Being a Facilitator is the most important role in our organization. They are the main contact with our members. They lead the peer group meetings and facilitate the necessary materials and tools to work with during monthly meetings. They are not teachers, they coordinate the group and moderate discussions and issues’ processing. Along with your Community Director and the Member Experience Manager, they take all necessary steps to keep the group committed and lead the group to their success. Contact your Facilitator if you are not able to attend a meeting, to communicate any feedback to enhance the program, or if you have a special need or any particular request regarding your business.
Andrea Fitting grew up in a small-business owning family. After earning her PhD at the University of Pittsburgh, she started her career as an archaeologist and college professor, teaching at several institutions in western Pennsylvania. Once she acknowledged that she was more of an entrepreneur and less of an academic, she pivoted in the 1980s to launch a marketing and advertising agency. For the next 30 years she built and operated a highly respected and award-winning agency, known as Fitting Group. Andrea led her team which fluctuated between 6 and 25 employees, to service a variety of clients from Fortune 500s to small non-profits. The agency was acquired in 2015. Since then, Andrea has used her significant experience in behavioral economics, branding, marketing communications and entrepreneurship to help other small business owners navigate the entrepreneurial journey.
After many years in the Education field, Caren is now working to help others build their business. Working for almost 25 years with Sylvan Learning centers as tutor, director and ultimately Franchisee has provided Caren with knowledge in not only the Educational needs of students but the background in business of a Franchise. After selling her 7 locations in Northwest and Central Ohio, Caren was able to spend some time with her family before finding the right fit with Entrepreneurs Forever organization. She is looking forward to working with other Sylvan Franchisees to help in any way build their franchisees and have success for the future.
David “Doogie” Levine is a native of Pittsburgh and an accidental entrepreneur. He attended West Virginia University, where he achieved a BA in History. After following the path less taken, Doogie brings over ten years of management and executive leadership experience from the youth and recreation industry. His unique approach allows business owner and non-profit leaders to examine their business challenges through the lens of behavior. Doogie is a passionate advocate for creating businesses that focus on problem-solving. To achieve his dream of reducing the number of business failures by 1%, he launched IAS Business Coaching and Consulting in 2019 to provide fractional Chief Operation Services. IAS provides business owners with technical and emotional support to create operational systems to sustain and allow business growth. Doogie is a skilled facilitator of business peer gatherings, organizational retreats, and management training programs; he aims to create a collaborative and productive environment for attendees to acquire valuable skills and insights to support their growth and success.
Senior Program Manager
Deborah Gallant is the Manager of Program Innovation at Entrepreneurs Forever, where her primary responsibility is to create value for members beyond their monthly peer groups.
Before that, she spent three years launching and running EforAll in Berkshire County, Massachusetts where she helped local business owners start up and grow with a 12-week accelerator program. The supplementary programs she developed included Digital Marketing Boot Camp, Deep Dives, Covid Coping Webinars and the Berkshire Business Expo.
For more than twenty years, Deborah has been a small business coach, working with individuals and small groups, teaching and leading workshops on a wide variety of business and career topics. Known as “Carol Burnett with an MBA,” she is known for making complex subjects accessible to all audiences.
She began her career in radio and was an early Internet pioneer, working with Advance Internet and iVillage. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Brandeis University.
Coach Donald” Robinson has a passion for the success and wellness of all people. His passion is the driving force for all of his endeavors. Donald is the owner of Global Human Performance (GHP), a gym & coaching business started in 2017. GHP currently serves over a thousand people per year from direct coaching to various partnerships and programs. Coach Donald has trained coaches and athletes internationally from Central America to East Africa as a part of the "Global" aspect initiatives of GHP. Coach Donald serves entrepreneurs with their business strategy, operations, as well as personal organization for business owners themselves as he believes your personal life operational handling is reflected in your business operations.
Donald hails from Wilkinsburg High School, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has a BA in Exercise Science & Philosophy from Slippery Rock University and a M.Ed in Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is an avid athlete and dedicated sci fi nerd.
Ethan Kakley has worked as a freelance graphic designer for the last 20 years. He has a diverse portfolio ranging from websites to tattoos, and truly enjoys collaborating with clients to provide them with the product they are looking for.
In addition to his experience as a graphic designer, he also spent a number of years working in retail. Starting with Pier 1 Imports in 2005 as a part time associate, he really appreciated the culture and values of the company. He was promoted to store manager in 2007 and managed several stores and teams. In 2013 he was promoted again to run, develop and manage the home delivery programs for Pier 1. The logistics side of retail was an exciting opportunity, where he worked with over 70 warehouse teams nationwide, as well as several same day furniture delivery companies. There were numerous challenges as the business grew and he enjoyed collaborating with others to develop systems and solutions to meet the needs and expectations of their customers.
In 2020 Pier 1 closed its doors and he began to look for something new. Ethan volunteered with E for All, where he was able to do some mentoring with local small business owners. The energy was amazing and he loved seeing people grow through the program. He’s looking forward to continuing that energy and growth with Entrepreneurs Forever. More than anything, he enjoys working with others and being solution oriented.
