About The Experts


Jonathan Bank is the Artistic Director of the Mint Theater Company in New York City.




Alice Boyd is the Managing Partner of Bailey Boyd Associates, Inc., founded in 1989. Specializing in community development, and municipal funding, Bailey Boyd Associates has secured in excess of $130 million and has one of the strongest records for grant writing and administration in Massachusetts.


Melissa S. BrownMelissa S. Brown teaches successful proposal writing for The Fund Raising School and at Indiana University. She researched and wrote Giving USA from 2001 through 2010 and is now a consultant advising nonprofits about fundraising and findings from research about charitable giving.



Linda Gatten Butler, MSW, ACSW, LISW-S, is the President of Butler Consulting Inc. and the Founder and Past President of the Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of GPA, a national GPA Board member, and a Licensed Independent Social Worker Supervisor. She has offered grant seeking, fundraising, training and managing for over 180 organizations since 1994.


Susan Caruso Green, GPC is President of the Resource Development Network, LLC. She is the former Contributions Coordinator for Citi’s retail banking system, President of the Cranford Fund for Educational Excellence and membership chair of the Grant Professionals Assoc.- NJ Chapter.



Mark Eiduson is Senior Program Officer at The Roddenberry Foundation but at the time of the interview was Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Flintridge Center. He has worked in the nonprofit and foundation sector for 20 years, enjoying the proposal-writing process from both sides of the desk.


Diane Gedeon-Martin is President of The Write Source. Since 1993 she has worked with more than 240 nonprofit organizations in 25 states and Washington, DC to help them achieve their goals through grant proposals she prepared ranging from $5,000 to $5 million. She has taught at The Fund Raising School at Indiana University since 2001.


John Hicks, CFREJohn Hicks, CFRE, is President and CEO of JC Geever, Inc.. Over a career of 25 years, John has helped nonprofits build and grow foundation and corporate grant-seeking programs. John is a speaker and author for The Foundation Center and is a member of the faculty of Columbia University’s Master’s Program in Fundraising Management.


Mary Knepper is the Grants Manager at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, NY. She has more than $25 million in approved grants. Her prior experience includes performing arts and music education.



Marianne Lockwood is the Co-founder and President Emeritus of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and DiMenna Center for Classical Music. She has overseen St. Luke’s growth from a modest chamber ensemble into the foremost chamber orchestra in the country. Her culminating act at St. Luke’s was a successful $37 million capital campaign.


Frank Mandley is CEO and President of F. Mandley & Associates, Inc. For more than 20 years, he served as Grants Administration and Government Programs Director for the Broward County Schools, the sixth largest public school system in the country. During his tenure the school district raised over $524 million in competitive grants.



Diane Nicholson began writing grant proposals when she worked as a program director for a nonprofit organization that was under-funded and over-committed. Her grant development business focuses on helping small nonprofit organizations tell their story in a compelling manner.



Marianne Payne is Director of Advancement, Woodstock Theological Center. She has been working in advancement for 14 years with an emphasis on education, research, and faith-based initiatives.



Dory Rand is President of Woodstock Institute, a leading nonprofit research and policy organization focused on fair lending, wealth creation, and financial systems reform nationally and in Chicago.




Ann Redelfs is CEO of Redelfs LLC. Ann has developed successful grants for more than 30 years for universities, national research centers, and nonprofit organizations. She has worked at several national centers that focus on supporting the nation’s scientists in their research and educational endeavors.


Johna Rodgers, GPC is a Grant Writer for the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, a consortium of 36 school districts in Kentucky. A problem-solver by nature with a toolbox that includes program development and management, as well as writing, thinking, training and facilitation, she has developed $40+ million in grants over 10 years.


Tony Silbert is President of Silbert Consulting Services, Inc. Since 1996, he has been a consultant focusing on grant development, research, strategy, and evaluation for organizations of all sizes, covering virtually every aspect of the “nonprofit” world.



Bill SmithBill Smith, GPC, is Senior Director of Corporate Relations, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, where he tripled grant production in five years. Bill has served as President of the national Grant Professionals Association. He specializes in corporate and foundation grants and mentored new grant professionals who are finding great success in the field. http://www.billofwrites.com


Caitlin StantonCaitlin Stanton has more than a decade of fundraising and program experience in global philanthropy for social change and women’s rights. She is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she balances work with the Global Fund for Women with raising her twin boys.



Alan Tiano, GPC is the Senior Grant Specialist for Broward County, Florida. He has 16 years of experience in the field. Formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Hispanic Unity of Florida, he is a long-time activist for people living with AIDS, women’s rights, gay rights, and the lives of immigrants and refugees.


Bernard TurnerDr. Bernard Turner, GPC, has more than 23 years of diversified experience in the grants profession. His experience includes grant development, training, managing, and reviewing for local, state, federal, and private funding sources. He is a trainer/consultant for the Center for Nonprofit Management in Nashville, TN.



John WhiteJohn White is part of the team establishing the Aquaculture Stewardship Council. At the time of the interview he was Director for Development at the Marine Stewardship Council. During his four years in charge of fundraising at the MSC, income raised by the small fundraising team more than doubled, including significant multi-year and unrestricted major grants.


Nancy Withroe Nancy L. Withbroe serves as Senior Director, Development of Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit based in Washington, DC. She has worked with organizations for more than 20 years, raising more than $17 million to date in grants and other charitable gifts from individual and institutional donors.



Gail Widner, PhD, GPC, owner of Business Communications Consulting, served as manager of the Grants Program with the South Carolina Department of Education for nine years, during which time she worked on nearly $1 billion in federal grants and assistance programs.


Marilyn Zlotnik, GPC, is Vice President for Development and Communications at Metis Associates. She has collaborated with school systems, institutions of higher education, state agencies, and non-profits to raise more than $250 million to improve the lives of children and families.