WHO WE ARE
Alchemist Ventures was founded in 2017 to disrupt the cycle of technology development, transition, and integration. The founder, Patrick Wearn, knew that the the only way to do that is through four lines of effort: Engagement, Mentorship, Management, and Economic Growth.
Engagement: Provide outreach and events to connect local businesses, civic, academic and society members to key initiatives.
Mentorship: Grow strong founders, mentors, advisors, leaders and entrepreneurs.
Management: Support Key local initiatives, marketing, publicity, recruitment and other programs
Economic Growth: Position economies for growth through positioning, recruitment, and focused programming.
Patrick brings almost 20 years of service to the Department of Defense, first having served in the United States Marine Corps for ~6 years in a variety of roles including Civil Affairs, Acquisition, Infantry and Administration. Following his tenure in the Marine Corps, Patrick served in a variety of roles at the US Army’s Tank-Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC) now known as the Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC). Up until his departure from GVSC in December 2019, Patrick oversaw technology scouting and venture/private equity engagement as part of the External Business & Acquisition Management Offices, with technical focus areas in automotive, autonomy, mobility, ground combat systems, and related technologies. Mr. Wearn holds a B.S. in Human Resource Development from Oakland University, along with an M. S in Management, Leadership & Strategy Development from Michigan State University, additionally studying at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Field of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning.
Chief Operating Officer
Patricia Lopez has always had a passion for community development and engagement, and has a particular interest in talent advancement, business attraction, and technology development. In addition to her having over two decades spent in the manufacturing and defense industries, Patricia has and continues to serve on a number of local non-profit boards and engages wherever possible to help businesses like hers grow and develop.
Patricia currently works as the Chief Operating Officer of Alchemist Ventures as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Rose-A-Lee Technologies, a WBENC Certified engineering services company in operation since 2013 that provides machined details and welded fabrications. Additionally, she also holds the position of Vice President of Operations for Rose-A-Lee’s parent company, Elmhirst Industries. Prior to joining Elmhirst in 2009, Patricia worked for Chrysler rotating through various manufacturing facilities as she increased her responsibility. She holds both a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering and a master of engineering in Manufacturing Systems from Lawrence Technological University.
Bringing her passion for the industry to the community, Patricia is a member of various non-profit boards in the Detroit area including Women in Defense - Michigan Chapter, where she is a past-president and now serves as an advisor; National Defense Industrial Association - Michigan Chapter where she serves as the director for Chapter Development and STEM; Leadership Macomb; Utica Community Schools Foundation; and Henry Ford Health System Macomb. Patricia has been recognized for her efforts in furthering the visibility of women in manufacturing and her business development efforts by the Global Trade Chamber, Crain’s Detroit Business, Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce, Women in Defense Michigan Chapter, and others.
Franco Battaglia is a strategic finance expert, helping lead global transformation and strategic integration efforts for Fortune 100 financial institutions. His work has included technology integration, new business line establishment to include process, policy, and workforce development, ensuring that key systems and processes support strategic business objectives. His work has also included pre and post merger integration efforts, working to identify and scale efficiencies across multiple organizations to deliver strategic financial results. He is an expert at helping organizations take advantage of strategic capital, leverage existing assets to drive growth, and positioning organizations for increased compliance requirements as they grow and expand into new markets. A trusted advisor to countless executives, Franco often provides coaching, mentoring, and advice to CFOs, COOs and other strategic executives.
Chief of Staff
Ashley Coppenger was born and raised in Metro Detroit, Michigan. Early on, she learned the value of quality work and an entrepreneurial spirit from her family. Kehrig Manufacturing was started by her great-grandfather, and Ashley would often work there in the summer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from GVSU, and moved to Florida to complete an internship at The Walt Disney World Resort. Her subsequent Disney career spanned 14 years and includes experience in exceptional customer service, intense attention to detail, leadership in multiple dining styles and locations, obtaining Level 1 Sommelier certification, training new hires, implementing MagicBand technology in a pilot location, and being a panelist for a new dining software rollout. One of her passions is to help young families with budgeting and finances, and she recently completed certification in Financial Coach Master Training. Since relocating to Michigan, Ashley is excited to be a part of a team which believes in redefining what it means to be a Stay at Home Mom. When not working, you can find her chasing 3 little boys with her husband, Chris, documenting life with candid photos, or fighting to beat the rings on her Apple Watch each day.