Meet the Team
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.
Rita Reed, Alumni Manager
Rita Reed is the Alumni Manager for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses graduates. She is committed to creating and engaging a community of active alumni who will support each other and give back to the 10,000 Small Businesses program. Rita graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in International Business. She has worked in international sales while living in Europe, volunteered for a year through AmeriCorps VISTA and helped grow a non-profit from a start-up to a national business.
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.
Manuel Aguilar, Lead Faculty
Manuel Aguilar is the Lead 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.
John Whaley, Business Advisor & Mod Faculty
John Whaley is a strategic business planner that serves as a business advisor as well as Mod Faculty for Module 2 - Growth and Opportunity for the program. John filed his first DBA at the age of 16 and 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.
Kim Burroughs, Module Faculty
Kimberly Burroughs serves as Mod Faculty for Modules 4 – You Are the Leader and 5 – It’s the People. Currently, she serves as Human Resource Director for a large non-profit, and previously held leadership roles with global organizations in operations management and leadership development. She has over 20 years’ experience in development, implementation, and strategic execution in leadership and performance management programs and initiatives, and provides HR consultation to individuals in business strategy. She holds a Bachelor Arts degree from Siena Heights University, a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and Leadership Studies, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University.
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, Module 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.
Warren Winston, Module Faculty
Warren Winston teaches Financial Statement Workshops I and II, Module 3 – Money and Metrics, and Module 8 – Being Bankable for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. He also serves as a Business Advisor with the Houston MBDA Business Center. Both programs are operated by Houston Community College. As a successful entrepreneur; Warren is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Wisdom Leadership and Wealth International, the preeminent provider of innovative business and economic leadership strategies worldwide. Warren is a graduate of Hampton University in Virginia, and he also holds additional business and leadership certifications with Rockhurst University, Dale Carnegie Training, and with the John C. Maxwell Team.