Team Bios

SP@CE Team: Tim Miano

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Co-Founder, CEIO

Most Passionate About:

Innovation infrastructure

Tim is the co-founder and Chief Executive Invention Officer of SP@CE. Never heard that title before? That’s because Tim invented it. A Virginia native hailing from Portsmouth, Tim studied physics and mathematics at the University of Virginia, graduating in 2004. Over the next 10 years, he completed two law degrees, practiced law at a top DC firm, backpacked across 27 countries, ran a series of entrepreneurial projects, and moved to New York City to work in international economics-based litigation. In 2013, Tim’s entrepreneurial drive and interest in the history of US innovation brought him back to Charlottesville where he has since been laying the foundation for an innovation district.

Quick Q&A with Tim:

What is the best thing about working in downtown Charlottesville?

Having close access to other people and perspectives.

Do you have any side-projects or hobbies? What are they?

Ukulele, international travel, and board games.

Describe the perfect evening after you leave the office.

Looking forward to tomorrow, when I get to go back to the office and keep doing awesome things.

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SP@CE Team: Jacqui Kenyon

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Design Associate


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Walk into the SP@CE office and you’ll find Jacqui, our in-house Design Ninja, tackling any one of a wide variety of tasks. From creating rolling whiteboard desks, to working her magic on architectural renderings, Jacqui defines the word “cool” at SP@CE headquarters. A true creative, Jacqui’s interest in communicating through art led her to pursue design theory at the University of Virginia. Originally from Richmond, Jacqui chose to stay in Charlottesville after graduation, enticed by the big city amenities and small town vibe. Deciding to turn a summer internship at SP@CE into a full-time gig has allowed Jacqui to pursue her passion for social innovation, as well as continue her favorite Downtown Charlottesville pastime: People watching.

Quick Q&A with Jacqui:

How did you become interested in design?

I have always loved drawing and I became interested in using the tool to communicate ideas to a broad audience when I was exposed to college student design work in high school. Representatives from several art and design colleges visited while I was in high school and I was fascinated by what the students at these colleges were creating.

Professionally, what are you most passionate about?

Exposing myself to new methods of creative thinking and new people while working on projects that create impact in the community.

List your top 5 TV shows:

Daria, House of Cards, Mad Men, Twin Peaks, Portlandia

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SP@CE Team: Gena Mangano

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Brand Strategist

Success Is:

Having a career that doesn’t feel like work.

SP@CE’s Media Guru, Gena, is an expert at elevating creative interests into tradeworthy skills. Gena grew up just over the mountain in Staunton and stayed in Virginia to study Business Marketing at Old Dominion University. It was while attending college that Gena sparked an interest in Youtube product promotion. Working with a variety of fashion and beauty brands, Gena now maintains a website and Youtube channel dedicated to sharing her knowledge with a constantly expanding audience. Just how highly-regarded is Gena’s expertise? Let’s just say even her beagle, Holly, has her own following. Since bringing her many talents to SP@CE, Gena has been amazed by the enthusiasm of Charlottesville’s innovation community.

Quick Q&A with Gena:

How did you become interested in media and marketing?

My passion for art at a young age led me to digital design, which then led me to marketing in college which I love the most.

If you could experience any other profession, regardless of education or training requirements, what would it be?


What would be the title of your autobiography?

An Unpredictable Turn of Events

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SP@CE Team: Savannah Spidalieri

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Operations Manager

Favorite Quote:

“‘Good for her! Not for me.’ That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again.” – Amy Poehler, on comparing yourself to/judging other women.

Though not typically a hat person, here at SP@CE Savannah wears many. A Portland-area native, Savannah has never been able to pick one coast over the other – much the way she prefers to tackle multiple projects, roles, and hobbies at once. After graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington with a degree in Creative Writing, Savannah chose Charlottesville as the scenery in which to explore her many interests. Co-Founder and Editor of an annual literary magazine, Savannah keeps one foot in the world of writing. Her role as Operations Manager at SP@CE has brought her closer to another subject she’s passionately interested in: startups and entrepreneurship.

Quick Q&A with Savannah:

Professionally, what are you most passionate about?

Encouraging and being a part of a collaborative, positive workplace culture. That, and continuous learning and professional development.

Describe the perfect evening after you leave the office.

Meeting my husband, Alec, downtown for a glass of wine or a cocktail, then heading to Now and Zen for some delicious sushi. When we get home we curl up on the couch with our two dogs, Sawyer and Indy, and watch reruns of Parks and Rec.

What would be the title of your autobiography?

“Just One More Puppy” and Other Lies

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