Paul Zinn is the Business Information Security Partner for the General Partnership and its affiliate Juvo Venture Fund, LP. His team supports information and cybersecurity.
Paul has worked in the information technology industry over twenty-five years. For the last ten years, he has focused on the information security space across industries ranging from telecommunications to insurance to education.
Paul enjoys skiing, hiking, camping—basically, any mountain or forest activity.
Khris Jensen is the Director of Finance for the General Partnership and its affiliate Juvo Venture Fund, LP. Khris and his team manage financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, and other FP&A responsibilities.
After graduating with his MBA, Khris worked in finance and accounting roles in the retail and marketing industries and also provided CFO and controller consulting services.
Khris is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. He is passionate about working within set boundaries even when provided limited resources to accomplish the mission of the operation.
Heather Jacques is an Assistant General Counsel supporting the General Partnership and its affiliate Juvo Venture Fund, LP. In her role providing legal support, Heather focuses on performing legal diligence, drafting and negotiating investment documents, and providing counsel on corporate and securities law and compliance.
Heather graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, where she was a senior editor of BYU Law Review. Before her current role, she interned at the international firm Baker & McKenzie and conducted research for an international law professor at Oxford University. She has also been published by Oxford University on international law topics. Most recently, she has assisted with large-scale corporate governance issues, reviewed and drafted operational and licensing agreements, and taken the lead in developing and implementing legal compliance programs.
When Heather is not assisting with legal matters, she enjoys skiing and otherwise being outdoors with her kids, reading, and finding (and eating) the best chocolates.
Curt DeFriez is the Vice President of Accounting and Financial Operations for the General Partnership and its affiliate Juvo Venture Fund, LP. His team supports general accounting, cash management, and payroll services.
Curt started his career over thirty years ago as a CPA for Price Waterhouse and has held a variety of senior financial leadership roles for both public and private companies. These institutions spanned a range of industries including manufacturing, hardware and software technology, medical publishing, nuclear waste disposal, and higher education.
Curt enjoys traveling, hiking, birdwatching, and sailing.
Crystal McFarland is the Director of People & Talent (HR) for the General Partnership and its affiliate Juvo Venture Fund, LP. Her team supports the complete employee life cycle, including talent attraction, recruitment, onboarding, development, and retention.
Crystal started her career in over eighteen years ago as a talent acquisition partner for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. Crystal has held various leadership and HR roles in dental products manufacturing, healthcare, and higher education.
Crystal loves to travel. She has a deep passion for learning and mentoring others and volunteers her time to those in need.
Camille Elsbecker is the Administrative Assistant for Juvo Ventures. She brings with her fourteen-plus years of experience as an administrative assistant. A caretaker by nature, Camille has a passion for this role. She likes to say she “doesn’t want to be the star but wants to make sure the star looks good.”
Camille previously served as an administrative associate at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and business manager at Texas Tech University.
In her time away from the office, she enjoys being outside as much as possible, spending time with friends and her grown sons, and watching sports, especially college football.
Ben Shaw is the Controller for the General Partnership and its affiliate Juvo Venture Fund, LP. He joined in 2019 after sixteen years in public accounting with both national and local firms. Ben’s experience includes financial reporting and accounting matters with public companies, not-for-profit organizations, software and technology companies (including SaaS), and other distribution and service companies. Ben’s role is to ensure accurate and timely monthly and year-end reporting of financial information, and he works closely with the fund’s third-party administrator, Cornerstone.
Ben graduated from Arizona State University with a master’s degree in Accountancy and Information Systems and a B.S. in Accounting. He has been a licensed CPA since 2004 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Andrea Call is a staff attorney for the General Partnership and its affiliate Juvo Venture Fund, LP. In her role providing legal support, Andrea focuses on performing legal diligence, drafting and negotiating investment documents, and providing counsel on corporate and securities law. Andrea formerly practiced as an associate attorney at Kunzler Bean & Adamson and Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough and has experience representing clients in commercial litigation and commercial real estate transactions.
Andrea graduated summa cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, where she was a senior editor of BYU Law Review. Immediately after law school, Andrea completed a two-year term as a law clerk to the Honorable Susan R. Bolton in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.
When Andrea is not managing legal matters, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and teaching her dog new tricks.
Alex Hernandez is an Analyst at Juvo Ventures focused on deal sourcing, portfolio assistance, and market research.
Alex graduated in 2021 from the University of Chicago where he majored in Economics. While there, he worked multiple internships spanning multiple industries—from government to trading to startups. And as the only undergrad co-founder within UChicago’s premier startup accelerator, Alex co-founded and sold an aerospace startup focused on increasing the communication capabilities between satellite operators.
In his spare time, he is an avid chess enthusiast.
Alex Geren is an Analyst at Juvo Ventures. Prior to joining Juvo Ventures, Alex worked at Goldman Sachs as an Associate in the Corporate Treasury Division, focusing on liquidity forecasting. Before Goldman Sachs Alex completed various internships across the financial services industry. Alex graduated from the University of Utah and earned his Master of Science in Finance.
Alex enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking in his free time.