Office Hours

Monthly Office Hours

In an effort to provide better assistance to the small business community across New Mexico, the NM FAST program is adding monthly office hours to its rotation of services and resources. Each month, our dedicated team members open up calendar availability so that you can meet with them one-on-one and find out more about how your innovative idea fits within the SBIR/STTR landscape, answer burning questions about these federal funding opportunities, or help you work through proposal package requirements.

This service is offered to all SBIR/STTR interested businesses across the state; your business does not need to be a current client of the NM FAST program to sign up for one of these sessions. Use the buttons to the right-hand side of this section to schedule an hour-long session now.

Meet Our Team

Dana DeRego Catron

Dana DeRego Catron

SBIR Program Director

Dana Catron serves as the Director of Strategic Operations and SBIR Program Director for Arrowhead Center, where she oversees Arrowhead’s SBIR assistance program, NM FAST, and also provides support on strategic planning, operations, grants, written communication, and program development. She also serves as Arrowhead Center’s northern NM liaison, where she represents the organization at events and functions, serves on advisory councils, presents on programmatic initiatives, and performs outreach. Dana received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Washington State University and a master’s and Ph.D. (in progress) in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from NMSU.

Dana can be reached at dderego@ad.nmsu.edu or at (505)-469-8411.

Kathy Foster

Kathy Foster

Sr. Program and Strategic Planning Officer

Kathy Foster, MBA serves as a Sr. Program and Strategic Planning Officer developing and implementing strategic plans to maximize program effectiveness. Her professional experience includes federal program management, grant writing, and entrepreneurial training. Kathy’s ability to provide comprehensive entrepreneurial training and support has empowered individuals and businesses to navigate the complex landscape of starting and growing their ventures. Kathy earned her BA in English and MBA in Leadership at the University of New Mexico.

Kathy can be contacted at kmfoster@nmsu.edu or (575) 646-1815.

Milica Tenic

Milica Tenic

Senior Program Manager

Milica is a senior program manager for NM FAST at Arrowhead Center, with expertise in government contracting and grant opportunities. She focuses on supporting small business owners and innovators who seek non-dilutive federal investment for their new products and technologies through the SBIR/STTR programs. Milica has been funded across federal agencies and helps entrepreneurs navigate solicitation matching, proposal development, proposal package review, and budget drafting across disciplines. She holds B.S.’s in Environmental Science and Biology from Loyola University Chicago, and a MS in Biological Sciences from Washington State University.

Milica can be contacted at tenic@nmsu.edu or (575) 646- 3516.

The NM FAST program is funded in part

by the U.S. Small Business Administration