Our Team

Genia Stevens, Founder and Executive Director 

For over 20 years, Genia has supported clients with marketing strategy development, strategic planning, business plan development, and community engagement. Genia has extensive experience with nonprofit strategic planning, organizational development, community outreach, community engagement and fundraising. For three years, Genia served as the Entrepreneur in Residence for Madison College – Goodman South Campus. 

Genia has served on numerous nonprofit boards and committees, including Associated Bank’s Community Markets Advisory Council, the City of Beloit Equal Opportunities Commission, the Beloit NAACP Economic Development Committee, the Beloit NAACP Political Action Committee, the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools, the Beloit Memorial High School’s Master Planning Committee, and the Beloit School District Strategic Planning Committee. She’s currently serving as a Rock County Board Supervisor, representing District 13 and a she’s member of the Board of Directors of  Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP).

Genia was named a YWCA Rock County Woman of Distinction, she’s been named one of Wisconsin’s Most Influential Black Leaders, and she’s received the Beloit NAACP’s Community Service Award.  The Beloit Coalition of Churches named Genia a 2023 Groundbreaker and Trailblazer.

Genia received a Bachelors from Beloit College and a Masters in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.

Vanessa TaylVanessa Taylor, Program Manager

Vanessa Taylor provides leadership for the development, management, and delivery of Rock County Jumpstart’s incubator and accelerator, with support from Jumpstart team members and community partners.

She is an experienced Project Manager who’s well-versed in managing customer relationships, operations, and complex projects.

She comes to Rock County Jumpstart after working at Walgreens as an Operations Director, Greenlink Energy Solutions as a Project Administrator, then PCI Pharma Services as a Commercial Associate Project Manager.

Vanessa’s background in spearheading and improving various fiscal processes and operations, resulting in driving strategic business growth, compliance, and productivity provides her the skills necessary to develop processes and strategies that help Rock County Jumpstart fulfill its mission and vision.

Andrew StevensAndrew Stevens, Digital Content Manager

Andrew plays a pivotal role in enhancing our online presence and engaging with our audience across various digital platforms. He is responsible for managing web development tasks, creating captivating video content, overseeing podcast production, and curating engaging social media content. He provides valuable marketing support, contributing to the overall success of Rock County Jumpstart’s initiatives.

Andrew comes to Rock County Jumpstart with 20 years experience in game development, being a self-taught game developer since the age of 9. He has 10 years experience in Digital Marketing, 5 years experience in web development, and 15 years experience in video editing.

Fran Zamora, Latino Support Services Coordinator

As the Latino Support Services Coordinator, Fran is at the forefront of crafting and rolling out community outreach efforts designed to strengthen the organization’s bonds with the Latino community in Rock County, WI. Her dedication plays a crucial role in enhancing the organization’s capacity to offer valuable entrepreneurial support to Latino-owned businesses in the area.



Steering Committee

  • Alnisa Allgood – Founder & Executive Director, Collaboration for Good
  • Barry Baderstercher – Owner, Badertscher Commercial Real Estate
  • Kevin Leavy – Beloit City Council

Advisory Board

  • Wanda Sloan – Community Activist
  • Lester Grace – Owner, Backyard Barbecue

Rock County Jumpstart is a fiscally sponsored project of Center for Community Stewardship, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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Our Partners

Wisconsin Department of Administration Blackhawk Technical College Madison College Center for Enrtrepreneurship
Center for Community Stewardship     Alliant Energy     Collaboration for Good

Associated Bank      SBDC University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Rock County Jumpstart is a fiscally sponsored project of
Center for Community Stewardship (C4CS), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Rock County Jumpstart
2080 Sutler Ave.
Beloit, WI 53511

Rock County Jumpstart is a business resource for Black business owners in Rock County, WI.