Our Team

Different voices, different ideas, different experiences, with a shared belief that if it is important to you - it is important to us.

Ken Shoemake – President/CEO

Ken is a founding partner of Stay Safe Solutions, Inc., a service-disabled veteran-owned small business.
Ken is currently the sole owner of Stay Safe Solutions, and a retired peace officer. He has over 50 years of leadership experience in the government, private and social sectors of our economy. Ken resides in the Sacramento area with his wife, 3 grown children and their spouses, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He and his wife celebrated 50 years of loving marriage in 2016. Ken is a U.S. Army (3rd Infantry Division) Veteran.

Jeff Tewksbury – Chief Consulant

Jeff functions as Chief Consultant.  His skill set enables Stay Safe Solutions to be an integral SB / DVBE / SDVOSB partner to procurement professionals.  Jeff brings over 40 years of Healthcare IT technology and business experience ranging from sales & marketing, channel management and business development.  Jeff recently retired from one of the largest technological corporations in the world where he served as Director of IT Healthcare.  Jeff resides in the Sacramento area with his wife (married 40 plus years) and two grown daughters.

Peter Bares – Marketing Consultant for Municipalities & Regulated Companies & Utilities

Peter is responsible for Municipalities & Regulated Companies & Utilities. Peter brings nearly 40 years of business development experience ranging from passive and active OEM electronic assemblies, to high-end mass storage RAID arrays and controllers and more recently in the secure document destruction and environmental services and consulting arena. Peter resides in the Orange County California with Donna his wife of 30 plus years.

Doug Eldridge – Marketing Consultant for Federal and State Government

Doug is responsible for sales for DVBE/SDVOSB Contracts including NASPO.  Doug brings 20 plus years of experience in government contracting, bid sourcing, and procurement research.  Doug is a founding partner with Eldridge Bid Reporter helping businesses sell to federal, state and local governments.  Residing in the Sacramento area, Doug is a versatile musician and is married with two outstanding children.

Richard Judd – Regulatory Compliance Consultant

Richard is responsible for Stay Safe Solutions’ regulatory compliance.  He brings over 40 years of diverse consulting and contracting experience with federal and California state agencies, multi-industries, and utilities.  Richard is a service-disabled Vietnam Veteran who honorably served with the 101st  Airborne-4/77 ARA “Dragons”.  He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.  He is active in supporting veteran’s causes and is a veteran advocate/advisor to multiple non-profit communities for disabled veterans.  Richard resides in the Sacramento area with Linda, his wife of 45+ years.  Their son and his wife reside in the San Francisco area.

Darc D. Keller – Marketing Consultant for Medical Services

Darc is responsible for development and management of medical services.  This focus allows Stay Safe Solutions to align critical support for needed medical operations.

Darc brings over 40 years of private, public and military executive background in every sector of the healthcare industry including Fortune 500 companies, Assistant Secretary, Health Policy for the Governor of California and advisor for numerous international initiatives.

Resides in the Sacramento area with his wife of 50 plus years, four grown children and 12 grandchildren. Darc is an U.S. Air Force Colonel. Colonel Keller continues to serve in the California National Guard Military Reserve as the assistant state surgeon, most notably designing the national model Behavioral Health Program.

Kim Lontz – Marketing Consultant for DVBE Participation Agreements

Kim is responsible for managing DVBE Participation Agreements.  Kim brings 20 years of experience in advertising specialties, overseas importing, trucking and logistics.  She is also a licensed pesticide dealer and handles sales of promotional products and apparel.  Kim resides in the Sacramento area and has two grown children.

Andy Ronchak – Marketing Consultant for Supply Schedules

Andy is responsible for Stay Safe Solutions’ long-term government contracts that provide federal, state and local government buyers with access to commercial supplies (products) at volume discount pricing.  Andy brings 19 years of GSA contract award and modification processing and GSA contract management experience.  He specializes in the following areas:  eOffers and eMods, compliance reporting, contract renewals, and compliance audits.  Andy resides n the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with his wife of 30 plus years and four children (3 sons/1 daughter).  He and his wife have one granddaughter. Andy is a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Melissa McKenzie – Marketing Consultant for Federal Markets and the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS)

Melissa is responsible for sales to Federal agencies with a focus on products procured through GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule (MAS).  In addition to her undergraduate degree, Melissa holds an MBA from Boston University.  Melissa brings over 40 years of business development, marketing and marketing research experience with both Fortune 100 companies, such as The Gillette Company and AT&T Cellular, as well as non-profit agencies focused on federal contracting opportunities.  Melissa resides in the Sacramento area.

Terri Shettle—Marketing Consultant for E-Commerce Platforms

Terri manages day-to-day operations for Stay Safe Solutions’ E-Commerce platforms. Terri has over twenty years of experience in retail operations, where she has developed retail growth and expansion strategies for big box retailers, boutique stand-alone and resort retail, and multi-state brick and mortar channels for a catalog retailer.  She has managed POS system upgrades and conversions and has expertise in creating retail operating divisions from the ground up.