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Fatima Baldiwala

Curriculum Entrepreneur

Nearly a decade of highly diversified English teaching experience at the community college level. Highly experienced in teaching composition, reading, critical thinking, and debate. Specialized in teaching writing. An emphasis on writing for different genres, with a focus on research. A structuralist when it comes to organizing content in writing. An expert in creating contextualized classes that meet the needs of a diverse population while adhering to Student Learning Outcomes.


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. Michael J. Cima is the David H. Koch Professor of Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was appointed faculty director of the Lemelson-MIT Program in 2009 and named the Associate Dean for Innovation and co-director of MIT's Innovation Initiative in 2018. 


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

Stephanie Couch is Executive Director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. She is working to expand LMIT’s invention education and student prize programs through partnerships so that more young people from diverse backgrounds have opportunities to develop as inventors. She has dedicated her career to K-12 and higher education policy and technology in teaching and learning.


Joshua Danielson



Joshua co-founded Loconomics, the first “platform cooperative” in the US. Loconomics has reverse engineered the business models of existing gig platforms, creating a just and sustainable model that gives full platform ownership and control to independent workers in various professions, ranging from home and child care to small business services.



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 Donen


STEM School Chattanooga

Dr. Tony Donen has worked for over 15 years as a high school principal. He is the founding principal for STEM School Chattanooga and is committed to helping improve STEM education throughout the country. He leads the Tennessee Innovative Leaders Institute and was named the 2018 TN STEM Innovator of the Year.


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 Interrante

2017 LMIT Student Prize winner

As a Stanford undergraduate, Maria Filsinger Interrante won a 2017 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for work to develop a protein therapeutic for antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.” She also conducted research in metabolic engineering and synthetic biology. She received a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering in 2016 and is now enrolled in Stanford’s Medical Scientist Training Program. 


Jeffrey Forrest

VP Economic and Workforce Development

College of the Canyons

 Jeffrey Forrest is Vice-President of Economic and Workforce Development at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California.  He is currently working to implement the GIG Economy Project for California’s Community Colleges. In addition, Jeffrey oversees the Economic Development Division of the college which offers programs to support training and development for companies in Southern California.


Gregory Franklin


Tustin Unified School District

Dr. Gregory A. Franklin has worked in public education for 32 years and has served as the superintendent of Tustin Unified School District since 2011. In 2014, he was named California and Orange County Superintendent of the Year. He is Chair of the USC Rossier School of Education Dean’s Superintendent Advisory Group.


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

Ed Hernandez led the 2017 Tustin High School Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam, and is currently a Lemelson-MIT Master Teacher. He is also the director of Tustin High School’s award-winning T-Tech Academy of Technology and Engineering. In 2015, he was named the California Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year.


Rob Herndon

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative

As Vice President of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, Rob nurtures partnerships that empower individuals, organizations and communities with an entrepreneurial mindset.  His significant experience in education at the university, community college, and high school levels and in various leadership positions as an Air Force officer brings a diversity of perspective to any education reform initiative.


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

With over 25 years of business experience, Lisa brings valuable knowledge serving as the Deputy Sector Navigator of Business and Entrepreneurship in the Inland Empire/Desert Region.  Lisa owns and has been involved with the start-up of three small businesses, and has been in top management positions for several other small corporations in the Inland Empire. This experience gives her a broad understanding of the challenges facing entrepreneurs and existing businesses owners, and she is eager to assist them in productivity and success.


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. 


Joseph Molina

Executive Director

Veterans Chamber of Commerce

Currently serving as the Executive Director for the Veterans Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Molina is an Army Vet. Served as the Training Manager while stationed in Alaska. Received a BA Degree with emphasis in Psychology while in Active Duty.  He holds and a Master’s degree in Management with HR focus. Mr Molina started MetroCollegeOnline a Private Training platform that provides Entrepreneurship and Leadership training.


Maria Napoli

Community College Programs Coordinator

University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Maria Teresa Napoli holds a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her research interests include nanofluidic technologies for medical applications, modeling and control of large arrays of MEMS, and educational strategies to increase STEM diversity. She serves as Community College Programs Manager for the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships at UC 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



Carlos Osorio is the CEO and co-founder of Yuken, a global design and innovation capability-building impact research lab. His work focuses on innovation processes and innovation in complex socio-technical systems. He has experience in the biotech, finance, telecom, energy, natural resources and utility sectors. He holds a PhD in Technology, Management and Policy from MIT.


Tony Perry

Invention Education Coordinator

Lemelson-MIT Program

Tony Perry is the invention education coordinator for the Lemelson-MIT Program. He supports teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors throughout the invention process from problem identification through building a prototype during their InvenTeam grant year. Perry is also a PhD student in Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Tech University. 


Jie Qi

Co-founder & Creative Director


Jie Qi is cofounder and creative director of Chibitronics, which makes hardware kits that blend paper craft, circuit building, and programming. She is also a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law school, where she founded Jie holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.


Maria Renard

Chief Design Officer


Maria Renard is the cofounder and Chief Design Officer of Yuken, a global design and innovation capability-building impact research lab. She has focused her career on editorial design, innovative design processes, Human Centered Design solutions, and strategic visual communication for academic settings. She is a designer and holds a master’s degree in Innovation.


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



Dr. Tasos Sioukas

Professor & Chair, Business Administration

Los Angeles Valley College


Tasos Sioukas is a Professor and the Chair of Business Administration at Los Angeles Valley College.  He has supported numerous organizations and start-ups in designing effective solutions and is the author of The Solution Path. Sioukas holds a master’s from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate from the University of Southern California.  



Michael Stone

Director of Innovative Learning

Public Education Foundation

Michael Stone is the Director of Innovative Learning at the Public Education Foundation and is a former NSF Albert Einstein Fellow. In his current role, he leads the Volkswagen eLab work in southeast Tennessee and is the coauthor of “Let Me Try It: Enhancing Maker Education through Digital Fabrication."


Katelyn Sweeney

Former InvenTeam member and MIT graduate

Katelyn Sweeney graduated in June with a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and Innovation from MIT and is a former InvenTeam Lead with the Lemelson-MIT Program. She aspires to unite cutting-edge technologies with accessible design and is currently working as a Mechanical Engineer at OneWeb designing communications technologies for developing countries.


 Rachel Thibault


Antelope Valley Union HSD

Rachel Thibault has served as a dedicated STEM teacher in the Antelope Valley Union High School district for over 16 years. She has led two Lemelson-MIT InventTeams to earn grant awards, one of whom showcased their invention at the White House Science Fair. She holds master’s degrees in Global Health and in Educational Psychology. 


 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

After 15 years as a litigator, Diane Walker began her career in education with the Antelope Valley Union High School District in 1999. Currently, she is the Director of Industry Liaison and Post-Secondary Partnerships for the district, liaising with Antelope Valley College and other post-secondary institutions to create opportunities for students. 


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

David Wilson joined the STEM School Chattanooga as an entrepreneurship and marketing teacher. He strives to transform education by creating opportunities to critically think, collaborate, and innovate. He has extensive experience in using technology to improve the classroom experience. Wilson holds a master’s degree in Education Curriculum and Development and Education Leadership.

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