Marissa founded Enlighten Mobility in 2017 while completing her master’s degree in the ESTEEM Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame. Having suffered temporary unilateral immobility as a teen and experiencing firsthand the lack of effective rehabilitation solutions for her own recovery, Marissa set out to challenge the status quo of rehabilitation, which remains the mission of Enlighten Mobility. Marissa is a mentor to Mayo Clinic Pediatric Rehabilitation, where she was treated, and a former intern for A Rosie Place respite care hospital for medically fragile children. Marissa’s passion for patient-centered innovation to improve quality of life fuels her entrepreneurial pursuits. In addition to Enlighten Mobility, Marissa has founded three healthcare ventures and has held a leadership role in another successful medical device startup. In addition to her ESTEEM master’s degree, Marissa holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and pre-health from the University of Notre Dame.
As head of operations and lead engineer, Adrian leverages his contract manufacturing and industrial automation know-how from his tenure at Red Rabbit Automation to fuel the Enlighten Mobility product pipeline. Adrian began collaborating with Marissa during his master’s studies in the ESTEEM Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame. Adrian now serves as an adjunct professor of innovation teaching Object Design and Fabrication at his alma mater. An entrepreneur at the core, Adrian also provides engineering and design consulting to guide new product development for established manufacturers as well as startups. In addition to his ESTEEM master’s degree, Adrian holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Loyola Marymount University.
Leanne spearheads Enlighten Mobility’s neuromodulation programming and oversees clinical engagement and outreach. Like Marissa, Leanne suffered temporary immobility as a youth – and chose to dedicate her education and profession to clinical innovation to advance patient rehabilitation. Leanne is a former intern for Cleveland Clinic Children’s, where she was treated, and A Rosie Place for Children respite care hospital for medically fragile children. Leanne holds a master’s degree from the ESTEEM Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and pre-medicine from John Carroll University.
With experience in both human-centered design and physical rehabilitation, Jeff serves as the project lead for Enlighten Mobility’s biofeedback programming for stroke patients and contributes to all product design and development. A former entrepreneurial lead for the IDEA Center at the University of Notre Dame, Jeff has conducted and participated in dozens of design sprints, and led research in human kinematics with locomotion robotics expert Dr. Jim Schmiedeler. Jeff’s passion for health and wellness, combined with his technical expertise drives targeted, innovative patient solutions primed for large-scale manufacturing. Jeff holds an ESTEEM master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in industrial design from the University of Notre Dame.
Prior to sharing his passion for finance and innovation with the Enlighten Mobility team, Jacob spent three years with PwC in global human resource solutions, consulting clients on tax and accounting issues related to compensation plans. Jake is a former intern for the Notre Dame IDEA Center and Nationwide Insurance Enterprise Innovation Group, with extensive experience in design thinking, idea commercialization and startup funding. Jake holds an MBA and undergraduate degrees in finance and mathematics from the University of Notre Dame with concentrations in entrepreneurship and investments.
Volunteering to help children with physical disabilities participate in athletics inspired Theresa to pursue mechanical engineering, and drew her to the Enlighten Mobility mission. Theresa has completed internships for Mantaro Networks, where she fabricated mechanical parts of a stair-climbing robot and a drop test fixture for the robot, as well as National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), where she researched the manufacturing skills gap to develop youth engagement activities and convince manufacturers to initiate female STEM programs. Theresa is a former member of The Marmon Group Design Team, serving as programmer for a collaborative robot manipulator. Theresa will graduate from the University of Notre Dame in May 2021, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, concentration in bioengineering and minor in philosophy.
Through a long tenure at Zimmer Biomet, Audrey has held executive positions in strategic marketing, global product development, global medical training and education and strategic quality initiatives. She began her career with Zimmer as an entry-level product development engineer. She designed numerous knee implant and instrumentation systems before moving into her first management role for the company and is a named inventor on six patents for orthopaedic devices. Audrey serves on the industry advisory board for the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, the advisory council for the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and is a member of the board of directors for Boardable, Board Management Software, Inc. Active in her community of Warsaw, IN, she serves on the board of directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kosciusko County and on the advisory board of WISE (We Inspire, Support and Empower), a non-profit focused on women’s professional development. Audrey holds an MBA from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
AMPUTEE REHAB SPECIALIST
The Ohio State University
Better World Books
David Rotter Prosthetics
Feranmi Okanlami, MD, MS
DIRECTOR OF ADAPTIVE SPORTS & FITNESS SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
University of Michigan
Jim Schmiedeler, PhD
LOCOMOTION ROBOTICS EXPERT
University of Notre Dame
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