After owning and scaling a business for 25 years, Gina had a successful exit with an international conglomerate. She uses her skills and experience as a business coach working with entrepreneurs. Her practice focuses on strategic and operational planning with an emphasis on processes, efficiency, and management optimization, to maximize profits and support growth. She collaborates with leaders to help them inspire, develop, and manage their people with a focus on both customer experience and employee success.
Gina leads peer advisory groups for the Women Presidents Organization and Entrepreneurs Forever. She builds quick rapport to connect, collaborate and share collective wisdom to empower leadership and effectiveness, find clarity in decision-making, and drive results to accelerate business growth and customer experience.
She is an angel investor and Co-Chaired the Investment Committee for Next Act Fund investing in early-stage women-owned and led companies.
Gina was the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 Finalist. Her 25-plus-year resume is defined by her entrepreneurial edge and corporate start.
She is a passionate yogi, yoga teacher, meditator, plant-based cook, juicer & smoothie maker, mom of two great kids, and two awesome dogs. She credits her yoga practice for giving her the clarity and strength for both life and in the fast-moving business world.
Harold Behar is a marketing agency owner who worked with hundreds of small businesses, non-profits, and Main Street organizations for over 24 years. His passion is helping their leaders identify their organization's unique position in their respective marketplaces and offering creative, strategic solutions to reach and attract more of their best customers. He prefers getting to know his clients from the owner/founder level down to the newest hire to get real perceptions of how the organization functions and how its products and services are delivered to their clients. By systemically reviewing and understanding their internal processes, he identifies their differentiators — their uniqueness— in their business ecosystem.
He has worked with organizations at every stage of the business lifecycle, from start-ups to mid-stage to mature companies. They all have different challenges, and all want to succeed no matter how they define that success. Helping them grow as entrepreneurs and organizations is his goal.
He has facilitated peer groups for e4ever since 2015. He loves helping entrepreneurs solve problems that keep them up at night and connecting them to the resources that can help them handle that particular challenge — a personal contact, a software application, or an idea.
He lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife and two boys and is a lover and supporter of the arts.
Kevin Moforte is the MassDevelopment Transformational Development Initiative Fellow for the city of Holyoke MA. He works with a city Partnership that includes the CIty, nonprofits, residents, small businesses and developers to help revitalize the historic downtown of Holyoke.
Kevin grew up in Santiago Chile and spent his early career working in community development and emergency housing in slums across Latin America, particularly in Colombia and the Caribbean. In 2015, he founded Esperanza Soaps, a handmade soap company based out of Las Malvinas, a slum in the Dominican Republic, bringing good jobs to the women of the community.
He also served as the Executive Director for Entrepreneurship for All Lynn, a nonprofit that provides free classes and mentorship for entrepreneurs on Massachusetts' North Shore. Kevin spearheaded EforAll’s hybrid model of offering the programs in English and Spanish simultaneously, a model that was replicated later to other cities.
Kevin is an avid gardener and loves growing tomatoes, peppers and berries for his kids. Him and his wife Amanda are the happy parents of 4 and live in the Pioneer Valley in MA.
As a creative business specialist, I bring a unique and well-rounded approach to problem-solving and strategy. With experience owning a Mainstreet business for 11 years, writing curriculum, and facilitating business classes and meetings, I am a passionate advocate for empowering others and making a positive impact. My focus on organization, attention to detail, and drive to get things done make me dedicated to helping individuals and organizations achieve their goals. I manage and make decisions for my own business which the mission is, Just beYOUtiful, Restoring Confidence and Empowering Women. With a BS in Business Communications and an MBA in Business Innovation, I craft educational and soft skill programs for organizations that support and empower entrepreneurs. As a skilled facilitator of business peer gatherings, organizational retreats, and entrepreneurship training programs, I aim to create a collaborative and productive environment for attendees to acquire valuable skills and insights to support their growth and success.
Leonela Gonzalez-Fogarty is a Venezuelan-American with a Bostonian heart. She is an English-language and lifestyle coach who learned English at age 27 after coming to the U.S to pursue her first masters degree, in educational computing and technology. That experience created a lifelong connection with American culture that became deeper during the 23 years she spent teaching language and cultural skills at the elementary, secondary and professional levels in the U.S. and Venezuela. Her entrepreneurial drive brought her back to her adopted hometown of Boston in 2015 to found English 4 Life Network – a company dedicated to helping Hispanic professional women and entrepreneurs become more confident in their use of English, connect more closely to American culture and see more clearly how to maximize their own potential. Leonela is a lifelong learner, business owner and an innovative educator committed to helping members of her community develop the high-level cultural and business skills that will help them succeed. She is a Spanish Facilitator of the first Spanish group at Entrepreneurs Forever.
