GEW Penn State is organized and managed by the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC). SBDC provides entrepreneurs with the education, information, and tools necessary to build successful businesses.
Kimberlee has been the director of Penn State SBDC since December 2017. She was the President/CEO of the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau where she directed the membership, event planning, promotional, and operations programs serving over 300 members and Hermosa’s 20,000 residents. She joined the chamber leadership in 2014 following numerous executive financial roles at DIRECTV, four major film studios in Los Angeles, and Sony Music Entertainment in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the Penn State Smeal College of Business, an MBA from Lehigh University, and is an alumnus of Deloitte Northeast.
Kimberlee is founder of Single Rider Productions and Polymath Theatre Company, is an active volunteer for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and previously served 2 terms on the Public Works Commission in Hermosa Beach.
GEW Coordinator and Student Entrepreneurship Consultant
Linda Feltman accepted a faculty position with the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications in August 2018. Prior to becoming faculty, she worked with the Penn State SBDC as a business consultant for 19 years, working only with student entrepreneurs for the last two years.
For 20 years before joining the SBDC staff in 1999, Linda was involved in several small business startups as a principal or owner. She has written a column for Pennsylvania Magazine since 1992, specializing in bed and breakfasts and profiles of interesting people and places, and is the author of several books related to those topics.
In 2005, she became an associate faculty member in the Bellisario College of Communications and continues to teach COMM 493, Entrepreneurship in the Information Age. Since 2009, she has been the faculty adviser for the Penn State student organization Happy Valley Communications, an award winning student-run public relations firm that works with the publicity initiatives of other student-run organizations as well as local small businesses. Linda also currently serves as the faculty associate for Lion LaunchPad, a special living option based on campus in North Halls for students interested in entrepreneurship, and is the faculty adviser for the GEW Club.