for various special projects as needed. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Public Administration from Ohio University. While at Ohio University, Ms. Coldiron conducted research on small business incubation and staffed the National Business Incubation Association. Ms. Coldiron's previous work experience includes serving small technology oriented companies via Ohio's SBIR Program, managing funding for local government public works improvement projects, and coordinating grant applications for a central Ohio civil engineering firm.