VMS of RI Staff

The staff of VMS of RI works to create a smooth experience for all mentors, board members, entreprenaurs and business owners.


VMS of RI Staff

Paul Olean is the founder and executive director of VMS of RI.

Paul Olean - Executive Director

Paul has more than 35 years of experience in marketing, sales, and general management, in both domestic and international markets, for multinational and start-up companies.  Paul started his career in Sales and Marketing at Bose Corporation where he held a number of positions to include Director of North American Sales, Co-Director of Corporate Communications and European General Manager.  He has held positions in startup and venture backed companies where he orchestrated global rapid growth marketing strategies for both long term and acquisition goals. He was a Founder and Chairman of the Board for Balefire Labs Inc., an Edtech startup. He has worked as an adjunct professor at the Harvard University Extension School, where he taught marketing in the ALM Masters in Management program. He serves as a volunteer Mentor with the MIT Venture Mentoring Service.  A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master's degree in Public Administration. 

Mia Nolan is the operations manager for VMS of RI

Mia Nolan - Operations Manager

Mia is the Operations Manager for Venture Mentor Services of Rhode Island.  Previously, Mia was employed as an adjunct teaching, on-ground and online, organizational behavior, marketing and other business courses at Bay Path University for nine years.  Her career began in marketing and advertising; working for firms in Tampa, Hartford and Boston with a nine-year focus on client support, media planning, analysis and supervision.  Mia was an active community member serving as the Chair of the Marketing and Fundraising committee for the Storrs Library Board of Trustees; President of the Longmeadow Soccer Association, and Secretary for the Rachel’s Table Board of Directors.   Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Psychology from the University of Tampa, Mia also holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices from Bay Path University.  Mia resides in Westerly, Rhode Island.