Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
John Hale III is the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the Department of Energy, reporting directly to the Office of the Secretary. In this role, Hale advocates for small businesses including small disadvantaged, 8(a), women-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone businesses.
LaTonya is the DOE Mentor-Protégé Program Manager and 8(a) Program point of contact. Major accomplishment(s), in current position, include development, issuance and implementation of the Department of Energy first Small Business First Policy issued December 14, 2012; and development and implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the OSBU and the Minority Business Development Agency. The MOU was developed to increase small business utilization at DOE.
Tanya Crawford joined the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization in March 2016. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Tanya was with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), serving as a Supervisory Contracting Officer.
Nicola Ohaebgu is a Lead Small Business Specialist with the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. Before joining the Department of Energy, Nicola worked for the U.S. Army Medical Research Material Command – Office of Small Business Programs as a Deputy Assistant Director and Small Business Specialist for over three years. Prior to this, Nicola spent six years functioning as a contract and grant specialist for the U.S.
Deputy Area Director for Area 2 - U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Resident SBA Procurement Center Representative (PCR) for U.S. DOE
Mr. Johnston possesses a broad range of acquisition, contracts, and small business program experience, with significant civilian expertise as a Contracting Officer and a Small Business advocate in the areas of research & development, major weapons systems, Information Technology (IT) and construction for the U.S. Navy, NASA, US. Marine Corps and the SBA.