The NM FAST program is housed at Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University, and is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Since the program’s inception in October of 2015, NM FAST has assisted over 120 small businesses across New Mexico in their pursuit of SBIR/STTR funding, providing training, webinars, and extensive guidance in a broad range of services.

Every year, NM FAST tries to focus on adding more novelty to its program and expanding the library of tools and resources to help small businesses submit a complete and compelling SBIR/STTR package. Eventually, we would like to be the “One Stop Shop” for all of your SBIR/STTR needs.

Meet Our Team

Dana DeRego Catron

Dana DeRego Catron

SBIR Program Director

Dana Catron serves as the Director of Strategic Operations and SBIR Program Director for Arrowhead Center, where she oversees Arrowhead’s SBIR assistance program, NM FAST, and also provides support on strategic planning, operations, grants, written communication, and program development. She also serves as Arrowhead Center’s northern NM liaison, where she represents the organization at events and functions, serves on advisory councils, presents on programmatic initiatives, and performs outreach. Dana received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Washington State University and a master’s and Ph.D. (in progress) in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from NMSU.

Dana can be reached at or at (505)-469-8411.

Stephanie Garcia

Stephanie Garcia

NMFAST Program Specialist

Stephanie Garcia serves as the Program Specialist for NM FAST at Arrowhead Center and works with the Arrowhead Communications team. Stephanie received her bachelor’s and master’s from NMSU and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at NMSU in Rhetoric and Professional Communication.

Stephanie can be reached at

Del Mackey

Del Mackey

Economic Development Officer

Del Mackey is a Senior Economic Development Officer for Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University. In his role with the NM FAST program, Del assists small businesses in learning more about the SBIR/STTR programs, provides oversight and guidance in developing SBIR/STTR proposal packages, and delivers workshops and trainings on the value of these programs to small businesses.

Del can be reached at or (575) 646-1815

The NM FAST program is funded in part

by the U.S. Small Business Administration