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.
Michael Butler Sr. Michael Butler Sr.
Director at UMSL Accelerate

Michael is Director of UMSL Accelerate as well as the Ed Collabitat Operations Manager and Director of the E. Desmond Lee Technology and Learning Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has more than 26 years of technology experience which includes management and educational growth activities at all levels for teachers, students, parents, and administrators. Michael is also founder of both a web development and photography business.
michael-kehoe-circle-headshot.png Michael Kehoe, PE
Assistant Teaching Professor

Michael is an Assistant Teaching Professor of entrepreneurship in the UMSL College of Business Administration as well as a Director of UMSL Accelerate, where he helps students, faculty, and members of the community start, grow, and sustain businesses. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and of Stanford University, Michael is a professionally licensed civil engineer, full-stack web developer, award-winning social entrepreneur, and Navy Reserve officer.
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.
Theresa Coble image Theresa Coble, PhD
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.