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Dr. Rebecca Corbin is president & CEO of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), a leading non-profit membership organization dedicated to increasing entrepreneurship offerings and thinking at over 300 community colleges across the country. Prior to NACCE, Rebecca served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the BCC Foundation at Burlington County College (BCC). With her leadership, a new workforce development initiative at BCC was successfully launched that combined grants, philanthropy, business incubation, the corporate college, workforce development, and the Foundation under one umbrella on the college campus.

Rebecca understands higher education, nonprofit finance, and business development. She has presented on the topic of entrepreneurship education at national, state and regional conferences with an applied focus on student success, STEM education, storytelling, and succession planning. In August of 2015, she participated in the firstever Demo Day at the White House. In 2016, NACCE accepted an invitation from the White House to be a partner in the Tech Hire initiative.

     

Gene Coulson Ed.D. has been the Executive Director of EntreEd, the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education for 3 years. He retired as Executive Director of Career and Technical Innovation in the West Virginia Department of Education after 35 years in education. During his years at the WVDE, Dr. Coulson supported initiatives in Entrepreneurship Education, business, marketing and project-based STEM programming among other duties. He lives in Charleston, WV with his wife and 3 Keeshonden.

     
Leah Deppert is the Manager of Marketing & Communications at the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). She has been with the organization for over a year and is passionate about creating economic vitality through entrepreneurship. She manages NACCE's partnership with the HP Foundation and is excited to share the opportunities that HP LIFE can create for students in the Appalachian region of the United States.
     
    Earl F. Gohl was confirmed as the eleventh federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) by the U.S. Senate in March 2010. As federal co-chair, Gohl oversees hundreds of ARC investments in community-based projects contributing to the economic growth of the Region.


Gohl has an extensive background in public policy and community-based economic development. Before coming to ARC, he served as the director of government relations/deputy director for the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration from 2001 to 2009, where he developed community-based solutions to a range of public policy challenges. From 1996 to 2001, Gohl served as a special assistant and then as an associate assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor, developing and implementing a broad legislative agenda. He also has 20 years of experience in Pennsylvania state and local government, both as an appointed and as an elected official, including serving as the executive assistant to the mayor of Harrisburg; elected member of the Harrisburg City Council; deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community Affairs; and director of the Pennsylvania governor's Washington office.

In his Senate confirmation hearing, Gohl stated that his objective as ARC federal co-chair would be to ensure that each federal dollar expended by the Commission was "an investment in the economic future of Appalachian families that will generate a return for American taxpayers."

Gohl holds a bachelor of arts degree from Rider College (now Rider University) in New Jersey and a master of public administration degree from Pennsylvania State University.

     
   

Patricia G. Greene holds the Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College.  Her current assignment at Babson is as the national academic director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative and global academic director for the 10,000 Women program. Her most recent book is the co-authored Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice Based Approach.  She is the co-owner of Artworks, a specialty home goods store in Gettysburg, PA.

     

Kelli Hall serves as the Dean of Career Education and Workforce Development. In addition, she serves as the Pikeville Campus Coordinator and provides administrative oversight for the Kentucky Coal Academy at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Kelli is a successful workforce, community and economic development professional with experience in entrepreneurship, business incubation, small business development, broadband technology, transportation, energy, and career and technical training. She is nationally certified trainer for The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and is a 2015 graduate of KCTCS’s McCall Leadership Academy.

Kelli served as past chair of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation/Kentucky Chapter for Advocacy. Serving eight years as Treasurer of Floyd County Public Library Board of Trustees. Ms. Hall secured funding for two expansion projects for the Library and was instrumental in creating a branch library in rural Floyd County. She served four years on the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board. As chair of the Regional Unified Business Services Team in eastern Kentucky, she was responsible for identifying and meeting with the needs of local business and industry.

Kelli earned a Master of Arts Degree in Community College Leadership and Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Morehead State University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Adult and Higher Education Administration at Eastern Kentucky University. Kelli resides in McDowell, Kentucky.

     

Holly Hanson is currently the Director of the Cumberland Business Incubator, a program of Roane State Community College.

Holly has worked in the Aerospace, Machine Tool and Cutting Tool industries holding positions of Manager of Purchasing, Manager of Project Management, Manager of IT, Engineering Manager, Automotive Business Unit Manager and President of Ingersoll GmbH, an international division of Ingersoll International.

Holly is one of the founders of the EIGERlab, a manufacturing and technology based incubator, and served as Executive Director of the SBA funded Women’s Business Center EDGE within the EIGERlab. She served as Interim SBDC Director and Business and Professional Institute Director with Rock Valley College.

Holly is a serial entrepreneur having started 11 successful businesses. She is a Licensed Professional Business Coach, Certified Executive Coach and Certified Retirement Coach. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Management; Lean Manufacturing certificate, Series 7 and Series 63 designations.

     
Charles Russell “Rusty” Justice has been involved in business in Pike County since 1985. He is a Cofounder and the Managing Member of Bit Source LLC, an agile web development company specializing in content management and open source frameworks; he is also Co-owner and Managing Member of Jigsaw Enterprises LLC, an engineering and land forming company, both located in Pikeville, Kentucky. Rusty holds Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Kentucky in Mining and Civil Engineering. He serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including the Mountain Sports Hall of Fame, CEDAR INC, and Big Sandy Community and Technical College, where he has served since 2007. Rusty is a product of the community college system and credits many of his personal achievements to his time spent at Prestonsburg Community College the predecessor to BSCTC. Rusty also has a deep appreciation of Eastern Kentucky’s rich heritage and works to leverage all of his capabilities to grow the local economy through diverse projects that not only push the area forward but have cultural value and preserve our Appalachian identity. Rusty and his wife Linda currently reside in Pikeville. They have one daughter, Elon.
     
