About Us

American Grant Writers' Association, Inc. is a Florida nonprofit corporation and is a 501(c)6 exempt organization.  The founding members saw a need for an organization to meet the needs of professionals who specialize in researching grant opportunities, writing proposals, and managing grants.  The association does not focus on other fundraising techniques, although we discuss them in relation to grantseeking.  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
  • Kathy Wobster, 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®
  • Webmaster - Linda Sharp, Certified Grant Writer®
  • Mentor-Protege Coordinator - Patricia Pereira, 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®
  • Volunteer Coordinator - open
  • Worshop Trainers -
    • ​Patricia Pereira, Certified Grant Writer®
    • John Porter, Ph.D., Certified Grant Writer®
    • Linda Sharp, Certified Grant Writer®
  • 2015 Special Interest Group Chairpersons        
    • ​Aging and Senior Services - Perry Stewart, Certified Grant Writer®  
    • Agriculture and Animal Welfare - Maria Cabrera, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Children & Youth --  Rhonda Poppen, Certified Grant Writer® 
    • Economic Development - Scott Sipe, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Education, PK-12 -- Rhonda Poppen, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Education, Special - Cherita Weatherspoon, Ed.D., Certified Grant Writer®
    • Environment - Steven Galati, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Healthcare - Clinics & Physicians - Kasha Hennes, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Healthcare - Hospitals - Jignaa Jani, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Healthcare - Mental Health - Lakisha Mearidy-Bell, Ph.D., LSW, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Healthcare - Public Health - Trisha Doering, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Higher Education - Daryl Watkins, DM, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Homeland Security - Steven Galati, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Housing -- Wanda Brandon, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Human Services -- Ginger Coleman, Certified Grant Writer®
    • International - Meg Scofield, Certfied Grant Writer®
    • Justice - Perry Stewart, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Labor and Training- Fatimoh Harris, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Libraries & Literacy -- Hayley Johnson, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Local Government - Al Morrissette, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Native Americans -- Charles Fisher, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Religion -- Matthew Earnhardt, Ph.D., Certified Grant Writer®
    • Research - Medical -- Abha Saini, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Research - Scientific -- Abha Saini, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Transportation - Ginger Coleman-Ruffin, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Veterans - Kasha Hennes, Certified Grant Writer®
  •    2015 State Chairpersons
    • Arizona -- Kasha Hennes, Certified Grant Writer®
    • California - Rhonda Poppen, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Florida - Mary Baker, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Louisiana -- Latisha Mearidy-Bell, Ph.D., LSW,  Certified Grant Writer®
    • Maryland - Ryan Del Gallo, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Michigan - Kellee Robinson, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Mississippi - Sherry Worsham, Certified Grant Writer®
    • New Jersey - Elizabeth Strahle, Certified Grant Writer®
    • New York - Kim White, Certified Grant Writer®
    • North Carolina - Perry Stewart, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Virginia - Jignasa Jani, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Wyoming--Linda Scherr, Certified Grant Writer®
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