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Meet Our Advising Team

Meet Our Advising Team

David Baenziger

Senior Business Advisor

Expertise:

  • Financial projections and business plans
  • Loan package assistance
  • Children’s day care centers
  • Assisted living and senior day care centers
  • Medical and dental clinics and practices

Before joining the SBDC in 2000, David owned and operated his own small businesses for over 20 years. He holds a BS from Southwest Texas State University.

David spends his free time enjoying his rescue dogs and working on his professional development.

David currently works out of the New Braunfels office.

Patrice McElfresh

Senior Business Advisor

Expertise:

  • Marketing and promotional plans
  • Financial projections
  • Day care centers
  • Car washes
  • Business startups and expansions

Patrice joined the SBDC in 2005. She has over 10 years of experience in commercial lending and property management. Patrice holds a BS in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Economics, as well as a Master’s in Public Administration, from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Patrice is a UTSA Lifetime Alumni Member and is also involved in the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Leon Springs Business Association. She is also a Masterpiece Theater addict.

Patrice primarily works out of the San Antonio office, but travels to Kerrville to assist clients.

  • Location: San Antonio Office

Crystal Darby

Senior Business Advisor

Expertise:

  • Marketing
  • Social media
  • Website development
  • Ecommerce
  • Business plans
  • Financial projections
  • Proposal writing
  • Certified Technology Commercialization Advisor
  • Customer service
  • Communication skills

Before joining the SBDC in 2011, Crystal owned a communications consulting business for 12 years. Prior to that, she worked in the nonprofit sector writing grants, creating newsletters and other publications and coordinating volunteers. She also worked in government providing services to employers who hire people with disabilities. Crystal holds an MPA from the University of New Orleans and a BS in Communication from the University of Texas at Austin.

Crystal is a VIA rider and Riverwalk walker. She is a devoted grandmother and movie buff.

Crystal primarily works out of the UTSA downtown campus, but also spends time at Geekdom, at 110 E. Houston.

  • Location: San Antonio Office

Sam Morgan

Senior Business Advisor

Expertise:

  • Financial Projections
  • Business Plans
  • General Business Counseling
  • Certified Technology Commercialization Advisor

Sam joined the SBDC in 2016. His background includes service in the U.S. Army, government contracting and restaurant managing. Sam holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a BS in Business Administration from Franklin University.

Sam’s hobbies include weight lifting, UT Longhorn football, and anything history related. He is an active Franklin University Alumni and University of Phoenix Alumni. He enjoys spending time with his family and pets.

Sam works primarily out of the San Antonio office, but travels to assist clients in the New Braunfels Satellite Office (SPARK office) on Tuesdays.

Lisha Garcia

Senior Business Advisor

Expertise:

  • Fundable Business Plans -financial projections
  • Business start ups and expansions
  • Franchises – Franfit liaison
  • Marketing and sales – Gov’t contracting
  • Strategic growth plans and execution strategies
  • Spanish speaking and training

Lisha has been serving small businesses as an SBDC advisor for over ten years. She was previously with the Arizona SBDC Network as the Diversity and Women’s Business Coordinator. She was with the Austin SBDC for 3 years before transferring in May of 2016 to the UTSA SBDC. Lisha has extensive experience growing small businesses. Lisha holds a BA from the University of Arizona, MFA from Vermont College and MIM from the Thunderbird School. She is a Certified Global Business Professional in good standing.  Lisha was awarded the San Antonio 2017 Advisor of the Year.

Lisha is a widely published poet and has recently completed her second book. She is a Certified Life Coach and a member of the International Coach Federation.

Lisha primarily works out of the San Antonio office, but travels to Medina, Frio, Wilson and Atascosa counties to assist clients.

Hector Ramirez

Business Advisor

Expertise:

  • Business Model/Planning
  • Access to Capital/Financial Projections
  • Bookkeeping
  • Productivity Tools (Google App for Business)
  • Bilingual (Spanish)

Hector joined the UTSA SBDC as a Business Development Specialist in June 2019. He has over nine years’ experience working for various non-profit economic development organizations and state institutions. Throughout his career, Hector has helped start, grow, and sustain small businesses by providing technical assistance, small business micro-lending, and business venture planning to Texas entrepreneurs.

Hector is a UTSA Alumnus and holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management, with a concentration in small business/entrepreneurship.

He enjoys outdoor recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, and camping; is an avid sports fan, enjoys playing basketball, and spending time with family and friends.

Tracie Shelton Hervey

Senior Business Advisor

Isa Fernández

Business Advisor

Expertise:

  • Minority, Women, Disabled, Emerging, Older Adult Small Business Enterprise
  • Proposal Writing
  • Marketing

Isa joined the UTSA SBDC team in February 2020, bringing over six years’ experience working with local and national small business communities. Isa’s work has been recognized by the Small Business Administration in 2016 as the District Women Owned Small Business Champion and by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging in 2012 with an Innovation Award for her work in program development.

Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Public Administration from UTSA, Isa is honored to return to her alma mater to work directly with and for the small business community.

Isa is a published author, photographer and social justice advocate.

Lorna Adams

Business Development Specialist

Expertise:

  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Small business startups and expansion
  • CARES Act Funding and Forgiveness

Lorna joined the UTSA SBDC team as Business Development Specialist in August 2020. She advises small businesses about available CARES Act programs and options for business sustainability. Her passion for personal and professional empowerment evolved into building multiple profitable small business startups, that empower educators and thousands of students in designing and implementing their own college, career, and life readiness and success stories.

She is a Trinity University alumnus and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

Lorna is an avid adventurer, having traveled throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Thailand. She enjoys hiking, cooking with friends, and family history storytelling.  She especially enjoys leading small group adventures to Europe and way out West, and beyond with family and friends.

Amir Lang

Business Development Specialist

Expertise:

  • Business Plans
  • Agricultural/food products
  • CARES Act funding and forgiveness
  • Fashion and Apparel

Amir joined the UTSA SBDC in August of 2020 as a Business Development Specialist, for small businesses impacted by COVID. He has two years of  business advising experience working with the Peace Corps, helping rural farmers and agricultural businesses in Senegal, West Africa. Though early in his career, Amir has helped entrepreneurs and business owners to increase their financial literacy, start and expand their businesses, gain access to capital, and receive training from industry experts.

Amir graduated from Baylor University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in International Business. He speaks three languages: English, French, and Pulaar, and is learning Spanish; and he has been pescatarian since 2003.