SCORE Chapel Hill Durham Mentors

Need expert advice?  We have mentors ready to assist you with "how-to" answers, planning your business, marketing strategy, serving as a business mentor, serving on your advisory board, and more.


John Bartelme

Experienced executive with a proven track record of leadership. 30+ years of knowledge, expertise, and experience in strategic business planning; new product innovation and development; traditional and digital advertising; public relations; traditional and social media; consumer and trade relations; and sports/event marketing. I can help start-ups and on-going businesses in the areas of business strategy and planning, marketing, new products, and new services. M.B.A. Marketing/Finance University of NC – Kenan Flagler Business School B.S. Industrial Engineering –North Carolina State University

 Carl Baumann

Counselor and mentor specializing in writing business and marketing plans, business financial management, strategic planning & objective setting, organization & process improvement (process mapping) and general business management. Experience in management, finance and accounting for a subsidiary of a Fortune 25 company and in banking. Education: BSBA UNC – Chapel Hill and EMBA Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University.

Barbara Bell

Barbara is an educator, strategist, small business owner, and Silicon Valley alum who has experience in business development, marketing, engagement, and operations. She is currently the Senior Operating Officer for a lab within the Eshelman School of Pharmacy and runs the entrepreneurial program the E(I) Lab. She can help improve business performance with active engagement, marketing, business development, and business strategy. After working for 15 years in Silicon Valley, as well as running my own small business, she can offer support to entrepreneurs at all stages.

Thomas “Tim“ Bryden

Tim brings a unique background of leadership style, professional accomplishments, and management skills to the SCORE Mentors Program. Highly developed competencies draw upon successful integration of two graduate degrees: MBA; MSW. While completing his MBA at Fordham University, Tim studied under the W. Edwards Deming Leadership Institute whose teachings had a profound impact on American manufacturing and service organizations.    Collaborative communication, team facilitation, and interpersonal proficiencies show a proven ability to navigate change in difficult environments. Tim has held executive positions in not for profit organizations and has skilled insights into Board development, Foundations, Grant Preparation & Grant Seeking, not for profit start up & finance and Integrated Process Organization. 


John Campbell

John is a Human Resources and Talent Management leader with over 25 years of experience in Fortune 500 organizations.  John has spent his career focused on enabling organizations to achieve greater HR sophistication and market leadership through "right" people practices...those that are simple and effective for the needs of a particular organization.  John’s passion for working with business leaders to develop and implement talent strategies across a variety of companies and industries has enabled organizations to more effectively identify, attract, develop and retain their people.  He has lead HR, Talent Acquisition and Talent Development functions within such companies as Cree, Quintiles, American Express, LabCorp and Pepsi. As the Founder and Principal Consultant of Talent Outcomes LLC, a Human Resources and Talent consultancy, John now focuses his passion on helping small business owners to maximize their investment in their talent through smarter people practices that drive better business results. John earned his MS in Industrial and Labor Relations, and BS in Journalism, from West Virginia University.

Keren Caspin-Wagner

Keren helps entrepreneurs and small businesses to evaluate, develop, and improve their business model, strategy, marketing, and operations.

Richard Crocco

Experienced professional with more than 40 years of experience emphasizing sales, marketing, and business development in the HVAC industry. Skilled and knowledgeable with all tools and blueprints related to all aspects of installation and sales of HAVC. Degree in Marketing and Business Administration. Highly customer-centric with excellent relationship building skills. Strong sales and marketing skills to build new business and cultivate existing customer relationships. Self-confident, organized, and motivated, bringing creativity to all business endeavors.


Jim Davis

Jim Davis has more than thirty-five years’ experience planning and executing large, complex programs and projects.  Twice a company president, he is an experienced leader with significant organizational strengths including translation of requirements, strategy formulation, corporate governance, budgeting and planning, team building, financial management and program execution.  He has direct experience in leading international teams and navigating US export processes for both Commerce Control List (CCL) and US Munitions List (USML).  His greatest pleasure arises from helping companies and individuals succeed against their objectives. Jim has engineering degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and naval architecture from the US Naval Academy and MIT.  He undertook business training at Boston University and program management education at the Defense Acquisition University.  He is a PMI Project Management Professional®.

Herbert Dittmar

30+Years of Experience in Multinational and Multicultural Management and Marketing with a demonstrated ability in operational and strategic management in HQ, as well as in various countries, operational sizes, and cultures across several Business to Consumer (B2C) and Business to Business (B2B) industries.

