Keith Modzelewski is the Director of Entrepreneurship at East Stroudsburg University who guides startup companies in developing and growing their businesses. Keith has over 10 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations in a wide variety of fields, ranging from retail to IT and cyber security. During his time at East Stroudsburg University, he has expanded the Business Accelerator program from eight companies to 20, and has helped over 30 companies leverage funding from the Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) in Monroe County, PA. In addition to this, he serves as the co-chair on the 2030 Monroe County Strategic Doing Committee, which hopes to support high growth companies in transitioning their operations to North Eastern Pennsylvania. During his 2012 fellowship with the Kaufman Foundation, Keith engaged with leading scholars, policy leaders, innovative researchers and high-impact business founders to learn strategies to successfully launch new businesses. Additionally, he is the co-founder of two of his own businesses: Voltaic Coatings, which worked to transition a newly patented technology to the consumer electronic market, and Captured Concepts, a photography and design studio. Keith earned his Master of Business Administration in entrepreneurship and marketing and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware.
Valerie Case is the Vice President of Operations for the Pocono Chamber of Commerce. Valerie has over 15 years of experience in human services, receiving certifications in numerous methodologies including, Life Space Crisis Intervention, Rational Emotive Behavioral therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Sanctuary model. Valerie was a head trainer for the Sanctuary model at KidsPeace National Hospitals and Residential Centers. During her time with Resources for Human Development, Valerie opened three homes for dually diagnosed individuals, developing programs for those individuals to function in a community environment. Valerie also co-facilitated the Clinical Certificate Program, for employees of RHD, a nine-month training program for direct service professionals. Additionally during her time with RHD, Valerie participated in a national focus group for best practices in crisis intervention, as well as being highly involved with the training of staff in new modalities. In her transition from mental health, Valerie started with the chamber of commerce, assisting with the resurgence of this important networking modem in the community. She has assisted with rebranding the organization and asserting its importance in the Pocono community. She serves as the co-chair on the 2030 Monroe County Strategic Doing Business Development Committee. Valerie earned her Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services from Chestnut Hill College and a double Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology from Moravian College.