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Charles Eason

Charles Eason

Statewide Director

Phone: 707-863-7846
Email: charles.eason@solano.edu


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

Angela Cordell

Regional Director, Employer Engagement

Phone: 530-242-7627
Email: cacordell@shastacollege.edu


With 11 years of small business, non-profit and economic development experience, Ms. Cordell’s focus is equipping the workforce and entrepreneurs in rural California to realize and define their global vision and goals. In 2009, she obtained her BA in Public Relations and a minor in Women’s Studies from CSU, Chico and is currently working on an MBA in International Business from Northcentral University. View a bio for Angela »

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Northern Inland Region

Angela Cordell

Regional Director, Employer Engagement

Phone: 530-242-7627
Email: acordell@ShastaCollege.edu

 

 

With 11 years of small business, non-profit and economic development experience, Ms. Cordell’s focus is equipping the workforce and entrepreneurs in rural California to realize and define their global vision and goals. In 2009, she obtained her BA in Public Relations and a minor in Women’s Studies from CSU, Chico and is currently working on an MBA in International Business from Northcentral University. View a bio for Angela »

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Greater Sacramento Region

Angela Cordell

Regional Director, Employer Engagement

Phone: 530-242-7627
Email: acordell@ShastaCollege.edu


With 11 years of small business, non-profit and economic development experience, Ms. Cordell’s focus is equipping the workforce and entrepreneurs in rural California to realize and define their global vision and goals. In 2009, she obtained her BA in Public Relations and a minor in Women’s Studies from CSU, Chico and is currently working on an MBA in International Business from Northcentral University. View a bio for Angela »

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San Francisco / San Mateo Region

Micah Merrick

Regional Director, Employer Engagement


Phone: 267-481-2246
Email: Micah@meritmark.co


Micah Merrick is a finance professional who is passionate about higher education and hopes to fuse his interests and experiences to create opportunities for students throughout the region and the state in his new role as one of the Business and Entrepreneurship Regional Directors for the Bay Area. View a bio for Micah»

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Silicon Valley Region

Micah Merrick

Regional Director, Employer Engagement


Phone: 267-481-2246
Email: Micah@meritmark.co


Micah Merrick is a finance professional who is passionate about higher education and hopes to fuse his interests and experiences to create opportunities for students throughout the region and the state in his new role as one of the Business and Entrepreneurship Regional Directors for the Bay Area. View a bio for Micah»

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Santa Cruz / Monterey Region

Micah Merrick

Regional Director, Employer Engagement


Phone: 267-481-2246
Email: Micah@meritmark.co


Micah Merrick is a finance professional who is passionate about higher education and hopes to fuse his interests and experiences to create opportunities for students throughout the region and the state in his new role as one of the Business and Entrepreneurship Regional Directors for the Bay Area. View a bio for Micah»

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North Bay Region

Xavier Nazario

Regional Director, Employer Engagement


Phone: 707-596-3622
Email: Xavier@bayareadsn.com


Xavier Nazario is excited to join the Doing What Matters Team as one of the new Regional Directors of Employer Engagement for Business and Entrepreneurship in the SF Bay Area. His professional career over the past 14 years has revolved around education. Before entering the industry, he attended Santa Clara University as a first-generation college student and in 2005, he graduated with degrees in Business Management and Philosophy. View a bio for Xavier»

 

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East Bay Region

Xavier Nazario

Regional Director, Employer Engagement


Phone: 707-596-3622
Email: Xavier@bayareadsn.com


Xavier Nazario is excited to join the Doing What Matters Team as one of the new Regional Directors of Employer Engagement for Business and Entrepreneurship in the SF Bay Area. His professional career over the past 14 years has revolved around education. Before entering the industry, he attended Santa Clara University as a first-generation college student and in 2005, he graduated with degrees in Business Management and Philosophy. View a bio for Xavier»

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Central Valley Region

Alese Campbell

Regional Director, Employer Engagement


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


Specializing in small business and entrepreneurship for 25+ years, Alese serves the Central Valley and Mother Lode Region as the Regional Director for Employer Engagement for the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development department. She is hosted by San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. View a bio for Alese »

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Mother Lode Region

Alese Campbell

Regional Director, Employer Engagement


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


Specializing in small business and entrepreneurship for 25+ years, Alese serves the Central Valley and Mother Lode Region as the Regional Director for Employer Engagement for the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development department. She is hosted by San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. View a bio for Alese »

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South Central Coast

Gayla Jurevich

Regional Director, Employer Engagement

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


Gayla Jurevich serves as the Regional Director for Business Engagement for the South Central Region at 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

Judy Fox

Regional Director, Employer Engagement

Phone: 714-715-5963
Email: jfox@cerritos.edu

 

As Regional Director Employer Engagement for Business and Entrepreneurship for the Los Angeles Region, Judy Fox helps industry connect with education to build a stronger workforce for the state of California while increasing opportunities for employment, as well as career and income advancement. View a bio for Judy »


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Orange County Region

Cathleen Greiner

Regional Director, Employer Engagement


Phone: (714) 564-5202
Email: Greiner_Cathleen@rsccd.edu


 

 

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Inland Empire/Desert Region

Lisa Kiplinger-Kennedy

Regional Director, Employer Engagement

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


With over 25 years of business experience, Lisa brings valuable knowledge serving as the Regional Director for Employer Engagement for 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

Jennifer Patel

Regional Director, Employer Engagement

Mira Costa College
1 Bernard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone: 760-795-6837
Email: jpatel@miracosta.edu

 

With over fifteen years in K-14 education, Jennifer has experience in developing curriculum and teaching Business and Entrepreneurship courses, possesses expertise in building pathways from K-12 to community college to university, and shares the vision for the regional Doing What Matters efforts. Jennifer has a unique skillset and commitment to workforce innovation in the Small Business & Entrepreneurship field across the region. View a bio for Jennifer »


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