Johnathan Gay is the Director of the Kentucky Innovation Network office at Morehead. He provides free business consulting services to clients, and works to promote an entrepreneurial culture. He has particular expertise in regulations, legal structures, aerospace ventures, and intellectual property. Johnathan is a graduate of the National Business Incubator Association Incubator Manager program. A prolific networker, Johnathan is a founder of the Young Professionals of East Kentucky, and chairs the Youth Engagement & Leadership Development working group in the Shaping our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative designed to revitalize eastern Kentucky’s economy. Also working as a licensed attorney since 2002, Johnathan previously worked with the Law Firm of Warren Scoville & Associates. He has experience in dozens of state courts across eastern and central Kentucky, and has tried cases in both state and federal court. Johnathan is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and EKU, and a US Army veteran.
Mark Murphy is the General Management Consultant with the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) at Morehead State University in the Morehead Center. The Morehead Center provides services to Bath, Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Robertson and Rowan counties. Since April 2010, Murphy has helped clients obtain over $17,500,000 in capital to open 41 new businesses, resulting in 201 jobs created or retained. For his work, Murphy has been presented several KSBDC awards including Million Dollar Club, Team Player Award, and the 2013 Sutton Landry State Star, the KSBDC’s top award. Prior to joining the SBDC, he worked as a Finance Manager, an Indirect Loan Officer, a Marketing Representative, and has owned several businesses. Mark has a B.B.A. in Marketing and MBA from Morehead State University, and is an Accredited Business Planning Advisor.
Vicci Quicksall Lewis
Vicci Quicksall Lewis is the Administrative Support Specialist for the Kentucky Innovation Network (KIN) at Morehead State University, responsible for expertly navigating the bureaucracy, maintaining contacts, and keeping operations running smoothly. Prior to joining the KIN staff, she worked for many years as a tax preparer and bookkeeper for area accounting and tax preparation firms, and has experience teaching for Morgan County Schools. Vicci holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Social Studies with secondary teacher certification from Morehead State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Adult and Higher Education.
Dr. Bob Albert
Dr. Bob Albert has been Dean of the College of Business and Technology at Morehead State University since 2009 and the Dean of the College of Business from 1998 to 2009. Prior to these positions, he served as an assistant, and later associate, finance professor at Wright State University, La Salle University, and Morehead State University. Dr. Albert has served on numerous boards, including several leadership roles in the Morehead/Rowan County area over the past 20 years, having served with the Chamber of Commerce, New City Morehead, St. Claire Regional Medical Center, the Morehead State University Foundation, the People’s Clinic, and the Morehead United Methodist Church. Dr. Albert holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Cincinnati, and his academic interests remain in the area of financial markets and investments.
Dr. Benjamin K. Malphrus
Dr. Benjamin K. Malphrus is Professor of Space Science at Morehead State University where he also directs the University’s Space Science Center and serves as the Director of Space Operations for the Kentucky Space program. He served as project director for the 13 meter Morehead Radio Telescope and the 21 meter Space Tracking Antenna operated by the center. He has served on the scientific staffs of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, as visiting scientist at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, and on the faculty of universities including the University of South Carolina and West Virginia University. He has served as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on several nanosatellite missions including KySat-1, the Cosmic X-Ray Background Nanosatellite (CXBN), CXBN-2, and TechSat-1, and has had various roles on other microsatellite missions. Dr. Malphrus has published papers in scientific journals on topics ranging from extragalactic astrophysics to instrumentation in radio astronomy, to space systems engineering, including a theory of galaxy formation published in the late 1990s that has gained wide acceptance among the astronomical community. Dr. Malphrus served as PI on over $9 million R&D grant funding, and led the design of a $16 million R&D center for space sciences that opened in Kentucky in 2010.
Bob Helton is the Executive Director of the Morehead-Rowan County Economic Development Council, Inc. (EDC), an organization dedicated to fostering industrial growth and improving quality of life in the county. Helton, a 1975 graduate of Morehead State University, has more than 30 years of corporate management experience in Central and Eastern Kentucky and the Southeastern U.S. He has extensive personal contacts in construction, rail and mining industries and in state and federal government relations.
Keith is the Director of the Innovation Launchpad. A two-time MSU graduate, Keith also serves as the Assistant to the Dean in the College of Business and Technology at Morehead State University and the Director of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Keith is the former District Director of the East Kentucky Small Business Development Center.