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The Team

Mary Tiffin
Founder

MaryMary started her career in the fashion business in New York City. There she worked for the world’s largest accessories company designing, manufacturing and marketing products for men and women. After she left NYC, she built a very successful career in the tech sector. This unusual career path led to the creation of the Mangata and RunLites products, part fashion, part tech. Mary enjoys creating solutions to everyday problems, so much in fact that she holds 4 patents on her inventions. She’s had a life of great gifts and many challenges, and it was through these challenges that recognized the importance of sharing hope with others. Her passions include reading, writing, exercise, and being with her sons. Mary shares the light with her work in children’s cancer and hospice. She also volunteers at the local soup kitchen. Contact Mary at mmtiffin@gorunlites.com

Jennifer Drouin
Operations

Jennifer

A writer, educator and mega queen of the multi-task, Jen brings her years of experience as an educator and busy mother of three to juggle the many daily and varied tasks in her role at Mangata. One of the roles she takes most seriously is ensuring that the team delivers the highest quality customer experience. A true team player, Jen understands what needs to be done and rallies the players to accomplish the goal. If you need something done, Jen is your person! With a Master’s in Education, she's also our best editorJen has also improved the existing procedures for outgoing and incoming resources and tracks inventory for the warehousing department.    

She keeps track of staffing requirements and assists in hiring new talent as needed to correspond with specific duties and skill sets. She has a refined ability to delegate responsibilities and provide leadership and training to key personnel. 

Her passions include: spending time with her family, cooking, reading, walking her dogs and hiking. In the community, Jen is involved in her children's activities and in the local chapter of Moms Demand Action. Jen's fitness passion is Crossfit. Contact Jen at runlitesjen@gmail.com 

Ty Turner
Design

TyAn accomplished digital designer, Ty joined Mangata several years ago as an intern at Penn State University, and he's been with us since then! Ty's experience in web design, advertising, and marketing, plus his fresh ideas for branding and social marketing campaigns, combined with his love of sports, make Ty the perfect candidate for Creative Director. Ty has won awards as an animator in Adobe’s Creative Jam, in a residential design competition at Penn State and as an Academic All-American in Handball. Ty has always been someone who designs throughout the entire creation process, whether it be programming games in C#, creating 3D models and animations, or working on the more visible UI traits of a project.

During his undergraduate studies, Ty developed a young Team Handball Club as its President and helped its Women’s Team win its first national championship. Ty participates in a number of sports, but he is most passionate about football. In his off time, Ty likes to play frisbee golf, hike and play around with his many tech obsessions.

In the community, Ty volunteers his time helping out Camp Mount Luther, a local Lutheran camp. At Mount Luther, Ty assists in the camp’s Marketing Camel Crew as well as taking care of counselors and campers in his summer free time. Contact Ty at runlitesty@gmail.com

Paige Uehling
Support

PaigePaige comes to Mangata after several years working in the environmental science field. She graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. in Biology. Paige is passionate about the environment and social justice. Upon graduating, Paige participated in Lutheran Volunteer Corp, serving at a non-profit in Tacoma, WA. She then spent a year working in a marine biology lab in Alaska, where she gained experience in research, data management, and experimental design. She is thrilled to be part of the Mangata team, to encourage an active lifestyle and connect with customers about the joys of being in nature, whether it includes activities such as running, walking, or hiking. Paige is a part of the Mangata's international support team and Ambassador program. In her free time, Paige enjoys running, yoga, and walking her dog. She is very inspired by Mangata's mission to bring light to darkness and hopes that this mission inspires and supports others in their day-to-day endeavors.

Melissa Witt
Accounting

MelissaBalancing out Mangata's creative energy is no easy task! It requires the consummate accounting professional to balance the organization. Melissa received her Accounting degree from the University of Delaware and has over 30 years of experience in corporate accounting. She works with organizations of all sizes but has recently specialized in small businesses. She resides in Maryland with her husband and daughter. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys reading, interior design and the beaches of Cape May. In the community, Melissa volunteers as the treasurer for her church.

Michael Tiffin
Sales

MichaelLearning this business from the ground up (there is something in a name) Michael was one of Mangata's first product testers. Along with his brothers, Michael would run with all versions of the products in the rain, snow, and the dark of night. For that reason, Michael has an intimate knowledge of the entire product line. He uses this knowledge in discussing this product at trade shows around the country. If you've attended an event, you've probably met Michael. In his spare time, Michael enjoys reading, writing, lifting, and hanging out with his friends. Michael's sports passion is throwing. In the community, Michael volunteers at the soup kitchen and is an Eagle Scout in his local Boy Scout Troup. Contact Michael at runlitesmike@gmail.com

Kim Giannelli
Social Networking

KimAn expert in integrated marketing and the importance of social media for a growing brand, Kim has over 10 years of experience to bring a social, inspirational and educational voice to the friends of Mangata! A professional ballerina in New York City, Kim brings her love of fitness and an appreciation for those who are always pushing their limits to engage with customers and enthusiasts, (while having a severe case of wanderlust for all of the adventures our MangataLites light up all over the globe!) Kim lives in New York with her French bulldog Penelope who is totally on her way to being #instafamous. Kim works with underprivileged kids in lower Westchester, teaching dance and theater, and sharing the light and her love of the arts with the community.

