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Staff Profiles

Joan Powers, Director

Joan has been with the SBDC since 1996. Prior to joining our staff, she worked in the private sector for eighteen years in the accounting department of a Fortune 1000 corporation. Joan received the SBA’s Syracuse District Women’s Business Champion Award for 2004 and the New York State Small Business Development Center 3rd Runner Up for Business Adviser of the Year in 2004. Joan runs our Center’s outreach center in Cortland and previously served as Assistant Director. She received her B.A. and M.S. degree in accounting from Syracuse University.  powersj@sunyocc.edu  

Nancy Ansteth, NYS Certified Business Advisor

Nancy's career has spanned corporate, non-profit and self-employment areas of business. Her focus has been on training and counseling.  She continues to assist others in the realization of successful business ownership.

Her community activities include the advisory committee of WHOLE ME, Inc., which services the deaf and hard-of-hearing community and she is also a Junior Achievement volunteer.

Nancy earned her B.A. in languages with education from D'Youville College and her M.Ed in Human Resources from Boston University.  anstethn@sunyocc.edu  315.498.6072

David Bull, NYS Certified Business Advisor

David’s business background is extremely diverse and includes nearly 20 years of experience in business development, sales management, and entrepreneurship.  He has held positions ranging from District Manager at Yamaha Motor Corporation to National Sales Manager at Cathedral Corporation.  Additionally, David has owned and operated several small businesses of his own including Valetpalooza, Inc. in Palm Beach, Florida and Golf 2 Go, Inc. in Syracuse, NY. David has earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Management from Le Moyne College, a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from SUNY Oswego, and a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises with a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Enterprise from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. David serves as a Business Advisor for the NYS Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College located at the Tech Garden in downtown Syracuse.  d.m.bull@sunyocc.edu  315.471.1973

Frank Raymond Cetera, NYS Certified Business Advisor

Frank has 15 years working with sustainable systems, non-profit business management, and cooperative business entities.  Frank provides business counseling, training and assists businesses with obtaining Green certification for their operations through third-party organizations.  His office is co-located with the Northside Urban Partnership. Frank founded the NYS Cooperative Business Summit in 2012, is a member of the Near West Side Initiative's Business Association, Bitternut Housing Collective, the Syracuse Real Food Co-op, the Eat-To-Live food co-op, and a Board Member of Cooperative Federal Credit Union.  Frank is also the Board President of The Alchemical Nursery, a non-profit dedicated to "Regenerative Lifestyles & Landscapes” and a founding Steering Committee member of Syracuse Grows. Frank holds an M.S. in Sustainable Systems Science from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania; an M.F. in Forestry from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; and a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Hancock Permaculture Center.  ceteraf@sunyocc.edu 315.308.1372

Tania Hanouille, NYS Certified Business Advisor

Tania owned an insurance company specializing in farm insurance and also a home based business which provided translation services and other specialized computer assistance.  Her work experience has included contract audit work for the Department of Defense. She served as Financial Director for Syracuse University in London, where she implemented an accounting program that is currently being used in all the University’s study-abroad programs. Tania teaches an online Introduction to Business Start Up class at Onondaga Community College and frequently presents to high school and college students who are interested in entrepreneurship.

Tania received a B.S. in Accounting from LeMoyne College.  hanouilt@sunyocc.edu  315.498.6076

Karen Livingston, Business Advisor

Karen will be assisting clients in Syracuse and the rural communities of Cortland County with their start-up and existing small businesses. Karen is President and CEO of Divine Renewable Energy, which specializes in photovoltaic technologies.  Karen holds a CPA license in the State of NY and is a LEED Accredited Professional for Building Design and Construction.  She received an MBA and Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Enterprise from Syracuse University, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from SUNY Fredonia. Volunteer work includes participating in working groups at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and as member of the NOFA-NY finance committee.    livingsk@sunyocc.edu  315.498.6070

Melissa Zomro, NYS Certified Business Advisor

Melissa has recently joined the staff at the Small Business Development Center at OCC as a business advisor.  Since graduating she has spent time in the field of Special Education but followed her passion to be a small business owner in the equine industry.  She sold the licensing rights to one of her businesses and is currently an insurance agent specializing in equine insurance products.  During her time as a small business owner she has gained a great deal of experience in every aspect of the day to day operations, sales, and marketing of owning a company. Melissa will provide office hours in Cazenovia offering her counseling services for start-up and existing small businesses through a wide range of networks in Western Madison County.  Her community involvement includes being on the Board of the Friends of Lorenzo and being an advisor for local IEA Equestrian teams. Melissa earned a B.S. in Social Science from Cazenovia College as well as a M.S.T. in Teaching from LeMoyne College with a certification in Special Education.  m.l.zomro@sunyocc.edu  315.498.6066