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Your Manufacturing Growth Partners

For more than 30 years, MAGNET has been providing Northeast Ohio manufacturers with the guidance they need to achieve long-term success. Our team of highly-qualified consultants and industry experts are committed to turning your idea into real business success. Together, we work as a team to grow manufacturing and create prosperity in Northeast Ohio.


Management Team


Ethan Karp, PhD

Ethan Karp, PhD

President and CEO

Dr. Ethan Karp is an expert in transforming companies and communities. As President and CEO of MAGNET, he has helped hundreds of manufacturing companies grow through technology, innovation, and talent. Dr. Karp is passionate about driving economic prosperity in Northeast Ohio. He’s a committed change-maker and community builder. He serves as Board Chair of Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Development and as a Director on the boards of the following organizations: American Small Manufacturers Coalition, Cleveland Leadership Center, MidTown Cleveland, Inc., Cleveland Jewish Publication Company, and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. Dr. Karp is a recognized thought leader and a frequent national media commentator on the future of manufacturing in America, including a regular column in Forbes. Before joining MAGNET in 2013, he worked with Fortune 500 companies at McKinsey & Co. Dr. Karp received undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and physics from Miami University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Biology from Harvard University. He currently resides in Cleveland with his wife and three daughters.

Full Bio | LinkedIn

Brandon Cornuke

Brandon Cornuke

Vice President, Strategy | Vice President, Startup Services

As the VP of MAGNET’s Startup Services division – the Iterator 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.



Leah Epstein

Vice President, Engagement

Leah Epstein oversees the development and marketing and communications efforts at MAGNET. where she specializes in bringing fundraising, community engagement, and communications together for maximum impact. Leah previously served as the development and campaign communications lead at University Hospitals, and has worked for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, DC. Leah holds a bachelor’s from Emory University and a master’s in public administration from Cleveland State University, and volunteers as Vice President of Gross Schechter Day School and a mentor through College Now. In her spare time, Leah can be found cooking, hiking, and reading a good fiction novel.



Michael O’Donnell

Vice President, Operations

Michael O’Donnell has 30 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing consulting, with most of that time spent at MAGNET. A Master Six Sigma Black Belt and licensed Professional Engineer, Michael orchestrates new consulting methods, training simulations, and workshops for various businesses. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Richmond.


Matthew Fieldman

Matthew Fieldman

Executive Director, America Works

Matt Fieldman is currently Executive Director of America Works, a nationwide initiative to coordinate the American manufacturing industry's training efforts, generating a more capable, skilled, and diverse workforce. Based at MAGNET, Matt works across the nation's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) system to increase collaboration, efficiency, and impact of local and regional workforce development efforts. Previously, Matt served as Vice President for External Affairs at MAGNET. Matt is enthusiastic about growing the region’s manufacturing job market for people seeking lucrative, lifelong careers. In his personal time, Matt mentors other nonprofit professionals and is currently a Civil Society Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is also the founding Board President of EDWINS Restaurant and Leadership Institute, and founder of Cleveland Codes. An avid sports fan, Matt is free for a rousing ultimate frisbee match anytime.

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Katie Mayer

Katie Mayer


Katie Mayer interned at MAGNET while a student at Cleveland State University, returning full-time after graduation to continue helping foster our positive impact on Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing and entrepreneurial communities. As the controller, Katie spearheads MAGNET’s finance department. When not tabulating available funding for the region’s manufacturing future, she is pursuing her master’s in business administration from CSU. Katie is also an avid baker and devoted fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.



Mike Pintz

Director, Engineering Services

Turning problems into opportunities has been Mike Pintz’s mission in his 30 years at MAGNET. During the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, Mike helped orchestrate the rapid development and deployment of critical PPE for first-line responders. A graduate of Cleveland State University, Mike is the inventor or co-inventor of over 15 U.S. patents. When not immersed in a challenging project, he enjoys riding a tandem bike with his wife.

Lissy Rand

Lissy Rand

Director of Workforce Partnerships

Lissy Rand is Executive Director, Workforce Partnerships for MAGNET. She comes to her new role after nine years at the Deaconess Foundation, Cuyahoga County’s only private foundation with an exclusive focus on workforce development. Through grantmaking, leadership, and collaboration, Lissy developed a deep understanding of the workforce system, its challenges and opportunities. Prior to her work at Deaconess, Lissy served as a program officer for five client foundations as an Associate with Foundation Management Services for ten years. Lissy serves on the Board of Family Connections and is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Cleveland. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and received a Master of Social Work degree from University of Michigan and a Master of Public Health degree from University of Illinois. 


Growth Advisory Team


Janelle Lee

Director, Client Engagement

Janelle Lee has a long career in economic and community development, revitalizing urban neighborhoods in Cincinnati and developing economic programming in Stark County. Janelle continues that crucial work at MAGNET, where she engages with companies to strategize new growth opportunities. Janelle recently chaired the 2020 Go Red For Women Campaign for the American Heart Association. On the education side, she received an Associate Degree in Applied Business from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Union Institute & University.


