Our Team

Tom Schumann

Tom Schumann, Executive Director

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

Patti DuBois, Assistant Executive Director

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

Ann Marie Rucker, Program Coordinator

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

Amanda Mollindo

Amanda Mollindo, Coordinator of Marketing & Public Relations

Amanda is a strategic thinker with strong creative vision, allowing her to approach marketing and public relations from a unique perspective. With a diverse background in content production and a passion for helping businesses grow, she works with CEI and its clients to develop strong brand messages, both in writing and through media.

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

Johnna Vande Vegte

Johnna Vande Vegte, Office Assistant

Originally from Fallbrook, California, Johnna's passion for people and event planning lead her to CEI. She currently attends Paradise Valley Community College and plans to transfer to Arizona State University to pursue a Bachelor's in Communication with a certificate in special event management.

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


Mentors

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.