Who We Are

Simple Grants uses a team approach allowing our clients to capitalize on decades of collective specialized experience. Our carefully selected worldwide team of grant and funding experts provides a depth of expertise that is unmatched. We deploy a system of workflows that have been finely tuned over a decade of working together and produce award-winning applications. We pride ourselves on providing seamless consulting services virtually, so we can help no matter where you live. When partnering with Simple Grants, you get a diverse team of experts looking out for your interests.

Management and Administration

David Crowder
David Crowder
Partner & CEO
Georgia
Community Involvement Pramana, Board Member 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…
Jessica Taylor
Jessica Taylor
Founder & CRO
Alabama
Education Jacksonville State University, BA Jacksonville State University, MPA Jones School of Law, JD Community Involvement Samaritan Counseling Center, Board President Big Brothers Big Sisters, Big Sis (15 years) Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, Board Member   Jessica is a native…
Amanda LeMay
Amanda LeMay
VP of Finance
Tennessee
Education University of Alabama, BS Corporate Finance University of Alabama, MA Finance University of Alabama, MBA International Business   Amanda has worked in the corporate world for FedEx and First Horizon Bank for a combined 20 years specializing in corporate…
Yona Mahilum
Yona Mahilum
Manager of Operations
Philippines
Education Holy Trinity University, BS Hotel and Restaurant Management.   Yona was raised in the tropical islands of Palawan, in the Philippines, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. She was involved with government work and became an administrative officer for…
Kath Villaos
Kath Villaos
Branding Manager
Philippines
Education Bookkeeping NCIII, Puerto Princesa School of Arts and Trades Visual Graphic Design NCIII, AMA Computer Learning Center   Kath is a full-time graphic designer and digital illustrator who handles several social media platforms for tourism and environmental related accounts…
Shantell Cook
Shantell Cook
Registration Support Specialist
New Jersey
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…
Noe Gomez
Noe Gomez
Sales Support Specialist
Illinois

