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NASBITE Board of Governors, Distinguished Fellows and Staff

The NASBITE International Board of Governors (BOG) is a working board that requires active involvement by all members—including participation in activities such as strategic planning, conference planning, member development/marketing, and CGBP planning and development.

If you are interested in learning more about the responsibilities of a NASBITE Board of Governors member, or wish to consider applying for a BOG position, please see the information at the bottom of this page

Executive Committee





Tammy Marquez-Oldham


Dr. Leroy Lowe


Dr. Norman Sunderman





Jeanette Benson

Fellows Chair

Aleda Bourassa

Co-Chair Board Development

Co-Chair Fellows

Amy Coon

Co-Chair Board Development

Mentor Program Chair




Dr. Kelly E. Fish

Immediate Past President

James Foley*

CGBP Task Force

Colette Hart

Host Transition Chair






Jackie Rasmussen

CGBP Governance Council Chair

Gabriel Shweiri
CGBP Partner Network Chair

Dr. Sarah Singer

Conference Co-Chair


Board of Governors


Katie Arroyo

Larry Dill

Dr. Sara Jackson*




Vern Jenkins

Dimitris Kloussiadis

Maurice Kogon




Bronwen Madden

Mary McKinney

Zach Person




Christine Schrage



* Indicates board member also serves as a distinguished fellow



Ex-Officio Members

Ex-Im Bank


U.S. Department of Commerce

Current Seat Holder

Current Seat Holder

Current Seat Holder




Michael Jackson

Caroline Tompkins

Yuki Fujiyama


Distinguished Fellows

Jeanette Benson

Presidency Year: 2011, Charleston

Judee Benton

Brian Davis
Presidency Year: 2005
New Orleans




Glenn Doolittle
Presidency Year: 2006, Orlando

Robert Erwin
Presidency Year: 2012, Portland

Dr. Kelly E. Fish

Presidency Year: 2015




James Foley

Presidency Year: 2001, Chicago


Lourdene Huhra
Presidency Year: 1998, Fort Worth


Sara Jackson

Presidency Year: 2010, Austin


Maurice Kogon
Presidency Year: 2009, San Diego


Nisa Miranda
Presidency Year: 1996, Niagara Falls


Kelly Jett Murphrey

Presidency Year: 2003, San Antonio




Janis Parsley Short
Presidency Year: 1991, Baltimore


Jan Smith
Presidency Year: 2007, Vancouver


Arlene Soto
Presidency Year: 2008, Washington, D.C.


Dave Streifford
Presidency Year: 1999, Detroit


 Sharynn Tomlin
Presidency Year: 2004, Las Vegas


Laura Wolff

Presidency Year: 2013, 2014, Albuquerque, Memphis





Katie Arroyo

International Trade Specialist, Assistant Director

University of North Florida

1 UNF Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32224

Katie has worked for the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at UNF since 2013. As an International Trade Specialist and Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) she works with qualified Florida small businesses to strategically pursue international markets as a growth tactic. By researching global trade flows, industry trends, and international tariff, regulatory compliance factors, she connects small business exporters with foreign markets where they are most likely to succeed. She also leads the Center’s International Trade Certificate Program, and conducts one-on-one consultations. Prior to working at the FSBDC, she was an International Trade Specialist at the OSU International Trade Center-SBDC while managing Gondwana International LLC, a social venture supporting student-led development projects in Sierra Leone. During her tenure as a Bilingual Operations Supervisor at Dish Network, she managed bilingual (Spanish) employees from nine countries. Katie also implemented training and managed employees at the company's global service center at the Free Trade Zone of the Americas in San Jose, Costa Rica.

She earned a B.A. in International Studies with Spanish, Business focus from the University of South Florida and a M.S. in International Studies with International Trade & Development focus from Oklahoma State University.

