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Staff

Miguel Lopez
Executive Director

Don Ball
Senior Consultant

Don brings with him over 20 years of experience in marketing and project/process management.  He has owned and operated 2 small businesses as well as worked for several larger firms as both a Marketing Director and General Manager on both a domestic and international basis.  Don is a resourceful, dynamic professional with a broad range of experience in small to mid-sized business environments. He brings a focus on sound research and emphasizes the importance of each business owner, regardless of the size of the business, surrounding themselves with resources and advisors to increase their chances for success. That's the role the SBDC plays in helping entrepreneurs. His clients have ranged from day care facilities to restaurants and veterinary clinics. He has a bachelors degree from the University of Houston and has taught classes for the UH SBDC on business plan development and business fundamentals.  

Don helps start-ups and existing businesses in the North Harris and Greenspoint Center areas and can be reached at don.ball@lonestar.edu


Karen Sharp
Senior Consultant

Karen came to the SBDC after owning her own small business for 11 years. With an MBA in Marketing from the University of Houston, a bachelor's degree from Miami University of Ohio in Systems Analysis, and a broad background in corporate America, she launched her marketing, print, and promotions business in 1997. Prior to owning her business, Karen spent many years in information technology. She was a systems analyst and project manager at major oil companies, after which she sold software for 3 software firms, one of which was a successful start up. Karen also teaches Salesmanship, Supervision, and Problem Solving and Decision Making at our LSC-CyFair campus. Karen can be reached at karen.sharp@lonestar.edu


Steve Hamilton
Senior Consultant

Steve comes to the SBDC with a wealth of financial, franchise and information technology experience.  He has over 14 years experience in the financial services industry with 12 of those running his own financial services business while also being the co-owner of an information technology franchise.  As a financial advisor he consulted and advised small businesses on all aspects of financial planning, investing and the economy.  Prior to that, he worked as a senior information technology project manager for various institutions.  He has taught small business finance classes at Tomball College and conducted many financial seminars.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and earned his Chartered Financial Consultant designation from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Steve can be reached at steve.hamilton@lonestar.edu


Jan Koenig
Senior Consultant

Jan has 30+ years of experience in finance, education, and entrepreneurship. He received his bachelor of industrial engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his master’s  degree in business administration from Harvard University. Jan moved to Houston in 1978 after receiving his MBA. From 2003 to 2011, Jan owned and operated a multi-location franchise business operation, during which time he successfully developed two new territories and acquired two other existing operations. Prior to becoming a business owner, Jan held senior management positions with Nations Bank (now Bank of America) and with Compass Bank (now BBVA Compass).  Jan also has taught courses in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management as adjunct faculty at Houston Community College.  Jan can be reached at jan.koenig@lonestar.edu


Judy Granata
Program Coordinator

Judy comes to us from LSC-Montgomery where she spent six years with the Vice President of Administrative Services working in a variety of areas including budget, business office, facilities, library and finance/reporting.  Before working at LSC-Montgomery, Judy worked at the LSC-System Office as the coordinator for the distance learning department.  Her past experience in administrative positions and familiarity with the LSC software will allow her to effectively coordinate and administer the functions of the LSC-SBDC.

Judy earned her Associate of Science Degree from LSC-Tomball and her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Houston Downtown.  Judy may be reached at judith.a.granata@lonestar.edu.