Meet Our Team


Executive Director

Iris Hammel is a creative problem solver and lifelong learner with a passion for helping others to unleash their potential through connecting people, resources and ideas.

Iris’s unique background consists of over ten years of both business and education. This experience includes being a co-founder of Connected Classrooms and as well as starting an entrepreneurial middle school. Iris wants to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a lasting impact on our community.

Matthew J. Stackowicz

Program Director, Applied Entrepreneurship Program

Matthew Stackowicz is an innovative educational leader with +14 years of experience working with high school and college students around the world.

Lauren Salela

Teaching Assistant
Lauren is an enthusiastic college student with a deep passion for creating deep positive impacts on not only the people in her life, the community and the world we live in. She strives every day to grow as an individual, connect with those around her, and further her education in every way possible. 
Lauren is currently a sophomore at Butler University studying Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Marketing in the Lacy School of Business.