Jeanette Benson, CGBP

Director, Center for International Trade Development (CITD Youth Entrepreneur Project (YEP)
Merced College - Business Resource Center
630 West 19th Street, Room 113
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: (209) 384-5892. Ext. 12

Jeanette Benson is the Director of the Center for International Trade Development (CITD) with Merced College in Merced, California. The Merced CITD is one of five centers funded by the Economic and Workforce Development Program of the California Community Colleges to advance California's economic development and global competitiveness by providing quality training and services to small to medium sized enterprises that are potential or current exporters or importers and to assist faculty with the internationalization of curriculum.

The Merced CITD was first established in 1987 as The Agricultural Business and Trade Center (ABTC) growing from a need by farmers to find alternative markets for their products, ultimately becoming the model for the development of the statewide CITD Initiative. Ms. Benson has over 20 years’ experience providing trade training and technical assistance and is a NASBITE CGBP. She has served on the NASBITE Board of Governors in a number of offices and was instrumental in the development of the CGBP.

Ms. Benson has a background in agriculture which further augments her understanding and commitment to serve the needs of stakeholders within her center’s service region comprised of the San Joaquin Valley in Central California. In addition to the CITD program, Ms. Benson is the Director of the Youth Entrepreneur Program (YEP) serving youth age 14-26 with programs designed to get youth involved in starting their own business endeavor with international business as a focus and/or career consideration.

Aleda Bourassa, CGBP

ExportAble, LLC
Global Business Development
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Phone: (262) 751-7763

With a long career in global business development/consulting and global trade education outreach, Aleda applies her experience to custom-designed business development projects bridging US and international companies. She is a NASBITE International executive board member and serves in the Milwaukee and Madison trade community associations as a board member and executive advisor. A CGBP Centurion, Aleda is among the first 100 individuals to have earned the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional credential. Her work in global trade education involved three Title VI-B grants, responsible for implementing the training and education outreach programs to the business community utilizing her significant collaboration skills and small business consulting experience; also providing project leadership on the academic side to internationalize curriculum. Additionally, she held responsibilities for international student and study abroad initiatives and programs. Aleda is among a selected group of global trade leaders whose recent convening led to the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce - M7 being awarded a Global Cities Initiative project from the Brooking’s Institution. The MMAC’s World Trade Association (WTA) has a primary role in this project. She spent many years as a prominent board member of the association serving in each officer role including president. Aleda currently serves the WTA in consulting role. She leads the Partnership Committee of the MITA (Madison International Trade Association). Aleda chaired the Wisconsin Technical College System’s (WTCS) International Education committee, where she co- developed and lead three professional development business trips to China for WTCS faculty/staff. Other business or professional development travels have taken her to numerous European countries, India, Mexico, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, Russia and Turkey.

NASBITE plays a significant role in my professional development. I continually gain knowledge and experience through interacting at a national level with other NASBITE members who are true leaders in the field of international trade education, training and export development especially that focused toward SMEs. I highly value and enjoy giving back to the organization, and particularly as a current Board Member (and Treasurer for two terms). It is an opportunity to focus my energy and collaborative approach to challenges by contributing to board discussions and initiatives to help grow NASBITE’s membership. NASBITE continues to evolve as a highly professional organization in order to serve the growing needs of individuals and organizations. I understand the origins, mission and vision of NASBITE. Participating in its growth and development, and engaging in working relationships with other Board members, I am committed to actively participate in and promote the organization and what it can do for individuals and entities working in academia and the business community. I worked for a founding member and past NASBITE president for many years. Her vision for and work with NASBITE was one of the key engines in the development of global business programming at our institution as well as related programming in the State. It is a professional and personal responsibility to serve NASBITE. Anyone who realizes the value of NASBITE should consider a Board position.

Amy Coon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Chair BA Business Programs

Cardinal Stritch University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dr. Amy Coon is an international business academic/professional with over 12 years of experience in higher education and 20 years as international business. Prior to coming to Cardinal Stritch University, Amy worked at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the area of Business Outreach and as an instructor for 10 years. During that time she has co-managed four BIE Title 6B grants, and directed two USDA Federal Grants, numerous international market research projects and international travel study programs. In 2005, Amy and her team at UW-Whitewater were awarded the Wisconsin Governors export award based on the exports to China in the area of agricultural sales, with gains close to US$10 million. Amy also played a key role in the development and implementation of the International Business Minor curriculum for the UW-W College of Business.