Dilip Shah
Engineering Advisor

DilipDilip Shah is the lead engineering and technical advisor for Mangata LLC where he is advises on the development of the Company’s lighting and safety products. He has over 15 years of experience in executive decision making and engineering product and process development. He has owned and operated an engineering business and holds US and international patents for a new design of hydraulic hose couplings. Dilip worked for the US Army as a Metallurgist and through this work in failure analysis on weapons systems components; he gained valuable insight into how materials, design, manufacturing processes, and application must align perfectly in order for a product to meet a user's needs under critical conditions. In addition to his work with Mangata, Dilip is the leader of the SBDC's specialty Engineering Development Services, where his expertise in product development and project management helps clients systematically develop product concepts into profitable businesses. In these activities, he collaborates with Technology Commercialists throughout the Pennsylvania Small Business Development network and with the Innovation Partnership, a statewide Pennsylvanian program helping firms pursue federal funding in the areas of Small Business Innovation & Research and Small Business Technology Transfer. He has presented technical papers at industry conferences and taught science and engineering courses at a number of colleges and universities. Dilip holds a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from
IIT and a Master's Degree in Materials Science from Syracuse University.

Mary-Jo Monusky
Advisor and Board of Directors Member

MJ

With over 35 years of sales, marketing, and entrepreneurial experience, Mary-Jo owned two successful businesses for nearly 20 of those years, served in a wide array of city government and nonprofit leadership posts, and now heads a fast-growing nonprofit that brings the arts to disadvantaged teens.

 After receiving an Associate of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising from the University of New England and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire Whittemore School of Business and Economics. Mary-Jo began her professional career in New York City, as an Assistant Buyer for Mercantile Stores and Buyer at Felix Lilienthal. 

 Mary-Jo moved into Sales and Marketing at Distribution with Senior Roles at Michael Brooke, Inc. and Accessories Associates, Inc. In 1996, Mary-Jo and her husband moved to her home state of New Hampshire and owned a discount beverage and convenience store, building annual sales to $3.5 million. Mary-Jo was also a founding partner with artstream, LLC. Knowing the importance of giving back to her community, Mary-Jo has served on a number of nonprofit boards including, the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Art Esprit a group of literary and visual artists, and was a founding member and President of CORE, whose mission was to implement the Rochester Downtown Master Plan.

Mary-Jo served a three-year term on the Rochester Economic Development Commission (REDC).

Mary-Jo now serves as Executive Director of Arts In Reach (AIR) as the growing nonprofit organization based in Portsmouth, NH. AIR’s mission is to mentor and empower teenage girls (ages 13 to 20) in by providing them with multi-disciplined arts programs during out-of-school hours and vacations at no cost to participants.

Daniel M. Testa
Advisor and Member of Board of Directors

Daniel

Dan is a highly experienced business executive with over 40 years of enterprise leadership, business planning, management coaching, marketing, and sales experience.  He has founded two companies and served as an active member of the board of directors of several privately-held companies and not-for-profit organizations. In his role as a Director, Dan has been active and successful in capital raising for a number of start-up enterprises.  He has extensive experience working in start-ups, turnaround situations and functioned as a valued advisor to an extensive network of customers, associates and business executives throughout the mid-Atlantic region. His integrity, business values, and ethics are respected among his customers, employees, vendors, partners, and competitors.   

 

Currently, Dan serves as a founding Director of FVC Bank, a Northern Virginia community bank that has grown to five branches and raised nearly $60 million in new capital since its founding in late 2007.  Dan’s personal network of executives, associates and friends account for about $12 million of the capital raised and four of the banks ten largest customers. Dan also serves on the Director’s Loan Committee and is Chairman of the Compensation Committee that establishes performance metrics for the CEO, President, and COO.  Dan is currently working to help prepare the Bank for its Initial Public Offering.

Dan was the Founder and CEO of Telcept Holdings, LLC (TCI - Telecommunications Concepts, Inc.), a company which he eventually sold.  TCI was and is a leading Baltimore / Washington area value-added network solutions reseller and systems integrator. TCI was a pioneer in VoIP telephony in the SMB marketplace and now has hundreds of installations, many with multiple national and international locations.        

Early in his career, Dan co-founded Dimensions Unlimited, a manufacturer of hospital supplies which he sold. Dan also founded Focus Leasing Company and Contemporary Auto Leasing.

 

Dan has a Marketing degree from Quinnipiac University in New Haven, Connecticut.  He is an active supporter of the American Heart Association. Dan is a Certified Board Advisor.

