Sampson Gholston

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Dr. Sampson Gholston is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. As the Director of the ALDOT Mentor-Protégé Program, Dr. Gholston has helped develop over 40 DBEs, assisted them in securing ALDOT funding, and developed relationships with the highway construction community statewide. He understands the needs of DBEs and the requirements of the prime contractors. Dr. Gholston is a senior examiner for the National Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which identifies criteria for high performing business.

256.824.7310
sampson.gholston@uah.edu 

Bryan Mesmer

PROGRAM ADVISOR

Dr. Bryan Mesmer is an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. His research centers around stakeholder-focused design, with a strong emphasis on understanding the quantifiable value of a project. His expertise in decision analysis enables insights into the decisions businesses should be making to maximize their outcomes.

256.824.5620
Bryan.Mesmer@uah.edu 

Ronica Ondocsin

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Ronica Ondocsin, P.E. is a program manager in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Her civil engineering background for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Defense includes site development, pavement design, project management, and master planning. Ms. Ondocsin has worked in municipal government in policy making, budgeting, finances, economic development, business retention, and personnel management. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama.

256.824.6466
ronica.ondocsin@uah.edu

Donald Taylor

PROGRAM CONSULTING PARTNER

Donald Taylor, PMP is a senior consultant for the UAH Mentor-Protégé Program, as well as the founder/owner of Encypro Corporation, an engineering, management consulting, technical and implementation services company. He has over 25 years of experience on critical infrastructure projects worldwide.

256.426.8225
donald.taylor@encypro.com

Christine Lewis

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR

Christine Lewis is a program administrator in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. With more than 20 years’ marketing experience working with clients across diverse industries, she offers a broad perspective in small business marketing, communications, and project coordination.

256.824.6263
christine.lewis@uah.edu