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MBA, Rutgers University Graduate School of Management
BS, DeVry Institute of Technology
Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience with SBIR DoD cost accounting and contact administration specializing in small businesses, full-charge accounting, financial statements, and so on. She is knowledgeable of compliance with federal procurement regulations, including FAR, DFARS and GAAP. Elizabeth has a broad knowledge base in small businesses’ interactions with large government agencies. She defines herself to have a knack for providing business-related information to technical and industrial small business owners so that informed decisions and strategies are possible.
PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Mississippi State University
Master of Technology Education, Mississippi State University
Bachelor in Business Administration, Mississippi State University
Dr. Brandi Burton has spent her entire career in the field of education. She spent eight years teaching multiple subjects in the middle and high school classroom before transitioning into a position as a curriculum writer for the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Dr. Burton continued with MSU-Ext and became Director of Communications and Research for the early childhood education department she was within and spent a great deal of time presenting research and outcomes on educational practices in MS at numerous national conferences. Within her role at MSU, Dr. Burton was on the writing team that secured a funding award for MSU Extension in the amount of nearly $38 million dollars. Since then, she has written and received awards for nearly $50 million in grants for multiple organizations.
After completing her doctorate in middle level curriculum and instruction, Dr. Burton wanted to make the move back to K-12 education. Currently, she serves as the Director of Educational Enhancement and Innovative Research for SOCSD and Director of the SOCSD Discovery Center. Within this role Dr. Burton manages all Grant and Innovative projects within the district as well as libraries, makerspaces, and outside research studies. She also serves as an adjunct professor for the University of West Alabama in which she teaches Master’s Level educational courses.
When not at work, Dr. Burton spend time with her husband and three children. She loves to read and travel whenever possible. Her motto is, “You can learn more from books and experiences than anything else, and I love to learn”.
Post Graduate work: University of Kentucky, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. program
M.A. Sociology, Morehead State University
B.S. Biology and Sociology Morehead State University
Loretta Carroll Stewart has been writing grants for over 20 years. She has provided grant writing and grant research services for Community Mental Health Centers, Universities, schools, and countless non-profit organizations. Throughout her career, she has written numerous successful grant applications for nearly every agency within the federal government and completed a multitude of state and foundation grants. Loretta has extensive experience in program development and program design, a real asset as she guides clients through the project planning process. Loretta has also served as a content reviewer and worked in grant quality control.
In addition to grant writing and program development, Loretta has worked as a Counselor and Training Coordinator at a Youth Treatment Center; served as a Certified Prevention Professional for a Regional Prevention Center; and was the Director of Morehead State University’s Community Outreach Partnership Center. At Morehead State University, she connected faculty and students with educational service opportunities within the surrounding community. Loretta has also served as a YouthBuild Director and provided program oversight to the federally funded program through three successful grant cycles. She has worked in both the public and private sectors but has ultimately ended up writing grants in every position that she has held. Loretta has a passion for the grant writing process and greatly values the opportunity to assist organizations as they provide much-needed programming and services for their communities.
During her free time, Loretta enjoys going on adventures with her daughter, hiking in the woods, and serving as a Troop Leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Her greatest joy in life is her daughter, Alyssa.
Masters in Philanthropic Studies with Nonprofit Management Certificate, The School of Philanthropy at Indiana University
B.A., German and European Studies, Vanderbilt University
With more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Catherine (Katie) Chapman CFRE has served in numerous nonprofit roles as the national development director for a runaway and homeless youth organization, an interim executive director for a faith-based organization, and as a consultant to philanthropists creating high-level fundraising events. She has experience with all aspects of raising funds including major donors, corporate philanthropy, cause marketing, and writing and winning grants from all levels of government, corporations, and private foundations. The Junior League awarded Katie an “Unsung Heroine Award,” and she has been designated a 40 Under 40 Award winner for her civic leadership.
PhD Health Services, University of California, Los Angeles
MS Health Sciences, California State University, Long Beach
BS Biological Sciences, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Pamela has deep expertise in grant writing, leading and collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, strategic planning, analytics, advanced conceptual thinking, communications, evaluation, performance improvement, and leadership, organization and team development. Her expertise in evaluation design and methods is applied to strengthen grant proposals by demonstrating to the funder, the organization will show responsible stewardship and accountability for achieving specified outcomes. Pamela’s experience in expanding structure, budget, and reach of various organizations is accomplished through strategic planning, innovative grant writing, and evaluation design. With a record of driving results through effective planning and execution, team motivation, and data driven decision-making, she is able to work effectively at all levels of the organization with creativity and flexibility.
Her educational background includes a BS in Biology from UNCC, MS in Health Sciences from CSULB, and PhD in Health Policy and Management from UCLA with a cognate in Leadership and Organization Development. Pamela’s twenty-five years in teaching, curriculum and educational program development emphasizes applied learning, educational outcomes and competency development.
Additionally, Pamela is involved in church ministries including Lector Ministry, Sealed Confirmation, and Silent Meditation. She enjoys touring the California wine country and Italian cooking.
BA Political Science and Philosophy, University of South Dakota
Andrew is an experienced grant writer and grant manager with a professional background working with local, state, federal, and foundation grants. A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Andrew received his undergraduate and graduate education from the University of South Dakota before entering the professional realm as a City Manager for municipalities in rural New Mexico and Kansas. Through his work in local government administration, Andrew secured and managed millions of dollars in grant funding for essential infrastructure and community projects. Andrew’s professional experience also includes serving as Grant Manager for a Tribal government in Kansas, where he was heavily involved in federal grant writing, grant management, and the federal procurement process. Andrew is passionate about working with organizations and partners by identifying, developing, and managing their grants.
