Meet the Team
Debbie is the Executive Director of SCCF. She helps set the vision of the organization and creates the culture and environment needed for the SCCF staff to be incredibly successful. When she isn’t supporting staff or engaging with members of the Shenandoah Valley community, she is likely dreaming up another business idea, hanging out with her kids, or building something at home.
Director of Growth and Revenue
Ryan works as an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder at SCCF. In his role, he is tasked with designing and piloting new programs with SCCF’s partners across the region to help make sure as many gaps in our ecosystem are filled. In his free time, Ryan is probably spending time with his family or volunteering at his local maker space. Reach out to Ryan if you have any questions about our getting connecting with the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Director of Programming
Katie is an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem builder with SCCF with a focus on Programs. S2V or Bootcamp, Summit or Workshops - if it’s something that educates, trains, connects, inspires, or motivates an entrepreneur - she’s working on making it happen! In her free time, Katie is probably running her business The Bloom Trio and Event Musicians, obsessing over her next favorite show or band, or playing with her kids and her cats! If you have any questions about our programs - who they are for, when/where they are happening, or how folks can get involved let Katie know!
Director of Ecosystem Building
As Director of Ecosystem Building, Anika works to build a strong coalition of entrepreneurial support organizations across the Valley, to ensure that the makers, doers, and visionaries in our region know what talent, information, opportunities, and resources are available to them. Outside the office, you may see her zipping through Staunton on her bike or in a local coffee shop drafting the next episode of her podcast Ecosystems for Change. If you’re passionate about supporting entrepreneurs in the Valley, reach out to Anika to find out how to get involved.
Kristin is the Microfinance Director here at SCCF. She manages the microloan application process while also continuing to support the current loan client portfolio. When she’s not enjoying looking through your loan application, she is cooking a new recipe or finding a new coffee shop to read a book in. Please reach out to Kristin if you have any questions about funding your business ideas, or our microloan program!
Community Outreach Manager
Nick works in Community Outreach at SCCF. He builds new relationships with entrepreneurs unaware of SCCF’s services, identifies potential fundraising contacts for SCCF to engage with, and collects Valley entrepreneur stories. Nick runs a technology startup outside of work that makes it easy to shop locally in the Shenandoah Valley. You can schedule a meeting with Nick if you’re interested in Valley resources for your business or if you’re looking to connect with subject matter experts, mentors, or programs.
Ashley is the Marketing Manager at SCCF and a JMU grad (go dukes!). She is responsible for all of SCCF’s traditional and digital marketing and storytelling. You’ll likely catch her making exciting announcements on social media, snapping photos at events, and sharing entrepreneur stories on our blog! You can find her reading a good book or learning to play tennis when she's not wearing her marketing hat! If you have questions about events, programs, or SCCF news contact Ashley!
Jessica is a Program Manager at SCCF ensuring that our programs run smoothly and efficiently. She is passionate about helping local entrepreneurs and believes that their work is an integral part of what makes the Shenandoah Valley so special. Outside of SCCF, you can find Jessica hanging out with her children hiking, kayaking, exploring - anything outdoors! If you have questions about SCCF programs, contact Jessica.
Growth & Revenue Manager
As our Growth & Revenue Manager, Alex identifies regional and organizational needs through research, conversation, and data analysis and assists with developing new programs and processes for SCCF with a focus on equitability. On and off the clock, they love to travel and explore new small businesses and Main Streets across the state--preferably with local coffee in hand and Bear, a 12-year-old rescue dog, along for the ride! If you have any feedback on how SCCF can better serve entrepreneurs in the Valley, contact Alex.
Board of Directors
Board Vice President
Atin Basu Choudhary
Juan Pablo Berrizbeitia
Mary Lou Bourne