     

Mr. Patrick Kirwan is the Director of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat. In this capacity, he coordinates a network of 20 government agencies chaired by the Secretary of Commerce to develop and implement the National Export Strategy (a national government-wide strategy to improve federal trade promotion and finance programs to increase U.S. exports). He has focused specifically on improving the competitiveness of agency trade promotion programs, developing commercial strategies for key markets such as China and India, and improving federal/state cooperation on export promotion. Under the Obama Administration, the TPCC is charged with implementing major portions of the National Export Initiative. Mr. Kirwan is focusing on the NEI/NEXT milestones related to Doing Business in Africa, infrastructure, improving customer service, and supplying actionable information to U.S. companies.   

Over the last three years, Mr. Kirwan has also held two senior level positions. First, he was Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations within the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, where he oversaw the operations of the 105 export assistance offices of the Department of Commerce located around the country. Second, he was Acting Director of Trade Promotion Programs where he was in charge of the Federal Government’s three main trade promotion programs- trade missions, domestic trade shows, and the overseas trade shows. 

Prior to assuming his current duties, Mr. Kirwan spent two years in the White House at the Domestic Policy Council working on a variety of trade-related issues. As part of the Executive Office of the President, Mr. Kirwan participated in the development of a number of long-term strategic trade initiatives in areas such as electronic commerce, export controls, international standards setting, trade finance, and China and Asia policy. 

     

Guy Lowes

Division Head for Applied and Industrial Technology

Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College, Williamson, VA

     
     

Tina Metzer brings high-level, project management, and organizational development experience to Behavioral Business, LLC.  From non-profits to the private sector, Ms. Metzer possesses an array of skills and experiences.  In addition, Ms. Metzer is a self-motivated entrepreneur and works well with a team or independently.  As the Donor Resources Representative for the American Red Cross, Ms. Metzer was responsible for managing a nine-county territory, executing all aspects of blood drives including recruiting donors, volunteers, and staffing for various community, business, and school locations.  Ms. Metzer also represented the Red Cross in all aspects of public relations including public speaking, writing press releases, and media interviews. 

As the Human Resources Manager for Lantz Construction, Ms. Metzer worked on HR issues including staff recruitment, conducting new hire orientations, managing employee benefits, and maintaining a positive work environment with employees and vendors alike.  With her own entrepreneurial venture, Attic Books and Promotions, Ms. Metzer, coordinated an array of authors, booksellers, and resellers to market products online and specialized in rare, out of print books, vintage magazines, and ephemera.

Most recently Ms. Metzer has managed a variety of projects with a focus in Agriculture and Technology for Eastern WV Community and Technical College as well as Behavioral Business, LLC.

Ms. Metzer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Bridgewater College and a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources from Towson State University.

     
Sarah Singer is the Assistant Director of the Michigan State University International Business Center (MSU-CIBER). In this role, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of globalEDGE.msu.edu, the world's leading online source for international business information and the hiring, training, and supervision of the globalEDGE student team. Sarah also leads the Center's nationally-recognized community college outreach activities, including the International Business Institute workshops, white paper series, and curriculum development initiatives. She assists with overall administration of Center projects, teaches an internationally-focused freshman seminar, and developed and leads the Business and Culture in Japan study abroad program. Sarah is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and serves on the national board of governors of NASBITE International. She has a bachelor's degree in French from the University of Michigan and an MA and PhD from Michigan State University.
     
    Dr. Carol Stax Brown is an international higher education consultant focused primarily on the internationalization of the community college sector. One of her current projects is developing strategy and implementing projects for the Michigan Community College Association’s Center for Global Initiatives. Stax Brown is also co-editor of a series of white papers on key topics in community college internationalization, sponsored by Michigan State University’s Eli Broad School of Business. During her role as Executive Director of Community Colleges for International Development, she led the development of the Framework for Comprehensive Internationalization, the first tool designed for community colleges to inventory and evaluate international activities. Stax Brown was also the National Director for a U.S. Department of State funded program that brought over 1500 non-elite, underrepresented students and placed them at over 45 community college across the U.S. Stax Brown has a doctorate in Workforce Education from the University of Georgia’s Community and Technical College Leadership Initiative, which she earned while in the roles of faculty and campus dean within the Georgia Technical College System. She has led numerous delegations of community college faculty and leaders abroad and has been a fierce advocate of the community college model on a global scale. She remains active in a number of global workforce and international education organizations and is keen to work with colleges or systems seeking to launch or advance internationalization initiatives.
     

Dr. Devin Stephenson is President of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC). A Sumiton, Alabama native, Dr. Stephenson has nearly 40 years of experience in higher education. He served as president and CEO of Three Rivers College in Missouri prior to coming to BSCTC and has held a number of leadership positions within the Alabama Community College System, including vice president of external affairs and dean of students at Bevill State Community College, CEO of Snead State Community College and dean of students at Walker State Technical College.

Dr. Stephenson is a community college graduate. He earned an associate degree in science from Walker Junior College, followed by a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Birmingham-Southern College and both master’s and doctoral degrees in the administration of higher education from the University of Alabama.

A member of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Dr. Stephenson was named to the Commission on Leadership and Professional Development at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Dr. Stephenson and his wife, Judy, reside in Paintsville. They have two adult children, Jon and JuliAnne.

     

Dr. Darcie Tumey

Director for Business Administration and Faculty Ambassador

Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory, NC



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