Valley Sierra SBDCServing Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties
Helping Your Business Start, Grow and Succeed

Our team members are committed to making a difference for small businesses like yours. 

Our expert business advisors are passionate about helping businesses succeed. They bring extensive hands-on business experience to each client situation, ensuring you receive practical “real world” advice that can be applied to daily operations. Business advisors’ expertise covers all key business areas, and they will work closely with you to develop productive solutions.

Our staff will make every effort to assist you. They can answer questions, arrange meetings with consultants, and help with signing up for classes.


German Zavalza


(209) 422-6413

Joseph Cordova

Assistant Director of Finance and Operations


Stefanny Garcia

Administrative Assistant


Maisie Silva

Training and Marketing Coordinator



Gary Beaudette

Operations Management

Geoffrey Bogart

International Business and Trade Advisor

Tom Bruce

Hospitality & Operations Analysis

Mary Castillo

Credit Counseling, Finance and Business

Jessica Chang-Irish

Video Communications & Production

Devan Costa-Cargill

Human Resources, Team Development

Karlha Davies

Social Media Marketing

Linda Diaz

QuickBooks Pro Advisor, Bookkeeping

Tim Douglas

Accounting & Finance

Emmanuel Escamilla

General Business, Business Start Ups, Operatons

Greg Falken

Website Design

James Homer

Accounting & Business Management

Mark Jackson

Marketing & Funding

Stephen Keyzers

Human Resources

Barney Kramer

Business Startup / Generalist / Strategic Management

John Le

Marketing and General Business

Rhonda Lowe

General Business, Business Start Ups, Operatons

Robert McDonald

Strategic Planning & Operations

John Misiak

Finance & Business Planning

Dennis Murphy

Finance & Operations

Claudia Newcorn, MBA

General Business and Marketing

Asadullah Omer

Quality Control

Favian Ortega

General Business, Business Start Ups, Operatons

Pablo Paredes, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Human Resources Development & Management . Organizational Leadership Behavior & Development. Small Business Coach & Consultant. General Business.
Languages Spoken: Español, English

Tiffany Phillips

Social Media & Marketing

Amy Porter

QuickBooks Pro Advisor

Dina Rivera

General Business / New Business Startup

Cyndi Schlenz

General Business / Start-Up/ Research & Strategy

Sandra Torres

Human Resources, Payroll

Lourdes Uranday

Human Resources, Operations
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Howard White

Finance, Operations & Strategic Planning

Natalie Zensisus

Marketing and Communications Strategist
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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.