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J. Noah Brown

President & CEO

J. Noah Brown is a widely recognized and award-winning higher education policy and governance expert, author, and educator whose experience spans more than three decades 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.


Debbie Cooley

Founder & President
M-Pak, Inc.

Debbie Cooley began her career in 1974 with a National packaging supplier as the first woman hired for outside sales in the history of the company. In 1999, with $10,000 in savings, Debbie started M-Pak, Inc. Debbie has built M-Pak from first year sales of $133,000 to a current $11,500,000 company. M-Pak, an industrial packaging and tactical gear supplier with 4 locations in the U.S., has won numerous awards including SBA Vendor of the Year, Entrepreneur of Excellence, Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, and Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 for 5 consecutive years.


Dr. Rebecca Corbin

President & CEO

Rebecca Corbin is president & CEO of the Entrepreneurship (NACCE), a leading non-profit membership organization dedicated to increasing entrepreneurship offerings and thinking at over 300 community colleges across the country. She has forged several new partnerships with national Foundations to advance STEM education, ecosystem mapping, and intellectual property curriculum knowledge in community colleges across the United States. 


Mr. Hugh Forrest

Chief Programming Officer
South by Southwest (SXSW)

Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer for South by Southwest (SXSW). Scheduled March 8-17, 2019 in Austin, this event brings together more than 70,000 industry creatives from across the United States and around the world. 



Linda Gerber

Center for Global Business/CIBER 

As Director of the Center for Global Business/CIBER, Linda has championed international business education on multiple fronts.  Her proudest accomplishments are creating study abroad opportunities across the University, fostering business language instruction, cultivating cultural analysis programs, and, most importantly, working to make impactful resources available to colleges across the U.S. 


Dr. Gene Giovannini

Chancellor & NACCE Board Member
Tarrant County College District

Dr. Eugene Giovannini joined the Tarrant County College District as Chancellor on August 22, 2016. Chancellor Giovannini brings to the post 33 years of professional experience at community colleges, including his most recent tenure as the founding President of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Arizona, and 11 years as President of GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. 


Dr. Rufus Glasper

President & CEO
League for Innovation in the Community College

Rufus Glasper, Ph.D., is President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate innovation in the community college environment in a continuing effort to advance the community college field and make a positive difference for students and communities.


Mr. Allen Gutierrez

Associate Administrator 
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 

As Associate Administrator of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Allen Gutierrez is dedicated to enhancing the nationwide network of offices, business executives, and mentors that support current and aspiring business owners as they start, grow, and compete in today’s global market. This nationwide network includes the following Resource Partners: Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), and SCORE.


Toi Hershman

Regional Coordinator

Toi Hershman is passionate about entrepreneurship and our future, working with education leaders to build an entrepreneurial culture within schools.  As the Regional Coordinator for the National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, Toi works with teachers and educators to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset shift and philosophy for students and communities.


Chris Krimitsos

Chief Creative Officer

Chris has facilitated over 1,000 events that have brought together business owners, toward economic growth, under the umbrella of Tampa Bay Business Owners, which he founded in 2008. That success regionally was the springboard to launching a national event, Podfest Multimedia Expo, which he grew to over 500 attendees in just three years. Channeling that energy into creating a documentary, now he is making an impact globally. 


Debbie Ledbetter

HP LIFE Partnership Manager
HP Foundation

Debbie Ledbetter manages HP LIFE, a program of the HP Foundation that provides free online business and IT skills training globally. Debbie works with UN organizations and NGO’s to implement HP LIFE in countries. Debbie has been a part of HP’s CSR program and the HP Foundation for over 15 years. 



Linda Losey

Co-founder and COO
Bloomery Sweetshine®

Bloomery Plantation Distillery opened as a mini-distillery in the agri-tourism industry, September 17, 2011. With a sweet spin on moonshine, they make moonshine drinkable through their hand-crafted award-winning SweetShine® liqueurs from farm-fresh fruits, roots and nuts. The Distillery is located two miles east of Charles Town, WV and is situated on a 12-acre parcel of land where they grow farm-fresh ingredients, including ginger, raspberries and lemons.


Dr. Marie Martin

Director, Global Education & Services
Fox Valley Technical College

Marie Martin, Ph.D., is Director of Global Education and Services at Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton WI hosting international students from nearly 50 countries.  At the College, Dr. Martin oversees international partnerships, student recruitment, study abroad for students and faculty, global studies, trade education, and world languages including Intensive English. 


Dr. Joe May

Dallas County Community College District

Selected as the seventh chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, Dr. Joe May assumed his duties leading the seven-college, 165,000-student system in late February 2014. Throughout his career, May has expanded opportunities for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree by starting at a community college. At the same time, he brings a strong commitment to improve the Dallas economy by helping to grow middle-class jobs. He is known both nationally and internationally as a result of his relentless advocacy of the role of community colleges in solving today’s most challenging social issues.

