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 & Operations


Stefanny Garcia

Administrative Assistant


Amy Schenck

Training & Marketing Intern

Maisie Silva

Training & Marketing Coordinator



Chris Carroll

Website Development, Social Media, & Marketing

Mary Castillo

Credit Counseling, Finance & Business

Jessica Chang-Irish

Video Communications & Production

Devan Costa-Cargill

Human Resources & Team Development

Cynthia Cowart

Business Planning, Business Start-Up, & Generalist

Suzanne Cruz

Generalist, Operations, & Strategic Planning

Karlha Davies

Social Media Marketing

Tim Douglas

Accounting & Finance

Emmanuel Escamilla

Generalist, Business Start-Up, & Operations

Greg Falken

Website Design

Troy Hackman

Finance & Operations

James D. Homer

Generalist, Business Start-Up, & Operations

Stephen Keyzers

Human Resources

Teresa Lakes

Business Start-Up, Generalist, Strategic Management, Marketing, & Goal Setting

Taylor Lamar

Cybersecurity, Business Start-ups, Software Engineering, & Scaling

Rick Leibowitz

Generalist, Loan Packaging, Financial Forecasting, Restaurants, Professional Practices, & Manufacturing

Rhonda Lowe

Generalist, Business Start-Up, & Operations

Robert McDonald

Strategic Planning & Operations

Mike Menahem, MBA

Business to Government Bidding, Quotes/ Sourcing, Proposals & Contract Management

John Misiak

Generalist, Finance, & Business Start-Up

Dennis Murphy

Finance & Operations

Claudia Newcorn, MBA

Generalist & Marketing

Asadullah Omer

Quality Control

Favian Ortega

Generalist, Business Start-Up, & Operations

Pablo Paredes, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Generalist, Human Resources Development, Management, Organizational Leadership Behavior & Development
Languages Spoken: Español, English

Tiffany Phillips

Social Media & Marketing

Amy Porter

QuickBooks Pro Advisor

Dina Rivera

Generalist & Business Start-Up

Cyndi Schlenz

Generalist, Business Start-Up, Research, & Strategy

Harpreet Singh

Generalist & Legal

Sandra Torres

Human Resources Development & Management

Lourdes Uranday

Human Resource & Operations
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Howard White

Generalist, Finance, Operations, & Strategic Planning
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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.