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Lead Center Team

Keith Brophy

Keith Brophy

State Director

616-331-7371 Keith has served as State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center…

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Jennifer Deamud

Associate State Director

616-331-7482 Jennifer M. Deamud is a results-orientated leader with over twenty years’ experience encompassing…

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Sienna Mavima

Assistant State Director

616-331-7483 Sienna is responsible for data and information management of the SBDC network and…

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Zara Smith

Strategic Programs Manager

616-331-7106 Zara is responsible for the development, implementation and advancement of key network programs, including…

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Matti Sullivan

Finance Manager

616-331-7481 Matti is responsible for the financial operations of the Michigan SBDC, including the…

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Hanna Burmeister

Marketing Manager

616-331-7489 Hanna manages marketing and communication strategies for the MI-SBDC network, including designing and…

Ian Rogers Training Manager

Ian Rogers

Training Manager

616-331-7262 As the training manager for the Michigan SBDC Lead Center, Ian Rogers oversees…


Elaine Benoit

Accounting Clerk

616-331-7378 Elaine is a seasoned SBDC employee, moving to the state headquarters from the…

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Phil Tepley

Director of Technology Commercialization Services

734-347-0204 Under Phil’s leadership, the Tech Team has grown to a statewide group of…

Alain Piette

Alain Piette

Technology Team Manager

248-931-3886 Alain brings extensive experience in organizational development, manufacturing, R&D, market development, technology transfer…

Regional Directors


Richard King

Regional Director- Southeast Region

734-487-0490 Richard joined the SBDC in 1998 as director of the Greater Washtenaw Region…


Tamara Davis

Regional Director- Southwest Michigan Region

Tamara Davis is the regional director for the Southwest Michigan SBDC. In this position she…


Wendy Thomas

Associate Director- Southeast Region

313-672-1108 Wendy managing Detroit SBDC Office and provides leadership support for the tri-county region,…

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Laura Marohnic

Regional Director- Northeast and Upper Peninsula Region

231-421-6594 Laura Marohnic, MBA, CGBP is the MI-SBDC Regional Director covering the Upper Peninsula…

Tony Fox

Tony Fox

Regional Director

989-317-4623 Tony Fox serves as Regional Director for the Mid Michigan Region of the…

Tom Donaldson

Tom Donaldson

Regional Director- Capital Region

517-483-1921 Tom is an experienced business executive with broad knowledge of all aspects of…

Marsha Lyttle

Marsha Lyttle

Regional Director- i-69 Trade Corridor Region

Marsha Lyttle is Director of the I-69 Trade Corridor Region of the Michigan Small Business…

Dante Villarreal

Dante Villarreal

Regional Director- West Michigan Region

Dante Villarreal is the Regional Director for the SBDC at Grand Valley State University. His work…

Christine Greve

Christine Greve

Regional Director- Great Lakes Bay Region

Christine’s involvement with the Michigan Small Business Development Center network spans more than 22 years. She…

Charlie Penner

Charlie Penner

Regional Director- Greater Washtenaw Region

734-477-8763 Charlie has been the Regional Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center…

Annie Olds

Annie Olds

Regional Director – Northwest Region

231-922-6912 Annie is responsible for the Northwest region serving Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse,…