One of the highlights of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship program is that our students have the opportunity to learn from experienced, practicing entrepreneurs. All of our dedicated entrepreneurship faculty have founded their own ventures and worked for multiple startups. Our faculty brings not just breadth and depth of academic knowledge, but the lessons learned by doing.

Rita Chesterton, J.D./M.B.A.

Rita is the director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. She brings experience from across diverse fields including law and education. Prior to joining the Muhlenberg community, she co-founded Skaffl, an educational technology startup that was featured in the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield and secured funding from BenFranklin Tech Ventures of PA and was part of the LearnLaunch Accelerator program. Her entrepreneurial career has now shifted to the manufacturing and e-commerce sector where she is the co-owner and president of an artist’s oil paint company, Gapka.



Greg Heller-LaBelle, M.B.A.

Greg Heller-LaBelle is the program’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Greg is also the CEO and Co-Founder at The Colony Meadery in Allentown, PA. He is a thought leader in the craft beverage sector and very active in the local entrepreneurial community in the Lehigh Valley. At his prior start-up, FastFig, Greg participated in the highly prestigious tech accelerator program DreamIt Ventures.


Other appointed faculty:

Richard Niesenbaum

Roland Kushner
Associate Professor


Contact the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Team

Rita Chesterton Director, Assistant Professor Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding
Richard Niesenbaum Professor Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding
Roland Kushner Associate Professor Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding
Greg Heller-Labelle Entrepreneur in Residence Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding