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CFE Faculty and Staff

CFE Faculty:

     Mr. Rick Gardner, Entrepreneurial Pathways

     Ms. Carol HamiltonDirector, Center for Entrepreneurship

     Dr. Fariss-Terry Mousa, Entrepreneurship Research

     Ms. Chris Roeder, Business Development (ICE & MadXLabs)

     Mr. John Rothenberger, Chair, Entrepreneurship Advisory Board

CFE Staff:

     Christopher D. Ashley, President, Society of Entrepreneurs

     David DiSilvestro, Student Research Assistant

     Kyle Hall, Student Venture Consultant

     Allie Hammond, Student Marketing Assistant

     Chadwick Hard, ICE & MadXLabs Manager

     Ameer Hasan, Graduate Assistant

     Cara Hayes, MadXLabs Student Facility Coordinator

     Becca Longhenry, Administrative Assistant

     Ryan Ohneiser, Student Venture Consultant

     Ravi Patel, ICE Student Facility Coordinator

     Kevin Schafer, Student Venture Consultant

     Lisa Staal, Vice-President, Society of Entrepreneurs; Student Event Coordinator

     Kirsten Tice, Student Event Coordinator

CFE Faculty

Mr. Rick Gardner
Entrepreneurial Pathways

Office: SCC 5230
Phone: 540.568.2759

Rick is a long time entrepreneur, starting his first business, DCS, Inc., in 1986 as a JMU senior. Rick served as President of DCS, Inc. until successfully selling the company in 2007. He is also a partner in two real estate LLCs.  His education includes a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting degree (1986), and a Masters of Business Administration degree (2012) with a focus on innovation.  For the last 3 years, Rick has also taught the capstone Strategic Management class in JMU’s College of Business and served as Associate Director in JMU’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Ms. Carol Hamilton

Office: ZSH 544
Phone: 540.568.3412 

Professor Hamilton holds an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from James Madison University, and a BS in Administrative Management from Clemson University. She has a wide variety of business-related experience upon which to draw, including: work in accounting and human resources for large, non-profit organizations; technical writing for a software company; and co-founding a microlending program for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area.  Professor Hamilton began teaching at JMU in 2000, and co-founded the MGT 472 Venture Creation course, the first College of Business course open to all majors on campus, with John Rothenberger in 2005. She works to encourage collaboration between and amongst JMU students and entrepreneurial alumni.

Dr. Fariss Mousa
Entrepreneurship Research

Office:  ZSH 525

Fariss-Terry Mousa is the Zane Showker Professor of Entrepreneurship and an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business at James Madison University. He received his PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, 2009; from Washington State University. He also received an MBA, 2005; and a BA in International Business and Marketing, 2000; from Washington State University, College of Business. He researches, publishes, and lectures in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation, and strategic management. He has published in a wide range of leading journals in the fields of entrepreneurship and strategy (e.g., Strategic Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Research, Management Decision, and International Small Business Journal), and other works such as business case studies. Previously he worked in a number of different industries from food and insurance to airplane manufacturing industry.

Ms. Chris Roeder
Business Development (ICE & MadXLabs)

Office: ZSH 627
Phone: 540.568.3143

Professor Roeder received her MBA at JMU. Her professional interests include entrepreneurship and consulting for local businesses. In addition to her work with the CFE, she is the advisor for JMU’s chapter of the MGT honors society, Sigma Iota Epsilon. As the Manager and Founding member of Roeder Transport, L.C., and with experience in various fields such as the steel, car, restaurant industry, she brings valuable knowledge to the CFE. She also has an interest in real estate and real estate management, owning one company in this line of business and running another. Elon Musk and Tesla are her favorite entrepreneur and startup.

Mr. John Rothenberger
Chair, Entrepreneurship Advisory Board

Office: N/A
Phone: (540) 568-3412 

John Rothenberger, founder and CEO of Strategic Enterprise Solutions Inc. (SE Solutions), is the first "Entrepreneur in Residence," interacting with JMU students and offering expert advice on venture creation. He regularly participates in a project-based course to coach high performance teams in creating viable business plans and has regular office hours on campus, giving students and faculty the opportunity to access his insight, experience and business counsel. "There is a great opportunity at JMU to foster untapped students who believe they may have entrepreneurial, small business and intrapreneural interests," he said. "I want to give the students access to someone like themselves who is there and knows what it takes to get there." One of John's goals is to teach students to think differently to give them a competitive edge in the job market. With more than 16 years of executive leadership experience, John is known for his ability to envision viable business ventures. He has founded two successful companies that have been leaders in the IT industry. SE Solutions works with the Department of Homeland Security to provide IT solutions that address the intelligence shortcomings identified by the 9/11 Commission.

Prior to starting SE Solutions, Rothenberger founded an IT company named Aspire Technology Group and served as its president from 1993 to early March 2000. Aspire was recognized with numerous growth awards including a 1998 "Forbes" magazine Inc. 500 (No. 334), 1998 Virginia Fantastic 50 (No. 4), a KPMG High-Tech Entrepreneur of the Year nominee and a 1994 Fairfax County New Business of the Year runner up.

