Internship Team

Jim McLaughlin (Mr. Mac)

With over 20 years of experience in assisting over 1900 students in obtaining internships in retail, marketing, operations and various other industries he is responsible for coordinating internship activities, conducting an internship preparation class, meeting individually with each student and assisting in identifying internships with those companies with existing programs and coordinating the internship paperwork.

Mark McNees, PhD

Mark brings a wide range of entrepreneurial and executive management experience from the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Dr. McNees is the Founder and CEO of RedEye Coffee, Founder of Element3, and serves as a board member of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. His education includes a B.S. in Marketing, Minor in Finance and Merchandising, M.A. in Religion, and a D.Min. in Leadership. His education and experience is the foundation he uses to inform his passion that social entrepreneurship, commerce, and innovation are powerful tools that can produce a positive impact on many current global issues such as poverty traps, economic injustice, and environmental neglect. Mark advises and assists students interested in Social Entrepreneurship opportunities.

Doug Tatum

Developed the Internship in a Box Intern program which focuses on companies with less than 100 or less employees and responsible for advising and assisting students interested in this unique and successful concept.

Roxanne Parker

As the Internship Coordinator and a Faculty Instructor for Retail Entrepreneurship, Roxanne helps students prepare to transition from the classroom into their role as an intern.  She works with students on career readiness as well as assisting them in finding internship opportunities in the retail industry. Roxanne is a former VP Store Manager with 20 years of retail management experience at all store levels.  Her responsibilities included hiring, developing and leading large teams of people, insuring that sales and profit were achieved. Roxanne uses her experience to provide students with real life tools that can help them obtain and succeed in their internships.

Brian Baber

Brian Baber is responsible for coordinating internship activities on the FSU Panama City Campus. Baber’s natural entrepreneurial spirit is passionately reflected in his wealth of knowledge and invaluable experience as a highly respected franchisee of Arthur Rutenberg Homes, a custom and luxury home builder. His devotion to building a top notch team yields unsurpassed service and quality with dedication to excellence in customer satisfaction which is evident in customer surveys and a 1st Place ranking in Best of Bay 2015.

Jeffrey Whalen, PhD

Jeffrey Whalen is an active scientist entrepreneur, innovator, chemist, teacher, and mentor at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, FL. His interactive Jim Moran School course and startup ecosystem tour “Enough To Be Dangerous” is offered every spring at FSU’s main campus and focuses on real-life STEM innovation and commercialization. Jeffery is the founder of several successful science innovation technology transfer startups with private investment and multi-agency federal funding.