Our Leadership Team
Our team is dedicated to providing the tools and resources needed to help your business succeed.
Lead Center Team
As State Director of the Michigan SBDC, J.D. Collins leads the statewide team in pursuit of their mission to enhance Michigan’s economic wellbeing through consulting, training, and market research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies. Leveraging 20+ years of executive leadership experience in both small businesses and large corporations, Collins oversees the SBDC’s human, financial and administrative resources, as well as key stakeholder relationships.
Collins is passionate about serving the small business community and continuing the SBDC’s innovative approach to helping business owners and entrepreneurs.
J.D. earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame and Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management from Albion College.
Joshua has had an extensive career in publishing, banking, real estate and non-profit organizations. A veteran of the US Navy, he also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from North Park University and an MBA from Cornerstone University. He is a member of Rotary International and sits on the Board of the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce and the Chippewa County Community Foundation. His areas of expertise include Finance, Marketing, Strategic Planning and Organizational Operations.
Hollie Blagg joined the SBDC as our Associate State Director in June of 2020. Over the past 20 years, Hollie has served in a variety of Information Technology and Product Development leadership roles, serving the Telecommunications, Healthcare, and Consulting industries. Most recently, Hollie led Hybrid IT and Cloud Strategies for principal, architectural, and delivery consulting services. Hollie enjoys aligning unique solutions that offer customers and clients flexibility and affordability across the value chain from design to delivery management.
Hollie is an alumni of Grand Valley State University, earning her Executive MBA in 2019. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Business Management at Baker University in Kansas. She also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from Villanova University.
Before joining the SBDC, team Hollie spent 10 years with Sprint Nextel where she led in a variety of roles ranging from Product Development, Account Management, and Technology Solutions to support the development of Android, Sprint.com, and retail store management. She continued her IT career in Michigan servicing Spectrum Health in a variety of IT leadership roles, including Application Development, Informatics & Analytics, Digital Marketing, and Pediatric IT support. Additionally, Hollie honed her consultative skills at KPMG in conjunction with developing software for clients in the Shared Services & Outsourcing Practice. She also formalized Hybrid IT offerings at OST by leveraging cloud technologies to support speed to market solutions and agile product development. Hollie enjoys working across teams to bring the best that each person has to offer, by fostering growth and development, enhanced communication, collaboration, and connecting to purpose and is an integral part of the Michigan SBDC team.
Sienna is responsible for data and information management of the SBDC network and has been part of our team for 10 years. She collects all data that goes into the network’s financial and narrative reports. She is also responsible for the performance systems that ensure the network is operating effectively and efficiently, consistent with the network’s strategic plan, ASBDC accreditation standards and the SBA cooperative agreement.
Prior to joining our team, Sienna served as an instructional design consultant in another department of Grand Valley State University. Before coming to GVSU, she served as a teaching assistant at Florida State University, where she taught a graduate course in systems approach to change management.
Sienna received her Bachelor of Arts in education and her professional teacher’s certification from the University of Zimbabwe. She also earned her master’s degree in instructional system design from Florida State University and is passionate about issues of curriculum design and human capital development.
As the training manager for the Michigan SBDC Lead Center, Ian Rogers oversees the strategy and implementation of statewide training initiatives. He is an alum of Michigan State University with a strong background and professional experience in training and learning development. Ian has developed, implemented, and delivered training content in many fields including philanthropy, healthcare, information technology, and entrepreneurship. The majority of Ian’s career has been working for, and with, small businesses to develop innovative approaches for training employees, clients, and entrepreneurs.
Nora Vollmer is the Office Assistant at the Michigan Small Business Development Center. She is responsible for providing administrative and clerical support to the Michigan SBDC State Director and Leadership Team. Nora is also responsible for coordinating, planning, managing and supporting daily operational and administrative functions to advance the Michigan SBDC statewide organization.
Nora began her career in a family-owned small business and has over ten years of experience in administrative assistant roles. Nora was a Student Office Assistant for the West Michigan Region Small Business Development Center from 2012-2015 and was the West Michigan Region SBDC’s Program Coordinator from 2015-2019. Nora obtained her bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University in Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Meeting and Event Planning.