Rothenberger graduated from JMU in 1988 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing. He is a member of the JMU Executive Advisory Council and serves as a regular judge for the College of Business' annual business plan competition. Rothenberger is also a University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business Fellow.

CFE Staff

Chris Ashley
President, Society of Entrepreneurs

Christopher is from Goochland, Virginia, and has a passion for entrepreneurship.  He is the President of JMU’s Society of Entrepreneurs, one of 4 current University Innovation Fellows on campus, a member of Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity, and a Technology Assistant for 4-Virginia.  He is passionate about spreading innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across JMU’s campus, and is working to enhance that ecosystem at JMU.  Outside of school, he enjoys playing music and spending time outdoors.

David DiSilvestro
Student Research Assistant

David’s favorite startup is Venmo, because of its extreme ease of use, security, and the transformation it is bringing to the peer to peer payments space.

Kyle Hall
Student Venture Consultant

Kyle helped co-found the Christopher Newport University Entrepreneurial Club, and led them to a victory in an international business competition. He also helped grow Beatmerch (named one of Inc. Magazine’s Coolest College Startups of 2014), which manages merchandise and travels on tour for top EDM artists. Since February 2013, he has founded two companies: KTG LLC, a versatile branding and marketing consulting firm; and Venzo, Inc., which provides fashionable, wearable secondary power devices. His favorite entrepreneur is Elon Musk, for his forward thinking, radical disruption of multiple industries, and his ability to plan and execute technologies that others couldn’t even imagine. His favorite startup is Slack, for its dynamic ability to keep everything categorized and organized when working on multiple businesses/clients at the same time.

Allie Hammond
Student Marketing Assistant

Allie’s favorite entrepreneur is her mother, due to the fact that she has phenomenal work ethic as well as a genuine and enthusiastic personality. These traits left her business very successful as well as providing her with a loyal customer base.

Chadwick Hard
ICE & MadXLabs Manager

Chad’s current favorite entrepreneur is Robert Hejavec, because he was able to build his name when no one even knew him. In addition, Robert is a very influential man and takes time to help people understand entrepreneurship, and helps them grow.

Ameer Hasan
Graduate Assistant

Ameer graduated from James Madison University in the spring of 2015 with his BBA in accounting. Ameer will graduate from JMU with his masters in accounting in the spring of 2016. His favorite startup currently is Uber, because of its simplicity and room for growth.

Cara Hayes
MadXLabs Student Facility Coordinator

Cara’s favorite startup company is Shazam, because she thinks that it is awesome to be able to listen to a song you have never heard of, and then be able to use the app to find out what song it was and download it to your own phone. Shazam solved a problem she didn't realize she had but now that she has this app, it is the most convenient thing for finding new songs!

Becca Longhenry
Administrative Assistant

Becca Longhenry attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln, graduating in 2010 with a BM in violin performance, and James Madison University, where she graduated with a MM in violin performance in 2015. She has worked with successful musical entrepreneurs in Nebraska, Florida, and Virginia, including the proprietors of Fiddlestick Music, in Lincoln, NE; Mason's School of Music, Dance, and the Arts after School; and Beethoven & Company, both in Tallahassee, FL.

Ryan Ohneiser
Student Venture Consultant

Ryan’s favorite entrepreneur is Elon Musk, because Elon took what he was interested in, what he wanted to change about the world, as well as an entrepreneurial mindset and he not only changed the world but is devoting his life to it.

Ravi Patel
ICE Student Facility Coordinator

Ravi's favorite type of startup business is an aloft hotel. It is something which he knows a lot about since his parents have worked at a hotel for many years and are soon planning on buying one themselves. One of Ravi's favorite entrepreneur is Bre Pettis. He is the co-founder and CEO of MakerBot Industries who specialize in producing affordable 3D printers.

Kevin Schafer
Student Venture Consultant

Kevin’s favorite startup business is DraftKings, a new fantasy sports business that allows users to compete for monetary winnings and on a daily basis.

Lisa Staal
Vice-President, Society of Entrepreneurs
Student Event Coordinator

One of Lisa’s favorite entrepreneurs and personal role models is Steve Jobs. His raw passion and emphasis on taking risks is something she has always admired, because it really is true that, as he said, "The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

Kirsten Tice
Student Event Coordinator

Kirsten’s favorite entrepreneur is Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx. Mrs. Blakely has earned Kirsten’s respect not only for her perseverance and business prowess, but also because of her humility. Mrs. Blakely was the first female billionaire to take the Giving Pledge, made famous by icons like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. By taking this pledge, Mrs. Blakely has promised to give at least half of her wealth to philanthropic causes for the rest of her lifetime. She has become an icon for female entrepreneurs and is a wonderful role model for women in today's business world.