Wisconsin SBDC Network State Office Staff
For administrative inquiries, contact: (608) 263-7794
Bon Wikenheiser, State Director
Bon Wikenheiser became state director for the Wisconsin SBDC Network in September of 2014. Prior to that, Wikenheiser served as state director of the North Dakota Small Business Development Center for eight years, overseeing a 17-office network. She previously was director of corporate programming and director of the Emerging Leaders Academy in Business for the Harold Schafer Leadership Center at the University of Mary, where she earned her Master of Business Administration and nursing degrees. Wikenheiser sees the UW-Extension as the ideal backbone for growing entrepreneurial and small business technical assistance, fostering technology transfer, advancing innovation commercialization and contributing to economic development statewide through strategic partnerships. She also serves as director of the Center for Technology Commercialization, another UW-Extension program in the Division for Business and Entrepreneurship. Her qualifications include experience as a recipient of a Small Business Innovation Research grant, reviewer on a national panel for SBIR grant applicants and owner and operator of multiple small businesses. Wikenheiser is responsible for coordinating the efforts of all Wisconsin SBDC Network locations throughout the state and works with other public and private organizations focused on economic development and entrepreneurship.
Neil Lerner, Associate Director - Strategic Operations
Neil works with center directors and the state office to improve service delivery and operations in support of our customers, funders and stakeholders, and facilitate the growth of our organization. He also manages and trains new consultants with broad regional or statewide scope of work. Neil’s long experience with the SBDC, his involvement in regional and state stakeholder groups, and his insight into the trends affecting the division are most valuable as the division grows. He also serves as the center director of the SBDC at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Nate Gullick, Associate Director - Strategic Data
Nate provides program leadership through complex data analysis to guide strategic decisions, address deficiencies and align the SBDC network in a manner consistent with the expectations of it’s many stakeholders.
Nate also provides strategic input of information technology and data used within the Division for Business and Entrepreneurship (DBE) by working with divisional staff, UW-Extension staff and external stakeholders.
Business and Entrepreneurship Staff
Gina Ferraro, Finance Manager
Gina Ferraro provides direction and administration of financial and grant operations for the division.