Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s mission-driven team represents seven U.S. regions and leads the global movement for equitable access to entrepreneurship education. Our core work to ignite the entrepreneurial mindset in youth from under-resourced communities drives everything we do.

Career Opportunities

Senior Leadership Team

Dr. J.D. LaRock

President & CEO, NFTE

J.D. LaRock is the president & CEO of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a global nonprofit organization that provides high-quality entrepreneurship education to middle school, high school and young adult students from under-resourced communities.

Previously, J.D. was the president and CEO of the Commonwealth Corporation, Massachusetts’ state authority for workforce development, a member of Northeastern University’s senior leadership team and an education policymaker at the federal and state levels. Additionally, J.D. chaired Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning. 

His past positions include senior education advisor to the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy and education policy director for former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Some of J.D.’s biggest accomplishments throughout his career include working with Senator Kennedy to lead the 2008 reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Act and the 2007 passage of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, as well as helping Governor Patrick author Massachusetts’ application to President Obama’s “Race to the Top” competition, which secured $250 million for the commonwealth.

A scholar of education policy, higher education and the future of work, J.D. has authored, edited, and contributed to several books, including Special Education for a New Century (Harvard Education Press, 2005), Education at a Glance (OECD, 2012) and Robot Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (MIT Press, 2017). J.D. is a newly appointed member of the Commonwealth Education Commission of the States (ECS) delegation, a member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Chair of the Board of Trustees at North Shore Community College and a faculty member in Northeastern University’s Doctor of Law and Policy program. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at Harvard and his law degree from Georgetown.

Jennifer Fay

Chief of Staff

Jennie Fay comes to NFTE with over a decade of experience in all levels of leadership and management. Prior to joining NFTE, Jennie ran her own consulting firm, using her understanding of management and leadership to help organizations build and retain a better workforce. Jennie has also helped build a civic engagement start-up, and worked for the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service at Georgetown University. Jennie also served as Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Personnel during the Obama Administration, focusing on improving personnel policies and providing leadership training for hundreds of political appointees and interns. She’s also worked in state government in the Massachusetts State Senate and started her career on Capitol Hill working for the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Jennie holds a Master’s in Public Administration from The George Washington University focusing on both education policy and organizational operations and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arizona. She’s obsessed with organization, reads way too much about management and operations and loves spending time with her family. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two children.

Jane Walsh

Executive Vice President, Chief Advancement Officer

Jane is an accomplished fundraiser with extensive experience leading during times of rapid growth, change management, and transformation. Under Advancement, she oversees fundraising, events and volunteerism. Her proven track record demonstrates success in setting and achieving ambitious, high impact goals. Jane has worked at NFTE for nearly 20 years focused on strengthening, growing, and diversifying the fundraising program to bring about greater sustainability. She brings a deep commitment to and passion for mission-driven initiatives and partnerships that align corporate, foundation and individual philanthropy with a shared vision for strategic impact.

Jeannine Schloss

Chief Growth Officer

Chief Growth Officer

An experienced K-12 educator and former school administrator, Jeannine joined NFTE as a program manager in 2015. She has substantially expanded NFTE’s reach throughout the southeast region, built a high-performing regional team, and taken on a senior leadership role guiding regional operations across the country.

Mary Radford, CPA, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

A seasoned finance executive with more than 25 years experience overall, Mary has devoted the latter part of her career to service in the nonprofit sector, providing guidance to organizations dedicated to supporting underserved communities. Mary came to NFTE from Planned Parenthood, where she oversaw the merger of five regional affiliates and led the streamlining of finance, information technology, and operational functions. Mary earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Public Accountancy at Pace University, graduating with high honors.

Jason Delgatto

Vice President, Curriculum and Research

Since joining NFTE in 2009 as a Program Manager in the Chicago office, Jason has played an integral role in the evolution of NFTE’s next generation instructional resources, from authoring the 12th edition of NFTE’s Owning Your Future textbook to the creation of NFTE’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Pathway. Prior to his time at NFTE, his experience included working for divisions of Pearson and Kaplan Academic Tutoring as well as teaching in the Chicago Public Schools.

Denise L. Berkhalter, APR

National Director of Communications

A Mississippi native, Denise has nearly three decades of experience in mass communication fields, including as a longtime digital news editor, newspaper editor, reporter, freelance writer, graphic designer, and public relations professional. She has served as Director of Public Relations & Social Impact for YWCA Central Alabama, Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing for the Birmingham Association of REALTORS, Director of Public Relations for the Alabama Association of School Boards, Coordinator of Marketing and Communications for Tuskegee University, and Assistant Managing Editor-News for the Montgomery Advertiser. She has been a member of COSBAC, PRSA, NSPRA, NABJ, and the Alabama Association of Black Journalists. She formerly served as a member of the SAYNO and Montgomery Area Food Bank boards of directors and was national president of the Council of School Board Association Communicators. Denise graduated summa cum laude from Troy University Montgomery (master’s in management) and Jackson State University (bachelor’s in mass communication, public relations emphasis).

