Kristina Kunkel has been managing federal, state, and local grants & contracts at nonprofit organizations since 2010, and joined the Norcal PTAC team in July 2014. She received her BA from Smith College, and is expected to receive her MS in Environmental Systems from Humboldt State University in 2019.
James Forrest has been working with non-profit educational institutions since 2012, in roles ranging from Academic Tutor to Executive Administrative Assistant. He holds a BA from UC Santa Cruz and a MA from the University of Copenhagen, both in Philosophy. His love of helping people and problem solving has brought him to his role at Norcal PTAC, where he serves as the main point of contact and administrative coordinator for the program.
Christina Jones is an expert business consultant and facilitator with over 20 years of experience in developing process improvement and training programs to position small businesses for government sales. She specializes in 8(a) certification, contract vehicles to include GSA, and proposal writing. Christina has a proven track record in increasing economic impact through calculated one-on-one counseling of small to medium sized businesses.
She holds a BS in business administration from California State University, Los Angeles and a MBA from Pepperdine University.
Lenny Bean is an accomplished business manager with multi-disciplined expertise in both engineering and manufacturing environments. He has held leadership positions in project management, business development, and finance. As a Procurement Specialist, Lenny counsels small businesses to succeed in pursuing contracts with federal, state, and local government agencies.
Lenny has a degree in accounting and an MBA from Suffolk University. He is the Small Business Board Member of the Professional Aerospace Contractors Association, a member of the New Mexico Lions Club, and a member of the Aero Federal Credit Union Board.
Mary Jo Juarez
Mary Jo Juarez has extensive contracting experience as a former Contracting Officer for the Department of the Navy. In her position as the Deputy for Small Business, Mary Jo discovered her lasting passion of educating and helping small businesses to become successful in obtaining and performing in the government contracting arena. She specializes in working with small businesses to help them understand and work through the maze of regulations and requirements in government contracting. Mary Jo is a "connector "of small businesses, agencies, and prime contractors; helping to establish relationships which benefit all parties. She holds a BA from the Evergreen State College, MBA from City University, and has been working on the Doctorate in Business Education at Argosy University.
Joseph Moore, CPCM is seasoned contracting professional who has provided professional services to many firms in the area of federal and state (Virginia) government contracts. His background includes being a contracting officer for the U.S. Navy, a large private industry firm, and in civil service. He is a resource specialist providing assistance to all business firms under the PTAC organization for the past 10 years.
As a retired Naval Supply Officer and he has an MBA from Webster University and a MS in Acquisition and Contract Management from Florida Institute of Technology. He holds a Certified Professional Contracts Management (CPCM) designation granted by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and he is the owner of a SDVOSB firm that provided specialized services in all phases of contracts.
Nanci Pigeon has 21 years’ experience in DoD and Federal contracting as a Leader and Contracting Officer. During her government career, Nanci made it her mission to seek out and award contracts to small businesses. She spent the last year of her career as the Small Business Specialist for the Bureau of Reclamation where she advised small businesses how to do business with the Bureau and Department of the Interior. Her commitment to helping small businesses achieve their government contracting goals inspired her to become a Procurement Specialist with the Norcal PTAC. Nanci has a BS in Management from Park University and an MS from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Strategic Purchasing. She is also a Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) through the National Contract Management Association and has a current Level III Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C).