San Joaquin Delta College SBDCServing San Joaquin, Amador, Alpine and Calaveras Counties

Our Team

Nate McBride


The director for our SBDC. He was formerly a director of an SBDC in his native state of Utah, and started as the primary consultant for this SBDC in 1993. Nate received a bachelor's degree in marketing, and a master's degree in business with an emphasis in Finance from Utah State University. In addition to overseeing the operations of the SBDC, Nate conducts numerous seminars and workshops on financing, marketing, start-up, and small business management. He consults with clients to assess funding sources and help prepare appropriate financing proposals. He helps with cash flow management, budgeting, developing business plans, marketing and business management.

April Lopez

SBDC Specialist

April has worked with the center since February 2018. She brings a wealth of professional experience to the SBDC. She is the first point of contact when a client visits or contacts the SBDC. April takes care of training calendars and registrations, coordinating the scheduling of client appointments, and generally making sure the day-to-day operations of the SBDC run smoothly. 

Les Fong

Business Advisor

He is President of Les Fong & Associates. Since 1981, Les has been an advertising and marketing instructor at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. Les helps SBDC clients evaluate and develop advertising campaigns, product/corporate positioning and sales promotions to maximize return on investment. He also provides input in creative development for print advertising, radio/television production, photography, email and web page design.

Stephen Keyzers

Business Advisor

Steve is a senior human resource consultant who works with business leaders to refine their HR strategy, and grow their business by increasing productivity and efficiency, while containing labor costs and reducing liability.
Steve is the President of Key HR a human resource consulting company that works with clients across California and several other States.  Steve also serves as the Vice President of HR Services for Precision Manufacturing Insurance Services. 
Steve earned a B.A. in Business Administration from California State University at Fullerton before receiving an M.S. in Human Resources Management from Chapman University in Orange, California.  He holds Senior Professional Human Resources Designations (SPHR and SHRM-SCP).

Steve Morales

Business Advisor

Steve Morales is the founder and president of Mayaco Marketing & Internet established in 1994 and has been involved with a wide range of corporate marketing strategies & Internet projects.  Mayaco works with numerous industries, government entities, and has developed a variety of projects for clients such as Disneyland and Disney World along with many others. Some of his past experience includes: Newspaper Associate Publisher, Advertising/Marketing Director and Business manager.  One of three individuals (companies) selected to present marketing & media seminars for selected countries in Europe on behalf of the U.S. State Department.  Mr. Morales has also been the recipient of numerous professional awards throughout his career and has a long tradition in community involvement. Steve assists clients with improving their online media presence with online marketing and advertising through social media and web page design.



Trudy Lackey

Business Advisor

Trudy covers both Calaveras and Amador Counties and truly enjoys bringing her varied experience to each client that she works with to help them succeed in their goals.  Trudy has lived in Calaveras County since 1992 after having lived in a variety of areas from New York to Alaska. She has owned several businesses - after commercially fishing in Alaska, she opened a seafood distributorship and seafood retail store in San Francisco.  She has also owned a retail lotion and soap shop in Kona, Hawaii. She now currently owns a lease-financing business. When not running businesses, she has been involved in education.  Her experience includes teaching, substitute teaching, running a large state educational grant, and being voted on to the local school board four times, serving for 13 years. She has also served as an executive director for two different local non-profits.  



Gene Acevedo

Business Advisor

Gene Acevedo assists SBDC clients with business startups.  Gene holds a masters of business administration and is bilingual in English and Spanish.  Vastly experienced in community relations, skilled in business; not-for-profit organizations, government and the private sector. Strong background in strategic planning, budgets, team building and project management. He has demonstrated a strong ability to develop and implement solutions to multidimensional complex operational problems.  Gene has held many roles in the Stockton community, including the president of the Mexican Heritage Center, past vice president of marketing for the Stockton Symphony board of directors, member of the Coalition of Mexican American Organizations. He held the position of Director of Community Outreach for the Hospice of San Joaquin for 7 years, the president and co-founder of Bilingual Weekly for 11 years, as well as a legislative aide to both Barbara Mathews and Cathleen Calgiani for 7 years.  Currently Gene is an adjunct professor of business at San Joaquin Delta College and the Executive Director of the Stockton Impact Corps.

Tim Douglas

Business Advisor

Tim Douglas has over thirty years’ experience working as a cost accountant and CFO in Government, Non-profit, Billion Dollar Corporations and a Family business here in the Central Valley.  He has a Masters of Organizational Development and Business Administration. Tim is a Certified Management Accountant and an Enrolled Agent with the IRS.
For the last four years, Tim has been retired and now works as a consultant with Small Business Development Centers in the Central Valley.  He has assisted small businesses in several areas, 1. Obtaining micro and 504 loans, 2. Addressing operation and tax issues, and 3. Developing startup strategies.
Pablo Gomez San Joaquin Delta Business Advisor

Pablo Gomez

SBDC Business Advisor

Pablo Gomez forms part of the SBDC group as a Small business advisor. He believes in working hard and always aiming for solutions which will always lead you to achieving your dreams. Pablo holds a Master’s in Business Administration from CSU East Bay and is a certified business analyst from the Project Management Institute. He has participated in Corporate finance research and holds a passion for finance, marketing (SEO & social media experienced) and business plan creation & implementation. When he is not working on advising he is part of a start-up as CMO in Silicon Valley that aims to disrupt the sports betting business.

Craig Hollingsworth

Business Advisor

Craig has had a long history of providing support for businesses in California. Throughout his career he has worked in the hospitality and resort industry helping businesses start up, loan readiness, financial management, and strategy. 

Pamela Howard

Business Advisor

Pamela joins our SBDC team with a wealth of knowledge and experience to assist clients with their businesses. She is a former San Joaquin Delta College student earning 6 Associate degrees with honors. She has her B.S.B.A. with concentrations in Accounting and Finance, as well as a minor in Economics from University of the Pacific. She has been a resident of Stockton for more than 10-years and is pleased for the opportunity to support the businesses in San Joaquin achieve their goals.   Her background includes corporate accounting, finance, consulting and management. Pamela works to assist SBDC clients with business planning, start-up advising, and business expansion.  She specializes in project management, SBA financing as well as training.  She is currently a graduate student at California State Stanislaus as a well as a State of California CPA candidate.


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