Meet The Team


Genni Ellis

Board Chair

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Genni Ellis is a hockey mom and an associate at Dunlap Codding, practicing in the areas of patent drafting and prosecution, licensing, prior art searches, and patentability analysis. Her work also extends to intellectual property litigation as well as trademark, copyright, and e-commerce representation. Genni’s areas of technical focus are life sciences and chemistry.

Before joining Dunlap Codding as an associate, Genni served the firm as a legal intern. She also held legal internships at the Office of Counsel Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, and at Ward & Glass, LLP.


Grant Gille

Board Chair-Elect

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Grant T. Gille is an associate at Dunlap Codding, practicing in the areas of patent drafting and prosecution, licensing, prior art searches, and patentability analysis.  His areas of technical focus are mechanical, construction and aerospace. His prior work experience includes the Office of Counsel Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Legal Intern, The Boeing Company, Materials and Process Engineer, US Army, Tactical Operations Officer


Braden Hoffmann


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 Braden Hoffmann is an associate attorney with the Law Firm Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, LLP. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2016, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, and obtained his Law Degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2019.  Braden is an avid fan of his Oklahoma City Thunder and rarely misses a game.  He also loves camping, golfing, and hanging out with his family. 


Jim John


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Jim grew up in the north shore suburbs of Chicago. Jim attended Knox College, where he studied Neuroscience. After graduation, Jim worked at Cigna Healthspring in Chicago before moving to Oklahoma to attend University of Oklahoma College of Law. Since law school, Jim has been working as an intellectual property attorney at Dunlap Codding. 


Kelsey Wells

Event Chair

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Kelsey is an E-6B pilot in the United States Navy. Her flying career started after graduating from
the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Ocean engineering, and she began flight
training in Pensacola, FL. She continued flight training in Meridian, MS where she officially
“winged” as a Naval Aviator, and then moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia to fly the F/A-18C for 2
years. 4 years ago the Navy then moved her again, this time to Oklahoma City, to fly the E-6B
where she quickly became a dedicated member of the community.
Besides flying and IgniteOKC, Kelsey is also an MBA Candidate at the University of North
Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School. She was raised in New Hampshire, and therefore tries
to spend as much free time as possible outdoors either biking, swimming, hiking, or camping,
and loves exploring new restaurants in OKC!

Kristin Josephs

Event Chair-Elect

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Kristin is originally from Dallas, TX, where she graduated from Highland Park High School. From there she earned her bachelor’s degree in Letters & Classics with an emphasis in Constitutional Studies from The University of Oklahoma and graduated with distinction. Kristin was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority while at OU. She completed her Juris Doctor at The University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2019. During her time in law school, Kristin was worked in the OU Legal Clinic criminal division for three semesters where she was given the Clinic Distinguished Intern Award. She is currently an associate attorney at Kuykendall Law Office in Norman and practices criminal defense, representing defendants across the state of Oklahoma in cases ranging from misdemeanor offenses such as DUIs to drug trafficking and murder.


Merideth VanSant

Speakers Committee Chair

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Merideth is a public sector consultant, entrepreneur, and fitness enthusiast. She holds an MBA from NYU and her M.S. degree from OSU. Merideth is a member of Leadership OKC and serves on several OKC boards and committees that promote growth and community connection. She's completed over 5 full marathons and is looking forward to summiting Everest when she has time.


Janya Cox

Speakers Committee Chair-Elect

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Jayna was raised in Oklahoma and has lived here for most of her life. Jayna attended and received her Bachelors degree from Oklahoma State University where she studied Health Promotion and General Business. Before graduating from the University of Oklahoma College of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate, Jayna was a small business owner. Jayna is a tax attorney in Oklahoma City and board member of IgniteOKC. When she’s not working, Jayna enjoys spending time with her two children, watching her son play sports and daughter play the violin. Jayna also enjoys working out, going to barre classes, meeting friends for dinner, and shopping trips. 

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Marisa Mohi

Communications Committee Chair

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Marisa Mohi is a writer, creative coach, and tarot reader. She teaches artists and creatives how to build sustainable and profitable businesses by helping them build self-discipline, time management skills, and kickass online platforms. She is the creator of several planners and journals available on, as well as the creator of the Art Like a Boss program. Marisa is currently working on a novel set in her hometown of Edmond, Oklahoma. You can learn more about her at,, or on Twitter and Instagram as @theMarisaMohi.

Tessa Clinton

Programming Committee Chair

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Tessa is in her second year at Oklahoma City School of Law and a soft intellectual property intern at Dunlap Codding. She is currently a member of Law Review. 


Tessa was born and raised in Oklahoma. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she studied Apparel Design and Merchandising. Tessa has since then shifted her focus to intellectual property law. 


Before law school, Tessa worked with many entrepreneurs, small business owners, and creatives in Oklahoma City. She sees IgniteOKC as the perfect way to combine her creative background with her love for Oklahoma City to be a part of an organization that encourages people to foster innovation and bring growth to our community. 


Her free time is spent listening to podcasts, volunteering as a CASA, and advocating for endometriosis awareness.


Alyssa Grooms

Member at Large

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Alyssa’s practice focuses on advising clients on a variety of intellectual property issues. She has represented clients in intellectual property matters involving a wide range of technologies and industries, including chemicals, biotechnology, materials science, engineering, oil and gas, and medical arts. Her experience includes patent and trademark prosecution, licensing, due diligence, patent litigation, and strategic patent portfolio assessment.

Alyssa has worked with numerous U.S. and international companies to prepare and prosecute patent applications ranging from chemical compounds, polymers, medical devices, and diagnostic devices. She also has significant experience rendering intellectual property opinions, including freedom-to-operate, infringement, and invalidity opinions. Additionally, she has experience supporting teams through pre-litigation and litigation processes.

Alyssa was recently honored with a NextGen Under 30 2017 award recognizing individuals under 30 who demonstrate talent, drive, and service to their communities.


Weston Tranckino

Sponsorship Chair

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Weston is a logistics consultant at the Koho branch of Expeditors International and a board member of IgniteOKC. Born in Colorado Springs and raised in Edmond, he graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 2012. Weston then majored in History and Criminology at the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Outside of work and IgniteOKC, Weston loves spending time in the gym, enjoying the outdoors, and hanging out with his three dogs (Jesse, Opie, and Bella). As a type 1 diabetic, Weston has been active in volunteering with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation since he was a child.  

Jacob Oliphant

Member at Large

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Jacob was raised in Edmond, OK. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Now, he is a 3L at Oklahoma City University School of Law and an Intern at Dunlap Codding, P.C., where he will be an associate in the Fall of 2021.

Travis W. Brown

Member at Large

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Travis is a complex litigation attorney at Edinger Leonard & Blakley in Oklahoma City. His practice primarily focuses on general corporate litigation, oil and gas, and environmental law. Born an Oklahoma native, Travis attended college at Oklahoma State University majoring in Health Education and Promotion. Upon graduation, he attended and graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Besides work and IgniteOKC, Travis spends his time attending concerts, music festivals, enjoying the outdoors, hiking, Frisbee, learning about various topics, listening to podcasts, and spending time with his fiancé and daughter.