Shelley Cardoos is a creative that loves connecting. Connecting people to each other, connecting people to opportunities, connecting problems to solutions, connecting ideas to strategy. Since graduating from the University of Massachusetts of Dartmouth with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, Shelley was a Creative Department Manager for 10 years and then spent 7 years helping grow the non-profit organization Entrepreneurship for All from two to twelve programs. During that time she owned and grew a seasonal craft market / pop-up shop to a year round boutique selling locally designed and made gifts. Currently Shelley is consulting in the hiring process and business strategy.
Stacey Barlow Hill is a Leadership and Lifestyle Coach helping overwhelmed entrepreneurs become the best version of themselves and lead successfully through her Live Lead Succeed initiative. Live Lead Succeed helps once passionate and overwhelmed entrepreneurs create real work/life balance, shift their mindsets, and create the blueprint to lead and grow their companies. Stacey’s 13 year long journey as founder and CEO of Encore Event Design, a full service event planning, design, and venue space, has been instrumental in helping her clients achieve real and tangible results.
Terry Doloughty, the founder of B.O.S.S. Consulting, is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With thirty years in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors, Terry has seen it all. He created B.O.S.S. Consulting in order to share his experiences and support the development of the next generation of leaders.
Terry has worked with a number of organizations including the Mansmann Foundation, Entrepreneurs Forever, New Sun Rising, Omicelo Cares, Pittsburgh Public Market, and the Community Technical Assistance Center. He has also acted in an advisory role for the City of Pittsburgh’s Innovation and Performance Committee as well as the city’s Advisory Board on Entrepreneurship and Start-Ups.
Throughout his career he’s worked with business owners and board members, nonprofit executive directors and CEOs to help them create the systems they need to thrive both personally and professionally. Using his background as a facilitator, small business expert, and community development specialist, Terry supports his clients as they develop as leaders.
Terry believes that leadership is the most valuable renewable resource available to local communities. He founded B.O.S.S. Consulting to help nurture and support individuals who find themselves in leadership roles.
Virginia Crocker Timmins is a Certified Business & Executive Coach who believes in the power of individuals and organizations to connect people and potential toward greater levels of success. She founded Soundboard Advisors LLC because she believes that it is
not our circumstances that define who we are but how we journey through them that shapes what we become.
Virginia’s expertise spans leader and people development, strategic and tactical planning, and process excellence. She is a proud affiliate of Trusted Advisors Network, a world class leader in business and management consulting since its inception in 1978. Virginia is certified in Coaching, Process Excellence, and several Organizational and Personal Assessments that facilitate performance management and leadership development.
Prior to coaching, Virginia enjoyed a successful corporate career as a broad-based leader including 10 years in middle management and 12 years in executive management. She worked in large companies, small business units, start-up, and turnaround environments. Virginia’s life changing experience with a coach during an executive management position sparked her passion for becoming a coach. She now helps other individuals and organizations resonate with their inner soundboard for sustainable growth.
A Community Director is a key asset to our organization. They connect us with different communities and promote our program among small business owners. Once they gather enough entrepreneurs to form a peer group, they take all necessary steps to keep the group committed and, along with the Facilitator and the Member Experience Manager they lead the group to their success. Contact them to communicate any feedback to enhance the program, if you are not able to attend a meeting or if you know someone to refer to us!
Ashley Fitzemeyer is the Community Director at Entrepreneurs Forever, where she wholeheartedly embraces her role as a catalyst for fostering connection and facilitating growth. With a background in museum education and a wealth of experience in promoting vibrant campus communities, Ashley brings a distinct and valuable perspective to her work. Her unwavering passion for people and their personal growth has been a driving force throughout her career. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs has given Ashley an intimate understanding of the challenges and needs faced by small business owners. In her current position, she actively contributes to cultivating inclusive communities that empower individuals, enabling them to make a positive impact.
The title “team player” is a cliché in the business world. Unless you’re Marlon Kerner. Then it’s accurate on many different levels. As Entrepreneurs Forever’s Community Director for Western New York, Marlon helps small business owners succeed by forging strong educational and emotional bonds with their peers. It’s a role he knows well. During a football career culminating as a member of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, Marlon experienced how learning from others is critical to flourishing in a dynamic environment. It’s a lesson he’s carried from the playing field to the arena of business. Before joining Entrepreneurs Forever, Marlon coached the employees at Target Corporation and several other major companies on how to better the customer experience and happiness in their own careers. He holds a B.S. in Consumer Affairs from Ohio State University and a Master’s in Strategic Leadership from St. Bonaventure University. When not helping small business owners grow, you’ll find him playing key roles on a far different team: husband to wife Nicole and father to their three children, Elijah, Kendyl and Gabriel.
It's hard to be successful at business without navigating the corridors of personal relationships. Patrick O’Mara understands this well. That’s what makes him so effective as one of Entrepreneurs Forever’s Massachusetts Community Directors. Patrick has worked in several roles that rely on the keystone of collaboration, including Director of Member and Community Relations for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce in Nashua, NH. He uses this experience to help nurture new program members eager to improve their small businesses. Being a Spanish speaker, Patrick brings the benefits of Entrepreneurs Forever to even more small business owners through the "Emprendedores por Siempre" Spanish program.