Our Leadership Team

Duane Fladland
State Director

Duane moved to Spokane from Santa Fe, New Mexico where he was the Associate State Director of the NM Small Business Development Center for more than seven years. He has more than 20 years experience with the Small Business Development Center program, serving in various administrative, consultant and management capacities. In addition, he has more than 10 years experience as an entrepreneur in agriculture. He is currently a member of the National Association of SBDCs Accreditation Committee and was a Malcolm Baldrige examiner for Quality New Mexico. He is certified by the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional and recently completed training by the Palladium Group on the Balanced Scorecard. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Sioux Falls College in South Dakota.

Sheryl McGrath
Associate State Director

Before joining the Washington SBDC, Sheryl was president of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation. Previously, she served as an administrator and senior legislative aide for the City of Spokane and has held several top leadership positions for nonprofit organizations including President & CEO of the South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce. Sheryl also owned and operated her own full service restaurant in Spokane for five years. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Eastern Washington University and actively participates on multiple Boards and committees state-wide.

Craig Abbs
Administrative Manager

Craig comes to the Washington SBDC from WSU Applied Sciences Laboratory, a division of the Institute for Shock Physics, where he served for over 5 years as the Administrative Coordinator for the center. Before moving to Washington, Craig served as the Director of Finance and Administration for a non-profit applied research organization based in New York, and managed the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine’s grants and contracts office. While at the University of Pennsylvania, Craig gained almost 20 years of experience providing administrative support for various schools and departments.

Stacey Dacar
Marketing Manager

Stacey is a native of the Pacific Northwest and has a long history of championing the underdog. One of her first jobs out of college was working with the Spokane Indians, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Colorado Rockies. Nobody knows how to market like minor league baseball and Stacey strives to bring that sense of fun and possibility to the Washington SBDC network. Unfortunately, we do not have “player cards” to celebrate our SBDC advisors and staff, but Stacey uses social media to highlight their incredible work to help clients succeed. Stacey is responsible for all of our statewide marketing collateral as well as communication with federal legislators. Prior to joining the SBDC, Stacey was with Comcast Spotlight, first in Spokane and later in Albuquerque as the marketing manager. She is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a bachelor’s in business administration, management.

Hope Tinney
Communications Manager

Hope is responsible for both internal and external communication projects for the Washington SBDC. A former newspaper journalist, she enjoys writing client success stories because, by definition, every story is about entrepreneurs confronting a challenge, figuring it out and moving forward. Doing client success stories is also great cover for spending time and talking with interesting and engaging people—aka SBDC clients. Prior to joining the SBDC, Hope spent nearly a decade working for Washington State University in marketing and communications, where she wrote stories about WSU research, teaching and service. She has a masters of journalism degree from U.C. Berkeley, and an English degree from the U.C. Santa Barbara.