The Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation is a 501c3 non profit organization with a local board of business leaders and a small dedicated team committed to serving our mission of providing training and support to help at-risk youth and adults improve their lives by creating and growing entrepreneurial ventures

Board of Directors

Joan Koerber-Walker

Joan Koerber-Walker, Chairman of the Board

Joan brings to OTEF experience ranging from non-profit and entrepreneurial ventures to the Fortune 500. In addition to her role of Chairman of the Board here at OTEF, Joan currently serves as President and CEO of of the Arizona BioIndustry Association (AZBio).  Her resume includes board level and executive positions with for profit companies in the B2B and B2C space. She also has served as the CEO of the Arizona Small Business Association (2006-2008), on the board of trustees of the National Small Business Association in Washington D.C.,  on the board of directors of the Arizona Technology Council and  as chairman of the board of Parenting Arizona.  (Google Profile)

Rob Dunaway

Rob has over 20 years of experience as a Silicon Valley technology attorney and startup company management advisor, having represented public clients and hundreds of startup companies. A co-author of popular books on startup company management and legal protection of software and licensing, he also has CEO experience and has started or co-founded several companies and non-profits. (

Ed Nusbaum

Ed Nusbaum, Member of the Board of Directors

Ed is a cofounder and partner of Stealthmode Partners. Previously a board member of the Arizona Technology Council, Arizona Internet Professionals Association, AeA, and TiE-Arizona. (


Merlin U Ward

Merlin U. Ward

Merlin U. Ward, Member of the Board of Directors

Merlin lives and breathes the OTEF life and has an extreme passion for business and marketing. He has started multiple ventures and consulted many entrepreneurs in building their businesses to be successful machines. He is a man of many hats, even though you’ll only see him in the one. (


Our Team

Francine Hardaway

Francine Hardaway Ph.D. is the co-founder of Stealthmode Partners, an accelerator for entrepreneurs, and a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and blogger. Read her blog at and Huffington Post. (Google Profile)




Phillip Blackerby, M.P.Aff.

Phillip Blackerby, Entrepreneurial Education

Phillip Blackerby ( is a trainer at heart, focusing on entrepreneurship. As an entrepreneur himself, Phillip has started several businesses and sold one, a travel agency. He is licensed to facilitate all the FastTrac entrepreneurship training programs offered by the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, the “foundation of entrepreneurship.” With teammates Francine Hardaway and Ed Nusbaum, Phillip has trained over 400 business owners in the greater Phoenix area. He has also built business plans for companies in a wide variety of industries: online dating, gardening products, consumer finance, social networking, convenience retail, food manufacturing and interior decorating. He has also helped cities and towns develop their strategic plans. (Google Profile)

Paula Satow

Paula Satow – Community Support and Development
Paula Satow is a “back-to-basics” brand marketing strategist, serial entrepreneur, speaker and author, dedicated to making the world a simpler, more “grok”-able place for everyone. She has over 30 years of experience helping people, companies and groups discover their message, define their brand and build their market presence. In 2002, she founded Scottsdale-based brand marketing consultancy, Satow Strategies (, to deliver big business brand strategies to small businesses and start-ups. In 2009, she co-founded Buzzuka (, to help others create and promote a powerful 30-second elevator pitch. Paula is author of the Ridiculously Easy Guide™ to Getting Along Better with Your Woman, part of her web-based Ridiculously Easy Guide publishing platform. Paula delivers free workshops on Personal Positioning and Power Networking to job seekers for community-based non-profits. Paula is a devoted “wabi-sabiist,” founder of and author of an upcoming book on wabi-sabi. She holds a BA in English and Film and an MA in Media Studies. Paula lives simply with her husband, David, and their pet menagerie in Scottsdale, AZ and occasionally enjoys visits from her offspring who flew the coop.