Board of Directors
Fletcher McCusker, Board Chairman
Chief Executive Officer, UA Venture Capital
UAVenture Capital was founded by Fletcher J. McCusker and Michael Deitch, the CEO, CFO team at SinfoníaRx and also the duo behind the startup to IPO of Tucson based Providence Service Corporation (Nasdaq: PRSC). Fletcher, a 1974 UofA graduate, started Providence in 1997 with a $50,000 investment, grew the company to $55,000,000 in revenue and went public in 2003. Providence then grew to a billion dollar business, and is, by far, the most successful public company ever launched in Tucson. Michael and Fletcher left Providence in 2013 to assist Tech Launch in its commercialization efforts by becoming the “business drivers” for UofA spinout SinfoníaRx. Invented by College of Pharmacy faculty, SinfoníaRx pioneered medication therapy management, designed to assure physician written prescriptions are safe, don’t conflict with other medications and are age appropriate and necessary. The company allows its clients to comply with Medicare requirements and saves them money by preventing unnecessary or ineffective prescriptions. Patient health is improved by direct pharmacist interaction and medication review. As Chairman of the Rio Nuevo District (downtown Tucson’s revitalization board) Fletcher is credited with spearheading much of the development downtown since moving downtown in 2010.
Fletcher is a UofA alumnus of the year, holds an honorary Doctorate awarded in 2014, endowed the Public Programs Chair, scholarships a member of the tennis team and sits on several UofA advisory boards.
Curtis Gunn, Founder and Board Secretary
Chairman, Desert Angels
Curtis is Chairman of the Desert Angels, a very active angel investment group of accredited investors in Tucson, Az that review presentations from early stage startup companies looking for potential funding. Prior to this role, Curtis traveled the world competing as a professional cyclist riding for both US and Australian-based Professional Cycling teams. Previous to his life as a professional athlete, he was an entrepreneur founding and operating companies based in retail, Internet, healthcare and real estate. As an angel investor, Curtis has invested in over 40 different companies across a broad spectrum of industries, technologies, and geographies. Curtis also was formerly on the board of the Angel Capital Association.
David Smallhouse, Board Treasurer
Managing Director, Miramar Ventures
David is the Managing Partner in Miramar Ventures, LLC, a firm involved in real estate, private equity, and venture capital investments. Miramar Ventures is also an active investor in angel and early stage ventures – many with close ties to the University of Arizona and/or the Desert Angels of Southern Arizona.
He began his career as an agribusiness lender with Bank of America in Brawley, California and then served as Assistant Vice President with Valley National Bank and was Vice President of Commercial Loans at Citibank in Tucson. Smallhouse was a member of the CFO’s direct staff at Burr-Brown Corporation and was one of the founders of Comercial del Mayo in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, a business partnership active in the import of construction materials and export of agricultural commodities to the United States and Asia.
In addition to serving as a board member of TREO, David is also on the boards of BBVA Compass Bank, The National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, and the Tucson Medical Center Foundation and he is an Executive Board Member of the Desert Angels. David is also a trustee of both the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum and Salpointe Catholic High School and is a member of the Tucson Airport Authority, the Tucson Conquistadores, and the DM50.
A fifth generation Tucsonan, David graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics and from the University of Arizona with a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics.
Harry George, Founder and Board Member
Managing General Partner, Solstice Capital
Harry has more than 35 years experience in founding, operating and investing in successful rapid growth technology-related companies. He co-founded Solstice Capital. Previously, from 1981 to 1989, Mr. George was co-founder, Director, and Vice-President of Finance for Interleaf Inc. During this time, Interleaf, a pioneer in electronic publishing, grew to be a publicly traded company with $100 million in annual revenue. In January 2000, Interleaf was acquired by Broadvision in a stock merger that valued Interleaf at approximately $1 billion. Prior to this, Harry was a co-founder, Director and Vice President of Finance of Kurzweil Computer Products, subsequently purchased by Xerox Imaging Systems. Harry has been a Director of a number of private and public companies and is currently a Director of Lumidigm, High Throughput Genomics, Medipacs and Syncardia.
He was active with the Arizona Venture Capital Conference, where he was on the conference screening panel from 2000-2006. Harry is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and BIO5. Harry was a member of the advisory committee of the MBA program at the Eller School of Business of the University of Arizona and serves as an advisor to the Arizona Center for Innovation. He is also a member of the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee. From 1996 to 2003, he was a Trustee of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and he currently serves as its Vice Chair of Treasure the Desert Capital Campaign. He is also a Trustee of the Tucson Museum of Art and serves as secretary-treasurer for the museum. He received an AB from Bowdoin College.
Katina Koller, Board Member
Strategic Advisor, Vistage Worldwide, Inc.
Katina—former Chairwoman, CEO, and owner—and the teams she led have been recognized for many awards including the INC 5000 list as one of the fastest growing privately-held companies in America for two consecutive years.
She is a servant leader, optimizing enterprises, teams, personnel, and processes to achieve strong and sustainable financial performance while aligning with culture and vision. Driven by her purpose to empower the best in those she has the privilege to serve, Katina lends her operational experience to a wide range of talent from executives to scholars and multi-generational organizations to startups.
Committed to philanthropy, Katina and her young family dedicate their efforts to many notable Tucson non-profit causes in addition to her Board service with Literacy Connects and Youth On Their Own. Katina also volunteers for IdeaFunding within Startup Tucson’s entrepreneurial ecosystem that creates the annual Festival of Innovation known as TENWEST. As a Commercialization Partner with the University of Arizona: Tech Launch Arizona and an I-Corps Business Mentor thru the National Science Foundation program, Katina continues her mission-driven theme.
Katina holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and demonstrates her commitment to continuous improvement through her executive education pursuits at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and the Project Management Institute. Building on improvement and service, Katina is an Entrepreneurial Operating System Implementer. She works with a variety of companies in the fields of service, product, technology, manufacturing, and non-profits. Katina also facilitates peer advisory groups on the Chief Executive and Key Executive levels as a Vistage Chair and Strategic Advisor.
Justin Williams, Board Member
Founder, Startup Tucson and Director, InnovateUA
As Founder of Startup Tucson, Justin has worked to grow a vibrant startup community in Tucson, AZ by organizing entrepreneurs and technologists alike through events, education and mentorship. Experiential education events like Startup Drinks, Startup Tucson Hackathon, Co-Founder Speed Dating, Startup Weekend, Startup Job Crawl and Lean Launchpad help connect entrepreneurs to the skills, partners, investors and mentors that can help them take ideas and see how far they can go. He is also a doctoral student in MIS in the UA Eller College of Management where he is developing a course to help teach students in technology how find a successful business model for their new product/service idea or invention.
Justin also serves as Executive Emeritus with the Arizona Technology Council. He joined the Council and established the Tucson office as part of its 2008 merger with AMIT – Tucson’s Aerospace, Manufacturing and Information Technology Cluster, where he served as founder and Executive Director since 2005. During this time he served on the industry advisory board for both the UA College of Engineering.
Prior to his tenure with the Council, Justin worked for over 10 years with high-tech firms in Southern Arizona including Electronic Data Systems, Intuit, and Ventana Medical Systems. He also helped launch numerous startup companies helping to commercialize university research including Ridgetop Group, Ardext Technologies and Selectioneering.
Justin has a B.S. in Systems Engineering, an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance and is an alumnus of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship. In 2011, Justin was named as one of Tucson’s “40-Under-40” by the Arizona Daily Star.