Melissa Trueblood

Executive Director

Melissa Trueblood is the current Executive Director for PEDCO and is working on developing short and long range economic development plans, developing and implementing community development programs including workforce and housing programs, Identifying financing tools and incentives for business and community development, Assisting with business development strategies, Performing economic research and analyzing economic trends, Engaging in public relations and marketing, Developing public and private partnerships, Fundraising, Managing operations, Monitoring and managing grants. In addition, she conducts economic and demographic research. In the past, she used to be Research Manager for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (NDED) in Lincoln, Nebraska. Melissa holds a BA from Millikin University, in Decatur, Illinois; an MA from Eastern Illinois University; and a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Also, Melissa holds a PhD, in Political Science, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Darren Osborne

Program Manager

As the Pedco-PTAC Program Manager, Darren guides Native American businesses to grow and prosper through the identification and attainment of government procurement contract opportunities.

“The most rewarding aspect of my work is building relationships, and helping businesses to succeed,” Darren says. “I’m incredibly fortunate to have this opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”

Darren offers more than 20 years of professional experience in the areas of government regulation, business marketing, and policy development. His educational credentials include Juris Doctor (Dalhousie University) and Bachelor of Arts (St. Mary’s University) degrees.

Darren encourages Native American business owners to contact the Pedco-PTAC and learn more about the resources and services that are available to assist in pursuing government procurement contract opportunities.

Sheila Kreason

Procurement Specialist

Sheila leverages more than 20-years of entrepreneurial consulting experience and public speaking spanning sectors in commercial, institutional, and government contract management — to support businesses seeking to grow their government opportunities.  Her expertise includes agri-business, manufacturing, R&D, technologies, feasibility analysis, financial pro forma development, and data driven strategic planning.

In her role as a Defense Logistics Agency Procurement Technical Assistance Counselor since 2013, Sheila provides technical support with specialization in Department of Defense and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR/DFAR) for government contracting procedures, policies, proposals, strategies, and market research.   Her current position with the Native PEDCO PTAC serves individually owned Native entities, Tribal-owned entities, and their teaming relationships.  Both large and small businesses look to her technical guidance in data analytics, teaming and joint ventures, proposal preparation, and post-award compliance.  The PEDCO PTAC program also supports contractors with state, local, and institutional purchasing platforms.  Sheila’s end goal with every client is to strategically build their contract revenue, while strengthening the national industrial base.  Sheila and her team have supported up to $380M in contract activity within a 12-month period.

Sheila received her bachelor’s in business management from Northwood University and post-graduate coursework in accounting for CPA.  She also acquired the George Washington University School of Business Master Certification in Commercial Contract Management, and holds the National Contract Management Association certification as a Certified Federal Contract Manager.  She presently continues government coursework in the Defense Acquisition University.  Sheila also holds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers CQM certification.  Her recognition includes the iChange Nations Women’s Leadership and Ambassadorship in 2015.

Sheila is a member of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC), the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA).

In her spare time, Sheila is an outdoor enthusiast and loves agriculture; enjoying the wide variety of natural and recreational resources available in the Great Lakes and across the United States.