Monthly Office Hours

In an effort to provide better assistance to the small business community across New Mexico, the NM FAST program is adding monthly office hours to its rotation of services and resources. Each month, our dedicated team members open up calendar availability so that you can meet with them one-on-one and find out more about how your innovative idea fits within the SBIR/STTR landscape, answer burning questions about these federal funding opportunities, or help you work through proposal package requirements.

This service is offered to all SBIR/STTR interested businesses across the state; your business does not need to be a current client of the NM FAST program to sign up for one of these sessions. Use the buttons to the right-hand side of this section to schedule an hour-long session now.

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.

Del Mackey

Del Mackey

SBIR Program Manager

Del Mackey is the Program Manager for the NM FAST Program. In this role, Del works to provide assistance to business across the state who are seeking SBIR/STTR funding. Del comes to this position with extensive experience in innovation, fostering new products and initiatives at small businesses across New Mexico, matching technical prowess and capabilities with unique funding opportunities, and delivering workshops on meeting your commercialization needs. He holds a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies from National University, and an MBA from NMSU.

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

The NM FAST program is funded in part

by the U.S. Small Business Administration