• Core CIE Team
  • Faculty


  • Interns/GAs


    headshotSarah Elfers
    Sarah Elfers is currently a second year student at The Ohio State University working toward a degree in marketing and nonprofit management. She is interested in pursuing opportunities related to animal health and welfare and fundraising. Sarah is on the leadership council for the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Scholars Program, helping plan various experiences to enhance community development. She is also involved in Pink Out OSU, which raises money for breast cancer awareness and research. Sarah is very family oriented and owes her work ethic and values to her parents. Within CIE, Sarah assists Jenny Heckscher in the planning of events, seminars, and workshops for students, staff, and corporate partners to develop their knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurship.

    Samantha HellerSamantha Heller
    Samantha Heller is from Avon, Connecticut and is currently a third-year student at The Ohio State University. Samantha enjoys meeting new people and learning about other cultures, so she decided to pursue a degree in International Business and a minor in Spanish. She also enjoys entrepreneurship and in her free time likes to think of new business ideas. Samantha participated in the Best of Student Startups (BOSS) where she and her team were finalists and won the People’s Choice Award for their idea called ETIP. Samantha also has a passion for helping animals and has experience as a veterinarian assistant which lead her to travel to Guatemala, where she helped over 150 animals get the medical treatment they needed. When Samantha is not busy with her other activities, she enjoys learning about different culinary skills and likes to make new recipes. Samantha is excited to use her varied background and knowledge to make an impact within CIE.

    headshotChristian Lampasso
    Born in Buffalo, NY, Christian has always taken a great interest in math and science, especially in how the world works. At age 10, he placed four AA batteries inside a microwave to see what would happen and he also learned how to fix drywall. As a freshman in high school, Christian moved to Detroit, MI to pursue a career in hockey. After traveling the country to states such as Vermont, Iowa, and Nebraska, Christian signed an offer with The Ohio State University. A member of the Varsity Men’s Ice Hockey team, Christian is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Data Analytics through the Integrated Systems Engineering Program. Christian plans to eventually obtain a Master of Business Administration. Christian has taken part in multiple masculinity and African Americans in sports focus groups and talks. In May 2016, he led a group of student-athletes to Jamaica and distributed over 1,500 shoes to children in need. Christian’s journey brings a unique perspective that can be translated into innovation and improvement for business ideas. His analytical and programming skills are useful assets to the CIE team.






Paul Reeder  
Executive Director
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
227 Mason Hall
250 Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210