Misty Stutsman, Director
Stutsman joins the IVMF as the Director of the Center of Excellence in Veteran Entrepreneurship. She is responsible for building a center that advances and promotes veteran entrepreneurship nationwide through research, resources and tools as well as training and program development. Previously Stutsman served as the Manager of Programs and Outreach at the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, at Oklahoma State University. During her time there, she oversaw the expansion and relaunch of the new award-winning student incubator program, served on the planning board and positioned Riata as a founding member of 36 Degrees North, an 11,000 square foot entrepreneurial space in the heart of downtown Tulsa, as well as launched many other student and community-based programs, internships, competitions, and conferences, at the local, national, and international level. She was also the consortium lead for the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) based out of Oklahoma State University, recruiting three universities to the consortium during her tenure at the Riata Center. Prior to this position, she was the Marketing Manager at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has several years’ experience in service management, consulting, event planning and program/curriculum development. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Marketing and International Business and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Oklahoma State University. During her undergraduate career she was a member of the Equestrian team and served as the show manager coordinating all home competitions including the Big XII Championship.
Kristina Donzella, Assistant Director
Donzella joins the Center of Excellence for Veteran Entrepreneurship as the Assistant Director. In this role, she will support the success of veteran, service member, and military spouse-owned businesses by connecting them with entrepreneurial education and training, small business resources and solutions, and commerce and supplier opportunities. In her previous role at IVMF, Donzella was as an Academic Advisor for the Veterans Career Transition Program. Prior to joining IVMF Donzella worked in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University as a Student Records Coordinator for four years where she was responsible for student inquiries, applications, certification process, data management and student event planning for the Executive Master of Public Administration programs and the Master of Social Science distance learning degree program.
Donzella is originally from Upper Nyack, N.Y. and is a huge New York Yankees Fan. Donzella holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in English and Philosophy from Le Moyne College, a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, and Certificate of Advanced Study in Intercollegiate Athletic Advising & Support from Syracuse University.
Mitchell Forbes, Student Support
Forbes joined the Center of Excellence for Veteran Entrepreneurship in 2016 as Student Support. In this role, he helps ensure the fulfillment of the COE mission through the research and development of educational resources and tools, providing veterans with a clear picture of their entrepreneurial ecosystem at the local, state and national levels.
Before Forbes joined the COE team he spent 3 ½ years with the 10th Mountain Division as an Infantryman. Forbes was medically retired from the Army after injuries sustained in Logar Province, Afghanistan. Forbes is from Arlington, TX and is an avid Texas Rangers and the five-time Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys fan. Forbes has a BA in Policy Studies and is currently a MPA candidate at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.