As President and CEO of MAGNET, Ethan Karp brings his wide range of experiences to drive economic prosperity in Northeast Ohio through innovation and invention. Prior to joining MAGNET in 2013 as Vice President of Client Services and Marketing, he worked with Fortune 500 companies as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Co. and worked on topics ranging from growth strategy to operations improvement. A trained scientist with many disciplines, Karp received his undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and physics from Miami University as well as a Ph.D in chemistry from Harvard. He currently resides in Cleveland with his family and sits on the boards of Gross Schechter Day School, Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, and MidTown Cleveland Inc.
Michael O’Donnell VP, Operations / Senior Growth and Innovation Advisor
Michael O’Donnell has more than 30 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing consulting. Since joining MAGNET in 2000, he has helped companies with lean, operations, and product development challenges. O’Donnell has also played an instrumental role in developing new consulting methods, training simulations, and workshops for use in a variety of businesses, and he continues to champion continuous improvement and total quality programs across Northeast Ohio. O’Donnell holds a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan as well as an MBA from the University of Richmond.
Ken McCreight VP, Workforce and Talent Development
Ken McCreight has over 30 years of experience in workforce and talent development, manufacturing, and engineering. Prior to joining MAGNET in 2016, he served as Vice President of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and created NTMA-U, an online, nationally recognized program for workforce development in manufacturing. In addition, he expanded economic development and advocacy for STEM disciplines through his positions at North Central State College and Cuyahoga Community College and once served as President of American Standards Tool & Die. McCreight holds a Master’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bowling Green State University.
Coleene McDevitt has more than three decades of experience in improving financial operations through development and implementation of new processes. Prior to joining MAGNET as Controller in 2014, she served as Chief Financial Officer at Walsh Jesuit High School and spent 18 years as a vice president with National City Bank (now part of PNC). McDevitt earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of Akron and currently resides in Richfield, Ohio; in addition, she spends much of her spare time volunteering for Maggie’s Mission, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue and adoption of dogs, horses, and other animals.
Over the past 16 years, Matt has developed outstanding skills in both the private sector and nonprofit industry, growing organizations through innovative and engaging marketing, sales, and fundraising campaigns. Matt now leverages those skills and experiences in his role as Vice President for External Affairs for MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network. In his free time, Matt is an active social entrepreneur: he is the founding Board President of EDWINS Restaurant and Leadership Institute, Cleveland’s first nonprofit restaurant and one of the first of its kind nationally; founder of Cleveland Codes, one of the nation’s first nonprofit software bootcamps devoted specifically to training low-income adults for careers in technology; and often mentors other nonprofit professionals.
As the VP of MAGNET’s Startup Services division, Brandon Cornuke leads the company’s efforts to help innovators turn manufactured product ideas into growing businesses. He specializes in strategy development, business model design, and lean innovation. Prior to joining MAGNET, his professional path included starting a successful consumer products company, building a corporate innovation group at American Greetings, leading a half-billion dollar consumer electronics business at Target Corp, and consulting with Hitachi’s global IT strategy group. Brandon has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and is also an Adjunct Professor of Design and Innovation at Case Western’s Weatherhead School of Management.
Rich McClellan has over 15 years of experience in advising senior executives on a range of core strategy topics, including growth, sustainability, private sector development, public policy, and organizational design. As VP of Special Projects, he leads strategic initiatives under the direction of MAGNET’s CEO, including conception, research, problem solving, design, and implementation. He also provides additional support and executive coaching for leaders across multiple departments. McClellan’s previous experience includes extensive work with McKinsey & Co. and leading policy teams in multiple countries under former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Linda Barita has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing and business development. As Director of Strategic Alliances, she acts as liaison between MAGNET and its partners and continually builds relationships with major economic developers and service organizations in our 21-county region. Prior to starting at MAGNET, she was employed by BP Oil and Graftech International, where she worked closely with engineers and executives on marketing and communication strategies. Barita is a graduate of Youngstown State University, serves on the boards of Cleveland Engineering Society and Women in Manufacturing, and serves as founder and director of local organization Women Leaders in Economic Development (WLED).
As office manager, Gail Bisesi manages the day-to-day administration of the MAGNET office, plans and executes key MAGNET events, and provides services to our Incubator tenants. Prior to joining MAGNET, she was employed by KeyBank, First Federal Lakewood, and Huntington National Bank. Bisesi holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Franklin University, serves on the board of Cogswell Hall Inc., and spends much of her spare time volunteering.