Jennifer Dubow

Jennifer D. Dubow has a diverse career path internationally and in the USA, most recently in the areas of social business transformation with a focus on Sales organizations and social selling, employee adoption of social business tools and culture, social media marketing, product and industry focused marketing in high-tech. Jennifer began her career in organizational change management, communications strategy, and process consulting for electric and gas utilities in the US and UK. Last, she also has experience in the restaurant and catering businesses, after becoming a Certified Natural Foods Chef at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in NYC. Jennifer attended Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill, earning an MBA in Marketing and Sustainable Enterprise. Jennifer completed her BS in Human Development and Family Studies, along with strong focus in Organizational Psychology, at Cornell University. She has traveled and worked abroad extensively since 1990.

Arnold Dunn

Work Experience
Currently—Happily Retired.

Stretch O Rama, Inc. (An importer/wholesaler of children’s apparel with annual sales of approximately $200 million.) - CFO/COO - 2001 to August 2016.
Accessory Network Group, Inc. (An importer/wholesaler of ladies’ accessories with annual sales of approximately $125 million) - Chief Financial Officer - 1993 to 2000
CFTC Group - (Retailer) Chief Financial Officer   1989 to 2000
Plymouth Lamston Stores (Retailer) - CFO  1988 to 1989
Jamesway Corporation (Retailer) - Treasurer   1979 to 1987
Touche Ross & Co. -  Staff Accountant - 1974 to 1979

Hofstra University---BBA in Accounting---1974

Chris Exton

Counselor and mentor with experience in R&D, operations, manufacturing, project and business planning, finance, sales, marketing and supply chain management primarily in the specialty chemical and agricultural chemical industries around the world. Held senior management positions in both large and small companies while living and working in the US and Europe. Helped numerous start-ups in Europe and the USBS-Chem. Eng. Tufts Univ., M.S. in Management RPI.

Stephen Fairchild

Counselor and consultant with four decades of business experience in finance, sales and marketing, operations, and general management. Worked and lived in Europe and Asia for publicly (Fortune 500) and privately owned companies including family owned enterprises. Special interest areas include technology commercialization, international business development and family owned enterprises. Currently working with UNC Medical School Clinical Skills and Business School Launch the Venture program. BA, MBA and MS

Jim Gray

Counselor with retail management and design experience as an owner of Gray Brother’s Furniture and Interiors. Currently he is a real estate broker with Keller Williams Realty in Chapel Hill and serves as Director of Development for the North Carolina Council of Churches in Raleigh. Jim’s passion is making life better for others and he has served with the Red Cross, Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, Rainbow Center for Children, and Old Wilkes, Inc. among others. He is also president elect of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Kiwanis Club. Education: University of North Carolina.

Bill Griffin

Over 40 years of experience in employee benefits with companies small and large. Small company start-up experience involved co-founding BeneCom Associates, LLC, a small business focused on the creation, production and distribution of employee benefits communication media for large (Fortune 500) employers. Clients included AT&T, Booz Allen Hamilton, Disney, Electronic Arts, FedEx, Wachovia and others. Created and led sales, marketing and finance functions, established the company’s brand and developed all external facing B2B marketing and growth initiatives. Successfully negotiated sale of the business in 2012. Small company start-up experience also includes founding and operating a small “Mom and Pop” retail operation. Closed operations in 1985. Large company experience involved all phases of the group medical insurance product life cycle including product development, marketing, sales and financial underwriting for two large national insurers, Travelers and CIGNA. Primary responsibilities at CIGNA were included roles as Product Manager for products and financial services affecting all product lines, all early stage managed care initiatives and product enhancement. Bill is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.

Hanna Hasl-Kelchner

Hanna empowers smart entrepreneurs with big picture thinking and the legal literacy advantage. She has both entrepreneurial and corporate experience, having had a front row seat to her parents American Dream, watching them build a successful business from scratch as well as running her own business before age 30. As a lawyer with an MBA in finance and accounting, Hanna’s been a trusted advisor helping influential decision makers ranging from the S&P 500 to the White House. She’s the best-selling author of The Business Guide to Legal Literacy: What Every Manager Should Know About the Law (Jossey-Bass 2006), has taught in two top tier MBA programs (Duke and UVA), been named a Dun and Bradstreet Twitter #BizInfluencer, quoted in media, and appeared on radio and TV. Besides volunteering at SCORE, she has fun with her weekly podcast Business Confidential Now.

Donnie Haye

Donnie is a counselor and mentor with executive experience in a global technology company. Her areas of focus include general management, operations, finance and business transformation with special interest in advanced analytics and cognitive systems. Donnie worked and lived in Europe and Asia. She also supported privately held businesses by family members. She has an undergraduate engineering degree from Michigan State and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Richard Henry

Counselor and mentor with experience in operations, project planning, sales contracting, strategic planning and supply chain management. Held senior management positions in top-five, pharmaceutical companies (AstraZeneca, Merck). Former small business owner. BS-Penn State

Dennis "Denny" Holland

Counselor and mentor with over 35 years of broad management experience in all sizes of businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and turnarounds. Denny currently operates his own management consulting practice which focuses on strategic business development and executive coaching, counseling & mentoring. Technically educated as a Chemical Engineer, he progressed from R&D, manufacturing and engineering, through sales and marketing, to general management. He’s a graduate of Gannon University in Erie, PA and management programs at Harvard and Northwestern Universities. He has been active with SCORE for the past 11 years, first in the Philadelphia, PA area, then in Naples, FL.

