SBDC Template

Staff


Rosy Aburto McDonough | Director

Rosy Aburto McDonough has been a business consultant and mentor throughout her professional career. McDonough has extensive experience as an independent consultant for the Colorado SBDC office in the Disaster Recovery, Connect2DOT, and general financial consulting programs state-wide. She is also an affiliate faculty at Regis University Dual Language Program, where she teachers strategic management, business sustainability, and accounting. She is the former Associate Director of the Denver Metro SBDC and lead finance consultant and trainer in the areas of strategic management and operations, financial analysis and funding sources, personal and business credit, and business development. She facilitated Leading Edge Programs, financial literacy, QuickBooks, and principles of accounting courses for various SBDC’s throughout the state. 

Rosy achieved her bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science (Applied Mathematics) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her graduating dissertation was Risk Management. Rosy completed an MBA with emphasis in Finance and International Business at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has entrepreneurial spirit and as a result has owned several businesses throughout her life. Her latest initiative, a credit reporting agency serving the mortgage lending and property management industries nation-wide in the U.S., and various Latin American markets. Her banking experience includes community development, specialty/minority markets, corporate relations, credit analysis, lending, and business banking. 

Rosy was born and raised in Mexico providing her with a deep sense of biculturalism. She spends most of her free time with her three girls and husband. Her home is a tri-lingual and culturally diverse household with special interest in learning languages and diverse Chinese and Latin cultures and traditions.

rosy@mbocolorado.com | Office: 303-892-3840 | Cell: 720-556-6039

 



 

Carra Kelly | Program Manager

Carra Kelly has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, in addition to the public education system. Upon graduating from the University of South Carolina with a dual degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management, Carra pursued her dream of directly helping to empower community members, and moved to Denver to serve with Americorps. She then completed an 11-month MBA at the University of Colorado Denver.

Most recently, she has helped further the mission of several offices under Governor John Hickenlooper. Throughout her experience in the Governor's Office, she has gained a deep respect for the drive, teamwork, and genuine passion of public service employees. Joining the Minority Business Office has provided the opportunity for Carra to leverage her graduate business education and passion for local-level governance and administration to empower female, minority, and veteran small business owners in Colorado.

Carra is bilingual in English and Spanish, and enjoys using her language skills to connect with MBO community members, as well as her ESL students she volunteer teaches each week. 

carra.kelly@state.co.us | 303-892-3794

 

 

 

Talia Bond, Business Consultant

Talia Bond, an expert in business, marketing and translations, is a business consultant for the MBO. Prior to working for the MBO, Talia worked as an operations manager for Iron Mountain Inc. and other Fortune 500 companies in leadership positions where she successfully developed her employees. 

Talia is a recipient of multiple corporate awards that recognized her performance in operations, sales, leadership and quality. While working and being a mother of two, Talia got her MBA and certification as a professional translator. Her passion is to help her community and does that by volunteering with the City and County of Denver as a board member of the Spanish Language Voting Advisory Board (ACCESO). Talia also teaches business and marketing at Regis University in the Dual Language Program.

Talia is the owner of TPB Professional LLC and her company is certified as M/WBE, DBE, EBE and SBE. She offers translations solutions and business/marketing consulting services. She is known as a team player and an energetic, engaging and driven leader. One of her favorite hobbies is to hike the Manitou Incline in Colorado Springs.

talia@mbocolorado.com

 

 

 

Andra Hargrave | Business Consultant

Andra L. Hargrave is a military service disabled veteran who served in both the U.S. Army and the Minnesota Army National Guard.  He has over 20 years of state and federal business development expertise and is helping businesses with state and federal certifications through the MBO.

His expertise includes serving as the Director of Certification for the Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, the Federal Procurement Representative for Colorado U.S. Department of Transportation Small Business Resource Center, a former federal procurement consultant for North Dakota State SBDC Lead Center, North Dakota Center for Innovation as well representing several individual centers including Boulder, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Grafton and many others. Andra is a former Denver SBDC Consultant of the Year, Colorado SBDC Consultant of the Year and has helped the Colorado based companies secure in exceed over $47 million in state, federal and corporate awarded contracts.

