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, 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 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. (RobDunaway.com)
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. (EdNusbaum.com)
Francine Hardaway, Ph.D is the co-founder of Stealthmode Partners, an accelerator and advocate for entrepreneurs in technology and health care that was founded in 1998. Prior to Stealthmode, she owned two marketing companies, and served as Director of Worldwide Press Relations for Intel and the CMO of Innovative Environmental Products. Her communications specialties are technology, healthcare and financial services.
Francine was an Entrepreneurial Fellow of the Eller Entrepreneurship Center at University of Arizona, and was a founder of Social Media Club Arizona and the Arizona Software Association. She is also founder and Executive Directorsof the Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation, which provides entrepreneurship training to at-risk populations.
She is co-founder of the blog USHealthCrisis, and blogs for Fast Company, Huffington Post, and Stealthmode’s blog.
Phillip Blackerby, Entrepreneurial Education
Phillip Blackerby (www.blackerbyassoc.com) 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.