State Office

Micron Business & Economics Building

2360 W. University Dr. Suite 2132
Boise, ID 83725
800.225.3815 or 208.426.1640

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Mailing Address:

1910 W University Dr
Boise, ID 83725-1655

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Katie Sewell

State Director


Katie joined the Idaho SBDC as the Deputy Director in 1999 and was named State Director in early 2013. She has more than 25 years of experience in developing and delivering business assistance programs. Her areas of expertise include triple bottom line business practices, grant management, strategic planning, program development, and sustainable development. She has been a member of the accreditation committee for SBDCs since 2009.


Prior to joining the Idaho SBDC, Katie was Bureau Chief at the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy from Colorado State University and an MBA from Boise State University. She has served on a variety of non-profit boards including the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center, the Idaho Environmental Forum, GreenWorks Idaho and Dunia Marketplace.

Kathy Ellis

Deputy State Director


Kathy joined the Idaho SBDC as Deputy Director in early 2013. She has over 30 years of experience in the area of non-profit development. Her areas of expertise include grant writing and grant management, fundraising, event management, and public and legislative relations.


Kathy is a native Idahoan and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Idaho State University. She currently participates as a member of the advisory council for the Idaho Human Rights Education Center and the advisory board for the Nampa Family Justice Center.

Paul Cooperrider

Technology Commercialization Program Director


Paul joined the SBDC on Dec. 1 of 2014. In his role, he is responsible for helping small businesses with technology as their core value-add commercialize their products and services. Through a combination of programs and initiatives, those small businesses will have the opportunity to increase their success in commercializing their technology.


Paul is a proven executive in the technology industry with expertise in startups and growing businesses. Prior to joining the SBDC, Paul was Vice President of Product Development for Inovus, Inc. and a member of Inovus's executive team. He provided strategic direction for technology development, and managed the engineering team. Prior to that, Paul had his own technology/business consulting firm, with a focus on intellectual property, nanotechnology and CleanTech businesses. During that time, he was an advisory board member of a startup and served on selection committees and reviewing panels for startups seeking investment and business advice.

Before his consulting career, he had a successful 24-year career with Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), serving in multiple business and engineering leadership positions. Paul’s career at HP focused on commercializing technologies and emerging businesses, including roles as General Manager of HP's Personal Storage Business and New Business Development Manager.

Paul holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. Mr. Cooperrider is a past member of the Licensing Executives Society International.

Gary Moore

PTAC Program Manager


Gary joined the Idaho SBDC as Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Program Manager on Aug. 15, 2015. He is in charge of managing the program to efficiently support both program employees and clients. He develops and presents training workshops to Idaho businesses, as well as supports our partners with their training and educational conferences.


Gary has extensive experience as project manager and administrative/operation manager with strong background in planning, designing, and implementing programs to improve efficiency. He excels in the areas of interpersonal skills, problem solving, and managerial skills and processes.

Lee Velten

PTAC Business Consultant


Lee Velten joined the Idaho SBDc in August, 2015 as the PTAC Business Consultant. He is responsible for providing assistance to Idaho-based businesses in their efforts to find, win and successfully perform on federal, state, local government and large industry contracts.

Velten has 5 years prior experience in the PTAC program at the Idaho Department of Commerce.


Prior to his joining the Idaho PTAC, Lee managed restaurants in the Boise area and worked as a food officer with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. Lee retired from the US Army in 1993 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after serving 23 years on active duty in a myriad of assignments.

Lee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton and is a graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff College.

Lee and his wife Mechel have four adult children and three grandchildren and have been residents of Boise since his retirement from the military.

Laura Mathews

Environmental Assistance Coordinator


Laura joined the Idaho SBDC in September 2015. Laura serves in a dual role as Environmental Assistance Coordinator and Project Manager. In her environmental role, she assists small businesses in complying with air quality regulations and is a resource for any small business looking to lessen their environmental impact. As Project Manager, she works on projects designed to help improve the SBDC and increase the resources available to our clients.


Prior to joining the SBDC, Laura lived in Chicago working as a sustainability professional in several industries with a focus on waste diversion, staff and client education and improving operational efficiencies. Her experience in food & beverage, sports management, waste management and event planning provide a wide array of expertise that will benefit the many diverse small businesses in Idaho. Laura graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Spanish & Psychology and is a LEED Green Associate.

Olgie Castillo

Administrative Assistant

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Olgie is an Administrative Assistant; she brings with her 30+ years of work as a hands-on small business owner/manager. Along with her background in small business, she has a Bachelor of Science which focused on Health Information Management, and is a few credits shy of a Master’s Certificate in Leadership. She worked with the Department of Bilingual Education and also for Center for School improvement here at Boise State. She was the primary finance person, and event manager, for both departments. As well as student services, and student advising for the Bilingual department.

Glenna Tooman

Web Site Administrator


Glenna is responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the Idaho Biz Help website (formerly called Idaho Small Business Solutions): She was involved in the development of the site and in researching and collecting the information contained in the Business Wizard and Resource Wizard databases.


Glenna also performs market research and works on special projects for Idaho SBDC clients. Glenna is a graduate of Boise State University with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management. She has been with the Idaho SBDC since July 1997.