Henry M Stringer
Advisor and Member of the Board of Directors

Henry

Hank is a highly experienced business executive with over 40 years of enterprise leadership, business planning, management coaching, marketing, and sales experience. Hank started his business career in the banking/investment business in 1970. In 1979 he left Girard Bank and went to work for a leading edge telecommunications company. In 1981, he co- founded a voice and data company called Infocore, Inc. In 1997 the business was $8M in revenues with over 50 employees and prestigious customers including Wawa, The Phillies and the Philadelphia Eagles. The business was purchased in 1997 by Conestoga Enterprises, a rural telephone with a very successful track record.

 It was at Conestoga Enterprises that Hank met Mary Tiffin who was part of the sales organization he managed. Conestoga was purchased by D&E in 2002, another highly successful rural telephone company where he remained VP of Sales until 2005. From 2005 – 2009, Hank worked for Siemens Enterprises in a sales management capacity and on a team evaluating Cloud Technology. In 2010, Hank joined Evolve IP and has been a key member of the management team that has built Evolve IP into one of the leading Cloud Technology companies in the United States.

 Hank has a business degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he played football for one year before suffering a career ending injury. He has been very active in building and managing soccer and basketball programs in his suburban Philadelphia community.

Nancy J. Marr
Advisor and Member of Board of Directors

Nancy

Nancy J. Marr is a highly xperienced business executive with over 30 years of experience. Nancy is the President and Owner of Marr Development Companies, a boutique real estate developer in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. In addition to having a strong presence in the local real estate market, her company specializes in the construction and leasing of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinics, with facilities in several cities across the nation. She has successfully worked with the V.A. since 1997, both as a Lessor, and, more recently, as a consultant who specializes in guiding first-time lessors through the V.A. development process.

Marr, a CPA for 30 years, began her career in public accounting with the firm of Ernst & Young in Pittsburgh. After obtaining a master’s degree in Health Policy and Management, she worked for several years as a healthcare consultant in Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre, PA. She then joined the executive management team of a large multi-specialty group practice, where she was responsible for all managed care activity for its 220 physicians. During those years, her company was growing and, in 1997, she became a full-time entrepreneur. She has guided her company to continued growth and success in many real estate-related ventures over the last 20 years.

Active in several community organizations, she is the Chair and past Treasurer of the Columbia County Industrial Development Authority, a clarinetist and Treasurer of the Catawissa Military Band, a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, where she led the establishment of its Women’s Giving Circle, and she is the landlord representative on the Borough of Berwick’s Landlord Ordinance Appeals Board. She also serves the Diocese of Scranton on its Annual Appeal Leadership Donor Committee, and, in 2017, became the first woman appointed to the First Keystone Community Bank Board of Directors.

Marr is an honors graduate of Penn State University and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she received a full academic scholarship. She and her husband, John, reside in Turbotville, PA on the Marr family farm. Whenever possible, she enjoys gardening, music, exercise and travel.

John L. Verna
Advisor and Board of Directors Member

John

Mr. Verna is a highly accomplished business investigations, intelligence and security industry executive with over 25 years of client, technical and leadership experience.

Since 2006, Mr. Verna has been the CEO and Executive Director of Navigator Associates, a firm specializing in providing strategic development, M&A, competitor intelligence, investigations, controls and monitoring services to Fortune 1000 corporations as well as a Partner with Global Audit LLC, a special purpose forensic auditing firm concentrating on international issues.

From 2001 until 2005, Mr. Verna was a senior executive with Global Intelligence & Security, an investigative and security consulting firm, which was acquired by Incepta/Citigate PLC in 2002. As Executive Managing Director of Citigate Global Intelligence and Chairman of the governing Executive Group, he led the Firm’s Investigative & Intelligence Practices. In his most significant publically disclosed engagement, Mr. Verna teamed with Giuliani Partners as the Independent Monitor of controls over the manufacturing of Purdue Pharma’s highly controversial narcotic, OxyContin.

At Kroll Associates from 1992 through 2001, Mr. Verna was a Senior Managing Director where he held a number of executive positions. He was a leader in the Firm’s Forensic Financial Investigations Group as well as the Corporate Investigations Practice. He founded and led the Total Business Controls Consulting Practice, an extension and enhancement of the Firm’s renowned global investigative business. From 1996 until 1999, Mr. Verna was Kroll’s Chief Strategic Development Officer, creating the Firm’s long-term growth plan which took it from $60m to almost $1b in revenues by 2006 as well as positioning and executing a large number of acquisitions and divestitures.

Before joining Kroll in 1992, Mr. Verna was a Senior Manager with the Financial Advisory Services consulting division of PriceWaterhouseCoopers (then Coopers & Lybrand), where he had responsibility for the start-up and operation of the Atlantic Region M&A Divestiture Consulting Practice. He was also a Senior Managing Consultant with the Firm’s Strategic Management Services Group, engaged in business turnaround and organizational strategy development.

 

Mr. Verna holds an M.B.A. in Strategic Business Development and Entrepreneurship from Cornell University and a B.Sc. in Management from Rider University. He is a Certified Internal Controls Auditor, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Board Advisor and a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of Pennsylvania.