Jim Joyce

With over 30 years of successful experience teaching, coaching and mentoring entrepreneurs, executives, managers, salespeople, customer service reps and students, Jim Joyce brings his special attribute: acute empathy. Jim coaches and judges business programs at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, the School of Business at NCCU and conducts seminars and classes for Technical Community Colleges in N.C., Chambers of Commerce, Professional Organizations and private industry.

Arlene Kaplan

Expertise in business development, strategic planning and business strategy, client service and deliverables, traditional and digital marketing and social media. An experienced entrepreneur, Arlene is founder and principal of ASK Advisory Group, an educational training, consulting, and professional development company specializing in career planning and executive development, life satisfaction and financial empowerment. Formerly, Arlene held executive positions including investment management, portfolio strategy and marketing at multi-national companies in the financial services industry. Employing a behavioral, pragmatic and solution-oriented approach, Arlene’s passion is helping individuals and businesses get from where they are today to where they want to be. Arlene has an MBA in Finance and a BA in Sociology. A life-long learner, Arlene’s professional courses/certifications include leadership development, sales training, board development, coach training and social media marketing.

John S. Kiley

Formerly President, American Metal Moulding, Edison, NJ; co-founder, AmRod Corp. Newark, NJ, VP and GM of the Automotive Division of The Essex Group, Ft. Wayne, IN. National and international consulting focused on M&A due diligence and Operations and Manufacturing "turn around" issues. BS, Engineering, Penn State University.

Marcia Ladd

Marcia was a High Performing Executive with 30 years healthcare experience. She has demonstrated proficiency in leading successful organizations that optimize profitability through results oriented sales and marketing dynamics, hands on attention to staff development, management and retention in a customer focused environment. She initially served as a corporate executive with larger organizations, then bought, grew and successfully sold a medical equipment and supply company. In 17 years she grew the company 10 fold and formed a consortium of medical equipment dealers who served the vast majority of the managed care business in NC. Marcia understands small businesses and how to make them successful.

Charlie Lehmann

Counselor and mentor with extensive experience in brand management, advertising, market research, and marketing consulting. Industry experience includes packaged goods, financial services, pharmaceuticals, beer, energy companies. Client experience includes Vanguard, Fidelity, Tower Federal Credit Union, Merck, Texaco, Campbell's Soup, Best Foods. BA from UNC - Chapel Hill, MBA New York University.

Marissa Meredith

Counselor and mentor with a decade of experience in the legal field. She has experiences in the areas of franchising businesses, contract law, and real estate law. Currently, she is a practicing attorney with a focus on small business law. Her legal experience focuses on nonprofits and start-ups.

Michael Nowicki

Counselor with experience in Human Resources and Sales Management. Served as Human Resource Manager or Director for three manufacturing companies. Served on the New Business Task Force for developing a business plan. Also, held a Sales Management position for the eastern U.S. and prepared sales forecasts, budgets and marketing projections for a division of Corus Corporation (formerly British Steel) which is now Tata Steel. B.A. degree, Upper Iowa University.

Ivona Piper

Multi-channel marketing executive with 30 years of experience in technology and analytics driven marketing, in both B2B and B2C corporate environments. Led the development of business foundations for Customer Relationship Management (CRM), data mining, customer analytics, and automated marketing for major retailers and clinical research companies such as Staples, Quintiles, and Limited Inc. Frequent speaker at conferences (DMA, NCDM, IIR, Adobe, SAS) on analytics in retail industry, and guest lecturer (Babson, Penn) on customer information management in marketing . Graduate of University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School. Fluent in English, Polish (native) and proficient in Russian.

Dave Robertson

Mentor who has been in financial leadership positions for over 30 years with various start-ups in the Silicon Valley, both private and public. Industries included telecommunications, biotechnology, medical devices, venture capital, and personal computers. Seven years as a management consultant with Coopers and Lybrand, now PWC. CPA (in-active), MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, and BA Economics University of Washington.

Larry Ross

Bank executive with 35+ years experience in domestic and international commercial lending. Experience in financial analysis, management, and marketing. 5+ years with Score and SBA loan guarantee programs; former zoning commissioner; former Chair of Budget/Finance Committee of a local school district. Education: BBA City University of New York, Bernard M. Baruch School of Business; American Bankers Assoc. Graduate Lending Program; Certified Commercial Lender (CCL).

