The Zulama Board of Advisors

dmarinelliDonald Marinelli

Formerly Executive Producer at the world renowned Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University

Donald Marinelli was a tenured Professor of Drama and Arts Management at Carnegie Mellon University and Executive Producer of the Entertainment Technology Center.

Professor Marinelli retired from Carnegie Mellon after twenty-six years where he served as the Assistant Head of the Drama Department and later the Associate Department Head. Dr. Marinelli was integral in creation of the Master of Arts Management (MAM) program and the Master of Fine Arts in Acting degree program with the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. He cofounded the Master of Entertainment Technology (MET) degree program and the ETC with his colleague Randy Pausch.

Professor Marinelli moved to Pittsburgh shortly after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Tampa. He attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where he received a M.A. in Clinical Psychology. Professor Marinelli subsequently attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received his Ph.D. in theatre history, literature, and criticism in 1987 with a dissertation on the Italian Futurist F.T. Marinetti.

Mark Desantis

A serial entrepreneur, Mark is currently the CEO of RoadBotics, a company that allows for the use of readily available sensing technology, in the form of smartphones and other devices, to efficiently and effectively monitor and maintain the world’s civil infrastructure.

Mark was a Board member and interim CEO at Apangea, now called Think Through Learning. TTL provided personalized, one-to-one tutoring that goes way beyond homework help and was acquired in 2016 by Imagine Learning.

Mark is an Adjunct Professor at the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University where he teaches graduate courses in technology entrepreneurship and strategy.