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Dingman Center Names Three New Advisory Board Members

Aug 06, 2019
Entrepreneurial Spirit


The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland has expanded its board of advisors to add three new members for the 2019-20 academic year. The additions are part of an effort to engage more successful alumni founders, investors and business leaders in the activities of the center and expand its footprint in the region and nationwide. This esteemed group advises the center’s managing director on strategic initiatives, development and growth opportunities and provides mentorship and connections to student and alumni entrepreneurs.

The new appointees include:

Ish DugalIsh Dugal ’05, Founder & Managing Partner, GoldenArc Capital

Ish Dugal is the founder and managing partner at GoldenArc Capital, a Silicon Valley based private investment firm. Dugal has 14 years of venture capital and private equity investment experience and has invested in 15+ high growth ventures with three IPOs and multiple M&A exits from his portfolio.

Deborah HemingwayDeborah Hemingway, PhD ’18, Founder & CEO, Leon Scientific

Deborah Hemingway received a PhD in biophysics from the University of Maryland before launching a biotech company, Leon Scientific, where she currently operates as CEO. She is an active angel with the Dingman Center Angels and a mentor with the Ladies First Initiative.

Ralph SitaRalph Sita ’94, Co-Founder & CEO, Cybrary

Ralph P. Sita, Jr., CPA is the co-founder and CEO of Cybrary, a crowdsourced cybersecurity and IT career development and training platform. Prior to starting Cybrary, he founded his CPA firm that operated for over 22 years.

"The Dingman Center is thrilled to have Ish, Deborah and Ralph joining our board of advisors," commented Holly DeArmond, MBA '17, the Center's managing director. "They each bring a different perspective based on their experiences as alumni in the startup ecosystem, and we will look to them for guidance as we determine strategies to grow our venture programs and events. These additions coupled with our current advisors will help the Dingman Center increase our impact on campus and nationally."

Continuing their service on the Dingman Center board of advisors are the following:

  • Bill Boyle ’81, FiberGate, Inc. — Board Chair
  • Maurice Boissiere ’89, DataTribe
  • Paul Capriolo ’06, Zentail
  • Charles G. Carr ’85, RSM
  • Jason Cohen ’96, Halen Brands
  • Stephen B. Ferber ’90, Golden Gate BPO Solutions, LLC
  • Matthew Fishlinger ’07, Gramercy Risk Holdings, LLC
  • Harry Geller ’81, Serial Entrepreneur
  • Jeffrey S. Grinspoon ’90, MBA '95, VWG Wealth Management
  • Gloria Jacobovitz, PhD, Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Sam Medile ’80, Off-Campus Parking
  • David Quattrone MBA ’05, Cvent
  • Pam Rothenberg, Womble Bond Dickinson
  • Michael Schwab, D&H Distributing Company
  • Kathryn Stewart, Cranbrook Capital
  • Polly Vail, Turnstyle Partners

Ex-Officio Members

  • Holly DeArmond, MBA ’17, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Rudolph P. Lamone, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Ritu Agarwal, Robert H. Smith School of Business

About the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

The Dingman Center is one of the nation’s preeminent institutions where the research, education and practice of entrepreneurship are pursued vigorously. We develop and execute curricular and non-curricular programs that uniquely leverage Smith School thought leadership, experiential learning and our network of practitioners to provide maximum resources to startup businesses. Every initiative is designed to support the center’s mission to make entrepreneurs of all kinds successful. In 2014, the Dingman Center received the prestigious NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship.

About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty master's, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.