Our Team

Tom Schumann

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Tom is an accomplished business leader with 30+ years of experience in consulting, strategic planning, business development, operations and sales in the technology, healthcare and higher education fields. He will help ensure the success and growth of our program and the clients we serve.

Phone: (602) 286-8950

Patti Dubois

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Patti is an operations expert who helps businesses develop strong, scalable processes, which enable them to grow efficiently. As Assistant Executive Director, she will work directly with our clients to help them develop, commercialize and scale their innovations.

Phone: (602) 286-8950 | Email: dubois@ceigateway.com

Ann Marie Rucker

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Ann Marie Rucker brings extensive experience to her role as Program Coordinator. She has 25 years of experience in customer service related positions in higher education, legal, healthcare, health and fitness, retail, restaurants, and non-profit organizations, as well as a diverse portfolio of skills from sales and marketing to training and instruction.

Phone: (602) 286-8950 | Email: rucker@ceigateway.com

Vanessa Perez

Vanessa Perez, Office Assistant

After serving as a paralegal apprentice in the Air Force, Vanessa is currently pursuing her Paralegal certificate at Phoenix College. She brings a fresh perspective to the incubation industry and will be a tremendous asset to the CEI team in her role as Office Assistant.

Phone: (602) 286-8950 | Email: vanessa.perez@ceigateway.com


Ron Kisicki

Ron Kisicki, Partner, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP

Registered patent attorney Ron Kisicki of Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP forms the core of the CEI mentor program, specializing in intellectual property matters and officing out of the facility allowing him to consult regularly with CEI clients. Ron is admitted to practice law in Arizona, New York and Michigan.

Phone: (602) 633-1793 | Email: rkisicki@woodsoviatt.com

Executive Leadership

Dr. Steven R. Gonzales

Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, President of GateWay Community College

In 2016, the Maricopa Community College District reorganized its structure with regard to Maricopa Corporate College and the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation. CEI is returning to its roots, where it all began, at GateWay Community College led by Dr. Steven Gonzales. Dr. Gonzales has experience in academia as well as being a small business owner for several years with his wife. GateWay Community College welcomes CEI back into the fold.