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Darlyn McDermott

Director, Client Engagement and Market Leader

As Director of Client Engagement, Darlyn McDermott leads efforts to help manufacturers benefit from our services. She also helps build the MAGNET brand in the market place, often serving as the local leader and boots on the ground in the community. Darlyn is active in public speaking, interviews, and meeting with leaders of manufacturers to build relationships and a pipeline for delivering client work. Darlyn brings a strong manufacturing background to add value with new and potential clients. Prior to joining MAGNET, her professional path included division and regional leadership for 6 of the top 10 largest insurance companies as well as risk management manufacturing client work for 2 of the largest brokers in the world. Darlyn has a BA in Psychology and holds a Master’s in Business in Organizational Management. She is a Bryn Mawr Chartered Leadership Fellow and a Green Belt in Six Sigma and is a DBA in Organizational Management.


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Joe Vinciquerra

Senior Growth & Innovation Advisor

With more than 25 years of experience in sales, engineering and manufacturing, Joe Vinciquerra has developed, sold and delivered various growth and innovation services to companies in Northeast Ohio. Before joining the MAGNET team in 2016, he worked in leadership roles at companies specializing in the innovation, development and manufacture of custom-engineered products such as metal bellows and precious metal coated titanium anodes.  Joe is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University.


Joe Work

Joe Work

Senior Growth & Innovation Advisor

A 30-year industry veteran, Joe Work is responsible for facility management, procurement, and IT at MAGNET. Joe came to MAGNET in 2017, since then developing applications for the organization in advanced manufacturing technologies. Joe is always up for a challenge, particularly when applying technical solutions to common (and uncommon) problems. Joe holds an MBA from Lake Erie College, and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Cleveland State University.


Brett Dubsky

Brett Dubsky

Growth & Innovation Advisor
With 15 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing, Brett has worked in all facets of manufacturing.  Brett started his career in Product and Quality Engineering where he managed technical and quality issues for customer accounts at Aerospace Investment Casting Foundry, improved manufacturing processes. Brett advanced to leading 2 different aerospace companies in Plant Operations,  as well as, Sales and Marketing. Most of Brett’s career has been spent in the aerospace manufacturing industry, working at (2) Northeast Ohio Companies, Bescast Inc., and PCC Airfoils LLC, as well as, Universal Alloy Corp in Canton, Georgia. 
Brett has progressed through business management with continued levels of responsibilities achieved through a clear communication style coupled with a vast knowledge of manufacturing and plant operations. Prior to starting his working career, Brett earned a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from The University of Dayton.
Bass Khoury

Bass Khoury

Director, Operations Excellence

Bass Khoury arrived at MAGNET in 2018, bringing 20 years of manufacturing experience with prominent Cleveland manufacturers. Bass leads product development and quality systems, fostering ongoing improvements, and lean transformations in various manufacturing capacities. He is a Six Sigma black belt, holding a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cleveland State University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. Bass is an enthusiastic traveler who considers raising two student-athletes his proudest accomplishment when not helping companies improve their bottom line.



Connie Alton, Client Advocate

Aleksandar Andrich, Operations Associate

Leesa Arrington, Executive Assistant

Beisi Bai, Operations Associate

Brandi Baker, Manager of Program Execution

DaJon Battle, Manager, Education and Workforce

Anthony Bearden, Intern - Engineering

Jennie Becker, Manufacturing Experience Developer

Kristin Beynon, Senior Client Advocate

Matthew Cook, Senior Operations Expert

Justin Daher, Operations Expert

Sarah Deutsch, Startup Advisor

Jamey Dixon, Data and Reporting Specialist

Gwido Dlugopolsky, Senior Operations Expert

Tracy Francescone, Development Officer

Scott Gray, Shop Manager

Michael Keller, Senior Product Development Engineer

Aneta Khoury, Internship Specialist

Ed Kneitel, Director of Finance

Monica Lawson, Youth Mentor

Meghan Maguire, Accounting Specialist

Nick McClellen, Senior Design Engineer

Tom McGraw, Director of Sector Partnership

Rebecca Milla, Administrative Associate

Andrea Navratil, Director, New Ventures

Aram Nerpouni, Managing Director of Talent

Rahim Nichols, Director, Early College Early Career

Josh Podsedly, IT Technical Support and Security Specialist

Marvin Rashad, Youth Mentor

Jon Rivera, Youth Mentor

Dave Sluka, Director, Strategy, Marketing and Sales

Jeff Smith, Technician

Andrew Somrack, Senior Product Development Engineer

Isaac Stasko, Design and Operational Excellence Engineer

Gina Tabasso, Growth Advisor, Strategy, Marketing and Sales

Rachel Trem, Marketing Manager

Valen C. Willis, Community Relations and Outreach Manager 

Tracy Wolff, Procurement and Contract Specialist

Bryan Wortmann, Coach U Director and Lead Facilitator