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Management Team Profiles

Landon V. Taylor, CEO

Landon Taylor
Chief Executive Officer

Landon Taylor serves as chief executive officer of Base 11. He sets the organization’s strategic vision and leads the national expansion of Base 11’s STEM workforce and entrepreneur accelerator model by partnering with industry, academia and philanthropy to transform high-potential, low-resource students into the STEM talent most in demand by industry. 


John D. Beneventi
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.

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Ingrid Ellerbe
Executive Director

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.

Michael DuBois

Michael DuBois
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships & Business Development

Michael DuBois serves as the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships & Business Development, advancing Base 11 Innovation Centers by developing strategies that deliver short-term results with long-term sustainability. He creates bespoke solutions for Base 11’s partners to accelerate the STEM talent pipeline and drive efficiency, scale and business performance.


Cindy Santos-Mendoza
Director, Marketing

Cindy Santos-Mendoza is Base 11’s Marketing Director, with more than a fifteen years of experience in marketing communications for corporations, corporate foundations and nonprofits.

Christine Byrd

Christine Byrd
Director, Communications

Christine Byrd is Base 11’s Communications Director, working with corporate partners, colleges, and students to tell the story of the program’s impact.

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Alexis Okura
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development

Alexis serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development. She is responsible for advancing Base 11 Ecosystems on the West Coast to accelerate a diverse STEM talent pipeline. She creates partnerships with industry and foundations that are in search of scalable,  sustainable and impactful solutions.

Tia Tucker

Tia Tucker
Senior Programs Manager

Tia Tucker is the project manager for Base 11, responsible for leading project implementation, ensuring quality, tracking metrics, communicating with stakeholders and continuously improving programs.

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Jade Kim
Administrative and Operations Coordinator

Jade Kim is the Administrative and Operations Coordinator for Base 11, providing essential administrative management to the CEO and SVP and serving as the organization’s chief first impression officer.

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.


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.

Tonie Leatherberry
Principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Tonie Leatherberry is a Principal in the Risk and Financial Advisory practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP where she serves Fortune 100 manufacturing, retail and consumer business clients. Additionally, she is the Board Relations Leader for the Risk and Financial Advisory practice.  She also serves as the President of Deloitte Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to drive initiatives that develop future leaders through education.


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.


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).

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.


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.


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.


Todd Henderson
Founder and President, INK

Todd is an award winning creative professional with 20+ years of experience in the creative services industry.


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.


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.


Dr. Andrew C. Jones
Senior Advisor

Andrew C. Jones, Ed.D., serves as senior advisor for Base 11 and has been an executive administrator for over 30 years.


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.