Chris Brignolle

Executive Director, Southeast

Dianna Imrie

Director of Human Resources

Dianna Imrie is a seasoned Human Resources professional with 20 years of human resources management experience in both corporate and educational settings.  Dianna joined NFTE in 2021 and advanced to the position of Human Resources Director. Her experience and demeanor position her well for service and stewardship in a leadership role. Dianna has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from the University of Rhode Island and is certified by two Human Resources certifying bodies.

Ronald Jacobs

Director, Information Technology

Director, Information Technology

Dr. Elizabeth Kim

Director, Research & Analytics

Elizabeth joined NFTE as the Director of Research and Analytics in June 2022. She has been in the field of educational data research and analytics for over 10 years, working at Johns Hopkins University, DC Public School’s Central Office, and an international youth serving non-profit organization prior to her time at NFTE. Her research has been focused on non-cognitive skills and youth workforce development using both qualitative and quantitative methods. At NFTE, Elizabeth provides strategic direction and technical expertise to data analytics and research, which includes ensuring data collection is consistent and streamlined, NFTE produces evidence and original research on the effectiveness of its programs, and NFTE shares these findings with the broader community. Elizabeth has a B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Ed from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Education from Johns Hopkins University.

National Team

Arnie Abram

Sr. Manager, National Postsecondary & Alumni Programs

Ruhifa Chalati

Recruiting and HR Administrative Associate

Anthony Curtis

Sr. Manager, Volunteer Programs

Danice Ferguson

Sr. Manager, Training & Professional Development

Alysha Frankel

Development and Database Manager

Jorge Garza

Multimedia & Marketing Coordinator

Niesha Harripersad

Senior Accountant

Dr. Ashley Hemmy

Deputy Chief of Staff

Ariel Jackson

Platform Operations Associate

Ryan Kinser

Platform Operations Manager

Nathan Kisin

Executive Coordinator to the President & CEO

Anastasiia Kulchytska

Social Media Coordinator/Content Writer

Darlene Lacey

Sr. Director, Product Strategy & Innovation

Evan C. Lichman

Volunteer Programs Associate (Fellow)

Hannah Lieber

Manager, Research & Evaluation

Marie McCabe

Director of Finance

Daria Oliver

Staff Accountant

Liliana Pichardo

Director of Development, Strategic Partnerships

Christine Ryan

Sr. Curriculum Development Manager

Charles Saldarriaga

Lead Financial Analyst Associate

Alison Swenson

Sr. Manager, Donor & Executive Communications

Suzanne Taylor

Director, Events

Paul Wilder

Events & Employee Engagement Coordinator

Jeremy Zayas

Lead IT Support Associate


Capital
Team

Meg Stewart

Executive Director, Capital

Jashae Johnson

Program Manager, Capital


Mid-Atlantic Team

Robert Piercey

Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic

Beth Gregg

Development Director, Mid-Atlantic

Dulce-Marie Flecha

Lead Program Associate, Mid-Atlantic


Midwest Team

Scott Nasatir

Executive Director, Midwest

Tiana Schlottman

Development Manager, Midwest

Lauren Patrick

Lead Program Associate, Midwest

Vanee Brown

Volunteer Programs Associate, Midwest and Southeast

Deandre Allen

Lead Program Associate, Midwest


New England Team

Adanma Ude

Regional Director, New England

Miguel Vazquez Jr.

Development Director, New England

Jennifer Green

Sr. Manager, Programs, New England


South
Team

Trish McKeel

Regional Director, South

Brian A. White

Development Director, South

Jennifer Lunt

Lead Program Associate, South

Cheyanne Ornelas

Volunteer Programs Associate, South and West


Southeast Team

Chris Brignolle

Executive Director, Southeast

Careline Romain

Development Director, Southeast

Daniel Williams, II

Program Director, Southeast

Victor Martinez

Program Manager, Southeast

Jennifer Finnegan

Lead Program Associate, Southeast

Timothy Jean

Lead Program Associate, Southeast

Vanee Brown

Volunteer Programs Associate, Midwest and Southeast


Tim Blaylock

Executive Director, West

Lea Bruder

Development Associate, West

Cristopher Bautista

Program Manager, West

Cheyanne Ornelas

Volunteer Programs Associate, South and West

Kristina Caberto Wallace

Development Director, West

Global
Team

Stephanie Alvarado

Director, Global Programs

Jason Silveira

World Series of Innovation Program Manager, Global