The Fuse Mentor Network

Having a group of organized mentors is critical to the success of the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Fuse Mentor Network is an exclusive member resource that connects experienced business leaders with start-ups and entrepreneurs looking for that extra guidance. Our mentor network is comprised of a diverse set of local professionals who offer a wide set of skills and expertise useful in every stage of business. Our goal at Fuse is to give start-ups and entrepreneurs the on-going tools, knowledge, and support they need to succeed. If you are not a member yet, but would like to learn more about this membership benefit and be paired up with one of our lead mentors, send us a note at and we will set you up with a FREE consultation.

Mentors Directory

Jodi Wilson


Jodi Wilson is the owner of Business Psychology Solutions a consulting firm in Southeast Washington. With 20 years of experience tapping into unseen strengths and developing strategies to optimize organizational talent and leadership, Jodi Wilson, PhD, uses behavioral science to transform organizations. Ms. Wilson is a behavioral scientist, instructor, coach, and presenter. She holds a PhD in Business Psychology and specializes in serving individuals and organizations. Her clients range from small family owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

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Lynn Carlson

Program Development Liaison

Lynn Carlson is an active community volunteer with Fuse, Junior Achievement, Mid-columbia STEM, Delta high school, and SCORE. Before relocating to the Tri-Cities she was Chief Operating Officer of the startup studio Evus Technologies, LLC. Previously as EVP of IT Operations for Selling Source, LLC, Lynn was responsible for a staff of 50 people across application development, system administration, and the PMO. She has over 23 years experience in the IT industry managing diverse teams as a PMP and Certified Scrum Master. Lynn is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Organizational Psychology and brings a focus on interpersonal skills training and development to the Fuse mentor program.

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Wes Bratton


I have a PH.D. in Civil Engineering and have extensive experience in both strategic and profitable business growth and operations. Key skills include all aspects of the business cycle from pre-RFI marketing and proposal preparation, contract negotiation, technical staff management, customer relations and project close-out. I have been responsible for project and technical management including technical supervision to meet technical objectives and staffing requirements.

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Michael Urso

Chief Executive Officer

I am a Senior Executive with over 25 years of experience in the areas of innovation, business development, marketing, operations management and sales with companies ranging from Fortune 100 to early stage startups. I also have extensive experience mentoring startup companies, successfully moving many from concept to commercialization.
I received a BSc degree from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and a MBA degree from Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School of Management, Midland, Michigan.

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Torey Azure


Torey Azure is the Chief Marketing Officer of Wildland//BrandCraft. Torey has over 20 years in the creative field in design and branding for clients throughout the United States. Torey has been a small business owner for the last 15 years in the professional services industry. In his current role, Torey directs in creative, strategy and execution of integrated marketing campaigns for clients throughout the Pacific Northwest. His greatest strength is identifying opportunity through marketing to help businesses reach specific business goals or initiates.

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Junus Khan

Founder & Chairman

Born, raised, and educated in New Jersery; learned life lessons of an entrepreneur in Washington; and recently moved to Hong Kong to expand globally. I believe in true product market fit – bringing something to market that is so good it essentially becomes a need.

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Erik Ralston

Chief Architect

Erik Ralston is a Co-founder at Fuse Business & Community Accelerator and the Chief Architect at LiveTiles. Erik wants Tri-Cities, WA, USA to be a world-class place for startups.

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John Heaton


John Heaton is president of Pay Plus Benefits, Inc. which provides HR, benefit and payroll administration on-line to hundreds of companies nationwide.

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Terry Smith

Engineering Manager

My career has included working on and designing parts for the YF-22 Fighter, B-2 Bomber, F-22 Fighter, Deep Space radioisotope power supplies, concentrating solar renewable energy products, handheld X-ray fluorescent instrumentation and orthopedic implants used in developing countries. These companies include 2 major corporations, 2 start ups and a non-profit organization. In my spare time I raised two boys with my wife, they are now in college.

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Rocco Luongo

President and Chief Engineer

I focus on technical and management consulting for small and large companies. I provide executive and business coaching to business owners, as well as technical consulting to companies developing new products and services.

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Steve Simmons


I am a longtime Tri-Citian and I love this place. I have been self employed for most of my working life and I am a tireless supporter of entrepreneurs and small business.

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Steve Anderson


Steve Anderson has been an active Tri Cities community member for more than 30 years, with leadership roles as, CEO of Meier Architecture and Engineering, Board member of the STEM Foundation and currently as President of the Tri Cities Local Business Association (TCLBA). Steve also served as Board Chair of the Community Economic Revitalization Board in Olympia from 2008 to 2016. I enjoy supporting Fuse and it’s exciting mission.

