Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub

Meet the Team

Meet the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub (The Hub) staff.

Patrick O. Odoyo, MPSA

Patrick O. Odoyo, MPSA

Staff Director, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub

T. 407-646-2808 and 407-646-2818

BS Information Systems and Technology, USIU-Africa, Kenya
Concentration: Computer Networking and Marketing
Master’s in Public Service Administration, University of Evansville, Indiana

Born and Raised in Kenya, Patrick joins us at Rollins from University of Evansville in Indiana, where he not only served as the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Consultant for The Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana, but also served as Adjunct professor for International Business Strategy and Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Micro-financing for the Business School.

Patrick joined us as the Staff Director working together with the Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub Faculty Director to develop strategies that advance social innovation education across Rollins, in our community, and in higher education more broadly. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations that enable Rollins to build a thriving ecosystem for social innovation across offices, departments, students, staff, and faculty at Rollins to achieve the mission of creating global citizens and responsible leaders.

Dan Chong, PhD

Dan Chong, PhD

Faculty Director, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub

Cornell Hall – Room 208

T. 407.691.1709

Ph.D., International Relations from American University
MA, International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame

Dr. Dan Chong teaches courses in international human rights, global poverty, and peace and conflict resolution.  He has led international field study courses focused on human rights and global development to Guatemala, South Africa, Tanzania, and the Thai-Burma border. His first book, Freedom from Poverty: NGOs and Human Rights Praxis (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), analyzes the methods that NGOs use to advocate for rights to food, housing, and health care.

He has also contributed to journals such as Development and Change, Human Rights Review, and Global Environmental Politics. His most recent book, Debating Human Rights (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2014), examines major controversies in the field of human rights.

He has served as the faculty advisor for the Amnesty International student club, as a member of the strategic task force for the Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Initiative (SESI), and on the internationalization committee.  He was awarded the Cornell Distinguished Service Award from Rollins in 2018.

Mary Conway Dato-on, PhD

Mary Conway Dato-on, PhD

Crummer Champion, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub

Crummer Associate Professor of International Business and Social Entrepreneurship

T. 407.646.2514

BA, Bradley University
MBA/MIM, Denver University
Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Areas of Specialization: Social Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise Business Models, Cross-Cultural Consumer Behavior, Nonprofit and International Marketing 

As the Crummer Champion, Dr. Conway Dato-on connects The Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub's key values of diversity, empathy, and system change in ways that develop responsible, global business leaders who use entrepreneurial innovation to change their world.

In addition to teaching and researching international aspects of social entrepreneurship at Crummer, Dr. Conway Dato-on is a visiting professor at IPADE School of Management in Mexico, Faculty Mentor for the Global Links Program, and a Fulbright Scholar. She also leads biannual global consulting projects, mentoring student-led teams to solve real-world business issues. She has taught in countries such as Denmark, Spain, Japan, China, and the Philippines.

She currently serves as a Board Member of Rally: The Social Enterprise Accelerator.


Melissa Nelson

Melissa Nelson

Administrative Assistant, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub

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BS Communication Studies and Psychology, Appalachian State University

Melissa comes to Rollins from Appalachian State University, where she was the administrative assistant for the Economics Department, serving 20 faculty and supporting additional needs of the College of Business, for over two and half years.  

Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, she previously worked in finance as well as in professional soccer.  Melissa is working part-time for The Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub, and will serve as a point of contact for students, faculty, and the community.  She supports staff with administrative, travel, budget and event management functions.