Meet the Team

Program Staff

Kim Burroughs, Ph.D., Executive Director

Dr. Kimberly Burroughs joined the Houston Community College as Executive Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program in 2018. In this role, Dr. Burroughs is responsible for overseeing all components of the program including scholar recruitment, local partnerships, the refinement of delivery of the curriculum and business services, the measurement and evaluation system, and the management of the day-to-day program. Prior to the role of Executive Director, Dr. Burroughs facilitated Leadership and Human Resources for GS 10ksb program from 2016 to 2018. Dr. Burroughs has over 20 years of Human Resource Management and Organizational Development experience, and her past positions include Director of Human Resources for the YMCA, Human Resource for the City of Houston, and Organizational Development for a major airline in Houston, TX. Dr. Burroughs earned a Master’s degree in Sociology and a Doctorate in Leadership Studies, and her research focuses on leading multiple generations in a multigenerational workforce.


Liz Lara Carreño, Outreach Director & Mod Faculty

Liz Lara-Carreño currently serves as the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program Director of Outreach. As part of the program launch in January 2011, she also holds additional roles as a faculty member of the National Program at Babson College and the local Program at HCC. Liz uses her diverse and expansive leadership and management experience in corporate, small business, and the non-profit community. Armed with a degree, numerous certifications, global leadership experience and owner of LLC-Strategies, she brings a fresh perspective and candid facilitative style to address the challenges of business owners in growth mode.


Christy Smith, Ph.D., Alumni Manager

Dr. Christy Smith is a skilled educator and leadership studies researcher. Among her specialties are organizational training and its formulation and building partnerships with diverse stakeholders. Before joining the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program team, Dr. Smith held several prominent positions in K-12 education. As a former district specialist, she utilized her exemplary interpersonal skills while working collectively in numerous projects simultaneously. During her tenure in this position, she developed, led, and facilitated trainings/workshops to promote teacher development and student engagement. She also formulated these trainings through collaboration with fellow colleagues, teachers, and principals to ensure successful outcomes. Later in her role as a curriculum specialist, Dr. Smith was able to research trends of new methodologies in education, while at the same time working with administration in order to further student achievement and educator success. Her skills and experience later allowed her to transition to higher education whereas an instructor, she formed and maintained alliances with educational partners to further institutional aims. Dr. Smith has a Master’s in Counseling and a Doctorate in Leadership Studies.


Mishele Lamshing, Program Manager

Mishele Lamshing is Program Manager for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in Houston and has been with the program since its inception in 2011. She has also assisted in the national program as well. Mishele manages the budget and coordinates curriculum and outreach logistics of the program to ensure program operations are effective for program scholars and staff. Mishele has a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising with minor in Marketing and also provides freelance services for small businesses in the greater Houston area.


Terri Almendarez, Administrative Coordinator

Terri Almendarez is the Administrative Coordinator for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and is involved in local outreach and recruiting efforts including assisting applicants with the application process. Terri coordinates logistics for each of the cohorts and events and assist in managing administrative responsibilities. Terri is an alumnus of Houston Community College, and prior to joining Houston Community College Terri was a realtor with Coldwell Banker United Realtors.


Curriculum Staff

Manuel Aguilar, Mod Faculty

Manuel Aguilar is the Module Faculty for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses in Houston and a BBA/MBA Finance graduate from the University of St. Thomas. Manuel’s experience includes Small Business/Commercial Banking, Healthcare Software, Business Ownership and in Non-Profit. He is Owner President of 10Thirty-six, partner in SaaS company Fezziwig Technologies and founder of Graduate Growth Group (3G).


Michael Davenport, Business Advisor

Michael A. Davenport brings over 30 years of legal and business counsel experience. He is a retired Commander of the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corp (JAGC), a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas and the founder of Davenport Law, a risk management and litigation firm established in 1984.and serves as a business advisor in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.



Ernest Davis, MA, Business Advisor

Ernest brings to HCC a diverse background in business that spans over 30 years which includes Military Logistics Management, Global Supply Chain Management, Small Business Ownership, Retail Management and Sports Management. Ernest is a United States Air Force Veteran and was previously a Global Supply Chain Manager for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Ernest is an alumnus of Houston Community College, holds a Master’s of Art in Sport Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Houston- Downtown.


