Board of Directors

Leadership & Advisors

Board & Administration

The founding group associated with Innovative Entrepreneur Education consists of the following members, who collectively bring expertise in all areas necessary to operate a successful entrepreneur school.

Tomeka Powell

Innovative Entrepreneur Education Board Secretary


Expertise in, Marketing, Fund Development, Business, Organization, Communications, Collaboration, Social Media Marketing, Business Administration, Team Building, Grant Writing

Lance Albin

Innovative Entrepreneur Education Board Member

Education Board Member Serial Entrepreneur and Real Estate Investor

Expertise in Finance, Real Estate, Manufacturing, Construction, Crowdfunding, and Business Administration

Tabari Brannon

Innovative Entrepreneur Education Board Member

CEO of Mesh Co-work

Expertise in Business Development, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, Professional Counseling, Community Relations, and Web Research

Nora Dominguez

Innovative Entrepreneur Education Board Member

Director of La Verne College, Bakersfield Campus

Expertise in Leadership, Entrepreneur Recruitment and Retention, Education and Administration

Eva Hebebrand

Innovative Entrepreneur Education Board Member

Recently Retired as Director of Post Award Management and Associate Controller at California State University, Bakersfield, CA

Expertise in Finance of an Educational Institution, Accounting, Auditing, Education, School District Management, Grant Reporting, Accounting Software, and Leadership

Dana Martin

Innovative Entrepreneur Education Board Member

President Adventuretime Entertainment

Expertise in Public Relations, Communications, Media Relations, Social Media Management, Publication Production, Writing and Editing, Event Marketing and Production, Leadership, Public Speaking, and Business

Gurpinder Riar (G)

Innovative Entrepreneur Education Board Member

CEO of Multiple Companies in Kern County

Expertise in Business Recovery and Sustainability, Brand Development, Accounting and Budget Management, Strategic Planning, Team Building, Strategic Thinking, Microsoft Office Suite, and Multi-media Marketing

Robert Ritchey

Innovative Entrepreneur Education Board Member

CEO of TGR Enterprises and Win the Game of Money Institute

Expertise in Financial and Personal Growth and Development Education, Math Instruction, Education, and Real Estate Investing

Angelina Regina Rodriguez (Gina)

Innovative Entrepreneur Education Board Member

Co-Owner of LA Hillside Builders

Expertise in Business, Software Development, Construction, and Finance

Donna Forden Schwartz

Innovative Entrepreneur Education Board Founder and President

CEO Emerald Enterprises

Expertise in Education, Business, Organization, Communications, Collaboration, Social Media Marketing, Business Administration, Team Building, Theater Productions, Dance, and Color Guard

Jeffrey Schwartz

Innovative Entrepreneur Education Board Treasurer

CEO Pacific Advisors, Bakersfield

Expertise in Insurance, Finance, Business, Leadership, Organization, Retail, and Community Service

Startup Advisors

In addition to the Founding Group, key advisors will also be involved in making sure Entrepreneur Academy will be well organized, financed, and have a solid educational program.

Robert Rodriguez

Former High School Teacher, Counselor and Assistant Dean – Kern High School District; Vice-Principal – Delano High School; Program Director of International Studies and Head Boys Basketball Coach – Bakersfield Christian High School; Contractor

Saul D Gonzalez

Former High School Teacher, Vice Principal and Assistant Superintendent – Delano Joint Unified School District; Principal and Superintendent – Paramount Entrepreneur School, Delano; Pastor

Deanna Wilson

Former Vice-Principal and Dept. Chair (Humanities), Staff Development for Beaverton School District, Beaverton, Oregon, Leader of Team who started alternative school; Conflict Resolution Training at Harvard

Mike Russo

Current instructor of Entrepreneur Education – Kern High School District Regional Occupational Center; Co-Owner of Russo Books

Dennis Herbst

Retired Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts Emeritus for the Panama-Buena School District; Former Jr. High Band Director; Freelance Trombonist; Adjudicator, Clinician, Guest Conductor, and Consultant in Music Education; Trombone Studio Instructor

Art Sherwin

Retired Art Educator at University of the Pacific (Extension Program), Wasco High School and the Kern High School District; Tennis and Pickleball Coach; Private Art Instructor and Entrepreneur

Morgan Clayton

President and founder of Tel-Tec Security Systems, Inc., Founder of Leaders in Life, a Youth Conference for Teens, by Teens, Founder of Clayton Alliance Group, Inc., fostering an on-going, grassroots education, and employment network for youth and adults; Numerous Board of Directors for Nonprofit organizations.

Joe Gregory

President Grapevine MSP Technology Services

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