Andra is the Colorado SBDC Veterans’ Representative and also serves on the Colorado Department Transportation’s Connect2DOT program and works with the Colorado SBA Veteran’s Boots2Business program. He is a registered procurement analyst and his knowledge of federal set-asides, certification, and acquisition strategies.

andra@mbocolorado.com

 

 

 

Veronica Vera-Totten | Business Consultant

Veronica Vera-Totten is a new addition to the MBO team and is the owner of Open Access Consulting, a firm that assists and supports business entrepreneurs. 

Veronica has two years of experience as a Cooperative Business Developer and thirteen years of experience in labor and community organizing in Metro Denver. While working with cooperatives, Veronica focused on developing cooperatives in the childcare and adult home care industries, which included establishing the business from start-up to launch, and providing ongoing operational support.  During her time with the labor union, Veronica served as the Property Services Director, overseeing 3,200 union members, and as Chief of staff, overseeing two divisions and all external organizing within SEIU Local 105. While working in the labor movement she has also worked with the African and Latino immigrant communities. Veronica left SEIU Local 105 to lead education reform work in Southwest Denver as a Director at Padres & Jóvenes Unidos with mostly Latino immigrant families. She has also served on the boards of Jobs with Justice, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and Rights for All People.

Veronica has a degree in Communications and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She believes in social economic justice and is passionate about improving minority business opportunities. She enjoys working with people of different cultures and learning from them.

veronica@mbocolorado.com



 

 

Wes Brin | Business Consultant

Wes Brin is the Founder and Managing Partner at Makersworks, LLC, a Veteran Owned Small Business specializing in acquisitions, contracting, and negotiations with Federal, State, and local agencies. An entrepreneur from an early age, he has focused the last 11 years of his career helping other small businesses navigate the waters of contracting. Wes is a proven leader in this field managing over 500 contracts worth more than $1B in the last 10 years. He is a certified government Program Manager through DAWIA and Contracting Officer Representative. With an MBA from Colorado State University (2018) and an Executive Certificate in Management & Leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Business his focus remains helping Veterans and small business owners prepare for the future. Wes has served on multiple non-profit boards and is currently the Colorado Liaison for Homes for our Troops. 

wes@mbocolorado.com
 

 

 

Mark Gittes | Business Consultant

Since 2001, Mark Gittes has served as President and General Manager of COHH, Inc., a Colorado-based apparel company whose clients include Boot Barn, Overland, Orvis, Neiman Marcus, J. Peterman, and Territory Ahead.

From March 2015 to Jan 2018, Mark held the position of Associate Director and Lead Consultant for the Boulder Small Business Development Center. During that time, he was an integral part of the team that led the organization to its recent nomination of “National SBDC of the Year.”

Prior positions with Colorado corporations include Senior Financial Analyst at ChannelPoint, Inc., Lead Analyst for Latin America at Formus Communications, and Director of Finance at DCN Technologies.

He also served as a Manager with Culpeper Financial consulting group and worked as a Foreign Markets Analyst with Scudder, Stevens & Clark in Boston.

Mark holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business and speaks fluent Spanish.

mark@mbocolorado.com



 

 

Ulises Fernandez | Intern

Ulises Fernandez is an entrepreneur and former administrator of a nonprofit organization. In his work as an administrator, he led teams in event planning, fundraising and project development. Through his entrepreneurial work, he has focused on growing small businesses and diversifying their investments. He has accomplished this through strategic and innovative approaches to problem solving, process improvement skills and vigor for growth. While performing this work, he fostered global relationships that created opportunities to work on various projects.

Ulises has experience building relationships in the Middle East, China and India. These relationships have opened opportunities for the development of infrastructure projects by forging relationships for clients through local partnerships. More recently, he worked on trade representation efforts to facilitate market entry for companies looking to export their products to India.  

Currently, Ulises is a candidate for a master’s degree at the University of Colorado, Denver, specializing in global energy management. He is also certified in international trade through the World Trade Center Denver. Ulises is bilingual and multicultural, having lived in Mexico and China.

ulises.fernandez@state.co.us



 
 

Amy Dageenakis, Project Manager

Amy Dageenakis is the project manager for the MBO, and an expert in event management and production. For the past eight years she has been a successful event consultant across multiple industries. Her skills include creating a flawless attendee experience, exceeding event goals and maximizing a budget. More →
 

 
 

Amy Dageenakis, Project Manager

Amy Dageenakis is the project manager for the MBO, and an expert in event management and production. For the past eight years she has been a successful event consultant across multiple industries. Her skills include creating a flawless attendee experience, exceeding event goals and maximizing a budget. More →