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. Current Board Members are    

  • Alan Antopol
  • Garth Hudson
  • Linda Porter., 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 Director - 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®
  • 2017 Special Interest Group Chairpersons        
    • Agriculture, Animal Welfare - Wanda Back, Certified Grant Writer® 
    • Economic Development - Scott Sipe, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Education, PK-12 -- Diane Rice, Ed.D., Certified Grant Writer®
    • Healthcare - Clinics and Physican Groups - Chris Bouchard, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Healthcare - Hospitals - Trisha Doering, MPH, CPST, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Higher Education -  Cathy Kozlowicz, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Local Government - Al Morrissette, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Mental Health - Chandra Chaffin, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Performing Arts - E'tienne Easley, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Public Health - Tricia Doering, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Research - Medical -- Abha Saini, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Research - Scientific -- Abha Saini, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Special and Gifted Education - Diane Rice, Ed.D., Certified Grant Writer®
    • Training - Barbara Peters, Certified Grant Writer'®
  •    2017 State Chairpersons
    • California - Rhonda Poppen, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Connecticut - Chris Bouchard, Certified Grant Writer®\
    • Florida - Trish Doering, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Illinois - Trish Doering Certified Grant Writer®
    • Louisiana - Chandra Chaffin, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Maryland - Abha Saini, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Massachusetts - Chris Bouchard, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Michigan -- Gary Rapelje, Certified Grant Writer®
    • New York - Abha Saini, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Pennsylvania - Abha Saini, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Texas -- Trish Doering, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Virginia -- Abha Saini, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Wisconsin - Cathy Kozlowicz, Certified Grant Writer®
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