Jamaal serves as the Economic Inclusion Business Consultant, a position created to advance one of the Michigan SBDC’s priorities: to provide outreach and service delivery to economically challenged communities. Jamaal came to the Michigan SBDC with a wealth of experience in business counseling, coaching and helping entrepreneurs in underserved markets access business resources. Jamaal is a former Senior Personal Banker with Huntington National Bank and Microloan Program Manager with Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women in Grand Rapids. He holds an MBA from Western Michigan University.
Michigan SBDC Business Growth Team Manager Kristi Kozubal has over 15 years of experience working with small businesses, non-profit agencies and local government organizations, including 10 years as an attorney in private practice, service as Interim Executive Director to a 125-year old women’s empowerment non-profit, and 3 years in a dynamic role as a community planner for the City of Bay City.
Kristi’s experience in counseling and advising individuals and businesses includes strategic planning, data analysis, communications, negotiations, policy-making, financial restructuring, succession planning, executive recruitment and business management. She has significant professional experience in fiduciary accounting and reporting, due process and systems development, and a broad base of business, real estate and commercial transaction matters.
Kristi is a licensed Michigan attorney with a Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan. She is currently a Fellow in the Henry Marsh Institute of Public Policy at Saginaw Valley State University and recently joined the faculty of the Central Michigan University Global Campus in the Masters of Entrepreneurship program.
Kristi is also a recreational house flipper, gourmet cupcake baker and an avid volunteer with several non-profit organizations including the Bay Area Community Foundation, BaySail, the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region, and Habitat for Humanity.
Scott is a cyber-security professional passionate about raising awareness of everyday cyber threats and trends.
Prior to joining the Michigan SBDC, Scott served as an IT Security Analyst at Ferris State University for 3 years. As an IT Security Analyst, he managed full disk encryption, mobile device management, Office365 security policies, and provided security awareness training through multiple platforms. He has assisted with incident response, vulnerability and risk assessments, data loss prevention, and data security access.
Scott graduated from Ferris State University in 2012 with a degree in Information Security and Intelligence and obtained a program certificate in Geographic Information Systems. He also received a degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University in 2009.
Alain brings extensive experience in organizational development, manufacturing, R&D, market development, technology transfer and international expansion to the Michigan SBDC technology team.
He most recently served as president of an advanced manufacturing company, which was a technology spinout from a large automotive supplier. His activities included marketing and commercialization and leading the advanced R&D activities. The company focused its efforts in the aerospace, military and transportation industries.
Alain has also worked in Europe, Southern Africa, and Central and South America for international corporations such as DuPont, Sherwin Williams and Kongsberg Automotive. He has been involved with turn-around, startup and M&A activities.
Alain holds a BSBA and MBA from Wayne State University.
Jeanne LaSargeBono is the Managing Director for the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Fund. In her role, Jeanne is providing funding strategies and opportunities for local corporations, community leaders, and donors to support the critical work of the SBDC long into the future. This includes funding for urgent support services that the SBDC is providing due to the economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jeanne joined the SBDC from the American Heart Association where she served as the Executive Director of the West Michigan region. In this role she worked with a dedicated staff and volunteers, generous corporations, local foundations, and inspiring survivors across West Michigan to support the work of the American Heart Association to save more lives from heart disease, stroke, and the vascular complications of COVID-19.
Prior to her role with the AHA, Jeanne was the Business Director with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, a national non-profit headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Phoenix Society works with burn survivors and their loved ones, healthcare professionals, fire service professionals and donors to support psychosocial burn recovery, improve the quality of burn care, and prevent burn injuries. While there, she directed business operations of the Phoenix Society including marketing and communications, digital strategy, finance, HR, non-profit administration, IT and database systems, strategic planning, and professional development initiatives.
Jeanne has been a licensed commercial real estate agent, formerly affiliated with Callander Commercial Real Estate. She brings extensive background in executive leadership and retail management from Meijer in her former role as Vice President of Corporate Administration at Meijer, directing operations of multiple corporate office sites with 6 direct reports and over 450 indirect reports and as Regional Vice President of Michigan Operations with 10 direct reports and over 25,000 indirect reports responsible for over $3.9 billion in sales.
