Board of Advisers

The Institute for Innovation Board of Advisers stay abreast of the services provided by the three clinics and recommend improvements as well as ways to make the clinical experience more meaningful, impactful, and enlightening for students and constituents. Advisers also assist with programming, networking, and partnership building.

  • Jeffrey A. Allred ’80, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
  • Gardner Altman, Jr. ’71, Legal and Business Consultant
  • Delores Bailey, Executive Director, EmPOWERment, Inc.
  • Bernard Bell, Executive Director, Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship
  • Mary Boney Denison ’81, Retired US Commissioner of Trademarks, USPTO
  • Martin H. Brinkley ’92 (ex-officio), Dean, UNC School of Law
  • Patricia Brown ’86, SVP and General Counsel, SAS
  • Melissa Carrier, Professor of the Practice, Public Policy, and Director of Social Innovation, UNC-CH
  • Lisa Chang, Director of Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, Poole College of Management, NC State
  • Judith Cone, Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, UNC-CH
  • Zach Corenblum 2L (ex-officio), President 2020-2021, Entrepreneurial Law Association
  • Aaron Fadden 2L (ex-officio), President 2020-2021, Carolina Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Brian Gamsey ’18 (ex-officio), Associate, Morris, Manning, & Martin LLP
  • Vickie Gibbs, Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Center, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Burton “Buck” Goldstein ’76, Entrepreneur in Residence, Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship
  • Nicholas Haigh ’19 (ex-officio), Associate, Carolina Angel Network
  • Raina S. Haque ’12, Principal, Erdos IP Law
  • Ward Hendon Jr., ’96, Founder, Axiom
  • Robert Ingram, Partner, Hatteras Ventures
  • Clifton B. Knight ’74, General Counsel, Bookspan LLP
  • Merrill M. Mason ’86, Partner, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell and Jernigan, LLP
  • Bryan McGann ’01, Director, Start-Up Ventures Clinic, Duke Law
  • Raj Narayan, Associate Director, Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science, NC State
  • Gary Nelson, Director, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, UNC School of Social Work
  • Bentley J. Olive ’00, Founder, Olive Patent Law Group
  • Christopher K. Porter ’98, Attorney, Forrest Firm
  • Jackie Quay ’96, Director Licensing and Innovation Support, UNC-CH
  • Larry E. Robbins ’79, Partner, Wyrick Robbins
  • Sallie Shuping Russell ’76, Former Director, Blackstone Partners
  • Lewis Sheats, Assistant Vice Provost, Entrepreneurship, NC State
  • Erika Wilson (ex officio), Director of Clinical Programs, UNC School of Law