About Us

American Grant Writers' Association, Inc. is a Florida nonprofit corporation and is a 501(c)6 exempt organization.  To promote professional conduct of our 1,000 active members, the organization adopted Standards of Practice and Professional Ethics.  To further the professional growth of its members, the organization awards the Certified Grant Writer® Credential to members who have demonstrated proficiency in grantseeking.  In 2011 the U.S. Patent Office awarded American Grant Writers' Association a Trademark for its Certified Grant Writer® Credential. 

The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that are appointed for a three year term of office.  Current Board Members are    

  • Alan Antopol
  • John G. Porter, Ph.D., Certified Grant Writer®
  • Karen Davis, R.N.
  • Megan Whelan, M.A. Certified Grant Writer®
  • Brandon Whitaker, MBA
  • Cathy Wobser, M.Ed.

John G. Porter, Ph.D. is the Executive Director and manages the organization's activities with the assistance of staff, chairpersons, and volunteers. 

  • Membership Secretary - Marie Hunt, Certified Grant Writer®
  • Online Instructors -
    • John Porter, Ph.D., Certified Grant Writer®
    • Scott Sipe, Certified Grant Writer®
  • Professional Development Director - Linda Sharp, Certified Grant Writer®
  • Workshop Trainers:
    • ​Rhonda Poppen, Certified Grant Writer®
    • John Porter, Ph.D., Certified Grant Writer®
    • Linda Sharp, Certified Grant Writer®
  • 2016 Special Interest Group Chairpersons        
    • Agriculture, Animal Welfare, and Rural Development - Maria Cabrera, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Children & Youth --  Donna Renner, Certified Grant Writer® 
    • Economic Development - Scott Sipe, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Education, PK-12 -- Diane Rice, Ed.D., Certified Grant Writer®
    • Education, Special and Gifted -- Sherry Worsham, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Energy - open
    • Environment - Steven Galati, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Healthcare - Clinics & Physicians - open
    • Healthcare - Hospitals - Trisha Doering, MPH, CPST, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Healthcare - Mental Health - Tricia Thomas-Anderson, Ph.D., Certified Grant Writer®
    • Healthcare - Public Health - Trisha Doering, MPH, CPST, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Higher Education - Lakisha Mearidy-Bell, Ph.D., LRSW, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Homeland Security - Steven Galati, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Housing -- open
    • Human Services -- Jeanne Spurr, Certified Grant Writer®
    • International - open
    • Justice - open
    • Libraries & Reading Literacy -- Hayley Johnson, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Local Government - open
    • Museums, Zoos, Aquariums, and Botanical Gardens - Galen Mirate, J.D.,  Certified Grant Writer®
    • Native Americans -- Columba Quintero, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Performing Arts - Maria Cabrera, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Religion -- Sherry Worsham, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Research - Medical -- Abha Saini, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Research - Scientific -- Abha Saini, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Seniors - Galen Mirate, J.D., Certified Grant Writer®'
  •    2016 State Chairpersons
    • California - Rhonda Poppen, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Florida - Trish Doering, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Illinois - Valerie Barko, Ph.D., Certified Grant Writer®
    • Louisiana -- Hayley Johnson,  Certified Grant Writer®
    • Maryland - Abha Saini, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Michigan -- Gary Rapelje, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Pennsylvania - Abha Saini, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Texas -- Trish Doering, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Virginia -- Abha Saini, Certified Grant Writer®
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