Management Team Profiles


Chief Executive Officer

Landon Taylor serves as the chief executive officer of Base 11. Landon is a high-energy corporate strategist with over 25 years of experience which spans launching start-ups to leading the development and deployment of nationally-implemented corporate business strategies for FORTUNE 500® corporations, multinational non-profit organizations, and innovative entrepreneurs. His well-rounded career has included key C-level positions with companies such as The First American Corporation—where he launched First American VMS, The First American Homeownership Foundation, The First American New Market Venture Fund, and National Advisory Board. Landon’s professional experience, keen business instinct, and unique insights into financial services, enterprise technology, and human development have resulted in impressive industry connections. Throughout his career, Landon has strived to balance his affinity for capitalism and free market production with his commitment to human development. As chairman of Base 11, he is dedicated to fulfilling his personal mission of helping people and organizations realize and become their greatest selves.
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Chief Financial Officer

John D. Beneventi is the chief financial officer for Base 11. With over 25 years of finance and accounting experience, John is a social entrepreneur, focused on technology as an industry change agent. He has over a decade of experience leading the design, creation, and deployment of market-leading technologies and process improvements for the real estate, mortgage finance, housing counseling, and aviation industries. As president and co-founder of 5x Solutions and Center for Innovation in Education, John implements streamline processes and provides scalable solutions — resulting in disruptive technology achievements that redefine industries. As Chief Financial Officer for Base 11, John oversees all economic strategy and forecasting for the organization.
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Ingrid Ellerbe, SVP Partner and Program Engagement

Ingrid Ellerbe
Senior Vice President, Partner and Program Engagement

Ingrid serves as SVP of Partner and Program Engagement, spearheading the design and implementation of the company’s STEM Accelerator Programs in collaboration with the Base 11 community college, university and corporate partner network.  Driven by results, Ingrid leads the charge to empower high-potential, low-resource students with the access, resources and training needed to become the skilled STEM workforce and entrepreneurs our country so desperately needs.

A longtime education advocate, Ingrid’s experience includes 30 years in the K-16 education market in key roles ranging from business development to operations, marketing to strategic planning, and management to leadership development. Prior to joining Base 11, she served as a C-suite executive at successful and innovative education and education technology firms in the public, private and non-profit sectors including start-ups, mid sized, and large for-profit corporations. Her guiding principle has always been to provide equity and access to quality programs to ensure that all students can achieve high standards. Ingrid serves on the national board of the NAACP Foundation.


Senior Advisor

Dr. Andrew C. Jones serves as senior advisor to the CEO. He has over 30 years of executive level experience in the field of higher education and currently serves as vice chancellor for the Contra Costa Community College District. Previously, he served as chancellor of Coast Community College District, CA, executive vice chancellor of Educational Affairs for the Dallas County Community College District, TX, and president of the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD. Dr. Jones has led several recent national initiatives to address the declining role of males of color in higher education. He is a staunch supporter of increased faculty diversity and promotes student success through the use of technology, process improvement and predictive analytics. Dr. Jones has also been a champion for elevating student learning outcome assessment as the major metric for institutional success. Most recently, he has been involved with leading regional workforce efforts in Southern California and developing entrepreneurial incubators to enhance the working learner.
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Director, Marketing Communications

Cindy Santos-Mendoza is Director, Marketing Communications for Base 11, with more than a dozen years of experience in marketing communications for corporations, corporate foundations and nonprofits. In her previous roles at First American Corporation (FAC), she was instrumental in the effective launch and management of a multicultural marketing and sales support department that grew exponentially. She also managed FAC’s homeownership foundation, serving as the primary point of contact for nonprofit partners. As a native Spanish speaker, she served as FAC’s spokesperson and Public Relations contact for Spanish-language media. Cindy has first-hand experience with the challenges many students encounter in their quest for education. Born in Colombia, Cindy emigrated to the United States at the age of 21, paying her way through college by working multiple jobs to earn her bachelor’s degree in international business and marketing from California State University at Long Beach. She resides in California with her husband and two daughters.
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Michelle Howard

