Our Staff

Our KY PTAC Staff is built on experienced professionals, with diverse backgrounds and strong ties to government agencies and contracting companies.

Darrall Henderson, Ph.D.

Darrall has years of experience in leadership and business ranging from the boardrooms to operations throughout the world and is passionate about helping Kentucky businesses grow. Prior to taking over as the State Director for the Kentucky PTAC, Darrall worked with Ursa Information Systems, a consulting firm that provides strategic planning, enterprise resource planning and change management advice to small and medium sized companies.

Darrall was a Colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers with years of experience as an engineer, analyst and strategic planner.  After leaving active duty, he worked for a large aerospace company as a Business Development Executive, Program Manager, and Country Manager for activities in Afghanistan. Prior to being appointed as Country Manager in Afghanistan, Darrall worked for another large defense contractor as the Program Manager for the Afghan Education Project, responsible for a team of professionals selected to create and implement the professional development and education system for the Afghan National Army.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida, holds a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from Stanford University and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.  Darrall also holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech.

Jon Olsen, MBA


Prior to joining  KSTC, Jon was the Procurement Operations Manager for the Corporate Services Office of the Western Area Power Administration. Jon has a total of 30 years experience in Federal contracting and financial assistance award placement and administration.  Within the Department of Energy, he held positions as a Contract Specialist, Grants and Agreements Specialist, and Contracting Officer for the Western Area Power Administration and Golden Field Office. He also was a civilian Contracting Intern with the US Army, and a Contract Negotiator with the US Air Force. Jon earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska – Anchorage, and an MBA from the University of Colorado – Denver.

Nancy Brown

Nancy moved to Lexington, KY from Amman, Jordan 15 years ago. From the first internship she landed at Queen Rania’s Office, Nancy became passionate about creating change in her community. Before devoting her work to KSTC, Nancy served as a program manager for the Going Places Network, an opportunity development and self-sufficiency initiative funded by the Walmart Foundation, in collaboration with Dress for Success Lexington. 

Nancy received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Kentucky and proceeded to work with fast, multifaceted iconic brands including UK HealthCare and Valvoline Headquarters. Nancy’s communication and marketing background spans across day-to-day operations and execution of complex campaigns for new products, brand awareness campaigns, and programs that maintained consumer loyalty.

Carrie Willett

Carrie got her first exposure to government contracts as a Trial Attorney with the US Air Force’s Legal Operations Agency, which handles litigation regarding all Air Force acquisitions throughout the world. In that role, Carrie defended source selections in bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims, as well as at the agency level. Additionally, Carrie litigated contract claims and disputes at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. After several years in DC, Carrie moved on to become the Contracts and Fiscal Law Attorney Advisor for the 21 st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. In this position, she provided cradle-to- grave acquisition and fiscal law advice to Air Force personnel at Peterson and at seven geographically separated units around the world, from Greenland to Diego Garcia. 

From there, Carrie went into private practice as an associate with a corporate law firm, specializing in government and commercial contracts, and corporate compliance. She is an attorney licensed in Kentucky and has practiced in state court, representing clients in domestic and civil litigation, but her primary interest is public procurement. Carrie has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Troy University.

Breaking News!

New SBA and KYPTAC HUBZone Pilot Program

SBA recently designated Kentucky as one of 10 pilot programs in the U.S. to assist clients in a streamlined application process for HUBZone registration. This pilot program represents a partnership between the SBA Kentucky District Office and the Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

Watch for information soon regarding webinars and seminars across Kentucky on the HUBZone program and its benefits to small businesses competing for government contracts.