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Dr. Vic Adams

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College


Newly hired President & CEO Dr. Vic Adams has over 20 years of experience at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College (SKCTC) in Workforce Education and Community & Economic Development. Dr. Adams has served in many positions while at SKCTC including Training & Development Coordinator, Associate Dean of Community & Economic Development, Dean of Community & Economic Development, and most recently, Vice President and Chief Workforce Officer. The Workforce Solutions Division he oversaw for many years is a multifaceted organization fully engaged in providing skilled workers to Southeast Kentucky, Northeast Tennessee, and Southwest Virginia.  In addition, he currently serves as a member of the East Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (now WIOA) and President of the Bell County Economic Development Foundation. Dr. Adams has been instrumental in implementing several workforce pathway training programs at Southeast such as Paths to Promise and Breaking Through. 


Dr. Marcia Ballinger

Lorain County Community College


Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., has more than 25 years in community college leadership roles, advancing student success, workforce and economic development, strategic planning, and fundraising. During her career, she has spearheaded the development of a comprehensive suite of services to drive entrepreneurship and innovation, including a technology incubator, $20 million pre-seed fund and sensor commercialization center. 


J. Noah Brown

President and CEO


J. Noah Brown is a widely recognized and award-winning higher education policy and governance expert, author, and educator whose experience spans nearly 35 years in the nation’s capital working in the nonprofit sector. Noah has served as president and chief executive officer of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) since 2005 and has worked for the association since 1996. He also serves on the faculty for the Doctorate in Community College Leadership program at Ferris State University in Michigan. Noah’s inaugural book, First in the World: Community Colleges and America's Future, won the 2013 Bellwether Book Award.


Bob Buckhorn

Tampa, Florida


Bob Buckhorn is the mayor of Tampa, Florida – a city that has recently been recognized as a top city for entrepreneurs (Forbes), the best city in the southeast (Money Magazine), one of the hottest cities for startups (Fortune), top city to invest in housing (Forbes), and one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country (U.S. Census). From its vibrant and rapidly expanding urban core, to the unending charm of its diverse neighborhoods, Tampa’s time has come.   


Craig Buerstatte

Acting Director
Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
U.S. Economic Development Administration


At West Point and in the Army I developed a passion for leading teams. In demanding, ambiguous environments around Iraq, I honed my entrepreneurship skills creating innovative solutions in a challenging wartime environment. This fueled my interest in startups and inspired me to found a company that provided technology services to early-stage startups, helping them secure millions in seed funding and start many new jobs. Today, I enjoy leveraging those experiences to serve my nation again by developing and managing programs to stimulate economic growth through innovation and entrepreneurship. 


Dr. Rebecca Corbin

President & CEO


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).


Dr. Gene Coulson

Executive Director


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. 

Mike DeLazzer

Founding Member


Mike was inducted into Chicago Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2001, he founded GETAMOVIE, a developer of DVD robotic vending kiosks that merged with McDonald’s Corporation in July, 2005 and was relaunched as RedBox, LLC. Mike also founded New Retail Ltd. which licenses RedBox kiosks in the UK and Europe. He currently serves as the managing director for GARB, LLC, a holding company for shares of RedBox stock.


Dr. Gene Giovannini

Chancellor & NACCE Board Chair
Tarrant County College District


Chancellor Giovannini brings to the post 33 years of professional experience at community colleges, including his most recent 3-year tenure as the founding President of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Arizona, and 11 years as President of GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. 


Deb Hoover

President and CEO
Burton D. Morgan Foundation


For the last decade, Deborah Hoover has served as President and CEO of Burton D. Morgan Foundation, a committed philanthropic champion of the entrepreneurial spirit based in Northeast Ohio. The Foundation seeks to build the entrepreneurial mindset in children, teens, and college students through educational and experiential opportunities that target problem solving and innovation skills. For adult entrepreneurs, the Foundation works with its ecosystem partners to provide new ventures and their founders with ready access to knowledge, mentors, and financing.


Lisa Hutson

Director of the Small Business Development
Center at Lorain County Community College


Lisa is the Director of the Small Business development Center at Lorain County Community College. Prior to coming to the SBDC, Lisa worked in both retail and commercial banking. In addition, she is certified in Business Advising and Strategic Workforce Planning. Lisa and her team help entrepreneurs accelerate their business growth through one on one advising, workshops and small group counseling. Lisa is very involved in the nonprofit community and currently sits on the board of the North Coast Entrepreneurs and Family Promise of Lorain County.


