Executive and Tech Team

Adena Harmon

Adena Harmon

Founder, CEO

Adena Harmon has worked in the Social Media Industry for more than 10 years helping promote nonprofits and businesses using Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
While looking for ways to save her clients money on ads Adena reached out to those who could develop the technology to create what she envisioned for a file that included a single image with sound. Adena is currently the point person networking and promoting C-Hear to organizations.

Jesse Collard

Co-Founder, COO

Jesse is creative thinker with a unique blend of business and technical savvy. He brings more than 20 years of business management experience with P&L responsibility; as well as 25 years of advertising, marketing and digital production experience to the C-Hear organization.
An experienced digital project manager and user experience leader with the analytical, planning, negotiating, technology, and communication skills necessary to see simultaneous projects through to completion.

Taha Kadado

Co-Founder, CTO

Taha has over 27 years of industry experience in Data Architecture, Information Engineering, Embedded systems and internet of things (IoT). He has spent years in design and development of scalable and high-performance applications in numerous industries such as medical, telecom, financial, manufacturing and marketing.
Taha is passionate towards open source, medical applications and emerging technologies. In his spare time, Taha is a leader in several local professional organizations where he is involved in public speaking and organizing technical events.

Simon Gong

Co-Founder, Chief Architect

Simon brings more than 20 years of business technology and software application development and implementation experience to C-Hear. He has deep knowledge in business and information technologies as they apply to the finance and social media industries.
Simon’s focus is utilizing his solid skills in architecture, software design and development with respect to C-Hear’s social media and enterprise applications.

JE “Gene” Collard

Co-Founder, CEO Emeritus, President

Gene Collard has been a business owner in the Dallas – Fort Worth area for more than 35 years. Volunteering and serving on many boards including Dallas Boys and Girls Club, Mesquite Civil Service Committee, and many others public and private organizations. Gene provided the initial funds to get C-Hear established and is currently our President.

Kenn Leuzinger


Kenn is a visual communicator, user interface and instructional designer, and marketing strategist in Dallas, Texas and has been involved in internet content creation, design, product development, and branding for over 20 years.
He has performed design and marketing duties as both in-house creative and as an agency designer, art and creative director, and marketing strategist for various corporations and elite agencies.
As C-Hear’s Chief Innovation Officer, Kenn is responsible for exploring and researching new markets and applications of C-Hear’s technology.

Brian Maro


Brian is currently a CPA & Partner at E&M, PLLC in Des Moines Iowa. He has over 12 years’ experience in working with startups in all aspects of company development. He specializes in small business finances, complex tax structuring, Real Estate, and business analytics. Brian is an outside the box tax strategist using aggressive techniques to help clients grow and preserve company profits. When He isn’t helping clients, he enjoys traveling and being outdoors with his wife and son.

Gina Cavalier

Gina Cavalier

Vice President, Entertainment Strategy

Gina Cavalier lives and works in Los Angeles, where she has had a life-long journey of seeking new technologies to enhance creative experiences. She has enjoyed a variety of exciting, and challenging career paths working with such companies as, Warner Bros, Disney, Universal, Cartoon Network, Viacom, HBO, Nickelodeon, Soundelux, Tapestry Films, Love Machine Films, Fox, and most recently Netflix.
Gina has executed worldwide campaigns involving high-tech product and content with such films as; Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts, Blade Runner 2049 and more. Her involvement in over 300 titles ranged from marketing, writing, games, DVD’s, filming, producing, publishing, theatrical releases, website launches, app creation, events, product development, PR, and more.

While at Warner Bros. Ms. Cavalier recognized the need to bring all the departments together to educate the teams on new technologies and founded then managed the first-ever technology employee driven group, Tech@WB, which grew to 1,500 employees in three short months.

Gina is also a writer, illustrator, and clothing designer and serves on a variety of tech and women’s boards and charitable companies. She was most recently the VP of Programming for The Alliance of Women in Media. She has several of writing projects in development; one of which is a feature film titled The Ghost of Manhattan. She has also written and illustrated a Holiday Book titled, How I Became Santa Claus, that received national press in 2015. Gina showcases her illustration on clothing at the website www.cavalieroriginals.com.
Her primary charities are The Los Angeles Youth Network, and Marley’s Mutts Animal Rescue.

Dylan Rafaty

Dylan Rafaty

Director of Business Development & Partnerships

Dylan brings in 8+ years of experience in collaborating with all stakeholders within the international disability community to increase access to accessibility, educational, employment, housing, and transportation opportunities. He is a social entrepreneur, author, inspirational and motivational national public speaker on accessibility, education, business/workforce development, and social impact/responsibility.
Also, Dylan serves as a self-advocate and advocate for the disability community across the nation including in his home state of Texas as he has been serving on the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. Dylan continues to proactively engage with local governments, community stakeholders and state agencies to make recommendations to the Governor on disability issues that promote disability inclusion.

Alan Rodriguez

Director of Product Management

Alan brings 20+ years of software, SaaS and API platform Product Management experience across a wide variety of industries. He’s a results oriented Information Technology Manager, Digital Marketing Manager, Patent Author, and Innovator balancing strong technical experience and intuition with a passion for building teams and platforms that create and sustain strategic competitive advantages.
Alan has a passion for learning and embracing novel challenges from early Agile advocacy to creating first-generation payment platforms to first-generation B2B trading platforms, to first-generation consumer loyalty and engagement platforms to the early advocacy of analytics and data to inform and propel improved decision making and iterative learning that drives most product and marketing decisions.

Austin Howe

Austin Howes

Front End Full Stack Developer

Austin from Austin! Raised in Austin, TX, Howes attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he focused in both Art and COmputer Graphics. After college Austin went on to work on major 3D projects in Film, Video Games, & Architecture. His mastery of modeling has received nods from industry leaders around the world. In late 2014 he developed his first company leading him down entrepreneurial paths that he continues to walk to this day.
During his first year as an entrepreneur he developed a passion for new skills including computer programming, web development, business development, and project management (focusing on theory of constraints & lean practices). Usually the loudest (for better or for worse) in any room, Austin is an extroverted individual who loves people, the arts, and helping others.

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“In building a management team, I look for integrity, loyalty, vision, and a willingness to think outside of the box, and challenge the status quo. I also look for people who have a good sense of humor and who value and empower their team.” – Shari Redstone, Business woman