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Faculty & Staff

Christoph Winkler, Ph.D.

Christoph Winkler, Ph.D.Endowed Professor and Founding Program Director
Phone: (914) 633-2041

Christoph Winkler is the endowed professor and founding program director of the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, which immerses students in an interdisciplinary community of creativity, innovation and personal growth. His work emphasizes the creation of a learning environment that fosters an entrepreneurial mindset through experiential learning opportunities for all students across the College.

As a well-respected leader in entrepreneurship education, Dr. Winkler has been pushing boundaries and re-envisioning traditional academic practices in higher education. He presently serves as vice president of Pedagogy and Learning at The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE), as well as the interim executive editor of the journal Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy (EE&P), playing a pivotal role in advancing the field of entrepreneurship education.

Dr. Winkler received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and currently holds a joint faculty appointment at Iona College's School of Arts & Science (Psychology) and the LaPenta School of Business (Management). Before joining Iona College, he served on the entrepreneurship faculty at Long Island University (LIU) and Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business. During his time at CUNY, he also served as the associate director of the CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise and director for Technology, Innovation and Research at the CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship.

Lendynette Pacheco-Jorge

Lendynette Pacheco-Jorge Assistant Director
Phone: (914) 633-2198

Lendynette Pacheco-Jorge is the assistant director of the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. She comes to Iona College with over 15 years of experience in educational services specializing in entrepreneurship. Lendynette also teaches the Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation course at Iona College.

Prior to Iona, she led the Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College, and has several years of experience working with hundreds of small business owners and entrepreneurs ranging from lawyers and fabric designers to restaurateurs and public relations firms. She specializes in basic HRM practices for small businesses and general business start-ups, and has extensive experience recruiting and managing employees, as well as developing training programs for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Pacheco-Jorge holds an MS in Industrial and Labor Relations and a BBA in Human Resource Management from Baruch College.

Jarlyne Batista

Jarlyne Batista Coordinator
Phone: (914) 633-2047

Jarlyne Batista is the coordinator of the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Jarlyne obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College with a concentration in Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management. She is also an MBA candidate at Iona. Her background stems from working within higher education institutions and building alongside local startup companies.

Before joining the Hynes Institute team, Jarlyne developed creative content and outreach strategies for several programs within student engagement initiatives at the City College of New York. She has worked closely with startups – coordinating events, blogging, social media planning and designing promotional materials. Jarlyne also led graphic communication efforts at the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College.

Rasheda L. Weaver, Ph.D.

Rasheda L. Weaver Assistant Professor for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Phone:(914) 633-2187

Dr. Rasheda L. Weaver is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Iona College’s Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is the creator of Weaver’s Social Enterprise Directory, a national, public directory for social enterprises operating in the United States. Dr. Weaver also conducted the first large-scale study of the social, economic, and legal activities of social enterprises in the nation. Her award-winning research has been published in academic journals such as the Social Enterprise Journal, the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, and the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.

In addition to research, civic and community engagement is a major part of Dr. Weaver’s work. She served on the Board of Trustees for the Center for Environmental Transformation and helped the organization start South Camden Farms, a youth-run social enterprise that sells hot sauce and honey in Camden, New Jersey. Dr. Weaver received a PhD in Public Affairs-Community Development and a Master of Science in Public Affairs at Rutgers University, a Masters of Arts in Applied Psychology from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lehman College of the City University of New York.

Marina Falisi

Marina Falisi Graduate Assistant

Marina is the Graduate Assistant at the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a Marketing MBA student at Iona. She is also on track to earning an advanced certificate in Entrepreneurship. Marina recently earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in International Business and a minor in Italian Studies at Iona College.

Marina is passionate about traveling and learning, and therefore this Summer she will participate in the European Innovation Academy (EIA) in Turin, Italy, the largest student entrepreneurship study abroad program in the world. Marina also uses her logistical and organizational skills to run her own ice skating business throughout the year.