three featured small business owners


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SCORE Foundation Staff

Jessica Pisano

Jessica Pisano

Vice President
Lolita Jerido

Lolita Jerido

Development Manager
Carolina Vieira

Carolina Vieira

Sponsor Relationship Manager

Board of Directors

Pat Loftus

Pat Loftus, Chair

Pat Loftus is committed to entrepreneurship and innovation empowerment. She is an investor and Executive Committee Chair with Bridge Angel Investors, LLC and serves on the SCORE Association Board. Pat has also served as a SCORE business mentor for more than 6 years and previously held field chapter leadership roles in the Southwest Florida District. She brings over 35 years of general global nuclear energy industry technical, business, leadership and management experience with Exelon, Northeast Utilities and Westinghouse Electric Corporation combined with 6 years in the small business environment. Her corporate expertise includes federal regulatory affairs and compliance, independent oversight, strategy, business development, product innovation, strategic alliances, and business operations/financial management. Pat serves in advisory roles for an early-stage company board and university entrepreneurship and engineering councils, and is a former director/officer of university engineering alumni society boards. Pat has a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Venice, FL.

Jim Grimsley

Jim Grimsley, Vice Chair & Secretary

Jim Grimsley of Austin, Texas has been a SCORE volunteer for 6+ years and has served in numerous roles, e.g., mentor, President of the Austin Chapter and as a member of the National Advisory Board.  Prior to joining SCORE, Jim held leadership roles at Amoco, CSC Index and was a Partner at Accenture leading their Global Upstream Energy Practice while having significant expertise in Strategy, Sustainability, Supply Chain and Mergers & Acquisitions. Jim has B.S. in Management from the University of New Orleans.

Edgar Collado

Edgar Collado, Treasurer

Edgar Collado serves as the Chief Financial, Operations, and Compliance Officer at Tobias Financial Advisors in Plantation, FL. He is responsible for accounting, financial reporting, planning and analysis, compliance, treasury and risk management, and tax management. Prior to joining Tobias Financial, Edgar Collado served as the Vice President of Finance for Ingersoll Rand’s Latin America strategic business unit, where he led a finance organization with over 100 associates supporting a $500M+ manufacturing and distribution business. 

Edgar earned his B.S. in Finance from St. John’s University and his Master of Business Administration from New York University.

Payton Iheme

Nkechi "Payton" Iheme

Nkechi "Payton" Iheme is an accomplished public policy leader with over 20 years of experience in the field. She currently is the Head of Public Policy for North America and South America for Bumble Inc. At Bumble, she lends her expertise to focus on issues overlapping with community building, online safety, diversity and equity, data privacy, the digital economy, small business, and public/private partnerships.

Prior to joining Bumble, Iheme led aspects of public policy outreach at Facebook and also served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Communication Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for the Obama Administration. She has also held various roles in the Dept. of Defense, the State Department, and in Congress as a legislative liaison with specialization in defense, intelligence, humanitarian assistance, and special access programs for Members on the Senate Intelligence, Armed Services, and Foreign Relations Committees. She is also a proud military officer/veteran and continues to serve. She is based in the Washington, DC area.

Tameka Montgomery

Tameka Montgomery

Tameka has dedicated her life’s work to positively impacting the community.  For more than 20 years, she has held executive leadership roles across sectors both locally and nationally.  More recently, Tameka served as a Senior Executive, appointed by President Barack Obama to serve at the U.S. Small Business Administration leading training programs serving the nation's 28 million small business owners.  Prior to joining the Obama administration, she led Colorado’s premier business leadership organization, designing programs and initiatives to engage the business community as civic change-makers.  Tameka founded Core Strategy Partners to intersect business value and social impact by bringing the needs and experience of stakeholders to the center of strategic business decisions.

Gale Murray

Gale Murray

Gale Murray lives in Massachusetts where she retired from American City Business Journals in June of 2020. While at ACBJ, Gale held several senior leadership roles including Vice President of The Business Journals and Publisher of The Boston Business Journal. Gale’s experience in sales and management includes strategic business planning, relationship management, marketing and new business development. Gale has been a strong advocate and closely aligned with the needs and goals of small business and entrepreneurs as a champion of ACBJ’s reporting, research, events and mentoring opportunities for business leaders of all sizes but especially focused on opening doors for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Gale holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and business administration from Purdue University and spent 25 years in publishing at Dow Jones prior to ACBJ. She’s also a member of the International Women’s Forum of Massachusetts (formally Massachusetts Women’s Forum), a board member and mentor at Junior Achievement of Northern New England, as well as a board member of Special Olympics of Massachusetts.

SCORE is the nation's largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. We have helped more than 11 million small business owners since 1964.
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