Terri Williams, Director
As Director of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development Small Business Development Center Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Terri is responsible for managing several staff and federal, state, and privately funded programs focused on assisting business owners in contracting with the federal, state, and local governments as well as the private sector. In addition, the SBDC PTAC includes programs to assist small businesses in becoming more profitable through new market identification, veteran business services, assisting with their human resource needs and emergency preparedness. Ms. Williams has over 26 years managing economic development programs.
Her previous positions include, Director of Economic Development for Brooks Development Authority, Terri Williams was responsible for leveraging funding partnerships with national, state and local governments and foundations to advance economic development opportunities at Brooks City-Base. In this role, Ms. Williams secured over million in grant funding for Brooks City-Base projects; an independent Economic Development Consultant to the City of Windcrest, as President and CEO of Williams Economic Development Consulting; Business Development Manager for Port San Antonio, and Economic Development Manager for the City of San Antonio.
Ms. Williams holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio and designation as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council. She received the 2015 Women in Leadership Award by the San Antonio Business Journal, 2015 graduate of NEISD Leadership NE program, was named 1999 Small Business Advocate of the Year for Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, named as a 1999 “40 Under 40 Rising Star” by the San Antonio Business Journal, and a graduate of the 2001 Leadership San Antonio program sponsored by the Greater San Antonio and the San Antonio Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.
She is Chairperson of the South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA), a member of the Texas Economic Development Council, the International Economic Development Council, the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers Board of Directors as Region 8 Director.
She is a native Texan, married and has two sons, ages 22 and 24.
Clara Chavez, Administrative Associate II
Clara Chavez, has been with the Institute for Economic Development for over 11 years working as an Administrative Associate II for the SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Clara handles all financial, budgeting, purchasing and assist with training and all other special projects. She also serves as a receptionist. She was awarded the Innovation Award in 2005 by her peers.
Deirdre Pattillo, Project Manager
Deirdre Pattillo, SPHR, is Project Manager for Employer Services for the South-West Texas Border SBDC Region’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development. She has served the SBDC community since 1998, and has been specifically focused on Human Resources and regulatory compliance for small business since 2003. As a certified human resource professional, Deirdre provides direct assistance to small business employers in the areas of employment practices, emergency preparedness, regulatory compliance, jobsite safety, drug-free workplace and effective HR management. Working in collaboration with the field centers of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network, she provides training and free, confidential counseling to small businesses throughout the region. Her goal is to be a key resource for the people side of small business.
Sheriley Smith, Project Manager
Sheriley Smith comes to the Procurement Technical Assistance Center with over 20 years of experience working for the federal government Department of the Army as an Education Technician, Director, Trainer, Coordinator, Administrator and a Division Chief. Ms. Smith experience extends from the United States to Europe in the various capacities with experience supervising facility directors and the training program for the organization, working with government contracting offices, other installation proponents, and Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) projects. Her most recent position prior to joining the SW-PTAC team was a Document and Supply Analysis/ Souring Specialist for 2 years with a small company that supported (through a government contract) the San Antonio Medical Center Consolidated Tower (CoTo) construction project with the San Antonio Medical BRAC and Integration Office (SAMBIO).
Ms. Smith education includes: AAS in Education, BAS in Education Campbell University, NC, MA in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, OK. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate- Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organization Psychology with Grand Canyon University, AZ.
Curtis Mohler, Sr. Business Development Specialist
Curtis Graham Mohler is a twenty year Navy Veteran who has served in several management capacities including NJROTC Administrative & Budget Manager, Human Resources Recruiter, Combat Communications Instructor, Warfare Coordinator and NCIS Direct Special Agent Support.
Curtis has previously served as a Senior Business Development Specialist Counselor at the Small Business Development Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and managed the Veterans Assistance Services Program (VASP) and Chase Veterans Business Development Programs providing free business counseling services to veteran entrepreneur clients specializing in start-ups, development, operations, certifications, management, government contracting and long-term expansion winning 2014 SBA Small Business Week, Veteran Champion of the Year!
He now serves as a Senior Business Development Specialist assisting small business owners to expand their opportunities to federal and other markets providing advanced government contracting business services under the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) program.
Previously, Curtis served as a Senior Defense Management Consultant, Director of Business Development-US West Operations responsible for managing and implementing the (Saber-Diamond Business Plan) specifically targeted to develop, capture, expand and management new business opportunities for a (Fortune 500) Global Defense Contractor client in support of 20 commercial small businesses encompassing 27 states and over 1000 personnel.
Curtis is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education with a major in (Management). He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Management (MAM) with a specialty in Organizational Management.
Eloy Garcia, Project Manager
Eloy Garcia manages the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Texas Business Opportunity and Development (TBOD) Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center. The TBOD Program works to increase disadvantaged-owned business participation in the highway construction industry and provides Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) with firm specific training and guidance to help them become competitive within the heavy highway or construction marketplace. The program also prepares DBEs to move into non-traditional areas of work and to compete in the marketplace outside the DBE program by providing networking opportunities; project matching assistance between subcontractors and primes; and access to training in the areas of business development, business management, and construction management. Eloy provides bilingual counseling (in English and Spanish) to small business owners to assist in their success with TxDOT contracts.
Eloy possesses over 20 years of senior level professional management and government contracting expertise, having performed a broad range of duties supervising the procurement of supplies/equipment; planning, coordinating, and supervising various budget activities involving procurement law; and developing contract compliance requirements for the acquisition of services, leases, construction, and commodities for the Department of Defense, Social Security Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Eloy graduated with honors while earning his Master of Arts degree from Webster University, majoring in Procurement (Contracts) and Acquisition Management.
Susannah Munro, Business Development Specialist
Susannah Munro comes to the Procurement Technical Assistance Center with over 20 years of experience working for the federal government, government contractors and for the San Antonio Independent School District. Ms. Munro serves as a Business Development Specialist providing assistance to business owners wanting to expand their business into federal, state, and local contracts with government agencies and military installations. Ms. Munro has experience in logistics management including Logistics and Supply Chain/Item Management, Business Management, Cost/Project Analyst Management and Information Technology (IT) support. She has her Federal Contractor Certification (FCC) and is a Veterans Affairs (VA) Certified Counselor. Ms. Munro has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) with majors in accounting and marketing from Our Lady of the Lake University.
James "Tree" Roundtree, Veteran Business Development Specialist
James Roundtree “Tree” serves as the Veteran Business Development Specialist for the University of Texas at San Antonio SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Tree is a retired First Sergeant from the United States Army. He is a veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation “Just Cause” and two tours in Operation “Iraqi Freedom”. He honorably served 24 years, where it was his honor to serve in a number of leadership positions while taking care of Soldiers, Family members, and Staff. Now in his “new life” it is a similar honor to serve veteran start-ups and entrepreneurs in business development and expansion as your Veteran Business Development Specialist.
His commitment goes beyond the old standard of customer satisfaction; to a new standard of client care, time and attention. Taking time to listen while clients share their dreams and goals, answering their questions, and helping them explore their options without pressure are gifts he freely gives to each and every client.
Dedicated to personal development and growth with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal justice from Upper Iowa University; currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Transportation and Logistics Management with American Public University.
He is honored to be a member of the professional staff at the Procurement Technical Assistance Center of UTSA.