As a Navigator Specialist, Angela Gardner guides referrals and the general public to resources within the Consortium as well as providing consulting services to aspiring businesses. Before joining the Navigator project, Angela worked as a Program Associate with the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture where she provided startup assistance to small scale food manufacturers. Her areas of expertise include food product development and marketing.
She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an Entrepreneurship Concentration and a Bachelor’s degree in soil and water science from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Angela is an avid supporter of Arkansas small businesses and family farms, as well as an advocate for conserving the natural resources of this great state.
Diego Morales Ibarra
Diego Morales Ibarra is the Program Manager of the ABN. In this position, Diego strengthens relationships with stakeholders through outreach and event coordination to ensure the ABN program is accessible for minorities in Arkansas. Areas of expertise include building effective organizations and staff capacity to deliver organizational outcome-based results. He is also fluent in English and Spanish.
A native of Guanajuato, Mexico, Diego Morales Ibarra completed a business degree at Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo. In 2017, he accepted a job in Little Rock to serve at the Mexican Consulate, eventually ascending to the role as Coordinator of Community and Economic Development. His main responsibilities included community program coordination, managing strategic partnerships, and providing outreach to Mexican citizens residing in his regional territory.
Diego is passionate about serving the needs and demands of minority populations through developing collaborative public health, financial and educational strategies. He also enjoys traveling and learning about the traditions, customs, and culture of the places he visits, such as South Korea where he studied as an exchange student during his last semester of college.
Diego Morales Ibarra
Michael Singleton became associate director in 2017 after four years as assistant director.
He first joined the Henderson State University ASBTDC in 2004 and moved to the Lead Center in 2007. Previously, he served as a business consultant and innovation and market research manager.
Michael has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Henderson State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law. He is also a Certified Business Advisor®.
His prior work experience includes retail management and accounting and human resource management for a manufacturing firm. Michael was awarded the 2007 State Star distinction by the national Association of Small Business Development Centers.
Associate State Director
Tania Martinez Chavez
Tania came to ASBTDC in September 2021, bringing years of experience in the hospitality and hotel management industry in Mexico, Europe, French Polynesia, and the U.S. She is fluent in Spanish and is passionate about exploring cultures, learning languages, and teaching.
She received her Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in business analytics from UA Little Rock and earned her bachelor’s degree from Escuela Bancaria y Comercial in hospitality and tourism management.
Tania's desire is to help others achieve their business goals through carefully selected strategic approaches.
Tania Martinez Chavez
As a Market Researcher, Harrison Hudson manages and prepares data-driven resources and analysis to support our in-house and partner consultants as they guide small business clients. Harrison joined ASBTDC in 2021, and became part of the ABN team the next year. In addition to market research, he develops written and video content to illustrate ABN’s mission, partners, and clients.
Harrison is a 2021 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he majored in English and minored in Linguistics.
Market Researcher / Content Specialist
Adriana Fuentes Archila
Adriana Fuentes is one of the Navigator Specialists of the ABN. In this role, Adriana will provide individual consulting to clients in areas of business startup, business planning, marketing, budgeting, financial analysis, and preparing business owners to apply for funding. In addition to business consulting, Adriana strengthens relationships with entrepreneurs from the African-American and disabled communities through outreach.
Adriana has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Harding University and a Master's degree in Mass Communications and Public Relations from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is also fluent in English and Spanish.
Adriana is passionate about helping underserved communities achieve their business goals and change their lives.