Advisors (SMEs)

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The Village community includes a number of highly skilled Advisors (subject matter experts) who have committed to “pay it forward” to help startup Founders achieve their goals. They lend their expertise and guidance free of charge.

Our Advisor Program is full of super smart lawyers, marketers, accountants, salespeople, and techies. These subject matter experts commit to being at the Village at least one Friday a month from 10am-12pm in the Community Center.  You can utilize them as you would a tool to build your house – for a specific purpose. You can touch base with an Advisor one time or ten times; it all depends on what YOU need! You can just stop by, but we recommend scheduling an appointment with a specific Advisor in advance.

Making an Appointment

Click on the Advisor’s picture to view their bio and more information. Then swipe right… just kidding! Click “Make an Appointment” to email them, and schedule a time to meet. You won’t regret it.

Questions? Let our Mentor Coordinator Julie know!


A.T. Gimbel
FUNDING: Business Strategy & Venture Capital
Alexandria de Aranzeta
Amanda Sabreah
Go-to-Market Strategy & Product Engagement
Andrew Tabit
BUILDING MVP: tech advisory for non-tech startup founders in the pre-MVP stage
Antoine Woods
FUNDING: Fundraising Prep, Investor Readiness
Benjamin Rudolph
Brian Culler
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING: Software Engineering Process and Leadership/Strategy
Brice Nguoghia
Chantel Wayne Cohen
MENTAL HEALTH: Therapy with a Business Coaching lens
Chris Moreno
SALES & MARKETING: GTM, Sales/Distribution Strategy, Sales/Fundraising Decks
Dale Kirkland
Capital planning & optimization, equity and debt.
David Eramian
LEGAL: Intellectual Property
David Kurkjian
SALES: Master Messaging
Derrick DeCarlo
MARKETING/SALES: Messaging, Sales Team Development
Greg Collins
Unified Revenue Growth: Sales, Success & Support
Hernando Bunuan
FUNDING: Raising from Angels and Institutions
Hesom Parhizkar
Technology: Scaling, architecture, to growing/mentoring a team
Jim Schutz
Legal: Intellectual Property; Technology; and Commercial Contracts
Joe Yeager
Product Strategy and GTM Strategy
John Dwyer
BUSINESS: Business Scaling
Josh Byrd
MARKETING: Growth Strategy, Positioning, Team Building
Joy Roberts
MENTAL HEALTH: Developing A Mental health Plan & Personal Development
Karthik Puvvada (KP)
Kelly Anne O’Neill
SALES: Strategy and Growth
Kerry Rapp
Kim Seals
TALENT MANAGEMENT: Hiring and People Strategies
Landon Howell
MARKETING: Growth Marketing
Li-Ming Pu
PEOPLE: Human Resources, Leadership Development
Margaret Weniger
SALES: Building foundations that scale, cross-functional alignment, strategy, skills process
Megan McElroy
Michael Anaya
Cybersecurity Expert
Michael Costner
Mike Gomez
Sales/Go-To-Market Strategy
Nick Hasty
Growth, Tech (AI/ML), Product Development
Patrick Terry
ACCOUNTING: General Startup Needs
Rich Bailey
PRODUCT: Customer Experience, Strategy, Development and Vision.
Robbie Hurwitz
Legal: Strategy, operations, and business development
Scott Lopano
FUNDING: Getting ready to raise - Business Strategy, Venture Capital, and Pitch Decks
Stefanie Diaz
Susanne Duke
BUSINESS GROWTH: Customer Success & Team Leadership Coach
Tim Dorr
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT: Architecture, Team Building, and Management
Wayt King
LEGAL: Early-stage SaaS startups, financing
Will Grossenbacher
LEGAL: Formation Issues, Protecting IP, Planning for an Exit
Yusuf Mohamed
LEGAL: Strategy, Operations, & Leadership