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Air Force SBIR/STTR Center of Excellence Leadership

David Shahady | Director

Directs research budget of more than $800 million focused toward qualified small businesses in the nation’s high tech arena. Through a competitive awards-based program, he manages nearly 1,000 contract efforts sponsored by over 50 Air Force organizations from across the nation. He also enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from commercializing their technology.


Matt Howard | Deputy Director

Responsibilities include process improvements and documentation, financial strategy and planning, and facilitating the daily operation of the SBIR/STTR processes.


Kim Yoder | Contracting Chief

Works closely with the contracting team to ensure that all contracting time and quality requirements are met, including contract management, proposal oversight and various other initiatives that help the program run smoothly.


Sarah French | Chief Financial Officer

Manages the financial actions of the Air Force SBIR/STTR program, including financial reporting, planning and analyzing program resources and assets.


James Sweeney III | Chief Communications Officer

Responsible for managing and ensuring that a consistent, clear message is conveyed, publically and internally, through various digital and print communications channels. These include, but are not limited to, videos, graphics, websites, social media, events, published materials, newsletters, and all outward and inward facing branded messaging.


Kelley Kiernan | Technical Advisor

Provides technical advice and assistance to improve program functions and procedures.


Ron Clyburn | Infrastructure Lead

Primary responsibilities include management of multiple information technology services, business process automation, data management and reporting services to maintain a state-of-the-art infrastructure and services that reduces cyber threats, maintains program efficiency and reduces operational costs.