Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)

Regional Councils

The Department of Defense (DoD) Regional Councils for Small Business Education and Advocacy are a nationwide network of small business professionals organized to promote the Federal Small Business Programs.

To achieve the strategic goal of "Creating maximum opportunities for small businesses", the DoD Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) established seven regional councils across the country. The Councils primary objective is to promote the Federal Small Business Programs, to include Small Business, HUBZone Small Business, Women-Owned Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, DOD Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program and Indian Incentive Program. The Councils provide a single forum for small business professionals to train, exchange ideas and experiences, as well as share and disseminate information on the Federal Small Business Programs with a focus on collectively addressing issues of importance to small businesses. As a result, the council members are kept abreast of statutes, policies, trends and technologies affecting the Small Business Programs. The Councils also offer a direct link between the small business program policy office and those who implement the policy.

Small business professionals from government (DoD and other federal agencies), industry (Small Business Liaison Officers) and resource partners (Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, Minority and Business Development Centers, etc.) comprise the council membership.

As sponsor of the Councils, the DoD OSBP is actively involved. The OSBP provides general support, assists with training efforts and the development of overall goals and objectives. However, each council functions separately, electing board members, organizing committees and conducting meetings and training sessions.

Northeast Regional CouncilExternal Link

Chairperson: Ms. Eva D'Antuono
Small Business Advocate
Department of Army
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Concord, MA
Phone: (617) 823-8091
Email: evamarie.d'antuono@usace.army.mil
Vice Chairperson / Treasurer: Vacant

Mid-Atlantic Regional Council (MARC)

Chairperson: Irene Katacinski
Department of Navy
NSWC Carderock Division
Philadelphia, PA
Phone: (215) 897-7596
Email: irene.katacinski@navy.mil
Vice Chairperson: VACANT
Washington, D.C
Phone: TBD
Email: TBD
Secretary: Anita Perkins
Washington, D.C.
Phone: 202-732-2218
Email: Anita.perkins@ice.dhs.gov
Treasurer: Debi Weems
Department of Navy
NSWC Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division
Indian Head, MD
Phone: (301) 744-6604
Email: Debra.Weems@navy.mil

Southeast Regional Council (SERC)

Chairperson: Bill Cantrell
ERDC Post Restaurant Officer
Army Engineer Research & Development Center OSD Joint Test & Evaluation Program
Vicksburg, MS
Phone: (601) 634-3470
Fax: (601) 634-2388
Email: william.d.cantrell@us.army.mil
Vice Chairperson: Vacant
Treasurer: Vacant

North Central Regional Council (NCRC)

Chairperson: Vacant
Treasurer: Vacant

South Central Regional Council (SCRC)External Link

Chairperson: Vacant
Vice Chairperson: Vacant
Treasurer: Vacant

Pacific Northwest Regional Council

Chairperson: Kay Baltz
USACE OSBP Workforce Development
Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 839-2555
Email: kay.j.baltz@usace.army.mil
Vice Chairperson: Michael Gilbert
Department of Air Force
U.S. Air Force, Fairchild AFB; 92 CONS
Phone: (509) 247-4880
Email: diane.kostelecky@navy.mil
Secretary: Brenda Lancaster
Department of Navy
U.S. Naval Base Kitnap
Phone: (360) 476-3342
Email: brenda.lancaster@navy.mil
Treasurer: Stephanie Higgins
Department of Navy
US Navy/NAVFAC
Phone: (360) 396-0038
Email: Stephane.Higgins@navy.mil

Western Regional CouncilExternal Link

Chairperson: Michelle Stratton
Department of Army
US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District
Phone: (916) 557-7641
Email: michelle.d.stratton@usace.army.mil
Vice Chairperson: Derrick Hu
Department of Navy
NAVAIR Weapons Division
Phone: (760) 939-2712
Email: Michelle.d.Stratton@usace.army.mil
Secretary: Audrey Campbell
Department of Air Force
Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC)
Phone: (310) 653-1108
Email: audrey.campbell@us.af.mil
Treasurer: Pamela Smith-Cressel
General Services Administration
Phone: (213) 894-3210
Email: Pam.Smith_Cressel@gsa.gov