UC Merced SBDCServing Merced and Mariposa 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.


Kurt Clark

Executive Director

Destiney Iglesias

Community Education Specialist 1

William Moua

Community Education Specialist 1

Maisie Silva

Program Manager

Jessica Torres

Financial Services Analyst


Gil Cardon

Strategic Planning, Sales & Marketing, and Operations Management

Chris Carroll

Website Development, QuickBooks and General Business

Steve Cassady

General Business and Strategic Planning

Charles Eason

Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR)

Victoria Imrie

General Business, Hospitality,

Rhonda Lowe

Business & Strategic Plans, Sales Strategies, Retail Business

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

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

Tiffany Phillips

Digital and Social Media Marketing Strategy; E-Commerce Consultant

Amy Porter

QuickBooks & Accounting

Pamela Toconis

Human Resources & Organizational Behavior

Octavio Valencia

General Business, IP and Concept Development

Hub Walsh

General Business & Strategic Planning

Susan Walsh

General Business & 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.