Published 09/14/15

Bryant welcomes five new faculty members

Bryant welcomed five new faculty members this fall, including the coordinator of the University’s Entrepreneurship Program.

Lou Mazzucchelli, who has started, grown, run, analyzed, and advised global public and private technology and media companies from startups to multinationals, has been named coordinator of Bryant University’s Entrepreneurship Program, ranked No. 5 in the nation by College Factual.

Mazzucchelli, who is also a lecturer in Bryant’s Department of Management, served as a visiting scholar at Brown University and as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Slater Technology Fund.

He began his career in data communications, moving to IT management and consulting before founding Cadre Technologies in 1982. Cadre grew to be one of the top 50 U.S. independent software vendors. During this period, Mazzucchelli was listed in the "Top 200 in the Software Industry" by Software Magazine and was a member of the Airlie Council, a group of software engineering experts empaneled by the U.S. Congress to drive reform in software development and acquisition practices.

Mazzucchelli went on to become a venture partner at Ridgewood Capital, directing and managing investments in semiconductor, systems, and software companies. Prior to joining Ridgewood in 2001, he served as an investment banker at Gerard Klauer Mattison. He is a former NASDAQ director.

Mazzucchelli earned a bachelor’s degree in artificial intelligence from Brown University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Steven Jablow, a familiar face on campus as the University’s Jewish chaplain and Hillel rabbi, is taking on an expanded role as a lecturer in the Department of English and Cultural Studies. He earned a master’s degree in Jewish studies and a bachelor’s degree in Jewish education at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College.

Kevin Mentzer ‘91 has joined the Department of Computer Information Systems as an assistant professor. He received a master’s degree in information technology from Bentley University, where he is enrolled in the business analytics doctoral program. In addition to working as a senior IT consultant, director of software development, and senior systems analyst for a number of businesses, Mentzer has taught at Bentley and Worcester State University.

Consolata Mutua has been appointed a lecturer in the Department of Communication. She studied for her doctorate in intercultural communication at the University of New Mexico, earned a master’s degree in organizational communication at Kean University, and received a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Moi University.

Joining the Department of English and Cultural Studies as a lecturer is Joan Zaretti. She received her Ph.D. and master’s degree from Indiana University and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.