Brenda is originally from Omaha, NE and has traveled extensively throughout the US while serving in the Air Force. After a 24-year career Brenda retired from the Air Force in 2009 as a Senior Master Sergeant and entered private industry. During her military tenure, Brenda served, among other positions, as Unit First Sergeant, Regional Coordinator of a Counterdrug Support Program, and Non Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of the Joint Operation Center for the National Guard Bureau. Brenda ended her military career as the NCOIC of Acquisitions, Technology, and Logistics Unit.
In the private sector, Brenda owns her own Business Consulting company, Next Step LLC, with the mission is to help early entrepreneurs and small businesses develop and implement policies, processes, and procedures that provide a solid foundation for day to day management, strategic planning and business growth. The Next Step vision is to help small businesses owners understand the business management side of owning and operating a business and to create sustainable and adaptable practices that allow the business to run smoothly while the actual work gets done.
Brenda also supports academic achievement as an adjunct professor at both the MBA and Community College level. Prior to launching her own business in 2014, Brenda was the Director, IDIQ Program Management Office for Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Services, in Annapolis Maryland. Her role included managing multiple large-scale contracts and projects for DoD. Prior to taking the directors position Brenda worked as the Small Business Program Manager and teaming coordinator where her role was to provide outreach and liaison between business units and potential small business partners.
Brenda joined Project Opportunity in 2013 as an instructor utilizing her military and civilian contracting experience, teaching, and working with small businesses to support future Veteran Entrepreneurs.
Brenda holds a Masters Degree in the Science of Administration. She has additional certifications in HR and Leadership and is an accredited Project Management Professional (PMP). She has a Bachelors degree in Education from the University of Alaska. Brenda is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.