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Deborah Bird

Technical Assistance, Advisor

CCC Maker Initiative


Denise Bushnell

NFN Regional Entrepreneurship Coordinator

Sierra College/Hackerlab


Alese Campbell

Business and Entrepreneurship Deputy Sector Navigator

Central Valley


Michael Cima

Professor, MIT

Faculty Director, Lemelson-MIT Program


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. Prior to NACCE, Rebecca served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the BCC Foundation at Burlington County College (BCC). 


Angela Cordell

Business and Entrepreneurship Deputy Sector Navigator

Far North Region  


Stephanie Couch

Executive Director

Lemelson-MIT Program



Leah Deppert

Manager of Marketing & Communications


Leah Deppert is the Manager of Marketing & Communications at the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). After graduating from Miami University of Ohio, Leah worked at Junior Achievement to help accomplish their mission of inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. After working with k-12 entrepreneurial partners, Leah has enjoyed seeing the continuum of entrepreneurial efforts in the community college sector.


Tony Dohen


STEM School Chattanooga


Charles Eason

Business & Entrepreneurship Sector Navigator

CCC Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy

Charles Eason is the Business and Entrepreneurship Sector Navigator for the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program under the Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy Initiative. He coordinates business and entrepreneurship programs of the 114 community colleges across the state of California serving 2.1 million students.


Leigh Estabrooks

Invention Education Officer

Lemelson-MIT Program


Maria Filsinger


2017 LMIT Student Prize winner


Jeffrey Forrest

VP Economic and Workforce Development

College of the Canyons


Gregory Franklin


Tustin Unified School District


Dr. 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. 


John Graulty

Dean of Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts

Cabrillo College 


Ana Greif

Business Development Program Manager

Pima Community College


Ed Hernandez


Tustin High School


Gayla Jurevich

Business and Entrepreneurship Deputy Sector Navigator

South Central Region


Joe Kapp

Founder & President

National Center for Resource Development (NCRD)


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.   


Lisa Kiplinger Kennedy

Business and Entrepreneurship DSN

Inland Empire


Bree Langemo


The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI)

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.


Mike Lisek

Program Manager

The Michelson 20MM Foundation


Mayra Lombera

Director, Strategic Initiatives & Operations

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.


Steve Meyer

Manager of STEM Education and Development

Fox Valley Technical College

Steve Meyer is the Manager of STEM Education at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI.  His role is to work with the college, the K-12 sector, and business and industry to promote and enhance best practices in STEM education.  Steve previously taught STEM and innovation for the past 20 years at the K-12 level.  During his tenure he has led many STEM initiatives at local, state, national, and international levels.


Dr. Jessica Milli

Study Director

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Jessica Milli is a Study Director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and a Scholar in Residence at American University. She conducts research on a variety of issues including women in patenting, STEM, and entrepreneurship, paid leave, and the status of women in the United States. 


Maria Napoli

Community College Programs Coordinator

University of California, Santa Barbara


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.


Rob Newman


Glendale Community College

Rob Newman is an instructor of Entrepreneurship & Aviation at Glendale Community College. He has started, advised and managed, early-stage, turnaround, corporate, family, bootstrap and venture capital-backed ventures in a variety of industries. He holds an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School and a BSBA in Entrepreneurship from USC.


Carlos Osorio




Tony Perry

Invention Education Coordinator

Lemelson-MIT Program


Maria Renard Merino

Chief Design Officer



Mason Sage


Sierra College


Gabriela Sapp

Business and Entrepreneurship Deputy Sector Navigator

San Francisco Region


Dr. Amy Schulz

Dean, Career, Continuing, & Technical Education

Sierra College


Michael Stone

Director of Innovative Learning

Public Education Foundation


 Rachel Thibault


Antelope Valley Union HSD


 Van Ton Quinlivan

Executive Vice President

CA Community College Chancellor’s Office


 Jesse Torres

Deputy Director and Small Business Advocate

CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development


Philip Tran

Business Faculty

San Jose City College


Dr. Darcie Tumey

Director for Business Administration

Catawba Valley Community College


 Savanna Turner


Sierra College 


Sal Veas

Business Professor

Santa Monica College


Diane Walker

Director of Industry Liaison and Post-Secondary Partnerships

Antelope Valley Union HSD 


Joyce Ward

Director, Office of Education & Outreach



Carter Wigell

CEO & Founder

Ideator Platform

Carter started his career at in early 2001. After almost 10 years at, Carter went on to found and build CloudTrigger, a cloud solution consultancy focused on helping organizations implement and customize CRM solutions in the cloud. Carter then sold CloudTrigger to Cloud Sherpas (one of the world’s leading cloud brokerages) in 2012. After 15 years in management consulting and cloud computing and two acquisitions, Carter made his career-long dream come true, becoming CEO of Ideator. Carter is passionate about helping foster innovation and entrepreneurship.


David Wilson


STEM School Chattanooga

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