Prior to academia, Amy worked for Motorola, Inc. and Motorola University in the fields of HR, Global Training, Project Management and Global Event Planning. Amy currently serves on the NASBITE International Board of Governors and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Larry Dill,CGBP

Director, International Trade

University of Missouri - SBDC

205 Cornell Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

As Director of the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC) International Trade Program at the University of Missouri, Larry provides statewide leadership to the international trade programming efforts of the MO SBTDC. He currently assists small businesses owners across the state to identify potential export markets and strategies to in successful foreign market entry. He works to develop relationships with state and national partner agencies, and will be helpful in planning and implementing the 2015 NASBITE conference in St. Louis. Larry graduated from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale with a degree in Accounting and is a CGBP.

Kelly Fish, Ph.D., CGBP

Professor, Computer & Information Technology
Arkansas State University
COB 204, PO Box 600
Joneboro, AR 72467

(314) 899-9858

Kelly E. Fish is a Professor of Computer & Information Technology and Director of the International Business Resource Center (IBRC) at Arkansas State University (ASU) in Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA. He holds a Master of International Management degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. He was awarded the NASBITE CGBP credential in 2009. Dr. Fish teaches global e-commerce and international business at ASU and has been a visiting professor at University of Caen in France and University of Salzburg for Applied Sciences in Austria. He has taught in ASU study abroad courses throughout Europe, South America and Asia.

As Director of ASU’s IBRC Dr. Fish provides leadership for its mission of enhancing the global competence of the residents living in the Arkansas Delta Region (ADR) by improving the teaching of international business at ASU and, assisting ADR businesses in learning to export products or services. In this position he has administered BIE grants while working with other international business faculty to redesign ASU’s IB curriculum at the undergraduate and MBA level. He has traveled throughout Arkansas participating in export seminars and consulting with businesses wanting to grow sales internationally. Additionally, he serves as an expert consultant for "ExportTech” conducted by the US Commercial Service Office in Little Rock and has led trade missions to China.

Dr. Fish’s research includes application of artificial intelligence approaches to foreign market screening, as well as, the study of success factors and impediments to exporting perceived by Arkansas manufacturing firms. Presently, he is working with other IBRC professors in researching global leadership traits and has been awarded a Middle East Studies Grant to research the phenomenon in Egypt. He has published in numerous national and international journals.

James Foley, CGBP

Director, Turner Center for Entrepreneurship
Bradley University International Trade Center
1501 W Bradley Ave
Peoria, IL 61625
Phone: (309) 677-3075

At the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center and NAFTA Opportunity Center at Bradley University, Mr. Foley manages a program of counseling and training in international business planning, marketing, logistics and export finance. The centers are joint venture between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Bradley University with a mission to promote international trade and assist companies with trade-related expansion and training. He is also Director of International Programs for the Foster College of Business Administration. Mr. Foley is a frequent speaker on issues of international trade and teaches International Business courses at Bradley University.

He is a Past President of NASBITE International, and now serves as the Director for the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential. He was elected Chairman of IATTO International Association of Trade Training Organizations during the 2004 IATTO Forum in Cape Town, South Africa and is also chair of the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) International Interest Section. He is author of The Global Entrepreneur.

Yuki Fujiyama

Trade Finance Specialist

U.S. Department of Commerce

Yuki Fujiyama serves as the U.S. Commerce Department’s trade finance specialist and as a member of the Department liaison team to the U.S. Export-Import Bank.He is also the Co-Team Leader of the International Trade Administration’s Global Finance Team.


Mr. Fujiyama is the author of the U.S. Commerce Department’sTrade Finance Guide: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters– a concise and easy-to-understand guide designed to help U.S. exporters quickly learn how to get paid from export sales.


Having been honored in 2009 and 2015, Mr. Fujiyama is a two-time recipient of the U.S. Commerce Department’s individual Silver Medal Award. In February 2015, he also received the International Trade Administration’s William E. Morton Memorial Award for his efforts to increase opportunities for U.S. minority exporters.


