Advisory Committee

Richard S. Hyland

Professor and Curriculum Chair – Global Business, Westchester Community College

Richard Hyland is currently an Assistant Professor and Curriculum Chair for Global Business at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY.  He teaches Business Organization and Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and the capstone Principles of Management course. Prior to this he served as the Director of the College’s Cross County Extension Center, Yonkers for nearly a decade.

Throughout his business career he has held a variety of executive and management positions.  He served as a Project manager at Walker Digital, a hight-tech think tank and patent company in Stamford, CT, where he helped to launch His executive experience also includes a stint as Executive Vice President of CI4NET North America, the US Subsidiary of a UK based firm specializing in e-commerce and emerging technologies; CEO of an Internet startup –; Executive Vice President at Unico, Inc., a technology incubator and holding company based in Stamford, CT; and Executive VP of Papps Capital Group, a Wall Street money management firm.

Mr. Hyland served honorably for four years in the United States Marine Corps Infantry.  He served as a Squad Leader, was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal and he received a good conduct medal and several deployment ribbons.

Mr. Hyland holds an AS in Business Administration from Westchester Community College, a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Leadership and Strategic Management from Manhattanville College, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Columbia University Teachers College in the AEGIS Adult Education program.

Kimberlie A. Jacobs

Executive Director, Community Capital Resources 

Kimberlie Jacobs has served as the Executive Director of Community Capital Resources (CCR) since its creation in 1989.  CCR is a Community Development Financial Institution that makes the loans that banks cannot or will not provide to underserved community businesses in the lower Hudson Valley.  CCR provides loans that support the creation of affordable housing. It also offers loans to start-ups and emerging entrepreneurs.

Ms. Jacobs was responsible for creating the Hudson Valley Affordable Housing Finance Corporation, an affiliated agency, which syndicate Low Income Housing Tax Credits which provided over $12 million in equity investments affordable housing developments.  She successfully secured designation as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) for the agency from the US Department of Treasury and got the organization certified as the SBA Micro Lender for six counties in the region.  Ms. Jacobs created an asset building and retention program including the county’s only Individual Development Account program, the region’s largest Financial Education Training program.

Prior to her work in Westchester, Ms. Jacobs served as the Deputy Director of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, Rochester, NY.  She also served as a Senior Planner for the City of Sioux Falls, SD among other positions throughout the US.  She has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa and an MBA in Finance from Pace University.  Ms. Jacobs has served on a variety of community Advisory Boards including JP Morgan Chase National Community Advisory Board, Westhab, Inc., United Way of Westchester and Putnam – Income Committee and is co-founder of the Community Housing Resource Center.  In 2000 she was selected as a Fannie Mae fellow to the Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives Program at Harvard University.

Jeanne Maloney

Director – Special Projects, Westchester Community College

Jeanne Maloney is Director of Special Projects in the Division of Continuing Education at Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY.  She has been in higher education for over 25 years, serving as both a faculty member and administrator.  She came to Westchester Community College in 2003 and was appointed the Assistant Director of the college’s Ossining Extension Center.  Jeanne served in this position until 2008; at that time, she became the Director of Special Projects in the Division of Continuing Education.  In this capacity, she coordinates a variety of ongoing and grant-funded initiatives.  Jeanne also actively collaborates with other members of the Division and the Foundation Grant Team to develop funding proposals.

Jeanne holds both a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Prior to coming to Westchester Community College, Jeanne was a faculty member and program director in allied health programs at the University of Minnesota and both the University of Bridgeport and University of New Haven in Connecticut.

Robert Nechols

Director – English Language Institute, Westchester Community College

Robert Nechols is the Director of the English Language Institute at Westchester Community College. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Korea, he speaks Korean and worked in university and corporate settings in South Korea for 17 years. In another former position, he was Assistant Professor, and Director of English Language Institute, Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont. He has an M.A. degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

Scorpio Rogers

Professor and Managing Principal-Entrepreneurial consultants, LLC

Scorpio Rogers is a Professor in the Business Department at Westchester Community College who teaches Entrepreneurship, Business and Marketing. Additionally he teaches the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) curriculum to high school students and teaches a non-credit Entrepreneurship to seniors.

Scorpio Rogers is the founder and Managing Principal of Entrepreneurial Consultants, LLC, a management-consulting firm for start-up and growing entrepreneurial business. In this capacity he provides consulting services in the areas of: strategy and business plan creation; business principles training; technology evaluation and implementation; tactical management; business valuation; and financing facilitation. He has partnered with and consulted for various entrepreneurial organizations including the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, the Women’s Venture Fund, the Harlem Venture Group, and the William Jefferson Clinton Small Business Initiative where he was recognized by former President Clinton for his service.

Mr. Rogers has a BA in Computer Science and Technology from Dartmouth College and a MBA in Management with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Strategy from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Also, he is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. He mentors youth in business at WCC, as a NFTE consultant and as an active Life Member of the Harlem New York chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

He coaches little league baseball and basketball and participates as an Assistant Scout Master. He is married with a son and two daughters.