Michelle Howard
Sr Project Manager

Michelle Howard, Senior Project Manager for Base 11, originally hails from New York City. With over 30 years of IT experience with a fortune 500 company, Michelle spent 21 of those years as a project manager. As a current member of the Project Management Institute, Michelle continues to enrich her knowledge of the field with ever changing technology. Throughout her career, she has supervised projects in multiple locations in the United States as well as Brazil, Italy and the United Kingdom. As a STEM student herself at the University of Pittsburgh, Michelle was drawn to the mission of Base 11. She served as a Calculus tutor during her years in college, became a member of the board of directors for the Literacy Volunteers of America in Huntington Beach, Ca, and currently is a mentor trainer for an online dog training institution. After retiring in 2012, Michelle took a hiatus from the corporate world and decided to relax and recharge her batteries. Beginning of this year, she felt the urge to return to the work she knew but did not feel drawn to the corporate environment. Hence, Base11 was her dream come true. Being a person who loves to work with the community and her professional experience and know-how, Michelle has truly found her calling with Base 11.
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Olenka Cullinan, National Director, STEM EP

Olenka Cullinan
National Director, STEM Entrepreneur Program

Olenka Cullinan, Base 11 National Director,  STEM Entrepreneur Program, brings 10+ years of experience in business and youth education. She has worked with top leadership/entrepreneurship organizations in the nation, consulted startups, and partaken in development of a wave of young entrepreneurs globally. Within Base 11, Olenka cultivates STEM Entrepreneur Accelerator (EA) community college partnerships and STEM EA partner course implementation, combined with delivery of  ‘train the trainer’ program.  She is also developing partner school pitch competition as well as Base 11 National STEM EA Competition for the students.

Olenka moved to the US at the age of 19, became an educator for life, and built a successful business. An entrepreneur at heart, Olenka founded Rising Tycoons (RT), a youth-driven company teaching high-potential students to become successful in school, life and the world. Olenka has become one of the nation’s premiere youth speakers and young entrepreneurs’ experts, as recently demonstrated by her speaking appearance at TEDx. Cullinan’s newest achievement is Rising Tycoons Academy (RTA), which offers hands-on, real-world training in “how to start a business,” preparing a new generation of aspiring values-based entrepreneurial Leaders.

Corporate Board Members


Douglas R. Bender
Managing Partner SPHR, MA Onyx Global HR

Doug grew up in the South and West of the U.S. and graduated from Alcorn State University with a BA in Political Science and Economics. He went on to receive a Masters degree in Human Resources Counseling from North Carolina A&T State University and studied law at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.

He has worked for some of the most exciting organizations in corporate America including Miller Brewing Company, Uncle Ben’s Foods, Dove, International, M&M/Mars, and Kal Kan Petcare, and held a number of corporate and manufacturing HR positions of increasing responsibility which included international assignments. His last corporate assignment for Mars, Incorporated prior to entering private consulting practice was as Head of HR Support Services for North America and Co-Chair for Global HR Support Services over seeing the management of a combined budget of over $200 million dollars annually.

Doug is an Adjunct Instructor at the heralded California State University campuses at Long Beach and Fullerton and has lectured many international business leadership delegations from around the world including The Peoples Republic of China.

Along with many published professional articles written over the course of his career he has also published the award winning book titled The ABC’s of Leadership in 2008 (Axiom Business Book Awards) and a second book, Caution: Smiles At Work (, 2014). In addition, he is a Contributing Author to bestseller The Leadership Challenge Activities Book by Kouzes and Posner (Pfeiffer, 2010).


Craig S. Nickerson
CEO and President, The Nickerson Group

Craig Nickerson has been a leader in the housing and community development world for over four decades, including influential roles in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Currently, Craig serves as President of The Nickerson Group, a housing finance and community revitalization consultant practice, based in Washington, DC. Prior to establishing this practice in 2015, Craig served as founder and President of the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST), a nationwide nonprofit organization created in 2008 to spur the revitalization of neighborhoods in the wake of the foreclosure crisis.

Craig began his career in Boston, progressing to Executive Director of the City of Boston, Office of Housing, administering all citywide affordable housing initiatives. Craig subsequently worked at HUD in Washington, DC as National Director of Housing Rehabilitation, managing such housing programs as the Rental Rehabilitation Program, Urban Homesteading, and Community Development Block Grants. Other senior positions held included serving as founder and President/CEO of Community Development Financial Corporation, a nationwide mortgage financing and financial services firm, and as CEO/President of a nationwide housing and community development consultant firm.

Lastly, Craig is an accomplished public speaker and an author. Written publications include the National Homeownership Strategy for the Clinton Administration, Catch the Dream, a multi- cultural homeownership plan, and Don’t Borrow Trouble, a predatory lending prevention campaign, for Freddie Mac, and numerous papers published in real estate, banking, and federal policy journals.