Mary Lynn Noah
Mary Lynn Noah was hired in August of 2020 to assist the MI SBDC CARES Act grant management team. Mary Lynn is responsible for providing support to the Finance Manager, reviewing and approving invoices, resolving payment issues, assisting with grant contracts and amendments, assisting with grant reporting, working with GVSU Purchasing and the Accounts Payable team.
Prior to joining the MI SBDC, Mary Lynn worked in state government.
Ms. Noah has a bachelor’s degree from James Madison College, Michigan State University, and Masters of Public Administration from Western Michigan University.
Mary Lynn is an active volunteer, is a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA), and currently is a docent with the Gerald R. Ford Museum.
Russell Hartley is the Content Marketing Specialist for the Lead Center at the Michigan SBDC headquarters at Grand Valley State University. Russell is responsible for managing the Michigan SBDC’s statewide content strategy, including the SBDC website, social media, and email marketing strategy.
Prior to joining the Michigan SBDC in 2020, Russell held various communications positions at state- and city-level government agencies. He recently served as a Communications Director in the California State Assembly. Russell obtained his bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University in Health Communications.
Allis Gilbert, EdD
Allis is responsible for finance, grants, and human resources for the Michigan SBDC network. She works closely with our Federal partner to manage the distribution of SBA grants throughout the MI-SBDC regions. Along with oversight and management of state grants through the MEDC to support the MI-SBDC mission.
She joined the SBDC in January 2022, prior to which she has a background in supporting community health and wellness through nonprofit work and higher education healthcare operations. Additionally, as a veteran of the US Army she served as a Medical Services Officer.
Allis earned her Doctorate in Education with a focus in Organizational Change and Leadership from University of Southern California. Her dissertation focused on gender barriers impact to women’s advancement in HealthCare leadership. She holds a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Ohio University and earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University.
Allis is dedicated to supporting small business and helping teams thrive in changing environments. She is passionate about the mission of the MI-SBDC and the collaboration that supports small businesses.
Laurie channels her first-hand experience as a former business owner into a passion for helping others to start up, run and market their companies. For 12 years she ran Persuasive Communications, her marketing consultancy located in Seattle, where she created hundreds of strategic marketing and branding projects for companies of all shapes and sizes. While she has worked with many of that area’s behemoths, it’s the “little guys” she always got the biggest charge out of helping, seeing how small, consistent marketing changes could dramatically impact their bottom lines. Today, Laurie provides one-on-one business counseling and delivers a range of business training focused on startup and marketing issues, including Marketing Mondays lunch & learn series, Branding Toolkit for the Small Business Owner, Working for Yourself, Turn Your Hobby into a Business and Learn to Network Like a Pro. Her areas of expertise include marketing, copywriting, and networking.
Beth is the Regional Director of the Lake Huron regional office which is hosted by SVSU’s Scott L. Carmona College of Business.
Roszatycki joined the SBDC after serving as chief executive officer of Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. During the last three years of her tenure with MiHIA, Roszatycki spent much of her time focused on THRIVE (Transforming Health In a Vibrant Economy), a co-led, collaborative effort fueled by the recognition that our population’s health and a robust economy are interdependent of each other. Roszatycki also worked in a variety of roles with Bay Arenac Behavioral Health, including as administrative services supervisor.
Roszatycki earned a master’s degree in business administration from SVSU. She also received a bachelor’s degree in merchandise management from Michigan State University. Beth grew up in an entrepreneurial family in Bay City, Michigan and continues to support the small business community in her role as Regional Director.
Mike grew up in a family-owned pharmacy business, worked for an Anheuser Busch distributor, owned his own photo center and photo studios, and served as an elected official in local politics.
Mike joined the 9th largest bank as a business banker who helped businesses with gross revenues of up to $5 MM for five years. Michael also served a credit union as a commercial lender for businesses up to $10 million in gross revenues and is starting a new career as a small business consultant with the Michigan SBDC.
Charlie has been the Regional Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center – Greater Washtenaw Region since 2002. In that capacity he has directly counseled, or overseen the counseling of, hundreds of local small businesses.
He has developed and presented numerous small business training sessions and participated in many varied entrepreneurship support activities. Charlie has also taught a variety of small business and entrepreneurship classes at EMU, WCC and U-M.
