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) 585-3076

Stefanny Garcia

Project Coordinator

(209) 422-6412

Leo Urbano

Administrative Assistant

(209) 422-6416

Brianna Wiegand

Marketing & Project Specialist

(209) 422-6423


Gil Cardon

General Business Consultant

Chris Carroll

Social Media Marketing Strategy Consultant

Jessica Chang-Irish

Public Speaking Consultant

Tim Connelly

General Business Consultant

Bill Cossaboom

Marketing Consultant

Cynthia Cowart

General Business Consultant

Charles Eason

SBIR/STTR Consultant

Amber Edwards

General Business Consultant & Grants Consultant

Duaan Fincher

General Business Consultant

Rob Gelphman

General Business Consultant

Pablo Gomez

General Business Consultant
Languages Spoken: Spanish

Nate Henderson

Finance, Access to Capital, and SSBCI Consultant

Patrice Hoffman

General Business Consultant

Haley Hoover

General Business Consultant

Rhonda Lowe

Business & Strategic Plans, Sales Strategies, Retail Business

Bryan Justin Marks

Digital Marketing Consultant

Dennis Murphy

General Business Consultant

Claudia Newcorn, MBA

General Business Consultant & Marketing Strategy Consultant

Courtney O'Brien

Marketing Consultant

Andre Ovissi

General Business Consultant

Pablo Paredes Romero, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, ICF ACC

Organizational Development Consultant
Languages Spoken: Spanish

Tiffany Phillips

Digital and Social Media Marketing Strategy; E-Commerce Consultant

Amy Porter

QuickBooks Consultant

Kathryn Kim Ramos

Website and Digital Marketing Consultant

Dina Rivera

General Business Consultant
Languages Spoken: Spanish

Favian Rodriguez

SSBCI Consultant

Liberty Santiago

Marketing Consultant

Vineeth Venkiteswaran

Equity Capital Consultant

David Waldbauer

Government Contracts Consultant

Howard White

General Business Consultant

Zach Wise

General Business Consultant
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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.