Our Team

Our Team

Marissa Harkness

Co-Founder

Marissa graduated with her Bachelor's in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in May 2021. Her dream to start a business began at a young age and was reinforced in design classes offered through the university. She earned a leadership position as a student assistant where Marissa mentored freshman engineers. She also worked in a Swallowing Disorders and Salivary Bioscience research lab. Additionally, Marissa is an active member in the Discovery to Product (D2P) programs offered for start-up entrepreneurs.
marissa@pill-skills.com

Samantha Harkness

Co-Founder

Samantha is currently a senior studying biomedical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is also pursuing a Master's in Technological Entrepreneurship. Additionally, she represents her school on the varsity soccer team. Her desire to begin her own business started at a very young age, when she and her sister started a babysitting business called “Sister Sitters”. The teamwork, leadership, dedication and hard work she learned from her experiences led her to graduating as valedictorian of her high school class.
samantha@pill-skills.com

Dylan Harkness

Junior Engineer

Dylan Harkness is a junior at Plainfield South High School. He is currently ranked number one in his class of over 575 students. Dylan plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign. He has always wanted to invent something to ease the lives of others and now with Pill Skills he is achieving his goal.

Monica & Chris Harkness

Investors

Monica and Chris are high school sweethearts. Monica is a kindergarten teacher who graduated from Saint Xavier University. Chris graduated from University of Illinois - Chicago as a mechanical engineer and is now working in the rail industry. They have always wanted to start a business, but never made it a priority until now. They are both excited at the chance to mentor and invest in their children’s dreams.


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