Michael Ross

Michael was a results-oriented, hands-on, IT Project Management professional. He had an over 40 year proven track record of implementing mission-critical projects both on time and within budget. He can assist in the process of simultaneously managing multiple concurrent projects, their budgets and deadlines, while maintaining consistently high quality. He has been part of programs worth over $120M. He is also proficient in development of project methodologies, processes, procedures, and standards. Michael’s core competencies include: • Project Management • Application Systems Development • Business Process Re-Engineering • Customer Relationship Management • System Performance Management • Multi-Project Planning/Balancing • Risk Identification/Management/Mitigation  Team Building/Management

Reece Schuler

Thirty-five years in the computing industry as a programmer, designer and software architect. Spent the first 15 years of career with IBM in a variety of technical and management positions. Spent the last 25 years as the President of RJM Systems. RJM systems developed a software product that provided all the administrative functions needed to run a college. The product was developed in-house, and the company was sold to a larger player in the field in June 2015.

Mary F. Speight

A retired business counselor from NC Small Business and Technology Development Center with over 25 years of business counseling experience with small to medium size companies assisting with business development, training and strategic growth planning. In addition to counselor experience I held positions as Assistant Regional Director, General Manager and years of experience with non-profit organizations. My undergraduate degree is through City University of New York and advanced study in Financial Accounting certification with University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School and certifications from other institutions.

Herman J Sperling

CEO of HJS Markets LLC, with more than four decades of international experience in both Fortune 500s and entrepreneurial environments. Until recently he was the Group VP of Marketing at Harman International (NYSE: HAR) and before that the National Sales Manager and Marketing Manager at Bose Corporation. He was a Member of the Board of Industry Leaders of the CTA (formerly the Consumer Electronics Association), served on three CEA divisional boards and chaired the CEA's Research Committee. Mr. Sperling served on the Board of his prior HOA in NY, on eBay's Advisory Board and those of 5 private firms. He has received numerous awards for products developed, including Best Home Theater System under $2,500 from Video Review Magazine, Best Product of the Year from Business Week Magazine, and Audio Product of the Year from CD Magazine. Mr. Sperling has lectured at MIT (Sloan — advanced marketing management), UNC (entrepreneurship) and UCLA (Anderson School — product development), spoken on behalf of Microsoft (social marketing) and Tata (innovation), has performed post graduate work towards an MEd in Guidance and Counseling from Tufts University, holds a BA with majors in Psychology and Sociology from Emerson College and studies in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University.

Maxine S. Stern

Counselor and mentor with experience in finance and accounting, general business management, and grant and contract administration. She has worked at Duke University in a managerial position and currently is the owner of a financial consulting business. She has a PhD in Sociology from University of North Carolina and is a CPA.

Lauren Talmor

A corporate attorney in her previous life, Lauren brings expertise in operations & finance, in addition to a broad venture perspective – all in order to help her clients identify and pursue their professional objectives, achieve scalability and keep in mind the big picture. She is a tech-savvy venture-enthusiast who is passionate about helping start-ups & entrepreneurs in the community. Lauren has an LL.M. from Duke University, and an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University.   

Max van Voorst

Diverse experience in Purchasing, Operations, Sales and Marketing, domestically as well as internationally. Over 40 years in the chemical and flavor and fragrance industry,with family owned and multinational corporations.Heavy experience in global contracting.Nationalized citizen with a Dutch background. Multilingual. Educated in the Netherlands, with various economic, financial and management courses while living here.

Stephan Wittkowsky

Diverse experiences in industrial organization and management, local industry development, hotel management, industrial economics and  institutional organization and management. General Manager and CEO in Central America for family owned enterprises. Business and institutional consultant. Entrepreneurial experience: developed and managed various small businesses in the furniture, food and service sectors in Guatemala.  Professor of Marketing and Management. Consultant at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC Chapel Hill, and at the Executive Service Corps (ESC) of the Triangle area in N.C.  OLLI lecturer at Duke University, Durham, N.C. Graduate of Cornell University. Fluent in Spanish, English and German. BA, MBA, MS.

Abby Zarkin

Abby brings over 30 years of corporate experience at IBM and Lenovo, as well as recent hands-on entrepreneurial experience to her business coaching work. She's held corporate positions in line management and staff leadership in Finance, Pricing, Business Strategy, Re-engineering, Operations, Marketing, Sales Support and Advertising. She has often been charged with leading cross-functional teams to establish new approaches to business challenges at global and regional levels. After retiring from Lenovo she launched a specialty candy business based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina - Sweeten Creek Candy Company - which provides exclusive corporate gifts to her clients' high value customers. She serves as Sweeten Creek's founder and chief.

Michael Zimmerman

Twenty years’ experience as a retailer having built, operated and sold three profitable athletic footwear stores and a fitness events company. Prior experience as chief financial officer for closely held company and senior manager with Big 4 accounting firm.  BA in Accounting from NC State University.