Mr. Fujiyama holds a B.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University, an M.B.A. from California State University, and the designation of International Certified Credit Executive fromFCIB.

Colette Hart

Senior Director of Outreach and Business Centers
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: (216) 875-9715

Colette Hart is Director of Outreach and Business Centers for the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University. In her capacity as Director, she is responsible for establishing Centers of Excellence in the College of Business that provide responsive and strategic business educational programs for the Northeast Ohio business community. Colette was instrumental in establishing the Global Business Center and securing over a million dollars in funding to develop interdisciplinary academic, research and outreach programs focused on applied international business education. The Global Business Center is the 2006 recipient of the Ohio Governors Export Award and the 2010 Certificate of Appreciation for Achievement in Trade from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the 2011 President's E-Award.


Colette brings a global frame of reference to her work through her extensive experience engaged in economic development, small business, trade, and education initiatives throughout Europe, China and Chile. Colette serves on the U.S. Commercial Service District Export Council, NASBITE International Board of Governors, Jumpstart Higher Education Council, and the Corporate Sustainable Network Steering Committee. She obtained her MBA at Cleveland State University and her BA in International Relations and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin.

Michael K. Jackson, CGBP

Director of City/State Partners

Export-Import Bank of the United States

Phone: 202 565-3479

Mr. Michael K. Jackson currently serves as the Director of City/State Partners at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), an independent agency of the federal government. In this role, he creates and manages marketing partnerships with local, state, and regional economic development organizations to expand export opportunities for small businesses. He also facilitates export training seminars and frequently presents at international trade conferences. Mr. Jackson is also an adjunct faculty member at Montgomery College where he instructs a course on how small businesses can "go global”.


Immediately prior to joining Ex-Im Bank, Mr. Jackson served as an Economic Development Specialist/District International Trade Officer with the Small Business Administration (SBA) where he collaborated with SBA’s resource partners and other public and private sector entities to conduct export-related training workshops and seminars. He was a frequent speaker at various international trade conferences and symposia in this role as well. He also consulted one-on-one with businesses interested in entering or expanding into foreign markets. Mr. Jackson was the first person in the agency to attain the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) international trade certification. He also played an instrumental role in the creation of the SBA’s first Export Outreach Team, a pilot initiative which was later adopted on a national scale.


Prior to beginning his career with the federal government, Mr. Jackson held sales and marketing positions with several Fortune 500 corporations in the banking and tech sectors. He also owned and operated a small fitness company. Mr. Jackson is a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Germany and traveled extensively throughout Western Europe. As a Caribbean American, he is dedicated to helping enable regional economies in the U.S. and in the Caribbean to use trade and foreign direct investment as means of achieving sustainable economic growth and development.


Mr. Jackson earned an MBA in International Business from American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, GA and a B.S. in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland - University College (UMUC) Europe in Heidelberg, Germany.

Dr. Sara Jackson, CGBP

Assistant Professor
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, #462
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Phone: (210) 283-5001

Since 2001, Dr. Sara Jackson has been teaching international business full-time at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). Sara has been a member of the NASBITE International Board of Governors since 1993 and currently serves as the Past President. She has been the recipient of two Business & International Education (BIE) Title VIB grants and is the BIE Director at UIW.

Sara was the Founding Director of the South-West Texas Border International Trade Center, and in her ten years as Director, the International Trade Center was instrumental in establishing the San Antonio Export Leaders program, which has won two international awards, and is now in its tenth year. The ITC also provided training during her tenure to the International Business Development Center, a year-long incubator program to help international companies learn how to do business in the United States.

Sara has been a member of the Camino Real District Export Council since 1993, and has served as Treasurer and Vice Chairman. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Council for International Visitors and has served as Chair of the Advisory Committee. She was the first Executive Director of the San Antonio World Trade Association in 1990, the owner of her own company International Marketing & Promotions which started Dial Berlin Inc., and was the Director of Marketing for North America for the AMK Berlin - Berlin Trade Fairs from 1982-1985.

