Foster Perry Director/SR Consultant VA Certified Verification Counselor After completing undergraduate studies in California and Bangalore, India, followed by graduate studies and a Master’s degree from the Tufts University - Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in Boston, Foster started his professional life in San Francisco and went on to work and live in New York City and Latin America before moving to Huntsville. After almost 32 years, he recently retired from California-based technology conglomerate holding domestic and international positions at the Manager, Director, and Vice-President levels. Also, for the last ten years Foster has been teaching International Business and Management Principles at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) where he is an Adjunct Lecturer for the College of Business. Over the years, Foster has also served on various industry and community non-profit Boards, including the National Defense Industrial Association, the Huntsville Aerospace Marketing Association, the Association of the US Army, the Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the North Alabama International Trade Association, Junior Achievement and the Arc of Madison County. He is also the head coach for the Madison County Special Olympics Swim Team. Mary Jane Fleming Procurement Counselor VA Certified Verification Counselor In the last seven years, Mary Jane has personally assisted hundreds of small businesses in determining suitability for contracting, vendor registrations, business development, and federal acquisition regulations. In addition, she has assisted women, veterans and minority owned companies in determining eligibility and application assistance for the SBA contracting programs such as: 8(a), HUBZone, Woman and Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned, and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Programs as well as state ALDOT and ADECA women and minority owned business programs. Mary Jane graduated from UAH and received a Master Certificate in Federal Contract Management. She is a Level II Associate Contracting Assistance Specialist with APTAC, a VA certified CVE Verification Counselor, and a Level 1 Federal Contractor Certification Trainer with hours of required current professional development training by national associations, federal agencies and Defense Acquisition University. Mary Jane was awarded the 2012 ASBDC Alabama State Star Award for her contributions to regional small businesses and the 2014 HASBAT Small Business Advocate Award for Excellence presented at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award Celebration on September 4, 2014. Mary Jane previously worked in banking and was successful in sales, marketing, and a management position with a local company, and has been a partner in a family owned business for over 20 years. Magdaline Braxton Staff Assistant Magdaline Braxton is the newest member of our team and brings a valued combination of entrepreneurial experience and detailed knowledge of university policies, practices and procedures to the UAH SBDC and PTAC Center. Magdaline began her career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (UABSOM) where she worked in several key administrative roles. After several years of working at UABSOM, Magdaline decided to use her skills to develop a successful business career in real estate. Through this firsthand experience, Magdaline gained a comprehensive understanding and appreciation for the challenges and rewards of being in business for yourself. Magdaline will use this knowledge and experience to fulfill her current role at the SBDC and PTAC.