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Faculty & Staff

Dr. Kenneth B. Kahn, Executive Director


Kenneth Kahn is a nationally recognized scholar and consultant in the field of product development. Kahn previously was at Purdue University, where he was a professor and director of Purdue’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. Kahn authored the books, “Product Planning: Essentials” and “New Product Forecasting: An Applied Approach.” Kahn’s industrial experience includes serving as an industrial engineer and project engineer for the Weyerhaeuser Company and a manufacturing engineer for Respironics Inc. He has consulted with and facilitated benchmarking sessions with numerous companies, including recently Acco Brands, Coca-Cola, ConAgra, Honeywell, John Deere, Lego, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever.


David Holland, Program Director for Venture Creation

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David Holland’s career spanned global strategy consulting, foundation management, and fund development in the U.S. and U.K. before he transitioned to academia. At the da Vinci Center, he oversees academic and co-curricular activities in the new Certificate in Venture Creation program and collaborates with colleagues across the university to encourage an entrepreneurial culture amongst VCU students. Holland was previously Director of Grant Coordination and Entrepreneurship with VCU School of the Arts. In this role, he collaborated on the development of their Creative Entrepreneurship curriculum; taught a new cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship course, The Creative Economy; facilitated faculty research development and mentored student researchers. Formerly, he developed and evaluated innovation and entrepreneurship programs internationally while a Senior Consultant with BOP Consulting, Commercial Consultant with Arts & Business, and Innovation Programmes Learning Manager with the innovation think-tank Nesta (formerly the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts). His research has been published in the Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning. Holland is a Salzburg Global Fellow, an Evan Carroll Commager Fellow, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. He holds a BA in Economics from Amherst College, and MA degrees from the University of London, SOAS.


Amy Shankle, Administrative Specialist


Amy Shankle is a Virginia Commonwealth University alumna and has worked in a variety of capacities for the university. Beginning her career, she started out collecting data for the Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory. She then accepted a position with Records and Registration, working to assist students in graduating from the university among other responsibilities within Records. Upon leaving that position, she is now doing various administrative duties for the da Vinci Center to maintain the programs and assist students, staff, and faculty.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys helping others to train their dogs and going on adventures with her own two special pups.


Allison Stevens, Coordinator of Certificate Programs

Allison comes to the da Vinci Center from the Buckeye state. She is an alumna from The Ohio State University with a concentration in Speech and Hearing Pathology. Allison is currently in school full time working on an Associates in Applied Science in ASL-English Interpretation and is hoping to begin a career as an American Sign Language Interpreter. Allison supports both the Director of Product Innovation as well as the Director of Venture Creation in program efforts and is the first line contact for hopeful students seeking to learn more information about the certificate programs.