Don has 30 years of experience as a professional grant writer. He has helped transform grassroots organizations into stable and growing ventures with established grant portfolios. Raising millions of dollars during his career, he has worked for the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, The New York Academy of Sciences, Bloomingdale School of Music, and the internationally acclaimed Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. He has garnered revenue from private foundations, corporations, and federal, state, and local municipal organizations. With a BA in Classics from The Ohio State University, Don has long appreciated the power of rhetoric to change minds. Under the pen name Dwayne Barrick, he is a published poet with credits in “Blue Unicorn,” “Southern California Review”, “The Green Hills Literary Lantern,” and “The Road Not Taken,” among others, as well as translations of poems by Paul Valéry in the journal “Metamorphoses” out of Smith College.
Miranda has a wealth of experience writing RFPs, editing educational content, and in news producing and writing news content. At present she works in a public school district teaching English to speakers of other languages. Miranda enjoys spending her free time going on adventures with her daughters. As a family they enjoy hiking, camping, traveling the world, and spending time with family and friends.
Master in Health Services Administration, Florida International University
BBA Accounting, Florida Atlantic University
BS Business Administration, University of Florida
Eve Mart is a seasoned professional with nearly 20 years of progressive experience in research and grant development. Her career has been marked by leadership roles, where she secured program and capacity-building funding from key sources.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, she is a breast cancer survivor and advocate, dedicating her time to raising awareness and supporting fellow survivors. Beyond her work, she is passionate about road cycling. Also, she shares her life at home with two rescue dogs and a set of feisty parrots, cherishing the companionship and chaos they bring to her daily routine.
Mario is a native of Florida. He got his start writing and managing grants while working for the Florida Department of Health. During his time there, he managed several statewide initiatives including expanding HIV testing into clinical settings as a part of a routine health screening. Richardson has also worked for the N.C. Office of Indigent Defense Services managing contracts for public defense, as well as the Urban Institute as a Senior Manager.
International Association for Blended Learning (IABL) – Founder, Past President
Fulbright Association – ex-Board Member
Dr. Willis-Darpoh has decades of experience in education. She conducted research in the social and behavioral sciences and provided training and technical assistance to school districts implementing multimillion-dollar, multiyear government-funded grants. She staffed proposal teams and worked with federal project officers to ensure grant compliance.
Ellipsis, Fireblade (formerly SiteBlackBox), Advisory Board Member
David is an expert in technology and operations who is uniquely positioned to quickly assist companies facing the many challenges associated with accelerated periods of growth. He attributes much of his success to his first corporate position, becoming the director of operations of Uno Restaurant Corporation at the age of 24.
Realizing the long-term opportunities available in tech, David studied and pursued the industry, establishing a name for himself by helping businesses scale successfully.
David is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia where he most recently co-founded GET Valet, a tech firm revolutionizing the parking industry.
The Samaritan Counseling Center, Board President (2018 & 2019)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama, Big Sis (17 years)
Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, Board Member
First United Methodist Church of Prattville, Member
Jessica is a native of Calhoun County, Alabama. She got her start writing and managing grants while working in the Alabama Governor’s Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives. During her time there, she managed several statewide initiatives including Alabama Communities for Education, a high school dropout prevention program, and the Alabama Strengthening Communities Project, which was recognized nationally for best practices in grant management. Jessica lives in Alabama with her three children.
Holy Trinity University, BS Hotel and Restaurant Management
Yona, a vital part of Simple Grants since 2018, played a key role in its growth. Before that, she dedicated herself to government work in her hometown, Palawan, Philippines, where she led a community-based rehabilitation project for former drug-dependent individuals, preparing them for re-entry into society. Yona is now pursuing a Master’s degree in R&D Management at the University of the Philippines, demonstrating her commitment to personal and professional development.
Ph.D. Theology, Covenant Bible College and Seminary
M.A. Education, East TN State University
April is an experienced grant writer, grant manager, workforce development coordinator, human resources training coordinator, and municipal advisory instructor. She has served in advisory and board positions with several nonprofit organizations, including Appalachian Regional Coalition on Homelessness, and Johnson City Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy.
April enjoys spending time with her husband and chocolate lab Lucy on their certified century farm in Mountain City, TN.
Erin brings over 15 years of sales expertise and consultation to Simple Grants. Since her earliest roles, she has understood the importance of client rapport and trust, and caters to the specific needs of each individual client. She is grateful to have worked in a wide variety of sales organizations, from educational technology to sustainable architectural design. She has a broad understanding of the needs of different organizational personas, and she has increased the efficiency of many sales and marketing processes along the way. Art and gardening are her passions outside of work.
Bookkeeping NCIII, Puerto Princesa School of Arts and Trades
Visual Graphic Design NCIII, AMA-CLC
Kath is a full-time graphic designer and digital illustrator who handles several social media platforms for tourism and environmental related accounts in the island of Palawan, Philippines. Contracted by a national government agency to produce print materials for information campaigns on sustainable development and wildlife conservation.
Shantell Cook has been in the grant-writing business for eight years, during which time she’s become an expert in the field. Her specialties include Duns & Bradstreet, SAM.gov, Grants.gov, eRA Commons, and NSF FastLane. She excels at navigating the various federal and state grant portals. Shantell is largely self-taught and prides herself on her fast learning and ability to always figure out how to get the job done.
Shantell has guided hundreds of organizations through the various registration processes that are required by funders. Providing support for nonprofit organizations comes naturally to her as she loves meeting and working with new people. Building and maintaining relationships with clients is among her most valued qualities. Shantell is a young mother of two from the Four Corners area of New Mexico.
Noe is a freelance computer technician and a video creative who edits clips and engaging features for content creators. He has 5 years of experience working in the IT and marketing fields.
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