Meet the Staff

Keara Leach

Keara A. Leach

Program Director

Keara A. Leach, MBA, is program director for the National Academy of Inventors. She works closely with leadership from member institutions, NAI Fellows and partnering organizations to encourage and honor academic invention and innovation in support of the mission and goals of the Academy. Leach directs all programs of the NAI including member institution relations and launching local Chapters, nomination and election of NAI Fellows and the NAI annual conference. The conference serves as an arena where innovation and entrepreneurship leading to local and national economic development is recognized, honored and cultivated in the academic world. The event is a collaborative forum for leadership and inventors from over 150 prestigious research institutions to come together and share their innovative initiatives. Leach began her career with the NAI in 2011 and holds masters’ degrees in business administration and entrepreneurship in applied technologies and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and mass communications from the University of South Florida.


Spencer J. Montgomery

Spencer J. Montgomery

Director of Development

Spencer J. Montgomery, is the director of development for the National Academy of Inventors. Spencer manages all phases of development for the organization, including creating, implementing, and evaluating strategic short and long-range fundraising plans. His role identifies and cultivates sources for advancement opportunities and oversees all donor communications, including individual contacts, printed material, and electronic media. He is also tasked with overseeing all sponsor relations including retention, recruiting and providing support. Montgomery most recently served as senior vice president for the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation since 2013. Spencer graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication.


Kimberly A. Macuare

Kimberly A. Macuare

Assistant Editor

Kimberly A. Macuare, Ph.D., is assistant editor for Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors (T&I). She is involved in all facets of the journal’s work, including business operations, strategic planning, marketing, writing, and editing. She works closely with the authors, reviewers, and editorial staff to make T&I a central part of the NAI’s mission to promote invention and honor academic inventors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in English and a doctorate in English with a specialization in medieval literature and economics from The Ohio State University. Contact her for all questions regarding T&I, including submissions, opportunities for guest editorships, and journal sponsorship.


Lauren H. Maradei

Lauren H. Maradei

Assistant Program Director

Lauren H. Maradei, M.S., is program manager for the National Academy of Inventors. She joined NAI in March 2014, and she handles a wide variety of managerial duties including overseeing the marketing and communications for NAI, including the website, newsletters, and social media. Maradei recruits and manages new member institutions and provides customer service for members at all levels, encouraging the launch of new local chapters. She also facilitates the election and induction of Fellows and leads numerous engagement initiatives for NAI membership. She has a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Tampa. Contact her with any marketing needs or to learn more about becoming a member institution and starting a chapter.


Autumn N. Pandolfo

Autumn N. Pandolfo

Special Projects Coordinator

Autumn N. Pandolfo, MBA, is special projects coordinator for the National Academy of Inventors. She joined NAI in May 2015 and handles a variety of duties including managing and facilitating the annual conference, workshops, events, and public functions. Pandolfo serves as a primary liaison with a national program committee helping to plan and coordinate conference speakers and other external constituents like potential sponsors and candidates for presentations. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in business administration with a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Tampa. Contact her for all questions regarding the NAI annual meeting including, sponsorship, speaking opportunities and registration.


Terrance T. Anderson

Terrance T. Anderson

Administrative Specialist

Terrance T. Anderson is administrative specialist for the National Academy of Inventors. He joined NAI in September 2015, and handles a wide variety of administrative duties including maintaining internal accounting records, assisting with invoicing and membership activities, conducting research, preparing reports and processing information requests. He has been working in the administrative role with the State of Florida for over 20 years, and for the past 5 years with the University of South Florida. Contact him with your NAI invoice questions.