Charlie currently serves on the Washtenaw County Workforce Development Board, the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Chamber Board, and is Board Chair for Think Local First of Washtenaw County.
Prior to joining the MI-SBDC, Charlie was the Director of Consulting Services at Nonprofit Enterprise at Work. In addition, he was a senior consultant with Plante Moran and held several management positions with the Gartner Group. Charlie holds an MPPM from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. from Hampshire College.
Ron entered the MI-SBDC in 2007 as a Senior Business Consultant in the Greater Washtenaw Region, where he’s helped guide hundreds of businesses through the startup process and beyond. Ron was promoted to Associate Regional Director in 2013. In addition, he has received professional certification as a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional and is part of the SBDC’s State Export Assistance Team. His areas of expertise include retail, restaurants, breweries, budgeting, and exporting.
Janis Mueller serves as the Regional Director for the I-69 Trade Corridor Region, hosted at Kettering University. Previously, Janis served as a Senior Business Consultant for the SBTDC North Carolina in Wilmington and served as an interim regional director there for almost a year. Janis is passionate about entrepreneurship in the Flint area, as well as collaborating with the resource partners in the community and region. She has a wealth of family-business ownership experience, international expertise, and some advanced certifications. Janis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and German from Eastern Michigan University and is working toward her Masters of Business Administration through the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Tony Fox serves as Regional Director for the Mid Michigan Region of the Michigan SBDC. Prior to joining the SBDC, Tony owned and operated a residential construction company in the Central Michigan area. He earned both his undergraduate degree in Entrepreneurship and graduate degree in Administration during his time prior at Central Michigan University. In addition to maintaining current status related to his Michigan Residential Building License, Tony also maintains Certified Global Business Professional status through NASBITE International. Tony has been with the SBDC at Mid Michigan College since 2006.
Tamara Davis is the regional director for the Southwest Michigan SBDC. In this position she assists start-up and second-stage business ventures in developing feasibility studies, business plan development, accessing capital, strategic planning for exporting, accessing state and federal programs, and general business consultation for individuals interested in growing their business through strategic planning and/or product diversification. Davis is passionate about the fact that her duties allow her to provide support and advice to the array of business ventures throughout Southwest Michigan—at no cost!
Wendy Thomas is the Regional Director of the Southeast Michigan Region. She has been with the network for over 20 years and has served in leadership, consulting, training, and administrative roles.
Wendy has counseled hundreds of start-ups and existing businesses over the years resulting in clients obtaining financing as well as launching and growing their small businesses. She assists clients by using her problem solving skills and expertise in the key business areas of marketing, financing, and business planning. Wendy also serves on several small business advisory boards and committees.
Wendy was named Small Business Consultant of the Year by the Small Business Administration. It was the first time that this award had been given to a SBDC consultant. She received recognition for Outstanding Volunteer for the CEED Detroit Loan Program and Michigan Small Business Center of Excellence and Innovation Award. Wendy is also certified as a Small Business Consultant and a Small Business Administration Export Trade Specialist.
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Michigan State University, Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Entrepreneurship, and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Eastern Michigan University. Wendy is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies. She also complimented her academic achievements with studying business practices abroad in Asia and Europe including China, England and France.
Laura Marohnic, MBA, CGBP is the MI-SBDC Regional Director covering the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She specializes in financial analysis, loan package preparations, and is a Certified Global Business Professional with NASBITE. Her other areas of experience include human resource management, purchasing, medical credentialing, system analysis, retail sales, inventory control, and manufacturing.
Laura grew up in Upper Michigan working in a family retail business. She has experience in both for profit and non-profit businesses as well as past experience as a small business owner of a retail party store and a small trucking operation. She worked with the SBDC in New Mexico prior to returning to Michigan bringing experience and tools to the MI-SBDC.
Ed Garner serves as the Regional Director of the West Michigan SBDC. He previously served as President/CEO of Muskegon Area First, a private, non-profit corporation serving all of Muskegon County. Garner is currently the Board President of the Urban League of Greater Muskegon and the Board Treasurer for the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. During his career, Ed has been recognized for having the best Satellite SBTDC Center in 1999 and the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award in 1998. Garner has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University and Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Michigan State University.