Center for Entrepreneurship

Center for Entrepreneurship Team

Stacey Sikes

Stacey Sikes, Executive Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Office: ideaHUb, Business School Building, Rm 103E
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Phone: 516-463-7496

Sharon Goldsmith

Sharon Goldsmith, Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Office: ideaHUb, Business School Building, Rm 103C
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Phone: 516-463-5202

Richard Hayes

Dr. Richard N. Hayes, Academic Director
Office: Business School Building, Rm 107
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Phone: 516-463-5727

Lutisha Vickerie

Lutisha Vickerie, Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship
Office: Business School Building, Rm 107
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Laura Fetter

Laura Fetter, Senior Assistant Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Office: Oak Street Center, Rm 107D
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Phone: 516-463-4069

Kenia Nuñez

Kenia Nuñez, Assistant Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Oak Street Center Room Number 107B
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Phone: 516-463-5285

Terri Arnold-McKenzie

Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Program Manager - Ascend Long Island
Office: ideaHUb, Rm 103D
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Phone: 516-463-5222

April Jones

April Jones, Programs Administrator of Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Office: Oak Street Center, Rm 107C
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Phone: 516-463-5850

Stacey Sikes, Executive Dean

Stacey SikesStacey Sikes is the Executive Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development at Hofstra University, where she oversees the operations of the Center for Entrepreneurship, ideaHUb incubator, and Scott Skodnek Business Development Center. Stacey was part of the founding team of the globally recognized Center for Entrepreneurship in 2015 and authored successful grant applications totaling over $3 million focused on building entrepreneurship facilities and growing programming. Under her leadership, the Center for Entrepreneurship has been at the forefront of supporting student entrepreneurs and founders throughout the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, introducing new programs to help them innovate and continue to grow their skills. She previously served as the Assistant Executive Director for Accelerate Long Island, where she coordinated the efforts of the Accelerate Long Island Seed Fund and developed and implemented the organization’s programs. Prior to starting at Accelerate Long Island in 2012, Stacey served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko, focusing primarily on economic development issues, including the Ronkonkoma Hub Transit-Oriented Development. Stacey has served on the writers’ committee for the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, contributing to strategic plans that resulted in millions of dollars of economic development grants for the region. Stacey was previously Director of Special Projects to Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi and Deputy Regional Representative to United States Senator Charles E. Schumer on Long Island. Stacey received her BA and MA in Government and Politics from St. John’s University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Sharon Goldsmith, Senior Associate Dean

Sharon GoldsmithSharon Goldsmith, MBA is the Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development. She has twelve years of combined experience in the business management and entertainment industry and over four years in higher education. Sharon graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2003 with a degree in Public Relations and immediately joined LL Business Management, Inc. For almost three years, she was a business manager for recording artists, NBA players and other high net worth individuals. Her most famous client, 50 Cent, asked her to join G-Unit Records, Inc. in 2005 as the Director of Finance and later, the Director of Finance and Human Resources. During that time Sharon earned her M.A. in Speech Communication and Rhetoric Studies here at Hofstra University. Sharon spent over ten years contributing to the success of both multi-platinum music releases and supporting 50 Cent’s entrepreneurship. She helped him to achieve success in the tech, non-profit, entertainment and consumer electronic space. Sharon joined Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship in 2015 and has completed the Lean Launchpad Educator’s Program and earned a Masters in Business Administration. At Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship, Sharon provides students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community with skills and training necessary to become accomplished entrepreneurs through multiple programs and services. Sharon also advances the mission of the Scott Skodnek Business Development Center by designing and implementing new curriculum for the Empire State Development funded Entrepreneurial Assistance Centers. Sharon was a panelist at the 2020 United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s 2019 Conference and presented at the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Center’s 2019 Conference. Sharon is currently serving as an E-Advisory Council Member for The National Center for Disability Entrepreneurship (NCDE) at the Viscardi Center.

Dr. Richard N. Hayes, Academic Director

Richard HayesRichard N. Hayes, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, USA.  At Hofstra, he is the primary entrepreneurship professor and was responsible for completely redesigning the undergraduate entrepreneurship major.  He is an advisor to the entrepreneurship club (Hofstra University Startups) and director of the Entrepreneurship Challenge, an innovative partnership between Hofstra and Capital One Bank.  His research has been published in the Journal of Developmental EntrepreneurshipEntrepreneurial Executive, the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and the African Journal of Business Management.  In addition, his teaching evaluations are among the highest in the business school.

Prior to joining the faculty at Hofstra, Dr. Hayes was a member of the faculty in the School of Business at North Carolina Central University where he was twice named Graduate Teacher of the Year and once named Undergraduate Teacher of the Year. 

Deeply committed to global entrepreneurship and particularly to entrepreneurial development in Africa, Dr. Hayes also holds an appointment as a Visiting Associate Professor in the Faculty of Management at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.  Richard has also taught at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, the Lagos (Nigeria) Business School and Africa University (Zimbabwe).  He is the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer of the International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD) and will be the entrepreneurship track chair for the 2018 Africa Academy of Management (AFAM) meetings that will be held in Ethiopia.

He earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.   He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in Corporate Finance from Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA), where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the United States’ premier academic honor society, a Master of Business Administration from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University (Atlanta, GA) and a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School (Durham, NC).

Lutisha S. Vickerie

Lutisha VickerieLutisha S. Vickerie completed her Ph.D. in the Organization Management Program at Rutgers School of Business, with a concentration in entrepreneurship, organizational theory, and global affairs. Prior to joining Hofstra, she taught various Entrepreneurship, Ethics, and Negotiation courses as a part-time lecturer at Rutgers and an assistant adjunct professor at Baruch College Zicklin School of Business.

Dr. Vickerie's research interests span both micro and macro levels of analysis. In one research stream, she uses neo-institutional theory to examine the institutional logics supporting policy initiatives and the influence on entrepreneur responses. In a different research stream, Dr. Vickerie advances a venture formation perspective in formal and informal markets to identify entrepreneurial drivers and switching mechanisms in domestic and international contexts. She specializes in using qualitative field research methods to understand the interplay of individuals’ experiences with organizational and institutional phenomena more broadly. At the 2017 USASBE Conference, Dr. Vickerie received Best Conceptual Paper Award and Best Doctoral Student Paper Award for her work on interdisciplinary research paradigms across the aforementioned fields.

Dr. Vickerie received her B.A. in Economics from Rutgers College. She also holds a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark and is admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey. Prior to her academic career, she worked as an attorney, representing a multinational firm and its subsidiaries on international business regulation and policy matters. She also served as co-founder and Vice President of Fair To Women, Inc., where she advocated on behalf of women across the world facing socio-economic marginalization.

Dr. Vickerie uses her knowledge in organization management, entrepreneurship, business ethics, and global affairs to contribute practical solutions for sustainable socio-economic development and political justice for indigent people.

Laura Fetter

Laura FetterB.A. Psychology - Hofstra University; Laura Fetter is the Senior Assistant Dean and Entrepreneurial Assistance Center (EAC) Program Director for the Scott Skodnek Business Development Center and Center for Entrepreneurship. As EAC Program Director, Laura provides oversight of the EAC, a program funded by Empire State Development that has been successfully operating at Hofstra University since 1991. Laura also assists with planning and implementing programs for entrepreneurs including training in QuickBooks accounting software and Digital Marketing for small businesses. She also provides technical assistance to business owners completing the New York State Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) application and performs analyses of applications submitted to Empire State Development through the Certification Assistance Program (CAP) grant. Prior to joining the BDC, Laura worked in the Office for Development as an Administrative Assistant and in the Office of Alumni Relations as a Senior Assistant.

Kenia Nuñez

Kenia NuñezKenia is a social entrepreneur, an Amazon best-selling author, a sought out speaker, a certified health coach and yoga teacher. Kenia's self-care curriculum has been taught in high-schools from the Bronx to Brentwood. Kenia is well versed in teaching troubled teens, the special needs community, immigrants as well as conducting workshops for parents and facilitating professional development for teachers. Prior to having her own company, Kenia spent 20 years in Corporate America working with top-tier financial institutions and venture capital firms. Kenia's greatest passion is teaching humans of all ages the importance and power of self-care. Kenia resides on Long Island with her three children.

Terri Arnold-McKenzie

Terri Arnold-McKenzieTerri Arnold-McKenzie, MBA is the Program Manager for the Ascend Long Island program in the Center for Entrepreneurship on the campus of Hofstra University.  She is also a consultant specializing in Small Business Development and MWBE Compliance and Procurement.  She holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, a Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University.

Before starting at Hofstra University in 2019, Terri opened her consulting firm, TAM Business Consulting, LLC in 2017.  Prior to that, Terri spent 10 years with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) working in all areas of Diversity & Inclusion programming and Community Outreach & Engagement.  In continuing with her passion to increase access for individuals with diverse backgrounds and women, in both the public and private sectors, Terri currently assists in developing an ecosystem for diverse business owners; connecting them with vital resources and pipeline development opportunities that will directly contribute to building capacity for their businesses. 

Terri holds leadership positions on several Diversity & Inclusion committees as well as an executive board member role with the Long Island Region – Eastern Section (USTA).  Terri is a proud member of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce.  She is also a member of the MWBE Steering Committee for the Nassau County Comptroller’s Office.

Terri proudly holds lifetime memberships in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is available for private consultations and may be contacted at: or 347-416-2144

Terri Arnold-McKenzie lives in Baldwin, New York.

April Jones

April JonesApril Jones, B.A.-Psychology - St. John’s University; M.A.-Government and Politics - St. John’s University. April Jones has extensive administrative experience in both academic and corporate settings. April provides program support for the Entrepreneurial Assistance Center Program (EACP), MWBE Certification Assistance Program (CAP) grant and other programs at the Business Development Center and Center for Entrepreneurship.