Learn more about the team powering and participating in the Halloran Lab’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Jeremy Barron ’00
Jeremy is the inaugural director of the Halloran Lab for Entrepreneurship. Jeremy has a deep background in entrepreneurship. He served as entrepreneur-in-residence of the Waterville startup incubator Dirigo Labs, taught an experiential Jan Plan course on entrepreneurship, and co-founded the speech technology and video accessibility company 3Play Media in 2007. He and his team wrote the business plan, secured seed capital, and led the company to become the market leader. They organically grew the business until a partial sale of the company in 2019, resulting in a return for investors of 15 to 30 times their initial investment.
Prior to helping develop and run 3Play Media as its chief customer officer, Barron worked in leadership positions in the nonprofit sector as a program director for several foundation-based outreach programs and as a senior financial analyst for a middle-market investment bank. He majored in anthropology and biology at Colby and holds an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Under Jeremy’s leadership, the Halloran Lab for Entrepreneurship provides education and training programs, funding for students to start commercial and social enterprises, mentorship, as well as innovation and makerspaces on campus and in downtown Waterville. Jeremy is also focused on developing an entrepreneurship ecosystem involving alumni, faculty, staff, and community members, along with partnerships with companies, organizations, and institutions.
Patty is the inaugural Assistant Director of the Halloran Lab for Entrepreneurship and has over twelve years of experience in higher education administration in supporting students, faculty, and staff members to reach their goals. She will focus on student recruitment, grant processing, marketing/newsletter, and program/event planning. Her work experience before joining Colby includes five years at Boston University and six years at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. She also has more than twelve years of retail management and office management experience.
Born in Waterville, she grew up in rural central Maine, in Hartland. As a first-generation college student, she has a deep appreciation for Colby’s mission and values, especially its approach to innovation and commitment to expanding access to applicants of lower socioeconomic statuses. Patty owned her own organizing and decluttering business in Massachusetts for nine years. She was an instructor at North Shore Community College, and has taught many adult education courses. She enjoys helping and encouraging others to achieve their goals and follow their dreams.
Patty has a B.S. of Entrepreneurial Studies from Endicott College and graduated in January 2024 from Boston University with a Master’s of Education degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Higher Education Administration.
Spring 2024 Student Entrepreneurship Program Assistants
Saathvika Diviti is a junior at Colby majoring in Computational Biology with minors in Sociology and Data Science. She grew up in Farmington, CT. Saathvika directs her entrepreneurial passions primarily toward nonprofits, particularly within the healthcare sector. When she’s not studying and has time to spare, you can find Saathvika doing anything from crocheting to watching movies to figure skating and playing tennis.
Focus Areas: Healthcare, Fostering team spirit, and Social media navigation.
Victoria Melehov is a passionate creator, enthusiastic about everything from bench to bedside, and everything in between. She is double majoring in Biochemistry and Neuroscience with a minor in Russian Literature and Culture, but also actively pursues opportunities in research and entrepreneurship. Her commitment is evident in her role as a Bunche Scholar, where her projects consistently focus on inciting positive change both locally and globally. Her experience coming from a rural high school in Maine has fueled her dedication to improving access to both education and healthcare. This passion has led her to develop a program aimed at empowering K-12 students in their academic journeys. She manages the Colby Connections Tutoring program, is a proud member of the Chemistry Club and the Legacy Storytellers Program. When she isn’t in some type of lab, Victoria enjoys making music and art. She manages and is the vocalist for The Northern Lights Jazz Ensemble, enjoys writing and illustrating comics with friends. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys watching videos of cute seals and hiking.
Focus Areas: Medical Research and Innovation, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Development, Public and Global Health and education Initiatives, Projects related to both Nonprofits and For-profits in Healthcare.