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


Since the beginning of 2016, Dan has returned as the Founding Executive Director of UMSL Accelerate at his alma mater, the University of Missouri- St. Louis (UMSL). During his time at UMSL Accelerate, Dan has used his vast entrepreneurial experience and knowledge to form an entrepreneur community at the university.
Michael Butler Sr. Michael Butler Sr.
Director of Operations

Michael is Director of Operations overseeing the building and all events. He has more than 26 years of technology experience (21 with UMSL) which includes management and educational growth activities at all levels for teachers, students, parents, and administrators. Entrepreneurly driven, Michael is also founder of both a web development and photography business.
Marc Bowers Marc Bowers
Adjunct Professor

Marc is an Adjunct Professor of entrepreneurship in the UMSL College of Business. He has over 20 years of new product development, product management and business development experience and has managed product launches and created new distribution and dealer networks for product lines across diverse industry segments. Marc is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA graduate of Columbia University in New York City.
Theresa Coble 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.
Darcella Darcella Craven
Adjunct Professor

Darcella is an organization assisting veterans, transitioning military and their families with starting and expanding businesses. She has over 25 years of experience in corporate, nonprofit and small business spaces. An Army veteran, she has been featured in numerous articles for her transition from the welfare system to an accomplished businesswoman. She specializes in program implementation, change management, transition and creating group training programs. She holds a Masters from Webster University and is pursuing her doctorates. She is a proud mother of two daughters who are gainfully off her payroll.
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, 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.
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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.
Chad Chad Schubert
Adjunct Professor

Chad is an Adjunct Professor of entrepreneurship in the UMSL College of Business. He has worked in both the not-for-profit and for profit sectors, and is currently the Sr. Director of People & Culture at Pivot Energy, a national solar developer. Chad spent time working internationally in Zambia before obtaining his MBA from St. Louis University. He is passionate about using business as a way to create positive social change.