Grant Consultants

Elizabeth Aerts
Elizabeth Aerts
New Jersey
Education 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 contract administration specializing in small businesses, full-charge accounting, financial statements, and so on….
Kathy Canning
Kathy Canning
Michigan
Education BA Physics, Princeton University   Kathy Canning is a grant writer and development consultant specializing in institutional fundraising and development department operations. For two decades, she led development efforts for the New York City-based Education Through Music as it…
Katie Chapman CFRE
Katie Chapman CFRE
Kentucky
Education 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…
Candace Crisman
Candace Crisman
Illinois
Education University of Vermont, B.A. Directing Theater DePaul University, completed 3-year MFA program in Theater Direction   Candace Crisman has over 20 years of experience as a nonprofit capacity builder and fundraiser. She has worked as both a consultant and…
Renee Ebert
Renee Ebert
Florida
Education Indiana-Perdue University School of Fundraising – Planned Giving/Management UCLA MPH School of Public Health – Community Health Science/Heath Services BA Georgetown University – English Literature/Philosophy   Experienced National Director with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization…
Rachel Holzhauser
Rachel Holzhauser
Louisiana
Education MS Forensic Science, Investigative Forensic Science, University of Central Oklahoma BS Biology, Biological Sciences, University of Central Oklahoma   Rachel is the child of a line of military veterans. As a part of the army brat lifestyle, she has…
Tiffany North
Tiffany North
Florida
Education PhD Educational Leadership with Global perspective- Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida MEd Special Education- Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida MPS Health Care Administration- Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida BA, Psychology – Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida   Tiffany has…
Charles Pollard
Charles Pollard
Mississippi
Education New Mexico Highlands University, Bachelor’s in Business Administration   A native of Richmond, Virginia, Charles was recruited in 2018 to manage a grant-funded pulmonary program in New Mexico where he specialized in the administrative side of grant management and…
Barbara Rachelson
Barbara Rachelson
Vermont
Education University of Michigan, MSW Policy and Planning Brandeis University, BA Sociology   Community Involvement Human Rights for Kids, Board Member Judicial Nominating Committee for State of Vermont, Commissioner Parallel Justice Commission, City of Burlington, Vermont, Commissioner ACLU-Vermont, Former Board…
Tonya Raines
Tonya Raines
Missouri
Education Masters in Organizational Leadership BA, Psychology and Counseling   With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Tonya has served in a spectrum of employee, consulting, and board roles. As a consultant, she has garnered $25 million…
Susan Ruckdeschel
Susan Ruckdeschel
New York
Education SUNY Empire State College, BA in Creative Writing Nazareth College of Rochester, MS ED in Education University of Phoenix, EDD in Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction   Community Involvement Hearts for the Homeless, Buffalo, NY: Community Volunteer Chen Yen…
April Shaffner
April Shaffner
Tennessee
Education 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…
Loretta Stewart
Loretta Stewart
Kentucky
Education Post Graduate work: the 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…
Elizabeth Aerts
Elizabeth Aerts
New Jersey
Education 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 contract administration specializing in small businesses, full-charge accounting, financial statements, and so on….
Kathy Canning
Kathy Canning
Michigan
Education BA Physics, Princeton University   Kathy Canning is a grant writer and development consultant specializing in institutional fundraising and development department operations. For two decades, she led development efforts for the New York City-based Education Through Music as it…
Katie Chapman CFRE
Katie Chapman CFRE
Kentucky
Education 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…
Candace Crisman
Candace Crisman
Illinois
Education University of Vermont, B.A. Directing Theater DePaul University, completed 3-year MFA program in Theater Direction   Candace Crisman has over 20 years of experience as a nonprofit capacity builder and fundraiser. She has worked as both a consultant and…
Renee Ebert
Renee Ebert
Florida
Education Indiana-Perdue University School of Fundraising – Planned Giving/Management UCLA MPH School of Public Health – Community Health Science/Heath Services BA Georgetown University – English Literature/Philosophy   Experienced National Director with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization…
Rachel Holzhauser
Rachel Holzhauser
Louisiana
Education MS Forensic Science, Investigative Forensic Science, University of Central Oklahoma BS Biology, Biological Sciences, University of Central Oklahoma   Rachel is the child of a line of military veterans. As a part of the army brat lifestyle, she has…
Tiffany North
Tiffany North
Florida
Education PhD Educational Leadership with Global perspective- Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida MEd Special Education- Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida MPS Health Care Administration- Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida BA, Psychology – Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida   Tiffany has…
Charles Pollard
Charles Pollard
Mississippi
Education New Mexico Highlands University, Bachelor’s in Business Administration   A native of Richmond, Virginia, Charles was recruited in 2018 to manage a grant-funded pulmonary program in New Mexico where he specialized in the administrative side of grant management and…
Barbara Rachelson
Barbara Rachelson
Vermont
Education University of Michigan, MSW Policy and Planning Brandeis University, BA Sociology   Community Involvement Human Rights for Kids, Board Member Judicial Nominating Committee for State of Vermont, Commissioner Parallel Justice Commission, City of Burlington, Vermont, Commissioner ACLU-Vermont, Former Board…
Tonya Raines
Tonya Raines
Missouri
Education Masters in Organizational Leadership BA, Psychology and Counseling   With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Tonya has served in a spectrum of employee, consulting, and board roles. As a consultant, she has garnered $25 million…
Susan Ruckdeschel
Susan Ruckdeschel
New York
Education SUNY Empire State College, BA in Creative Writing Nazareth College of Rochester, MS ED in Education University of Phoenix, EDD in Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction   Community Involvement Hearts for the Homeless, Buffalo, NY: Community Volunteer Chen Yen…
April Shaffner
April Shaffner
Tennessee
Education 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…
Loretta Stewart
Loretta Stewart
Kentucky
Education Post Graduate work: the 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…

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