Meet the Uptima Team

We are a team of seasoned entrepreneurs and educators passionate about providing more accessible entrepreneurial education and empowering entrepreneurs to create thriving businesses.

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Seyed Amiry

Seyed Amiry

Co-Founder, Advisory Board Member & Mentor

Seyed Amiry has over 30 years of business, entrepreneurial, and academic leadership experience in the education, cons...
Raj Croager

Raj Croager

Advisory Board

Raj Croager is the Founder and CEO of MARJEN Technology Group, a provider of enterprise-class information technology ...
Sarita Evans

Sarita Evans

Mentor

Sarita Evans has over 30 years of training, public service and entrepreneurial experience. She began her first busine...
April Fenall

April Fenall

Mentor

April Fenall is a business professional with a background in marketing and communications, bringing over 15 years of ...
Mike Gabriel

Mike Gabriel

Lead Instructor & Mentor

Mike Gabriel is an experienced investment and strategy professional with over 10 years in the social enterprise secto...
Caron Gugssa-Howard

Caron Gugssa-Howard

Mentor

Caron Gugssa-Howard has over 15 years of strategy, business, and entrepreneurial experience, beginning her entreprene...
Lesa Hammond, Ph.D.

Lesa Hammond, Ph.D.

Lead Instructor & Mentor

Lesa Hammond, Ph.D., is co-founder and CEO of ProfHire, a technology platform that connects higher education and trai...
Aaron Joseph

Aaron Joseph

Graphic Designer

Aaron Joseph is the founder of Identafire, an Oakland-based, QPOC-owned graphic design and web development agency wor...
Rani Langer-Croager

Rani Langer-Croager

Co-Founder, CEO & Lead Instructor

Rani Langer-Croager founded Uptima Business Bootcamp to address the challenges of traditional entrepreneurship progra...
Nancy Larson

Nancy Larson

Administrative Assistant

Nancy Larson is a business professional with a background in technology. She has extensive experience in office, pro...
Kathia Laszlo

Kathia Laszlo

Mentor

Freelancer Course (San Francisco)

Kathia Laszlo is a freelancer with over 20 years of experience working with leaders and entrepreneurs in all sectors ...
Konda Mason

Konda Mason

Advisory Board

Konda Mason is a social entrepreneur, earth and social justice activist and spiritual teacher. She is the co-founder ...
Naima McQueen

Naima McQueen

Mentor

Naima McQueen has over 5 years of experience advising mission-driven organizations. She focuses on outreach to the sm...
Kelley Nayo Jahi

Kelley Nayo Jahi

Mentor

Kelley Nayo Jahi is owner of Nayo Partners, business management for creatives and visionaries. Kelley’s roster of pas...
Hannah Onstad

Hannah Onstad

Content Strategist

Hannah Onstad is the founder of H2O Content Strategy—a content, design, and development company—and LOAKL.com, a new ...
Fyodor Ovchinnikov

Fyodor Ovchinnikov

Lead Instructor & Mentor

Fyodor Ovchinnikov is co-founder and managing partner of the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership – a California-bas...
Thomas Rosenberg

Thomas Rosenberg

Lead Instructor & Mentor

Since 1994, Thomas Rosenberg has been working on change leadership and transformation around environmental initiative...
Tatiana Vekovishcheva

Tatiana Vekovishcheva

Community Manager

Tatiana Vekovishcheva is passionate about building thriving purpose-driven communities by employing cutting-edge soci...
Instructors & Mentors
Seyed Amiry

Seyed Amiry

Co-Founder, Advisory Board Member & Mentor

Seyed Amiry has over 30 years of business, entrepreneurial, and academic leadership experience in the education, cons...
Sarita Evans

Sarita Evans

Mentor

Sarita Evans has over 30 years of training, public service and entrepreneurial experience. She began her first busine...
April Fenall

April Fenall

Mentor

April Fenall is a business professional with a background in marketing and communications, bringing over 15 years of ...
Mike Gabriel

Mike Gabriel

Lead Instructor & Mentor

Mike Gabriel is an experienced investment and strategy professional with over 10 years in the social enterprise secto...
Caron Gugssa-Howard

Caron Gugssa-Howard

Mentor

Caron Gugssa-Howard has over 15 years of strategy, business, and entrepreneurial experience, beginning her entreprene...
Lesa Hammond, Ph.D.

Lesa Hammond, Ph.D.

Lead Instructor & Mentor

Lesa Hammond, Ph.D., is co-founder and CEO of ProfHire, a technology platform that connects higher education and trai...
Rani Langer-Croager

Rani Langer-Croager

Co-Founder, CEO & Lead Instructor

Rani Langer-Croager founded Uptima Business Bootcamp to address the challenges of traditional entrepreneurship progra...
Kathia Laszlo

Kathia Laszlo

Mentor

Freelancer Course (San Francisco)

Kathia Laszlo is a freelancer with over 20 years of experience working with leaders and entrepreneurs in all sectors ...
Naima McQueen

Naima McQueen

Mentor

Naima McQueen has over 5 years of experience advising mission-driven organizations. She focuses on outreach to the sm...
Kelley Nayo Jahi

Kelley Nayo Jahi

Mentor

Kelley Nayo Jahi is owner of Nayo Partners, business management for creatives and visionaries. Kelley’s roster of pas...
Fyodor Ovchinnikov

Fyodor Ovchinnikov

Lead Instructor & Mentor

Fyodor Ovchinnikov is co-founder and managing partner of the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership – a California-bas...
Thomas Rosenberg

Thomas Rosenberg

Lead Instructor & Mentor

Since 1994, Thomas Rosenberg has been working on change leadership and transformation around environmental initiative...
Staff
Rani Langer-Croager

Rani Langer-Croager

Co-Founder, CEO & Lead Instructor

Rani Langer-Croager founded Uptima Business Bootcamp to address the challenges of traditional entrepreneurship progra...
Aaron Joseph

Aaron Joseph

Graphic Designer

Aaron Joseph is the founder of Identafire, an Oakland-based, QPOC-owned graphic design and web development agency wor...
Nancy Larson

Nancy Larson

Administrative Assistant

Nancy Larson is a business professional with a background in technology. She has extensive experience in office, pro...
Hannah Onstad

Hannah Onstad

Content Strategist

Hannah Onstad is the founder of H2O Content Strategy—a content, design, and development company—and LOAKL.com, a new ...
Tatiana Vekovishcheva

Tatiana Vekovishcheva

Community Manager

Tatiana Vekovishcheva is passionate about building thriving purpose-driven communities by employing cutting-edge soci...
Advisory Board
Seyed Amiry

Seyed Amiry

Co-Founder, Advisory Board Member & Mentor

Seyed Amiry has over 30 years of business, entrepreneurial, and academic leadership experience in the education, cons...
Raj Croager

Raj Croager

Advisory Board

Raj Croager is the Founder and CEO of MARJEN Technology Group, a provider of enterprise-class information technology ...
Konda Mason

Konda Mason

Advisory Board

Konda Mason is a social entrepreneur, earth and social justice activist and spiritual teacher. She is the co-founder ...