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Heart of America Chapter

The Heart of America Chapter serves the Kansas City areas and we welcome all grant professionals from Kansas and Missouri.

We offer training every other month. Topics of discussion include: grant research databases, grants from the funder’s perspective, Census Bureau information, logic models, and practical techniques for managing the grant application process. The meetings are typically held from 11:30am to 1pm. 

Please email HeartofAmericaChapter at or check out our website for more information about the Heart of America Chapter, our meetings, or membership. 

To view a letter from outgoing Chapter President, Roxane Johnson, click here to download a PDF.

The Board would like to WELCOME the 2020 officers and chairpersons:
Thom Fox, President
Julie Alsup, Vice-President
Tom Assel, GPC, Treasurer
Nancy Berst, Secretary

Alyssa Bird, Board Member
Leigh Hamann, Board Member
Kendra Yocum, Board Member

Jennifer Murphy and Alyssa Bird, Communications Co-chairs
Julie Alsup, GPC, and Kendra Yocum, Program Co-Chairs
Anthony Funari, Scholarship Chair
Tom Assel and Leigh Hamann, Regional Conference (2020) Co-Chairs
Thom Fox, Membership Chair

Kansas City Area Consultants

Julie Assel, GPC

Assel Consulting
(913) 908-4150
Writes proposals for federal, state, and local governments, corporate and foundation funders; Conducts tailored prospect research; Serves K-12, higher education, arts, health and human services.
Rebecca Brown (913) 219-2867
Grant writing, technical writing and editing, case statements and funding research.
Mark Hall Dunlap, GPC

Dunalp Grantworks, LLC
(816) 718-4420
I serve hospitals and health care agencies; nonprofits; and municipal governments, providing top quality, comprehensive grant proposal, strategic planning, fundraising, and communication services.
Trudi Galblum

Galblum Communications
(913) 961-0129
Development writing that touches mind and heart: case statements, funder research, grants, reports, video work and collateral production.
Leigh Hamann

Leigh K. Hamann, LLC
(816) 941-9452
Grant writing and proposals, including letters of intent and solicitation, to private and corporate foundations.
Mary Beth Harnisch

(816) 769-5504
Grant research and writing, earned income opportunities, project/program management, marketing consulting.
Shelley Loethen, GPC

Encore Institute for Social Impact
(816) 506-5527
Dedicated to creating a new definition of success for nonprofit and other mission-driven organizations by providing solutions in the following areas: funding, organizational infrastructure and health, social impact strategy and implementation
Susan Ray, MS, MPA

Susan Ray Consulting
(816) 807-4189
Grant writing, funder research, program development, outcomes measures, coaching, editing, training.
Cynthia Robinson, J.D., GPC

(913) 244-5508
We work with clients as a TEAM: Teaching, Editing, Advising, and Mentoring. Subjects: health care, social services, and justice. Grant classes, too.
Sarah (Sally) Scheid, GPC

Professional Development, LLC
(417) 887-8875
Strategic planning, resource development, over 20 years of experience with all types of grants.
Paula Schumacher, CFRE

P&S SmarkMarketing & Fundraising
Fundraising & Marketing Consultant; Grant Researcher & Grant Writer; Nonprofit Board Trainer; Nonprofit Coach; University Professor
Cassie Sharp, MSW (816) 803-3747
Freelance grant writer specializing in prospect research, proposal development, budget preparation and post-award reporting.
Lisa Stewart

Lisa D. Stewart Consulting
(913) 377-9527
Business plans, pro formas, investor presentations, investor decks, SBIR grants, non-profit grants, specializes in agriculture fundraising.
Lucinda Noches Talbert

Talbert & Associates Grant Writing Services
(913) 387-4882
Grant prospect research, proposal writing, reviewing and rewriting.
Brenda Williams

Visionary Consultants/Educational Services
(816) 353-2372
Consulting for nonprofits, community and faith-based agencies; grant/budget development; partner with CPA for accounting, if needed; hold nonprofit status for fiscal agent or lead applicant services