John Page
Senior Corporate Vice President, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility and Legal Officer at Golden State Foods

John Page is Senior Corporate Vice President, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility and Legal Officer of Golden State Foods Corp. (GSF). John has over 25 years of practicing as an attorney, both as outside and in-house counsel, and has litigated and tried numerous cases, including successfully arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. John is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Joining GSF in 2004, John is responsible for all legal, governance and compliance matters for the company. Additionally, John provides executive leadership for GSF’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, which include environmental initiatives, diversity and fair treatment, and community involvement.

John is a mentor to law students and is deeply committed to our youth, being involved in organizing “Journey To Attorney” which aims to invite, inform and inspire today’s youth to consider positive choices for the future including one that leads to a career in law.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, John is a 1987 cum laude graduate of Pace University, receiving a B.A. in Political Science and minor in History. While attending Pace, he was selected to serve as a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. John received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1990, where he was an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.


Ron de Frates
Co-founder, 5X Solutions, Inc.

Ron is a technologist and entrepreneur with an interest in disruptive technologies and mega-trends. He has over 30 years of experience applying engineering principles to business and social problems.

Exploiting empirical evidence and shortening the feed-back loop during product development are central to his approach to delivering successful solutions. He has worked in a wide variety of industries including mortgage finance, biotech, utilities, and medical devices. As co-founder of 5X Solutions, Inc., Ron focuses on stakeholder problems and solutions.


Bill Haberstock

William Haberstock began his career in aviation fueling aircraft on the graveyard shift at Salt Lake City International Airport in the 1960s. He became a corporate pilot and also moved into running various flight departments.

But all that time, even as his career grew, he was recognizing problems in Utah’s aviation industry. Many companies worked in the sector, but each provided only one or two services, forcing pilots and plane owners to seek out and work with multiple service providers. This often made aircraft ownership too complex for people to bother with it. In response to this, Haberstock in 1995 got together with some partners to purchase Million Air, a 33-employee firm that worked in 13,000 square feet of hangar space. Haberstock pushed the company to add an array of services, to the point that now, a person can buy an aircraft from Million Air, get it fueled with Million Air, rent a hangar from Million Air, schedule maintenance and management with Million Air and even get de-iced by Million Air. That’s doable for a company that now has 275,000 square feet of hangar space and more than 260 employees. In addition to its Salt Lake base, Million Air operates facilities in Aurora, Ore., and Provo, plus an aircraft sales business in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The expansion of Million Air’s business to a full-service company doesn’t just make sense for customers; it makes sense for Million Air. In the challenging business climate following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Million Air was able to survive in part because of its focus on less cyclical services, like fueling. A decision to not only offer after-sale services, but also help potential owners choose the right plane, has helped the company’s stability, too.

Advisory Board Members


Gary Acosta
Co-Founder and CEO, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)

Gary Acosta is the co-founder and CEO of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) and a 25-year veteran of the housing industry. NAHREP is the nation’s largest minority real estate trade association with over 20,000 members and 35 local chapters.

Mr. Acosta also founded or co-founded several successful mortgage, real estate and technology companies including Prado Mortgage, New Vista Asset Management, CounselorMax, and In 2013 he co-founded The Mortgage Collaborative, a cooperative of mortgage companies who work together to increase profitability and market share.

In 2003, Realtor Magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential People in real estate and in 2004, Hispanic Business Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America.

He is a former member of the board of directors of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America and has served on advisory boards for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and JP Morgan Chase.

Mr. Acosta is a graduate from University of California San Diego and attended Pomona College. He writes a blog, The Nuevo Latinos, which discusses Latino issues in business politics and media explaining what is behind this movement and how it will transform American society in the coming years.


Jonathan Daniels
President, Praxis Aerospace Concepts International

Jonathan Daniels is the President of Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Nevada corporation. Praxis Aerospace provides practical solutions for multi-modal (ground-air-sea-industrial-space) robotics and unmanned systems. Praxis Aerospace is dedicated to the expert practical application of technologies, equipment, robotic systems and concepts that support manned, unmanned and teleoperated customer missions. Praxis Aerospace is the only Southern Nevada company on the external advisory board of ASSURE, the FAA’s Center of Excellence for UAS Research.

Mr. Daniels holds a B.S. in Aerospace Studies/Business Management from Excelsior College, an MBA from Kaplan University, and a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He has completed the Naval Aviation Safety Officer course, is an FAA certificated commercial/instrument pilot, and a PADI-certified Assistant Instructor.

