About us

This course is authored by Curtis L. DeBerg, HOPE Founder and Retired Professor.


Curtis L. DeBerg

Curtis L. DeBerg

CEO & Founder, HOPE TRIS

Dr. Curtis L. DeBerg earned his Ph.D. and M.S. at Oklahoma State University in business administration (emphasis: financial accounting) and economics, respectively. Before that, he was employed as a CPA for the national accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney in Des Moines, Iowa. From September 1993 to May 2005, he was the Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow at Chico State. The duties of a Walton Fellow are to be the adviser for a Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team on campus. One of the SIFE team’s most outstanding projects was called “Cal-High SIFE.” Based on the success of Cal-High SIFE, Dr. DeBerg founded Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) in summer 2002. SAGE is a global community of teenage entrepreneurs sharing a common purpose: to make the world a better place. SAGE’s mission is to advance ethical business practices, social responsibility, civic engagement and environmental awareness worldwide through high-school level youth participation in entrepreneurship and community service. Youth use their school learning to become self-reliant, create wealth, and help others. SAGE is currently operating in eight U.S. states and 26 countries. Dr. DeBerg has traveled to over 40 countries in the past 15 years to advance SAGE’s mission. See https://sageglobal.org.   Dr. DeBerg has published several articles in many academic refereed journals and served three years as Associate Editor of the Journal of Accounting Education. From 1995-1997, he served as Project Co-director of a U.S. Department of Education grant entitled “Reengineering Elementary Accounting.”Dr. DeBerg was a leader in reengineering principles of accounting during this time period when CSU, Chico made significant changes in both content and pedagogy in principles of accounting.

Dr. DeBerg retired from Chico State and SAGE GLOBAL to devote his entire energy for HOPE in May 2020.



Kunal R. Bhavsar

Kunal R. Bhavsar

Senior Vice-President, HOPE TRIS

Kunal Bhavsar is an aspiring MBA graduate. He describes himself as a competitive, easy-going individual who is passionate about everything that he does. In the last decade, he has worked at different professional levels with executives, lawyers, doctors, and, celebrities. He carries an eagerness to know about “How things work?” After earning his BS in Electrical Engineering from Mumbai University in 2014-15, he launched a start-up in Nov. 2014 dedicated to providing virtual assistance to the companies worldwide. He started pursuing his MBA at Chico State in 2017 to add an extra edge in his skillsets. Working in harmony with people, discovering unique qualities in individuals, and performing the in-depth analysis are his core strengths. He also finds interest in accumulating information, ideas, and artifacts. 2018 was an excellent year for him where he traveled and met many dignitaries from Silicon Valley. A short recap of that includes his meetings with politicians CEOs of companies. He has a good command in English, Marathi, Hindi, and, Spanish. He is a co-founder of MyFace.photos. His dream position after his graduation is to work as a business analyst. He is currently working on gaining more experience in SAP, R language, Python, SPSS, JSON, and, JS. In his spare time, he loves traveling and visiting different cities cities. His interests include trekking and visiting beaches. He likes to watch non-fictional movies. He is fond of intellectual conversations. He loves getting asked a lot of questions. He enjoys socializing and meeting different people from different parts of the world. (LinkedIn.) See https://myface.photos.


The website is maintained by Kunal Bhavsar.