Joe Kapp

Founder of Behavioral Business, LLC
Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College


Joe Kapp is the founder CEO of Behavioral Business, LLC., a consulting firm specializing entrepreneurial approaches to deliver customized client solutions.  An award winning, serial entrepreneur, Mr. Kapp started and sold his first business, a video production company, in college. Mr. Kapp has worked nationally with corporations and communities across the United States to serve as an entrepreneurial, innovation change agent and economic development catalyst.


Red Katz

President, Red Inspires


Red Katz is a dynamic, “real world” professional keynote speaker who has been able to leverage his professional success as an entrepreneur, as well as his membership and leadership in organizations like Toastmasters International and the Mankind Project, with the realization of his dream of helping others find their passions. 


Nathan Khalil

Santa Monica College


Nathan received his B.S. in Civil Engineering at UCLA and his J.D. at Cornell Law School. He is an adjunct professor at Santa Monica College, where he teaches Business Law, Advanced Business Law, and Law for the Entrepreneur. He is a former law-firm associate, specializing in patent law, at Jones Day, New York.  


Bree Langemo, J.D.

The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative


President Bree Langemo provides overall strategic and operational direction for the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative with a focus on developing high impact partnerships with academic, government, profit, and non-profit organizations from around the world to empower their constituents with an entrepreneurial mindset, a new framework for thinking and acting that can empower individuals, organizations, and communities to flourish in the 21st century.


Mayra Lombera

Director, Strategic Initiatives

The Michelson 20MM Foundation 


As a former educator, Mayra Lombera has experience with personalized learning, student engagement, and curriculum & resource development. With a long-standing student-centered approach, she joins 20MM in its efforts to bring higher education into the digital age and address issues like access, affordability, and student access. Mayra is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and holds degrees in Political Science and Education, in addition to a teaching credential from California State University, Northridge.


Raj Melville

Executive Director
Deshpande Foundation


Raj drives the Deshpande Foundation’s entrepreneurship and innovation efforts and has helped launch four entrepreneurship centers in Canada, India and the US. He also founded and chairs the Deshpande Symposium, an international higher education network of over 100 institutions sharing best practices in entrepreneurship. He has over 25 years of entrepreneurial and business experience at a number of startups and established companies. He has a Doctorate and a Master’s degree from MIT, a Master’s from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.


Tim Mittan

Business Faculty
Southeast Community College – Milford Campus


Tim is a member of the Business Faculty at the Southeast Community College Milford Campus. Where he teaches business education to Career and Technical Education students.  Over the past 15 years, Tim has had the privilege to work the SBDC system in California, create entrepreneurship education opportunities at Southeast Community College and aided in disseminating that curriculum across the State of Nebraska. He successfully created and ran the Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center and Business Incubator that helped launch several businesses in and around the area. This experience allowed him the opportunity to write his book The Pocket Business Coach: Creating and Enjoying an Entrepreneurial Life. Because as we all know, being an entrepreneur is more than just writing business plans and reading financial statements, it is also about the entrepreneur.


Dana Nasser

Santa Monica College


Dana is a professor at Santa Monica College where she teaches Business Law, Advanced Business Law and courses in the Administration of Justice. She is one of the leaders for SMC's Pathway to Law School Program. She has taught on ground and online classes at the community college level for over 12 years. Dana received her J.D. from Loyola Law School. She is a licensed attorney in California and formerly practiced in the area of civil litigation. 


Justina Nixon-Saintil

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Program Development
The Verizon Foundation


Justina Nixon-Saintil leads the development, implementation and measurement of Verizon’s Corporate Social Responsibility global initiatives. Her specific area of emphasis is on designing innovative technology-infused programs within underserved communities in order to close the digital divide and prepare middle and high school students to be college and career ready. Justina also played an important role in the company’s successful partnership with former President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, surpassing Verizon’s commitment and providing opportunities for STEM engagement and access to new technology and curriculum to over 300K students over a 3 year period. 

Paolo Narciso

Director, Economic Security
AARP Foundation


Paolo Narciso is the Director of Economic Security at the AARP Foundation.  In his role, he leads the Foundation’s efforts in developing and managing services and programs that support income security and income equity for vulnerable older Americans.  In addition to his work at AARP, Mr. Narciso serves as Associate Professor at the Jack Welch Management Institute, is a serial social entrepreneur, and was the founder of Cloud Health- Asia.  He received his doctorate from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.


