The National Center Continues to Grow

The National Center recently welcomed new team members to our regional American Indian Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (AIPTACs) and Arizona Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Export Center. Chris Jeansonne Jr., Mabel Tsosie, and Stan Sams are joining our Marksville, Louisiana, Navajo Nation, and Denver Colorado AIPTAC offices, respectively. As Procurement Specialists, they’ll assist Native-owned and Tribal businesses in navigating the federal marketplace and identifying and securing procurement contracts.

In addition, the Arizona MBDA Export Center is excited to announce that JoAn Begay Notah is its Project Director. JoAn, who has spent two decades at the National Center, will oversee the center and advise Native- and minority-owned businesses that are interested in exporting.

Keep reading to learn more about how Chris, Mabel, Stan, and JoAn can help your business succeed, and feel free to contact them to learn more!


Chris Jeansonne Jr., Procurement Specialist, AIPTAC, Marksville, Louisiana

Chris Jeansonne is a Procurement Specialist at the National Center American Indian Procurement Technical Assistance Center, serving in the AIPTAC’s newest satellite office location in Marksville, Louisiana.

Chris is a lifelong resident of Bunkie, Louisiana.  He attended school at Louisiana State University and is a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran.  He has worked with the Federal Bureau of Prisons as an instructor and in 2008 received their Director’s Award for Distinguished Service.  He has also been honored by the U.S. Attorney General for Exceptional Heroism. Chris has been married to Allison Juneau Jeansonne since 1995 and they have two daughters, Natalie and Rylee.

Chris has over 20 years of regional operations management, serving as a financial director, sales, marketing and business development coordinator, Chief of Operations, and mentor.  His focus is on building lasting relationships with staff, vendors and, most importantly clients, with the goal of providing the highest levels of customer appreciation and satisfaction.

Contact Chris at (480) 255-6625,




Mabel Tsosie, Procurement Specialist, AIPTAC, Navajo Nation Satellite Office

Mabel Tsosie is the Procurement Specialist for the AIPTAC at the Navajo Nation Satellite Office.  Her previous positions with the organization included Lead Event Registration Consultant, Event Marketing Specialist for AIPTAC Matchmaking events & AIPTAC Procurement Specialist Contractor.  She has worked with the AIPTAC program since 2008.

Ms. Tsosie is a former employee as a contractor to the General Services Administration (GSA) when Federal Technology Services agency administered federal technology contracts for tribal/federal agencies and military installations.  Mabel has over 20 years of experience in business and technology spanning into public and private sectors, having delivered professional services tailored to minority entities utilizing cultural competency with the Native Community with her business, Spottedhorse Infosystems LLC. Her experience with both Federal and Tribal Governments makes Mabel a welcome addition to the AIPTAC.

Mabel has always been fascinated with business machines.  Her fascination became a passion when she obtained Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems at Arizona State University.  Today, Mabel has a passion to infuse digital solutions into organizations with information and business management needs.

Contact Mabel at



Stan Sams, Colorado Procurement Specialist, AIPTAC, Denver, Colorado

Stan Sams is the Colorado Procurement Specialist for the award-winning AIPTAC in the Denver, Colorado satellite office. Stan is a member of the Cherokee Nation and brings more than 25 years of business development and management experience to his role with the AIPTAC. He is well versed with the 8(a) program and various disadvantaged business certifications, having previously been a client of the AIPTAC, and gained these certifications with his own business.  His experience with federal, state, and local contracting procedures makes him a valuable resource for all Native-owned companies in Colorado.

Stan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce and previously served as the Vice Board Chair. He also regularly devotes time to non-profits as a business, marketing, and brand advisor.

Stan holds a BFA Degree in Marketing Communications and Design from Colorado State University. He is also a member of several industry organizations in the marketing and design professions.

Contact Stan at (o) 928-255-5101, (c) 480-824-8520,



JoAn Begay Notah, Project Director, Arizona Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Export Center, Mesa, Arizona

JoAn Begay Notah is the Project Director for the Arizona Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Export Center. Previously, she served as the Senior Procurement Specialist for the AIPTAC program. She also served as the Interim Program Manager for the AIPTAC program. JoAn has also served as the Project Director for the AZ Native American Business Enterprise Center (NABEC) funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Minority Business Development Agency. She has over 25 years of experience in business development, grant management and federal procurement. Her NABEC program was recognized as MBDA’s highest performing program, highest number of awarded contracts and jobs.

She is a board member of the Dineh Chamber of Commerce. She has served on the board of directors for the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona, the Arizona State University Native American Alumni Board, and has served on the Indian Parent Committee for the Chandler Unified School District. JoAn is a Certified Supplier Diversity Professional (CSDP) by the Alliance for Supplier Diversity Professionals (ASDP).

JoAn is an enrolled member of the Diné (Navajo) Nation from the community of Kin-Dah-Lichi’i, near Ganado, Arizona. She graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and graduated with highest distinction with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Grand Canyon University.

Contact JoAn at



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