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Charles Eason
Sector Navigator

Charles Eason

Statewide Sector Navigator

Phone: 707-863-7846
Email: ceason@cccewd.net


With 20+ years of small business experience, Charles represents the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program as the statewide small business subject matter expert. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Eason was the Director of the Solano College Small Business Development Center. In his various roles over the last twenty years as Small Business Sector Navigator, Small Business Development Center Director, Business Incubator Manager, CEO of OPTEMA Development Corporation, and a former Business Broker, Mr. Eason has provided training and counseling to thousands entrepreneurs.
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Northern Coastal Region

Deputy Sector Navigator

Rachelle Modena

Deputy Sector Navigator

Phone: 530-242-7635
Email: rmodena@ShastaCollege.edu


Rachelle Modena is the Deputy Sector Navigator for Small Business serving the North Far North Region and is hosted at Shasta College.  The seven community colleges that Rachelle serves are Shasta College, College of the Siskiyous, Butte College, College of the Redwoods, Mendocino College, Lassen College, and Feather River College. Rachelle’s focus as DSN is creating a strong workforce through supporting local high school and college educators along with industry partners to implement the most recent science in entrepreneurship and workforce development. View a bio for Rachelle »

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Northern Inland Region

Deputy Sector Navigator

Rachelle Modena

Deputy Sector Navigator

Phone: 530-242-7635
Email: rmodena@ShastaCollege.edu


Rachelle Modena is the Deputy Sector Navigator for Small Business serving the North Far North Region and is hosted at Shasta College.  The seven community colleges that Rachelle serves are Shasta College, College of the Siskiyous, Butte College, College of the Redwoods, Mendocino College, Lassen College, and Feather River College. Rachelle’s focus as DSN is creating a strong workforce through supporting local high school and college educators along with industry partners to implement the most recent science in entrepreneurship and workforce development. View a bio for Rachelle »

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Greater Sacramento Region

Deputy Sector Navigator

Cornelius Brown

Deputy Sector Navigator

Phone: 916-224-5593
Email: cbrown@yccd.edu


Cornelius Brown spent the beginning of his career from 2003-2008 as a project manager and senior project manager for Health Net.  He oversaw compliance and the operation process for the states of California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. 

Cornelius also teaches in higher education.  He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at University of the Pacific, Brightwood College, Devry University and University of Phoenix. View a bio for Cornelius »

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San Francisco / San Mateo Region

Deputy Sector Navigator

Gabriela Sapp

Deputy Sector Navigator

Phone: 415-254-5094
Email: gasapp@cabrillo.edu


Gabriela is a seasoned business and financial consultant with broad background in quantitative and qualitative analysis to support solid business practices and produce profitable business. Her work experience and skills range from commercial lending underwriting, business development, financial analysis, sales negotiation, non-profit management, and thorough understanding of multi-cultural markets.

Gabriela started her career in Peru; first teaching financial management courses to undergraduate students, and later working as a commercial loan officer for the largest financial institution in Peru. View a bio for Gabriela »

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Silicon Region

Deputy Sector Navigator

Gabriela Sapp

Deputy Sector Navigator

Phone: 415-254-5094
Email: gasapp@cabrillo.edu


Gabriela is a seasoned business and financial consultant with broad background in quantitative and qualitative analysis to support solid business practices and produce profitable business. Her work experience and skills range from commercial lending underwriting, business development, financial analysis, sales negotiation, non-profit management, and thorough understanding of multi-cultural markets.

Gabriela started her career in Peru; first teaching financial management courses to undergraduate students, and later working as a commercial loan officer for the largest financial institution in Peru. View a bio for Gabriela »

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Santa Cruz / Monterey Region

Deputy Sector Navigator

Gabriela Sapp

Deputy Sector Navigator

Phone: 415-254-5094
Email: gasapp@cabrillo.edu


Gabriela is a seasoned business and financial consultant with broad background in quantitative and qualitative analysis to support solid business practices and produce profitable business. Her work experience and skills range from commercial lending underwriting, business development, financial analysis, sales negotiation, non-profit management, and thorough understanding of multi-cultural markets.

Gabriela started her career in Peru; first teaching financial management courses to undergraduate students, and later working as a commercial loan officer for the largest financial institution in Peru. View a bio for Gabriela »

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North Bay Region

Deputy Sector Navigator

Molly Stuart

Deputy Sector Navigator

Napa Valley College
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway
Napa, CA 94559
Phone: 707-256-7255
Email: MStuart@napavalley.edu


Molly Stuart, JD serves the East Bay and North Bay regions as Deputy Sector Navigator for Small Business Development on behalf of the California Community Colleges. This work provides the critical opportunity for business and industry to shape the design of workforce education, and for colleges to support the achievement of high-quality, satisfying and sustainable jobs for the community.