Lindsay Fisher, Module Faculty

Lindsay Fisher specializes in employee benefits and is the South Texas Team Lead for Higginbotham & Associates, the largest private insurance brokerage firm in Texas. She has numerous years of experience in Human Resources and Operations and holds the SHRM Senior Certified Professional certification.


Cristy Fontanilla, Module Faculty

Cristy Fontanilla teaches Module 3 (Money & Metrics) and Financial Statement Workshops for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Cristy has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Prior to being a small business owner, Cristy worked in several companies in different industries and held progressive finance management roles. Cristy currently owns and operates FAS Bookkeeping and Tax Services and is passionate about helping and coaching small business owners in the greater Houston area.


Thea Goldin Smith, Module Faculty

Chief Possibilideas Guide for Level VII Resources; Virtual Thinking Expedition Company Guide. Thea has over 20 years’ experience working with business and educational teams as well as individuals, fostering creative thinking, innovation and change. She is a certified instructor in the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Kirton Adaption Innovation (KAI) inventory and has been using both instruments to coach teams and individuals since 1998. She has developed and led training programs that enhance team function and improve leadership skills through the use and understanding of the cognitive style in problem-solving.

She has guided and assisted in leading major Thinking Expeditions with organizations such as Exxon, Texaco, Shell, Lever Ponds, Halliburton, Proctor and Gamble, the U.S Navy, U.S. Joint Service Military Operations, the Swedish Institute for Management (IFL). Her most recent work involves promoting school reform with administrators, teachers and students in HISD.


Miguel Lopez, Module Faculty

Miguel serves as Module Faculty for Module 7 – Strategic Growth through Operations. Miguel brings over 22 years of experience in healthcare and has owned his own Medical Transcription Company. He has worked with some of the largest hospitals in the U.S. to implement billing and coding services, Computer Assisted Coding, Clinical Documentation Improvement cloud-based solutions, EHR selection and implementation. Miguel has a dual concentration Bachelor’s degree in Management and International Business from Florida International University in Miami and an MBA in International Business from the University of Miami in Florida.


David Regenbaum, Module Faculty

David Regenbaum serves as faculty for Module 7: Strategic Growth through Operations of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program.  He also serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence for Houston Community College’s Center for Entrepreneurship and is the Vice President of the Houston Community College Foundation.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Silver Fox Advisors and is the Managing Member of AMI Institute, LLC.   He was previously the CEO and Co-Founder (with his wife) of Association Management, Inc. (AMI), a successful community association management company which he sold in 2014, and prior to that practiced as an attorney in South Africa until his immigration to the USA in 1979.


Rebecca Schultz, Lead Faculty

Rebecca Schultz teaches Module 3 Money & Metrics, Financial Statement Workshops and Module 8 Being Bankable. Rebecca has her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has successfully started and sold two of her own small businesses. She focuses her attention and career on helping other business owners get access to capital with over 20 years of lending experience.


Tracie Welch-Brenton, Module Faculty

Tracie serves as Module Faculty for Module 6 – Marketing and Sales and owns and operates Marketing Logix and Scout Logix.. Tracie is former President of the American Marketing Association – Houston Chapter (AMA Houston) and she earned her Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology from the University of Houston.


John Whaley, Module Faculty

John Whaley is a strategic business planner who serves as Module Faculty for Module 2: Growth and Opportunity for the program. John filed his first DBA at the age of 16 and has worked passionately in the community to support entrepreneurship at all levels for the past 30 years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Western Governors University as well as his Masters of Business Administration degree.


Nannette Ray, Module Faculty

Nannette Ray is President of TNR Accounting & Management Consulting, LLC (TNR). A minority woman-owned small business that provides CFO Services, bookkeeping, tax preparation, and management consulting services for corporations, governmental agencies, and small businesses. The firm’s mission is to assist clients in translating their financial numbers into their business STORY to help them make data-driven decisions to grow their business. Nannette has Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting & Information Systems from University of Texas at San Antonio, and MBA in Finance from St. Mary’s University.


Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Kimberly Burroughs, Ph.D.

Executive Director



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