Govology Team and Faculty Members
Co-Founder & President
Carroll Bernard brings a unique 360 degree perspective to federal contracting, coaching, and training. For over a decade Carroll has worked as a buyer for the U.S. Navy, City of Vancouver Washington, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He has also provided mentorship, counseling, coaching, and training to thousands of small businesses seeking government contracts as a counselor in the Procurement Technical Assistance Program as well as the U.S. Small Business Administration where he served as a Business Development Specialist for the 8(a) program, Veterans Business Development Officer, and Primary HUBZone Liaison. Carroll is also a seasoned entrepreneur and has successfully seized opportunities in the government marketplace both as a prime contractor and subcontractor for his own small business. Carroll works with a number of nonprofits hosting programs that seek to empower small businesses through education such as Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), and SCORE.
Elena Bernard, Ph.D.
Co-Founder & Marketing Director
Dr. Elena Bernard is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Portland, a Co-Founder & Marketing Director of Govology, and a Co-Founder & Marketing Director of Waypoint America LLC. She has published several articles in academic journals and has presented numerous times at national and international conferences. She has taught a number of graduate and undergraduate courses in marketing in the United States and internationally, including Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Dr. Bernard brings forth a dynamic perspective on marketing, drawing from her experience in academia and her own ventures. Elena is a strong supporter of the small business community and has provided numerous hours of training and support to many small and disadvantaged businesses around the world.
Guy Timberlake is an experienced veteran of federal contracting with three decades of insights and instincts developed supporting mission-critical and daily business operations for civilian, defense and intelligence agencies. As employee, owner or advisor, since 1988, he has been instrumental in helping small federal contractors: manufacture critical systems supporting intelligence and military operations; provide solutions and key personnel for agency infrastructure operations; acquire knowledge for using real-world tactics, tools and resources resulting in more efficient decision-making and lowered opportunity costs, and develop better intelligence and relationships to identify opportunities, adding to the billions in revenues already realized by members and clients. His leadership, knowledge, relationships and competitive spirit are recognized as essentials in aiding members and clients of The American Small Business Coalition and The Competitive Intelligence Community in the capture of initial and expanded contracting and subcontracting opportunities. Guy is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for American Freedom Foundation and AFCEA International and as a Technical Advisor and Subject Matter Expert (SME) to the Maryland Defense Network, a collaboration of the Department of Defense, Maryland Department of Commerce and Towson University.
Buck Heidrick is a business advisor with the Washington State Small Business Development Center who brings over 30 years of high-tech management and engineering expertise in a broad range of areas, including research and development; quality, manufacturing, and procurement engineering; local and international project and program management; and facility design and construction management.
His personal mission is to guide, instruct, coach, and empower business owners to achieve, grow, and maintain sustainable business success.
Jeff Cuskey is an acquisition and contracting advisor with over 30 years of experience in federal and defense contracting. Recently, he helped establish successful Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) in Monterey, CA and Bozeman MT. In addition to providing independent government contracting consulting and educational services, he developed and taught defense focused MBA acquisition, contracting and program management courses for over 12 years at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Graduate School of Business & Public Policy. Jeff is a retired U.S Navy Commander. During his 20 years of active naval service, he held various leadership, acquisition and contracting positions, including assignments as the Navy’s multibillion-dollar F/A-18 Program Chief Financial Officer and F/A-18 Super Hornet Deputy Contracting Officer.
Jeff holds a BA Degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware and a MS Degree in Acquisition and Contracting from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Additionally, he has earned the Certified Professional Contracts (CPCM) and Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) professional designations from the National Contracts Management Association (NCMA), the Certified Schedules Contracts Manager (CSCM) professional designation from Centre Law & Consulting, and the Certified Procurement Professional (CPP) designation from the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC). Jeff enjoys sharing his extensive knowledge and insight into government contracting issues, regulations and processes and helping businesses become successful government contractors.