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Gus Sako


I was born in Richland and, as a teenager, always planned on escaping. The fact that my business is over 40 years old should tell you something about my planning – escape and otherwise.

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Jay Freeman

Financial Advisor

I’ve been in business and finance for over 20 years. As a former CFO, I’ve created corporations, managed banking relationships, managed the financial reporting for multiple interrelated companies and oversaw the information reporting and commuter networks.

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Ken Arneson

Team Member

I very much enjoy helping people succeed. I was fortunate enough to be at the right place at the right time in the early part of my career (a lot of success in business is just plain dumb luck), and I take pleasure in helping to create those windows for others.

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Olivia Berg


I started my career in the public sector (mental healthcare) before deciding that the entrepreneur life was the life for me! After a year of traveling extensively (literally living on the road!), I settled back in the Tri-Cities and opened BlankSpace, when I was 25 years old. I also own a marketing firm that produces click funnels for high-volume healthcare companies all over the U.S., and a growing “side hustle” doing high end renovations on vintage Airstream trailers. I was honored to be named one of the Tri-City Journal of Business’ top Young Professionals in 2017, and own the Columbia Basin’s most awarded event venue. I also am an active Chamber member, enjoy volunteering at non-profits, and hosting charity events. You can find me at most business events in a ball cap or cowboy boots, as I grew up in a multi-generational farming family, and live on a farm to this day with my 6 year old daughter.

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Laura Hsu

Co-Founder/Customer Experience Architect

I am a digital marketing strategy coach with an emphasis on helping entrepreneurs understand and optimize their customer experience and remove any barriers to rapid growth. My husband and I co-founded Communication Hackers. Our mission is to empower small-business owners with the most effective and efficient ways to reach, and sell to, their ideal customers. If you’d like to read your customers’ minds and understand what drives their actions, from first impression to time of sale, I’d love to help. I also have a keen eye for design strategy and enjoy helping businesses use design elements to pave the way to better functioning marketing & sales funnels.

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Dave McCormack


I am a project manager with 40 years experience in organizational leadership, business development, contracting and project delivery to Federal clients, encompassing occupational, operational, and environmental safety; radiological and nonradiological risk assessment; policy and regulatory development; and communication of complex issues to a wide range of audiences. My particular areas of expertise include strategic planning and implementation; program, project, and organization management; nuclear facility licensing, safety analysis, environmental impact assessment; and health physics and risk management.

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John Smoot


I am the founder and owner of 4D GeoViz LLC, a technical consulting business that specializes in geo-spatial studies in space and time. My specialties are environmental contamination and remediation in soil and groundwater across the nuclear, mining, and oil & gas industries. I bootstrapped my business with a business credit card with a $10K ceiling and a good Dell laptop procured with the help of Dell Financial Services. My business will be 6 years old on Halloween, 2018. I am able to manage my scope, schedule and budget, maintain cash flow, and be flexible enough to meet customer needs.

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Jeanne Dillner


As CEO of a humanitarian medical device organization, I lead our managers who are responsible for the design, manufacture, regulatory, educational, fund raising and financial or stewardship aspects of our organization. It is my responsibility to inspire, encourage, and engage the managers and others who report to me to develop visions for their areas of responsibility which enable them to develop effective instruments and implants, processes to manufacture, educational materials to train our staff on regulatory requirements, educational materials so that surgeons can learn how to use our products, marketing materials to help us raise funds, and business systems and controls to ensure we are being good stewards of the donations we receive. I am also responsible, along with the president and founder of our organization for board development and building relationships with surgeons and hospital leaders that we partner with in the fifty developing countries where we have orthopedic educational programs.

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Brett Spooner

Founder - CEO and Managing Attorney

I am a licensed attorney and serial entrepreneur with a strong passion for law, technology and science. I presently wear an assortment of complimentary hats, but at the heart of what I do personally is innovate technology and community.

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Eric Hsu

Business lawyer & C-level manager

I am a lawyer with a passion for business. I help business owners find creative solutions to their most pressing problems in the purchase, growth, and exit phases of their business ventures. My focus is on guidance, advice, & representation with complex business purchase & sale transactions, strategic organizational restructuring, & value-enhancing exit strategies.To learn more about my work I invite you to read my blog  or newsletter or connect with me on LinkedIn.

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Marty Conger

Chief Financial Offcier (CFO), retired

During 42 years at Battelle/PNNL, with successive positions of increased financial management and leadership responsibility culminating as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), I participated in and developed career building and mentoring programs, gaining a reputation as a developer of talent. I believe talent development is a fundamental responsibility of leadership and I take great pride in the talented individuals I helped grow in their careers. Not only was it the most rewarding aspect of the many positions I held, the investment of my time and energy into identifying and developing talented individuals leaves a lasting legacy.

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