CommNexus San Diego
Staff


Rory Moore photo
Rory Moore
CEO
Rory Moore was the seed round investor, co-founder of Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., one of the world’s leading providers of radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for the wireless communications and aerospace markets. Peregrine ships millions of chips every week to cell phone manufacturers around the globe. Rory was also the seed round investor and founding CEO of Silicon Wave, Inc., now owned by Qualcomm. Silicon Wave produced the world’s first Bluetooth chips. Bluetooth chips are now in over a billion devices from cell phones to automobiles. Rory was a cofounder of e-Fire.com, and Optical River. In addition, he is co-chair of the Military Special Interest Group and a member of the NextStage committee. A University of Michigan alum, Rory’s other interests include angel investing, competition aerobatic flying, scuba diving and surfing.

Phone: (888) 926-3987
Email: rmoore@commnexus.org



Michele Yoshioka
Director of Programs
Michele Yoshioka is Director of Programs for CommNexus and EvoNexus. Michele's focus is program development for all CommNexus programs as well as managing the day to day operations at EvoNexus, including the application process and oversight of the incubator companies both downtown and at UTC. Michele joined CommNexus in September 2011 and has previously managed the SIG Program, Headliner Program, EvoNexus Programs and Events, and NextStage. Michele attended the University of California, San Diego where she received a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Economics. Michele's background includes event organization, marketing, sales and program development. Her interests include running, hot yoga, good food and travel.

Phone: (858) 768-5059
Email:michele@commnexus.org



 
Danielle Tavshanjian
Controller
Bio Coming Soon

Phone: (858) 768-5052
Email: dtavshanjian@commnexus.org



Sara Spaventa
Executive Assistant
Sara Spaventa acts as the Executive Assistant to Rory Moore, CEO and Founder of CommNexus San Diego. Aside from providing administrative support for the executive officer, Sara is responsible for planning, organizing and managing many special events and other company outreach efforts. She regularly interacts with umbrella start-ups and community associates and coordinates Board meetings and related activities. Sara graduated from the University of California, San Diego Magna Cum Laude and was a four-year starter and scholar athlete on the nationally ranked UCSD Women’s Soccer Team. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and was inducted into the Caledonian Society at Muir College, the highest academic honor bestowed upon an undergraduate at Muir. Sara’s background includes experience in event planning and organization, leadership training and community service. Her interests include, soccer, volleyball, and basketball, running, travel, the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

Phone: (888) 926-3987
Email: sspaventa@commnexus.org



Brittany Bjerke
Program Manager
Brittany Bjerke is a Program Manager at CommNexus San Diego where she focuses on the Special Interest Groups and HeadLiner programs. Brittany attended Northern Arizona University of Flagstaff, Arizona where she received a B.S. in Health Sciences: Community Health Promotion. Brittany’s experience includes campaign planning and community education. Her interests include golfing, backpacking/camping, and travel.

Phone: (858) 768-5581
Email: bbjerke@commnexus.org



Kristen Long
Program Manager
Kristen Long is a Program Manager at CommNexus where she is in charge of the day to day operations and events with the EvoNexus program.  Kristen attended the University of California, San Diego where she received a B.A. in International Studies, Political Science, and a B.A. in History.  Kristen’s background also includes event organization and leadership development.  Her interests include running, travel, and spending time with friends and family.
Phone: (858) 768-5056
Email: klong@commnexus.org



Carolyn Liikala
Program Manager
Carolyn Liikala is a Program Manager at CommNexus where she focuses on MarketLink, NextStage and EvoNexus programs.  Carolyn attended the University of California, San Diego where she received a B.A. in Political Science, Comparative Politics. Carolyn's experience includes program development, event organization and leadership development.  Her interests include traveling, surfing, basketball, and horseback riding.

Phone: (619) 889-4883
Email: cliikala@commnexus.org






Rafael Rodriguez
Creative Designer/ Webmaster
Rafael Rodriguez is the graphic designer and webmaster at CommNexus. Rafael earned his B.A in Applied Sciences with emphasis in Graphic Design from San Diego State University. He is currently working on achieving his M.A in the Fine Arts at SDSU. Prior to joining CommNexus, Rafael was serving an internship at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, where he became proficient in print and layout design, along with museum marketing and management. Rafael hobbies include, photography, writing, design and freelancing.

Email: rrodriguez@commnexus.org



Alexa Enlow
Office/ Program Assistant
Alexa Enlow is the Office/Program Assistant at CommNexus/EvoNexus where she devotes time to both facilities. Aside from providing assistance to Director of Programs and Program Managers, she maintains office operations, works on various marketing projects, and is responsible for event organization and preparation for CommNexus and the EvoNexus incubator programs and events. Alexa attended the University of California, San Diego where she received a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year  member of the NCAA women¹s soccer team. Her previous experience includes organizing various events in the collegiate athletics arena at UCSD as well as volunteering for sports associations in the San Diego region. Alexa¹s interests include exercising, spending time with friends, relaxing at the beach, and participating in competitive sports.

Phone: (858) 768-5055
Email: aenlow@commnexus.org



Martin Chang
Martin Chang
Program Advisor to the CEO
Martin is a wireless technology veteran with over 20 years of experience in engineering design, business development, product management and marketing. He has extensive industry experience with wireless technologies such as CDMA and OFDM. Martin has held various managment and engineering positions at QUALCOMM, Magins Networks, and TRW (Northrop Grumann). He is currently a technology consultant and an investment manager. Martin received his Master of Engineering and BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also holds a MBA from University of California at Irvine.

Email: mchang@commnexus.org