Dr. Susan May

President & NACCE Board Chair
Fox Valley Technical College

Dr. Susan May serves as the president and chief executive officer for Fox Valley Technical College, an appointment that began in July 2008. May joined Fox Valley Technical College as an adult continuing education specialist in 1983. She served as the College’s executive vice president since 2005. From 1997 to 2005 May served as the vice president for Instructional Services, and from 1994 to 1997 the vice president for Marketing and Economic Development. She also served in the positions of dean and outreach operations manager between 1989 and 1993. Earlier in her career, she worked as a teacher and department chair for New Holstein High School, New Holstein, Wisconsin.

Dexter L. Pearson

Agricultural Outreach Specialist, Office of External Affairs
USDA-Rural Development

Dexter 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.


Mrs. Kam S. Phillips

Chief Executive Dreamer
Dream Outside the Box

Kam Phillips is the Chief Executive Dreamer of Dream Outside the Box, a nonprofit that broadens horizons for K-5 children. A rodeo cowgirl and cattle rancher, the Harry S. Truman Scholar also leads Dream Architects, a stealth consulting firm.



Phil Puthumana

Program Manager
Verizon Foundation 

Phil Puthumana is the program manager for education technology at the Verizon Foundation, accountable for the development, implementation and measurement of the organization's out of school programs for K-12 students. Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Puthumana helped Verizon launch their Mobile Learning product portfolio as a member of the company's Public Sector Product Development team.


Janice Selinger

Producer & Journalist

Janice Selinger is a 14 -time Emmy award winning producer of documentaries and specials. She has served as Executive Producer and Producer for a number of documentaries that have aired nationally on PBS. Selinger is the Senior Producer of Governors’ Perspectives with Kent Manahan, a monthly feature that airs on On the Record with Michael Aron on NJTV Public Television. Her work includes a number of videos on entrepreneurial efforts by community colleges such as Creating Opportunity After Coal in conjunction with NACCE as well as Bridging the Gap: Preparing Girls for a Digital Future about the immersive Verizon Innovative Learning Camp.


Aliza Sir

Social Entrepreneur
AARP Foundation 

Aliza Sir is a Social Entrepreneur at AARP Foundation where she leads Work for Yourself@50+, the largest national entrepreneurship initiative designed for economically disadvantaged older adults, as well as the Foundation’s innovation efforts relating to workforce and economic security. Aliza holds a Certificate in Corporate Innovation from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from UNC Chapel Hill. 


Sam Thevanayagam

President & CEO
Parts Life, Inc.

Sam is the President and CEO of Parts Life, Inc. From the time he was a youth, he displayed an entrepreneurial spirit. After working many years in the automotive aftermarket for other companies, reaching as high a position as VP, Sam saw the opportunity to start his own business. He quickly became the entrepreneur he was always meant to be. Realizing his vision, Sam started Parts Life, Inc. in 2007 which is an innovative company focused on providing customized parts and solutions to support the Defense, Aerospace, Heavy Duty, and Automotive industries. 


Steve Tingiris

Managing Director, Dabble Lab
Managing Partner, Dabble Capital

Steve is a software engineer, turned entrepreneur and investor. In his career, Steve has founded and sold three technology companies and is currently the managing director of Dabble Lab; an outsourced research and development firm that specializes in building robotic process automation and block chain solutions for business. Steve is also the managing partner of Dabble Capital – a private cryptocurrency investment fund.  


Dr. Steve Van Ausdle

President Emeritus 
Walla Walla Community College 

Steven VanAusdle served as president of Walla Walla Community College since 1984, retiring in 2016 when he was named President Emeritus. VanAusdle completed his Bachelor of Science (1966) and Master of Arts (1968) degrees in Agricultural Economics from Washington State University. He later earned a PhD from The Ohio State University in 1980. His leadership at Walla Walla Community College is credited with helping the institution provide innovative educational programs resulting in extraordinarily high levels of student success. In 2013, during his tenure as president, WWCC was named co-winner as the Top Community College in the Nation by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence.


Phil Weilerstein


Since 1996, Phil has been the chief executive of VentureWell. From the beginning, Phil’s focus for VentureWell has been to help bring socially beneficial applications of STEM inventions to market. He’s accomplished this goal by designing and overseeing programs that encourage curricular innovation and student venture creation, provide resources for faculty and student entrepreneurs, and develop community through conferences and workshops for faculty and students.


Dr. Betty Young

Hocking College

Dr. Young serves as President of Hocking College, Ohio.  She has been a serial entrepreneur and began her higher education career teaching entrepreneurship.  She has focused her career on local economic development and creating pathways to prosperity through education and experiential learning. 



David Zasada

Vice President, Education
Intuit, Inc.

Dave Zasada is the Vice President of Education at Intuit. Intuit’s overall mission is to Power Prosperity Around the World and Dave is excited to advance that mission for the next generation by driving Intuit’s global education strategy and related strategic partnerships. In his 25+ years in the education market, he has held senior level product, marketing, and business development positions in multiple companies including leading three successful start-ups.   

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