Mr. Daniels has been a key contributor to DOD/NATO remotely piloted/unmanned aircraft systems training standards, operational employment, and programmatic budget development decisions documents; specifically, his work as Action Officer for the creation of United States Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) Joint UAS Training Qualifications and Standards Architecture (JUAS TQSA), CJCSI 3255, Joint UAS Minimum Training Standards and the JFCOM Employment of Group 4/5 Non-Organic UAS Tactical Pocket Guides. He served on the Human Factors Sub-Committee of RTCA SC-203, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) from 2007 until 2013. He also developed and implemented the Department of the Army Proof-of- Concept for SUAS training that is currently implemented as the Master Trainer program.


Dain Ehring
Tech Investor, Entrepreneur

Dain Ehring is an experienced C-level executive, entrepreneur and speaker with extensive experience in high technology leadership and engineering. A dynamic leader and motivator, Ehring is particularly skilled at raising capital; strategy, vision and mission planning; contract negotiations and strategic alliances; and team building and performance improvement.

Most recently, Ehring was founder and CEO of Dorado Corporation, a pioneer in cloud-based applications for mortgage bankers. Under Ehring’s leadership, Dorado became the market leader in demand chain management solutions for the mortgage industry, achieving an average annual growth rate of 200% over a seven-year period. At its peak, Dorado’s patent-protected software was used by 150 of the largest U.S. banks. Ehring raised $120 million in funds from CrossPoint Ventures and other capital sources and structured the company’s successful sale to CoreLogic, a publicly traded, multi-billion dollar technology company.

Ehring began his career recruited out of college by the U.S. government to head up the National Reconnaissance Organization’s (NRO) global technology modernization initiative. Ehring then took on sales and marketing for NeXT Computers, founded by visionary Steve Jobs. Other roles include VP of worldwide sales at Lighthouse Design, a startup applications developer acquired by Sun Microsystems; director of sales at JavaSoft, a Sun Microsystems subsidiary; and senior VP of CoreLogic.

A gifted speaker and team builder, Ehring is a strong advocate for an engaged, collaborate and diverse workforce. He serves as a investor, advisor or mentor at several technology incubators, startup organizations and university programs. He also sits on several technology and philanthropic boards and has authored dozens of thought leadership articles on topics ranging from science, technology, politics and financial services. Ehring holds a Master’s degree in Space Physics from UCLA and is an avid traveler and blogger.


Michelle Flowers Taylor, Ed.D.
Founding Director of the Institute for Engineering Community and Cultural Competence at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering

Michelle Flowers Taylor, Ed.D. is an educator with expertise in promoting cross-cultural education through research, media, and service. To this end, she has worked in the STEM disciplines to further diversity and achievement of underrepresented student populations, particularly African American and Latina girls and women. Additionally, she has served as an applied anthropologist with specialized training in the visual aspects of culture to develop interactive and educational video game based content that taught the languages and cultures of various parts of the world for the U.S. military. Her work has garnered the U.S. Distance Learning Award and has taken her to several countries including Australia, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, and various locations in the U.S. She completed her doctoral research at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, where she conducted narrative analysis research with academically high-achieving African-American female students to assess the language and literacy strategies that they have used to excel in school and in their roles as community leaders.

As the founding director of the Institute for Engineering Community and Cultural Competence at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, Dr. Taylor leads the development and implementation of intervention strategies, programs, and ongoing research aimed at eliminating the gender gap in STEM with emphasis on the high-demand fields of computer science and engineering. IEC3 is specifically focused on empowering African American and Latina girls and women to enter STEM fields, and advancing their career readiness in technologies of the future.


Todd Henderson
Founder and President, INK

Todd is an award winning creative professional with 20+ years of experience in the creative services industry. Currently the CEO and co-founder of INK, an integrated brand and marketing firm in Irvine, CA, Todd has built one of the most respected creative firms in Southern California. Recognized as one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America four years running by Inc. Magazine, INK has earned a reputation for helping companies like Time Warner Cable, Yokohama Tire, Shea Homes, Hoag Hospital and Baja Fresh strengthen their brands and grow their businesses.

Prior to founding INK in 2007, Todd served as a creative executive for firms such as Viant, Fuse, iXL, and DreamWorks and remains deeply involved in the creative community. Todd also serves as a board member of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley and has actively supported the clubs’ efforts both personally and professionally since 2011.

Todd and his wife of 21 years, Katherine live in Ladera Ranch and have two sons; Jack, a sophomore at JSerra Catholic High School, and Charlie, an 8th grader at St. Johns Episcopal School in RSM. In his rare moments of spare time, Todd is quite active and enjoys golf, mountain biking, basketball and hiking.