Ms. Stuart has a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and a law degree from the University of the Pacific. View a bio for Molly »

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East Bay Region

Deputy Sector Navigator

Molly Stuart

Deputy Sector Navigator

Napa Valley College
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway
Napa, CA 94559
Phone: 707-256-7255
Email: MStuart@napavalley.edu


Molly Stuart, JD serves the East Bay and North Bay regions as Deputy Sector Navigator for Small Business Development on behalf of the California Community Colleges. This work provides the critical opportunity for business and industry to shape the design of workforce education, and for colleges to support the achievement of high-quality, satisfying and sustainable jobs for the community.

Ms. Stuart has a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and a law degree from the University of the Pacific. View a bio for Molly »

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Central Valley Region

Deputy Sector Navigator

Indria Gillespie

Deputy Sector Navigator

Phone: 209-954-5069
Email: igillespie@deltacollege.edu


Indria Gillespie has been the Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator for the Sacramento Region for over two years. Prior to this, she was the Director of the Sierra College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for over five years and the Manager of the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) for nearly two years. Both the SBDC and the VBOC were federal programs under the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). View a bio for Indria»

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Mother Lode Region

Deputy Sector Navigator

Indria Gillespie

Deputy Sector Navigator

Phone: 209-954-5069
Email: igillespie@deltacollege.edu


Indria Gillespie has been the Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator for the Sacramento Region for over two years. Prior to this, she was the Director of the Sierra College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for over five years and the Manager of the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) for nearly two years. Both the SBDC and the VBOC were federal programs under the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). View a bio for Indria »

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South Central Region

Deputy Sector Navigator

Gayla Jurevich

Deputy Sector Navigator

Phone: 805-546-3188
Email: gayla_jurevich@cuesta.edu


Gayla Jurevich serves as the Deputy Sector Navigator Small Business for the South Central Region and the Business & Entrepreneurship Center Director at the Cuesta College. She holds two undergraduate degrees, one in English and one in Psychology/Counseling. Gayla holds an MBA with a specialty in Human Resource Management. View a bio for Gayla »

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Los Angeles Region

Deputy Sector Navigator

Doris Driver

Deputy Sector Navigator

Phone: 323-953-4000 x1233
Email: driverdr@lacitycollege.edu
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Doris Driver is the California Community Colleges Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator for the Los Angeles Region.  For the past thirteen years, she has consulted various small businesses in a variety of sectors on strategizing and implementing effective organizational structures to enhance profitability and stability.  She has arranged and coordinated many conferences both within the community college system and in the world of entrepreneurship. View a bio for Doris »


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Orange County Region

Deputy Sector Navigator

Elizabeth Arteaga

Deputy Sector Navigator

Business & Entrepreneurship Center
at Rancho Santiago CCD
2323 North Broadway, Suite 201
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Phone: 714-564-5533
Email:Arteaga_Elizabeth@rsccd.edu


 

As Deputy Sector Navigation for Small Business, and with 10+ years of small business experience Elizabeth Arteaga works together with industry and education to improve and expand business and entrepreneurial curriculum to better deliver a job-ready workforce and entrepreneurial leaders needed to ensure California’s economic growth and global competitiveness. Mrs. Arteaga has provided training and counseling to hundreds of entrepreneurs over the last ten years. One of her areas of expertise is assisting businesses and entrepreneurs with business planning, marketing, market research and starting a business. View a bio for Elizabeth »

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Inland Empire/Desert Region

Deputy Sector Navigator

Lisa Kiplinger-Kennedy

Deputy Sector Navigator

Phone: 760.954.5334 mobile
Email: lisak.kennedy@vvc.edu


With over 25 years of business experience, Lisa brings valuable knowledge serving as the Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator of the Inland Empire / Desert Region for the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program.  She is hosted by Victor Valley College in Victorville, California.

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. These organizations were in various industries including View a bio for Lisa »

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San Diego/Imperial Region

Deputy Sector Navigator

Joe Molina

Deputy Sector Navigator

Business & Entrepreneurship Center
at Mira Costa College
1 Bernard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone: 760-795-8740
Email: jmolina@miracosta.edu


 

Joseph Molina is currently serving as the Program Director for the San Diego and Imperial Valley Business and Entrepreneurship Sector, a program funded by the State of California's Chancellor's Office under the Doing What Matters Program.

Mr. Molina has served as a business consultant for over 12 years with extensive experience in business management. He is also an adjunct faculty at MiraCosta College, CSUSM Extended Studies and Cal Poly University. View a bio for Joe »

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