Dexter Pearson

Outreach Advisor
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development (RD)


Dexter L. Pearson currently serves as Agricultural Outreach Specialist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development (RD) Office of Outreach and Community Engagement in Washington, DC.  He is responsible for identifying community development opportunities, building partnerships, and creating access to RD’s more than $60 billion portfolio of programs for rural communities across the nation. Throughout his six-year tenure at USDA Pearson has led efforts to connect small businesses, higher education institutions, and rural communities to USDA grants, loans, contracting opportunities and other programs that encourage participation in the agriculture industry.


Madeline Pumariega

Florida College System


Madeline M. Pumariega is Chancellor of the 28 colleges that make up the Florida College System, which serve more than 800,000 students. Recognized amongst the top in the nation, the Florida College System is committed to maintaining the highest quality programs to meet Florida's growing workforce needs and to make sure college is accessible and affordable. Appointed as the first female and Hispanic Chancellor in August 2015, Chancellor Pumariega has worked to build upon successes of the Florida College System. Her goal is to ensure that all students have a pathway to complete their degree or professional credential that leads them to their academic goals and ultimately helps them get a job.


Tim Putnam

North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center


Tim Putnam is the Director for the North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center which was found by John and Mary Pappajohn in 1997.  There are five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center to include Drake University, The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa and North Iowa Area Community College. 

The NIACC Center offers comprehensive entrepreneurial education, training and consulting for entrepreneurs, small business owners and communities. Tim has led presentations and workshops on entrepreneurial education, creating an entrepreneurial community, creating a community angel fund, and small business development at both state and national conferences.


Diane Sabato

Professor, Business Administration
Springfield Technical Community College


Diane Sabato is a faculty member at Springfield Technical Community College, where she was fortunate to be a part of the genesis of NACCE.  Diane is the founder of Orange Scarf, an online and ‘pop-up’ business that sells scarves and accessories while supporting organizations that empower women and girls.


Dr. Steve Schulz

North Iowa Area Community College


Dr. Steve Schulz officially began his duties as the President of North Iowa Area Community College on December 1, 2013.  Prior to coming to NIACC, Dr. Schulz served as the Provost at DMACC, Carroll campus.  Dr. Schulz has had a 34 year career in education serving as a 7-12 teacher and coach, middle school and high school principal and as Superintendent of the Carroll Community School District prior to working at the community college level.
Dr. Schulz received his Bachelor’s degree in History from Wartburg College in Waverly, his Master’s in Educational Administration from the University of Northern Iowa, his Education Specialist Degree from Drake University in Des Moines, and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University.
He and his wife, Cathie, have two daughters, Lindsey and Caitlyn.


Dr. G. Devin Stephenson

Northwest Florida State College


An Alabama native, Dr. Stephenson has extensive experience in community college executive administration. He served as President/CEO of Big Sandy Community/Technical College in Kentucky and Three Rivers College in Missouri prior to coming to NWF State College. He 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.


Andy Stoll

Senior Program Officer, Ecosystem Development in Entrepreneurship
The Kauffman Foundation


Andy Stoll is a serial entrepreneur and a senior program officer at the The Kauffman Foundation, where he is responsible for the implementation and management of the Foundation’s ecosystem development strategy. Before joining the Kauffman Foundation, Stoll co-founder six entrepreneurial-focused organizations, most recently The Startup Champions Network, the nation’s first professional association for full-time innovation ecosystem builders. Stoll is a global facilitator for Startup Weekend; and has taught entrepreneurship at Cornell College.


Steven F. Tello, Ed. D.

Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship & Economic Development
University of Massachusetts Lowell


Steven Tello champions the development and implementation of strategic initiatives related to commercialization, entrepreneurship, and economic development in the greater Lowell region. In 2012, he launched DifferenceMaker®, a program that engages over 5000 students annually in innovation and entrepreneurship activities across academic disciplines. Most recently, he oversaw the development and launch of the University’s Innovation Hub, and expansion of the University’s medical device incubator, M2D2, in a 22,000-square-foot venture facility in Lowell’s economic development zone. The success of these efforts has helped raise the profile of UMass Lowell across the state and nation, while also increasing funding streams that support University initiatives.


Dr. Michael Torrence

Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs
Volunteer State Community College


For 24 years, Dr. Michael Torrence has successfully collaborated with industry and educational organizations on the behalf of students and communities. His role spans the needs of Vol State with a focus on academics and community engagement.

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