She has an MBA in International Business and a PhD in Organizational Leadership. In addition to consulting in Mexico, Sara has been part-owner of a ranch in Texas where she raised registered Boer goats from South Africa and registered Braunvieh cattle with her husband.

Vern Jenkins, CGBP

Spokane Export Center
1235 N Post, Suite 201

Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 358-7998

Vern is an International Trade Specialist at the State SBDC in Spokane. He has over 15 years of business experience in Asia and the Mideast, including bilingual project management training and quality control, as well as supplier qualification of potential Asia based joint venture partners and sourcing agents. He spent two years as a Program Manager for a USAID Project to rebuild the higher education system in Afghanistan. Received Masters of International Management (MIM) at Whitworth College in 1995. He is a CGBP.

Dimitrios Kloussiadis, CGBP

International Trade Consultant
University of Georgia SBDC/International Trade Center
2530 Sever Road, Suite 202
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone: (770) 509-3266

A native of Greece, Mr. Kloussiadis previously held the position of International Marketing Manager for Transworld Trading Company, where he established an extensive network of international distributors and dealers who sold to large foreign commercial customers as well as the military establishments of the Middle Eastern and North African markets. Mr. Kloussiadis was also responsible for importing & marketing marble from Italy, Greece, Belgium and Taiwan. In this capacity he worked with US architectural, construction and design companies and succeeded in securing bids for several major construction and renovation projects.


Mr. Kloussiadis has traveled extensively overseas and has met with industry associations, as well as various foreign agents and distributors to introduce and market US products and services. He identified, evaluated and established distribution networks, generated international sales, negotiated international payment terms and was personally involved in licensing, distribution and joint ventures agreements for the European, South African, South American, Asian and Australian markets. Mr. Kloussiadis also owned a company which imported & marketed European women's clothing to major high-end U.S. department stores.

Maurice Kogon, CGBP


Kogon Trade Consulting

4216 Newton Street

Torrance, CA 90505

Maurice Kogon, President of Kogon Trade Consulting and ITCI's website manager, has over 53 years of experience in the international business field as a U.S. Government official, business executive, educator and consultant. He has written, lectured and trained extensively on international trade and has developed numerous Web-based export tools now used throughout the world, including the Trade Information Database and hisExporting Basicsguide, Export Readiness Assessmentdiagnostic,Export FAQs,andExport Internet Search Wizard. He has taught international business courses at Cal State University Northridge, George Washington University, and Virginia Tech. Maurice has consulted for U.S. and international clients, including the Egyptian Government and the UN’s International Trade Centre in Geneva. He holds a BA and MA in Foreign Affairs from George Washington University.


Maurice’s U.S. Government career spanned over 33 years (1961-94) with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, where he held management positions in trade assistance and promotion, trade policy, and strategic planning and program evaluation. As director of Commerce’s market research and trade information office in the early 1990s, he oversaw many of the export assistance services offered at U.S. Export Assistance Centers nationwide. In 1978, Maurice was selected to develop and manage the Worldwide Information & Trade System (WITS), the Commerce Department’s first real-time trade information system. Maurice retired from Commerce in 1994 to form his own company, Export Services, Inc. (ESI). As ESI President, he developed the National Export Offer Service (NEOS), an early on-line directory of U.S exporters and export products.


Maurice served from 2001 to 2012 as Director of the El Camino College Center for International Trade Development (CITD) in Torrance, California.After retiring from the CITD in 2012, hefounded Kogon Trade Consulting, was appointed to the District Export Council of Southern California, guest-lectures at local universities, maintains the ITCI website, and donates time to counsel and train new exporters.Maurice is a past President of NASBITE (2008-09), served for many years as a NASBITE Board member, and helped to develop NASBITE’s Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential and exam. He was honored in 2013 as the recipient of NASBITE’s John Otis Lifetime Achievement Award.

