UMSL Accelerate Faculty and Staff
Dan Lauer Dan Lauer
Founding Executive Director

Dan is a highly experienced and accomplished entrepreneur who can give students advise on how to develop their innovative ideas into a product or business. As a St. Louis native, he is the CEO and Founder of Lauer Toys and the creator of the baby doll Waterbabies. His product has achieved great success by being the second best selling baby doll, with over 24 million units sold.
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E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Experiential and Family Education

Theresa G. Coble serves as the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Experiential and Family Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in collaboration with Forest Park Forever. She completed her graduate work in Chinese (M.A.) and Forest Resources (Ph.D.) at the University of Minnesota. Through her professional efforts, Dr. Coble seeks to help interpreters, educators, and communicators engage audiences about, and provide meaningful experiences related to, complex and controversial topics.
Daniel Fogarty
Daniel Fogarty
Gateway Accelerate Cohort Leader

At its inception, Daniel worked for financial technology accelerator SixThirty, where he vetted and assessed applicants. He now works for LaunchCode leading their candidate operations. Thanks to Daniel's assessment process, LaunchCode has successfully placed over 450 candidates into technology careers, with over a 90% success rate.
Tamas Javor
Tamas is responsible for the Entrepreneur Quest Student Accelerator and the Ameren Accelerator programs. He’s worked with dozens of student entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in the St. Louis startup ecosystem. His experience with startups, ranging from the idea phase to the beginning stages of the high growth and scaling phase, allows him serve a variety of entrepreneurs- regardless the stage of the venture.
ala-allozi-circle-headshot.png Ala Kehoe, PharmD, MBA

Since 2016, Ala has lead entrepreneurship co-curricular programs at UMSL Accelerate. She is the creator of Entrepreneur in Residence, the Entrepreneur Legal Clinic @UMSL, and the Entrepreneur Legal Workshop @UMSL and continuously finds new ways to help UMSL students. She serves at the advisor for EC@UMSL and the CEO UMSL chapter. She works closely with students in the idea phase and connects them to resources to help their businesses grow.
Alice Layton Alice Layton, MSW, MLS
Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

Alice Layton, is the Founder of the South American-based social enterprise, Rupununi Learners Inc., Co-Founder of the Washington University in St. Louis Startup Training Lab, Director of Education for The Mission Center L3C, and co-designer and instructor of the University of Missouri-St. Louis’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship courses, respectively.
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Christopher Miller
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Chris Miller is the Founder and CEO of The Mission Center L3C, Founder and Managing Member of The Mission Center Nonprofit Services LLC, Founder of the Mission Community Healthcare Co-Op Inc. and serves as Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis
John Palmer, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor Management Area

Dr. Palmer has over 25 years experience as an educator, consultant, researcher, and academic administrator. He has designed and taught doctoral, masters, and bachelors level courses in management, entrepreneurship, marketing, and business research. He has also published dozens of research studies including focused on entrepreneurial strategies and innovation and performance in small business enterprises. His work has appeared journals including the Journal of Small Business Strategy and the American Journal of Entrepreneurship.