John W. Hines
Managing Director – Chief Technologist, JH Technology Associates LLC

John Hines is Managing Director and Chief Technologist at JH Technology Associates LLC, a California-based Technology Consulting and Advisory Services company. John retired from the NASA-Ames Research Center (ARC) in December, 2012, after nearly 37 years. His final position was as the Center Chief Technologist. Earlier, John was Chief Technologist in the ARC Engineering Directorate, and, before that, Deputy Chief and Chief Technologist for the Small Spacecraft Division, Nanosatellite Missions Office Manager, and PI/Program Manager for a number of discipline-specific Agency Programs and Organizations.

John has particular expertise in the areas of Space and Small Spacecraft Technologies, Medical and Biological Technologies, Technology Aggregation, Technology Direction and Management, and Program/Project/Product Development. John has over 40 years of combined NASA, Air Force and Research Institute experience. Recently, John served on two National Academy of Sciences Panels, the Committee on Space-Based Additive Manufacturing of Space Hardware (COSBAM), and the Space Technology Industry Government University Roundtable (STIGUR).


Art McCoy, Ph.D.
President and Founder, Severing the Achievement Gap in the Education of Students (SAGES)

Art McCoy, Ph.D., is a champion for students and an inspiring education leader who has led over 120,000 students in the St. Louis region and supported over 1 million students and 2,500 schools and colleges across America. In 1996, he became the youngest certified teacher in Missouri teaching mathematics in the Rockwood School District at age 19. He became a Grade Level Principal in 1999, District K-12 Gifted Director in 2002, and Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UM-St. Louis) as well as guest lecturer and speaker at the College of William and Mary, Lindenwood, Maryville, and St. Louis Community College from 2003 to date. In 2005, Dr. McCoy became the Executive Director of VICC and Student Services for Rockwood and created scores of programs and added new procedures for greater student support, access, and achievement. In 2008, he became Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, was later named the youngest and, also, the first African-American Superintendent of Ferguson-Florissant School District in December 2010 at 33. Dr. McCoy led the district to earn much recognition including the Urban Overachiever Award for outstanding graduation rates. Dr. McCoy was a state and national leader for Harvard’s Pathways to Prosperity Initiative developing college and career pathways for students (grades 7-14). In 2014, he served as an education adviser to the Missouri House and Senate and helped write state laws for education equity. He is the founder and president of SAGES Consulting LLC and SAGES Academy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, as well as Superintendent-in-Residence of MIND Research Institute and Base 11, where his emphasis is on creating STEM workforce development programs for students and serving on Base 11’s national advisory board.

Dr. McCoy earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Education with an emphasis in education leadership and policy studies and Masters in Education Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Harris-Stowe State University. He is an alumnus of Harvard University’s Leadership Institute for Superintendents post-graduate program.


Senior Advisor

Dr. Andrew C. Jones serves as senior advisor to the CEO. He has over 30 years of executive level experience in the field of higher education and currently serves as vice chancellor for the Contra Costa Community College District. Previously, he served as chancellor of Coast Community College District, CA, executive vice chancellor of Educational Affairs for the Dallas County Community College District, TX, and president of the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD. Dr. Jones has led several recent national initiatives to address the declining role of males of color in higher education. He is a staunch supporter of increased faculty diversity and promotes student success through the use of technology, process improvement and predictive analytics. Dr. Jones has also been a champion for elevating student learning outcome assessment as the major metric for institutional success. Most recently, he has been involved with leading regional workforce efforts in Southern California and developing entrepreneurial incubators to enhance the working learner.
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Carver Gayton, Ph.D.

Carver Gayton is an author and public historian who has written two books about his great grandfather Lewis G. Clarke, an escaped slave and abolitionist leader. Gayton retired as founding executive director of the Northwest African American Museum in 2008, after successfully leading a $23 million capital campaign to renovate the Seattle building that houses the museum and low-income housing units.

Gayton also enjoyed a long career with Boeing, where he retired as Corporate Director of College and University Relations. In that role he was responsible for managing policy development, research, recruitment, contributions programs and activities relevant to Boeing’s interface with colleges and universities throughout the nation. He also served as Boeing’s Director of Training and Educational Relations. Gayton and Boeing were both recognized nationally for the school-to-work program that he created during his tenure there.

In 1997 he was appointed by the governor of Washington to serve as Commissioner of the Washington State Employment Security Department, overseeing unemployment benefits and federal workforce training programs.

A respected public servant in his hometown of Seattle, Gayton is a member of the Foundation and the Alumni Association at his alma mater, University of Washington, where he was a decorated football star, assistant coach, and professor. He has served on a wide variety of other boards including the National Advisory Panel for the National Center for Postsecondary Governance and Finance; the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges; the Independent Colleges of Washington Board of Trustees; and the Seattle School Board.