Leroy Lowe, PhD CGBP

Nova Scotia Community College
36 Arthur St
Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 1X5
Phone: (902) 897-0890

Leroy Lowe is a former Aerospace Engineering Officer and Project Manager in the Canadian Airforce who previously worked for Sparton of Canada, a division of Michigan-based Sparton Corporation (SPA on the NYSE). As the Director of Business Development, he recruited, managed and directed a diverse network of agents, distributors and strategic alliance partners in 20+ countries worldwide. Currently, he is a full-time faculty member in International Business at the Nova Scotia Community College and an active international business development specialist for Mxi Technologies Inc. He has a BSc, Diploma in Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Adult Education (MAEd), a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), and he is PhD. He is also a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) and a Certified Global Business professional (CGBP).

Work in recent years has taken him to Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Leroy was part of the original NASBITE task force that helped develop the Certified Global Business professional (CGBP) designation and he was one of the senior task force members in Canada who helped the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) update the competencies required for the Certified International Trade Professional designation in Canada.

Bronwen Madden, CGBP


SBTDC – West Plains

128 Garfield Avenue

West Plains, MO 65775

Phone(417) 255‑8789

Bronwen E. Madden serves as the Coordinator of the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) hosted by Missouri State University – West Plains. The SBTDC is part of the University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program. SBTDCs are technical assistance providers that work with business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs offering training and one-on-one consulting services to individuals who want to start a business or expand an existing business. By supporting business growth, sustainability and enhancing the creation of new businesses entities, SBTDCs foster local and regional economic development through job creation and retention.


Bronwen has over 15 years of international trade and business development experience. She previously worked as an executive in both non-profit and state organizations managing operations and strategy, directing projects/grants, and implementing service delivery on an international scale. She has taught international trade courses at the university level and has served on numerous state and community-based organizations to advance business development initiatives. Bronwen has previous appointments by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the District Export Council of Southern California and by two previous Missouri Governors to serve as an ex-officio member on the Missouri Hispanic Business, Trade and Culture Commission. She is a fellowship recipient of the Rotary International, Group Study Exchange Program and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Partners of the Americas Business Exchange Program.


Bronwen earned an Executive Master’s degree in International Business from the Boeing Institute of International Business, John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on International Relations, Economics and Peace Studies; Minor in Spanish. She has been awarded the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) designation from NASBITE International and is also a NASBITE CGBP Certified Trainer. She is on the NASBITE International Board of Governors. In addition to her public employment, Bronwen has a boutique consulting business for international trade clientele serving the Pacific Rim.


Bronwen and her husband live in the Missouri Ozarks where she was born and raised.

Tammy Marquez-Oldham, CGBP

Portland Community College
CLIMB 308, PO Box 19000
Portland, OR 97280
Phone: (503) 978-5094

Tammy Marquez-Oldham brings 30 years’ experience in the education, healthcare, software, and food industry to the clients she serves in her capacity at Portland Community College. She has owned several businesses and hired, trained and developed hundreds of employees. She has experience in building business domestically and internationally, impacting over 2000 clients over the past ten years.

At the Small Business Development Center at CLIMB Center for Advancement Portland Community College, Tammy leads the vision of providing the highest level of business education and advising possible. As Director, Tammy inspires performance of staff and clients; producing net new jobs, accessing capital and achieving new sales. Tammy is founder of the Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship at the Small Business Development Center and has been a member of the Economic Gardening Initiative since its inception.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and a Master’s in Business from George Fox University, Tammy brings a unique and holistic approach to her work as Director at the Small Business Development Center, CLIMB Center for Advancement, Portland Community College.

As a business leader in the 21st Century I believe I have a social responsibility to transfer the knowledge acquired during my 30 year journey through the world of business, education, and entrepreneurship. This experience has given me the unique ability to get to the "heart of the matter” and help my clients in a variety of ways. Through my work I educate, inspire, and transform my client’s needs into solutions.

Dr. Mary McKinney

Duquesne University SBDC

108 Rockwell Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: (412) 396-6233

Dr. Mary T. McKinney is the Director of the Duquesne University SBDC and CITRA (Center for International and Regulatory Assistance). She is also the Project Manager of the Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth. Dr. McKinney supervises the operations of CITRA and SBDC, which combined, conduct over 75 training events annually, including three large conferences. For the SBDC she supervises the consulting and training of small businesses as well the Global Business Program and special projects. The centers also consult with approximately 500 firms annually.


