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Melody Cerna

Melody Cerna is the Project Coordinator for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) COVID Business Recovery Accelerator.  In her role as project coordinator, she is responsible for the planning and implementation of trainings and special projects within the CBRA.    

Prior to joining the team, she worked in the public education system for 15 years. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.   

Daniel Olvera

Business Development Specialist

Daniel Olvera is a Business Development Specialist in the SBDC’s COVID Business Recovery Accelerator. Daniel’s role is to assist COVID affected small to medium sized businesses find relief, recovery and resiliency.

Before joining the UTSA’s COVID Business Recovery Accelerator, Daniel worked in different industries such as Oil and Gas, Food, Cement and others. He also owned several businesses in Mexico and in the US. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from ITESM and a MA in Management Practices from Colorado State University.

Nestor Astorga

Senior Business Development Specialist // Access to Capital
– Pre-Startups & Business Projects // Startups // Existing
– Traditional & Non Traditional Funding Sources
– Matching Business (Project) with the best alternative(s) of
Capital Funding
– Accountant, Auditor, Financial Analyst, Entrepreneur, Certified

Rose Marie Reyez

Rose Marie Reyez has been with the Center of Government Contracting for over 2 years and has over 20 years’ experience working at UTSA.  Rose Marie is currently working as an Administrative Assistant II. Rose Marie handles all administrative functions and other projects. Rose Marie strives to meet departmental goals and enjoys working with her coworker.  

Maria Kelley

Software Systems Specialist

Maria develops and maintains the websites for the Institute of Economic Development, South West Border Small Business Development Center’s, and the online trade platform SBDC Global. She joined the International Trade Center in 2016 and currently works for the SBDC regional Office. Maria holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has been working for the University for over 20 years.

Susannah Munro

Sr. Business Development Specialist

Susannah Munro comes to the Center for Government Contracting with over 20 years of experience working for the federal government, government contractors and for the San Antonio Independent School District. Ms. Munro serves as a Senior Business Development Specialist providing assistance to business owners wanting to expand their business into federal, state, and local arenas with government agencies and military installations. Ms. Munro has experience in logistics management including Logistics and Supply Chain/Item Management, Business Management, Cost/Project Analyst Management and Information Technology (IT) support. She has her Certified Procurement Professional Certification (CPP), Federal Contractor Certification (FCC) and is a Certified Business Advisor (CBA) as well as a Veterans Affairs (VA) Certified Counselor. Ms. Munro has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) with majors in accounting and marketing from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

Jaime Martinez

Senior Project Manager

Jaime Martinez is the Senior Project Manager in the SBDC’s COVID Business Recovery Accelerator. He joined the UTSA San Antonio Small Business Development Center in 2007. In 2011 Jaime started the SBDC’s Texas International Business Accelerator assisting foreign companies expand their operations to the State of Texas.

Jaime’s role as a Senior Project Manager is to assist COVID affected small to medium sized businesses find relief, recovery and resiliency. His program provides specialized business advice in disaster funding, employer resources, cyber security, and workplace safety.

Before he joined the UTSA’s Small Business Development Center, Jaime worked in international banking for over nine years. He holds a BBA in International Business from UTSA and an MBA in Management from Our Lady of The Lake University.

Troy Richardson

Troy Richardson

Business Development Specialist

Troy Richardson, Business Development Specialist for the UTSA SBDC Center for Government Contracting. He provides cybersecurity related advising and training to clients in the region. Mr. Richardson has 22 years with the federal government to include active military and civilian service specializing in security intelligence, cybersecurity training, program management and analysis. He has a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management from Colorado Technical University.

Deirdre Pattillo

Project Manager

Deirdre Pattillo, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is Project Manager for Employer Services for the  Texas South-West SBDC Network’s Center for Government Contracting at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development. She has served the SBDC community since 1998, spending the majority of this time specifically focused on Human Resources training and advising.  As a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, Deirdre provides direct assistance to small business employers in the areas of employment practices, emergency preparedness, regulatory compliance, jobsite safety, drug-free workplace and effective HR management. Deirdre also supports the UTSA SBDC COVID Business Recovery Accelerator, helping small businesses to recover and reboot. Working in collaboration with the field centers of the Texas South-West SBDC Network, she provides training and no-cost, one-on-one, confidential advising to small businesses throughout a 79 county region. Her goal is to be a key resource for the people side of small business.

Clara Chavez

Administrative Analyst/Training Coordinator

Clara Chavez, has been with the Institute for Economic Development for over 11 years and is currently working as an Administrative Analyst/Training Coordinator for the SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Clara handles all training activities and assists with administrative functions and all other special projects. She was awarded the Innovation Award in 2005 by her peers.