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As Technology Consultant and Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Director for ITAC, Colleen works to grow companies and to retain jobs in New York State. As a New York State SBIR Regional Specialist, she also performs outreach in the Hudson Valley and on Long Island. Colleen provides consulting services for small technology firms and advanced manufacturers in New York City seeking Research and Development funding, new product development processes, and university assistance to develop and commercialize innovative new intellectual property. A certified facilitator of The Marion Edelman Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac® Tech Venture, Growth Venture, and New Venture entrepreneurship training programs, Colleen also provides consulting in lean product development, lean and sustainable design, technology-driven market intelligence, technology scouting, and ExporTech.
Prior to working at ITAC, Colleen served as Project Manager for the CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development (CISDD), where she managed CISDD’s two-year National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation grant, and as a project manager in the software industry. Colleen holds an MSIS in Information Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University, and an AB in Asian Studies from Mount Holyoke College.
Anthony Faugno is a Partner at EisnerAmper with over 25 years of experience. He is Partner-in-Charge of the firm's Federal Government Contracting Group which assists clients in complying with the government accounting regulations related to their federal contracts/grants. Tony provides audit, accounting, tax planning and compliance, and business consulting services to a diverse client base which includes closely held and family owned businesses. His expertise focuses on companies in the manufacturing, distribution, healthcare and technology industries.
As a member of the firm's Pension Services Group, Tony manages employee benefit plan audits. He is experienced with the annual audit and reporting requirements for both defined benefit and defined contribution plans.
Tony received his B.S. in Accounting, graduating magna cum laude, from Rider University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA), and frequently speaks on government contracting and audit topics. Tony is also actively involved in several charitable organizations within his community including St. Rose High School and St. Peter's Church and School.
Matt Herdman is a Senior Accountant in the Accounting Services Department at EisnerAmper. Matt has nearly 10 years of public accounting experience and provides a diverse client base with a broad range of accounting and tax expertise.
As a member of the firm’s Federal Government Contracting Group, Matt assists clients who are awarded federal government contracts or grants. His specialized expertise in this area includes accounting system compliance and incurred cost submissions. In addition, he provides clients with audit assistance and serves as a liaison to the DCAA auditors and other cognizant government auditors.
Matt received both his B.S. in Accounting and his M.B.A. from Monmouth University. He frequently speaks on accounting system compliance at training seminars for government contractors.
Marcene S. Sonneborn
Marcene S. Sonneborn, SBIR and Business Development Specialist, Central NY Technology Development Organization (TDO), is a business development and management consultant, working in the general areas of new concept marketing, new product development, R&D, technology transfer and commercialization, organizational planning, management team development, and strategic partnering.
Marcie operates the SBIR Regional Outreach Program at the CNY Technology Development Organization, funded through NYSTAR (New York State Office for Science, Technology and Innovation). Her regional SBIR responsibilities (since 1992) include providing SBIR and commercialization services to companies across a 35 county area in Upstate NY, including the Southern Tier, Central NY, the Mohawk Valley, the Capital District, and the North Country. She works with all eleven federal SBIR agencies, five STTR agencies, and many emerging technology topics including nanotechnology, biotechnology and biomedicine, IT and communication, military, aerospace, educational technologies, clean and green, and others. In October, 1997, Marcie was a recipient of a Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, given for economic impact of technological innovation from SBIR, business achievement and effective state and regional support. Marcie is on the adjunct faculty teaching creativity and entrepreneurship for the SU Whitman School of Management.