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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 mtiffin@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
Mangata Investor and Advisor

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 teenage girls.

 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 a large, Ohio-based department store retailer, Mercantile Stores, she specialized in jewelry, handbag, and ladies accessories lines, identifying fashion trends, thoroughly researching products in development, and then buying products for sale in over 100 fashion apparel stores in 17 states. Mary-Jo then became the jewelry and hosiery buyer for Felix Lilienthal, advising merchandise managers and buyers on new market trends and sales projections. She designed promotions and merchandise packages, oversaw the production of catalogs, and managed all facets of private label hosiery program. Result: Sales soared … exceeded jewelry and hosiery sales goals by at least 20% each year.

 Mary-Jo moved into costume jewelry sales at Michael Brooke, Inc. selling to national and regional retail chains. Starting from scratch in the competitive costume jewelry wholesale business, she developed new accounts and built a $1 million account base. Mary-Jo then joined Accessories Associates, Inc. becoming Vice President of Costume Jewelry Direct Sales. While heading this division, she boosted sales from $1 to $3 million in three years. 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. She purchased a historic downtown building, transforming the retail space into an art gallery, design studio, and classrooms. Mary-Jo developed business for profitable graphic and web design services and sold contemporary artwork to retail and corporate art clients. 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. CORE, capitalizing on its exceptional community, volunteer, and financial strength, successfully applied to become a NH Main Street Community in 2006.

Mary-Jo served a three-year term on the Rochester Economic Development Commission (REDC), whose purpose is to develop Rochester’s potential as a business destination and hub of regional development activity, and provide for the continued availability of marketable industrial and commercial sites within Rochester. The REDC and abi Innovation Hub partnered to host a Start-Up Business Competition for the NH seacoast region culminating in a June 2013 pitch event. As part of a five-person team, planned the entire event and secured the prize money and in-kind donations from corporate sponsors for the winning contestant.

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. Under her leadership, she has increased staff, board members, and doubled revenue.

Daniel M. Testa
Investor 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.   At Dimensions, he served as President and grew the company’s annual sales to $2.5 million that included over 35 items in two product lines.  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.