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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.
     

 

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.

     

  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.

   

  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. 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.
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