Dr. McKinney has won and supervised grants from several state and federal agencies which earned her a place in the inaugural Duquesne Office of Research Hall of Fame. The Duquesne SBDC is the EXIM Bank City State Partner for Western Pa. and is a USTDA Partner.. Recently Duquesne University received a US EDA grant to establish a university Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Practices. The objective is to create jobs through exporting and business growth of these target industries. Dr. McKinney obtained her Ph.D. in Public Administration and MPIA (Master of Public and International Affairs) from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh.

Zach Person

Program Manager

Illinois International Trade Center SBDC
2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 201
Lisle, IL, 60532

Phone: (630) 942-3041


Jackie Rasmussen

Business Development & International Trade Specialist

University of Missouri SBTDC

307B Cornell Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Ph: 573-346-2644

As a Business Development & International Trade Specialist, Jackie provides assistance to business owners on topics associated with successfully owning, managing and growing a small business. She works with companies to address planning, marketing, management, financing, and international trade issues & opportunities. She also regularly provides leadership, team-building training and facilitation assistance to community groups & organizations.

Jackie completed national accreditation as Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) in 2012. She currently serves as Chair of the NASBITE International CGBP Governance Council. The Governance Council provides oversight of the CGBP Exam to ensure the integrity and vigor of the credential are maintained.

Jackie has been with University of Missouri Extension for the past 23 years. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where she completed both of her degrees - a BS in Marketing & Management, and a Masters in Business Administration.

Chris Schrage

Office of International Programs
28 Gilchrist Hall - University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0520
Phone: (319) 273-6807

Chris is the Global Opportunities Coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration, developing international programs and exposing students to the world. She spends about 1/3 of her time outside the US with students and on projects. She is responsible for a new required course in the Global Marketing Emphasis built on the criteria for the CGBP. She has been a presenter at several NASBITE workshops and holds the CGBP.

Gabriel Shweiri, CGBP

1530 W 17th St

Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 564-6000

Gabriel is an assistant professor of Global Business & Entrepreneurship at Santa Ana College. He established BGI Worldwide Logistics and has extensive technical experience in logistics. He received his Master's in International Management from Thunderbird and holds a BA from George Washington University in International Affairs. He is a CGBP.

Dr. Sarah Singer

Michigan State University

645 N. Shaw Lane, Room 7
East Lansing, MI, 48824-1121

Sarah Singer is the Assistant Director of the Michigan State University International Business Center (MSU-CIBER), a position she has held since 2006. In this role, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of globalEDGE and the hiring, training, and supervision of the globalEDGE student team. She also assists with overall administration of Center projects and initiatives, such as organizing the Biennial International Business Institute for Community College Faculty.

Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Michigan and an MA and PhD in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University. Her dissertation focused on study abroad in community colleges. In 2012, Sarah became a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).

Dr. Norman Sunderman

Professor of Accounting

Angelo State University

2601 W. Avenue N, Rassman 246
San Angelo, Texas, 76909
Phone: 325 486-6498

Dr. Norman Sunderman, Professor of Accounting, is active in Study Abroad programs and has made five presentations at NASBITE on the European Union and Study Abroad topics. He attended faculty conferences in Antwerp, Belgium, and Strasbourg, France, and has been the program director on Study Abroad programs to France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.


Dr. Sunderman has received teaching awards in both music and accounting. In 1978, he was named the Outstanding Music Professor at Texas A&M-Kingsville. In 2008, he was named Professor of the Year in the College of Business by the Angelo State Student Government Association. He was also named the Outstanding Accounting Educator for small colleges and universities in 2008 by the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. In 2009, Dr. Sunderman received the Distinguished Faculty Alumni Award for the College of Business from the ASU Alumni Association.

He holds a BS in Education from Bowling Green State University, an MM and a DMA from the University of Michigan, and an MBA and MPA (professional accountancy) from Texas A&M-Kingsville.


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