AURP Staff

Chief Executive Officer

Vickie Palmer
O: (520) 529-2524
Meetings/Membership Manager
Diana Horn  
O: (520) 529-2523
Marketing & Administration
Shelby Martin 
 O: (520) 529-2521 
Chief Strategy Officer
Brian Darmody
O: (301) 928-0527
AURP Headquarters
9070 South Rita Road, Suite 3500, Tucson, AZ 85747


AURP HQ2 (Washington DC Area)

7761 Diamondback Dr., College Park, MD 20742

 2024 AURP Board of Directors


Erin Koshut

Executive Director, Cummings Research Park

Huntsville, Alabama

Vice President
Allison Madden,
Corporate Secretary and Director of Operations, USF Research Park, University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

Mark Romney
Senior Vice President, Blue Rise Ventures
Sacramento, California

Harry Brislin
Executive Director, Real Estate Services & Asset Management, USA Technology and Research Park

Mobile, Alabama

At Large
Amy Adams
Executive Director, Institute for Biohealth Innovation, George Mason University
Manassas, Virginia

At Large
Jeff Smith

Director, University Corporate Research Park, Michigan State University Research Foundation
East Lansing, Michigan

Immediate Past President
Leah Burton

Principal Industry Consultant for Higher Education, SAS Institute
Raleigh, North Carolina


Dwaine Chapel
CEO & Executive Director, Growth Partnership and Research Park, South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota

Keisha Demps
Interim Director, Office of Partnerships, Centennial Campus, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

Kate Engel
Executive Director, Nebraska Innovation Campus
Lincoln, Nebraska

Adam Eshelbrenner
Senior Vice President, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Kansas City, Kansas

Will Germain
CEO & Managing Partner, MCB Science + Health
Chicago, Illinois

Kate Hier
Principal, Clark & Enersen
Lincoln, Nebraska

Scott Levitan
President & CEO, Research Triangle Park of North Carolina
Triangle Park, North Carolina

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH
Director, Life Sciences, Sterling Bay
Chicago, Illinois

Laura O’Blenis
President & CEO, Stiletto: Make A Point
Fredericton, Ontario, Canada

Aaron Olver
Managing Director, University Research Park, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Tracy Shickel 
Associate Vice President, Corporate Engagement, University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware


AURP thanks outgoing board members for their leadership and service
Chris Carlson
Senior Vice President, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Raleigh, North Carolina
Jeff Johnson
Chief Solutions Officer, ITA International
Newport News, Virginia
Greg King, CEcD
Associate Vice President for Economic Development, Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia