Meet the Team

Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship Staff

The Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship staff is ready to put their experience to work in helping you achieve your own compelling goals. Bring your ideas, your challenges, and your dreams to the Center and let's get started building your opportunity of a lifetime. If we can't help you, we will find someone that can.

Jonathan Carpenter

Jonathan CarpenterJonathan is the Assistant Director and brings creativity, enthusiasm, and a passion for entrepreneurship to support bringing App State ideas into reality.

As part of his job, Jonathan develops and delivers entrepreneurship programs for middle and high school students as a Gear Up program specialist for Appalachian.

Finally, most people don't know that Jonathan brings a great sense of adventure to the Center and once sailed across the Atlantic ocean from Africa to the Bahamas with a crew he met on a bulletin board. He has traveled and worked around the world and recently developed the marketing strategy and e-commerce platforms for an import company that created opportunities for artisans overseas. 

Sara Figlow

Sara FiglowSara is the Program Specialist for the Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) and brings expertise in small businesses and non-profits with a focus on fiscal discipline and compliance.

Sara uses her own entrepreneurial background as former co-owner of a commercial/residential contracting and building company to support entrepreneurship efforts on and off-campus. Sara also manages marketing and communication for the CFE. She came to Appalachian from her position as Executive Director of Climate Voices US where she served as the primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, media, and the general public.

Sara worked in the accounting department of Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy. She also served on the Board of Directors of High Country Local First. 

Roxanne Saltman

Roxanne SaltmanRoxanne serves as the Administrative Support Associate for the Center for Entrepreneurship. When you enter the Center, Roxanne is the first person you meet. She manages the calendars, workflow, and budgets to keep things running smoothly. 

Roxanne draws on her years of experience as an Administrative Support Associate for Watauga County Schools where she managed the front office and all student and faculty interactions and activities. Prior to that, Roxanne put her experience as a buyer and manager to work as the owner and operator of two businesses, an online vintage clothing store and an antique store in Banner Elk. Currently, Roxanne holds her Real Estate license where she actively works with Boone Realty. 


Erich Schlenker

Erich SchlenkerAs Managing Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Erich helps students and community members develop, incubate and launch new ventures. 

Erich brings a range of experience to the position. Most recently, he assisted a start-up international mining company in addressing SEC and regulatory issues, implementing financial controls, securing operating capital, and building relationships with government officials in Guyana South America.

Prior to moving to the High Country in 2008, Erich founded and operated Synaptis, a Raleigh-based software training company. He also brings 11 years of experience at Intel Corporation, where he helped define, launch and implement the Intel Inside Program worldwide.

Bob Stec

Bob Stec

As the Chief Dot Connector in Residence, Bob keeps office hours in the Center for Entrepreneurship and serves as a mentor and advisor to students and alumni. 

After a successful career in the apparel and home furnishings industries, Bob Stec ’76 ’77 returned to Appalachian to teach courses in leadership, strategy, change management, and ethics. His deep insight and ability to pull from extensive industry experience make his classes highly engaging and sought after. Bob believes in learning by doing.  Also, he is one of the most creative marketers you will ever find.