President's Award

2016 GPA President's Award Recipients
Debbie DiVirgilio, GPC - Maryland

From Nathan Medina, 2016 GPA Board President:
Every year, the GPA president awards a peer who has made a significant contribution to the grant profession. Before I announce who I picked as the recipient of the 2016 President’s Award, I want to quickly tell you something about myself. I have a hard time making decisions. I’m the guy who stands in the pizza aisle in the grocery store deliberating for about five minutes whether to get pepperoni, sausage, deep dish, thin crust, or the cheap stuff on sale. 
But when I was asked who I would like to select to be the recipient of the 2016 President’s Award, it took me less than a second to decide who I felt strongly deserves it.
For three out of the last four years, Debbie DiVirgilio has been the president of GPA. For those of you who are newer, let me just say she was at the helm during a time when we were navigating through some pretty turbulent waters. During these times, she sacrificially gave her time and expertise to GPA using wisdom, courage, and kindness. I have personally learned a great deal about leadership through her example.
My favorite nonprofit management author is the late Peter Drucker. In one of his books, he mentioned four key attributes of a great leader. These are: 1) commitment, 2) competency, 3) confidence, and 4) character. Debbie is a great example of a leader who embodies these attributes.
Debbie has been deeply committed to GPA and our mission. It’s evident that she’s not just going through the motions; she really desires to see GPA thrive as the leader and as an authority in the grant profession.
Her competency as a communicator, leader, and certified board governance trainer is very evident. She steps confidently into challenging situations. And her character is exemplary.
I am deeply grateful for Debbie’s investment in the grant profession. If you don’t know her, you’ve got to meet her. It is my honor to award her with the 2016 President’s Award.


Past Recipients

2015 GPA President's Award Recipient
Johna Rodgers, GPC - Kentucky

From Debbie DiVirgilio, 2015 GPA Board President:
Each year, the President has the honor and privilege of awarding one individual the President’s Award. This award goes to someone who has gone above and beyond for the Association.

The recipient of the 2015 President’s Award has gone above and beyond in so many ways. Johna has served as a webinar presenter, a conference workshop presenter, a conference volunteer, a member of the following committees: Nominating, Human Resources, Finance and Authority. She has also served as a state representative and the president of the state chapter. As a matter of fact, she is usually the first person to jump in to help when there is a need.

In addition to the above, Johna has held the following officer positions on the GPA Board: Treasurer, Vice President and Secretary. As Vice President she was the chair of the CEO Search Committee. As she has served GPA, she has also served the profession. She served GPCI as the chair of the Test Administration Committee in 2007 through 2011. In 2008, she also served on the board of directors for GPCI.

Above all, in every role, Johna has the ability to look at issues from all angle and present the option that best serves the Association and our profession. And, she is detailed and helpful in everything she does. If you haven’t met her yet, you will and you will be greeted with a warm smile and probably a hug.

Please join me in congratulating Johna Rodgers as the 2015 President’s Award Recipient.


2014 GPA President's Award Recipients
Barb Boggs and Kelli Romero - Kansas City, KS

Barb Boggs Kelli Romero

Kelli Romero and Barb Boggs are consistent and outstanding performers. They have both shown unflinching dedication and maintained the highest level of customer service, particularly throughout the organization’s recent transitional period. Both Barb and Kelli have taken on increased responsibilities in the past two years and have done so with grace and without skipping a beat in meeting their professional goals.
Despite the challenges that come with leadership change, Kelli has stayed the course and continued to increase membership recruitment and retention, moving us progressively closer toward our step goal of 2,000 active members.
Meanwhile, Barb has maintained unwavering focus on ensuring the completion of day-to-day administrative tasks while increasing member engagement and volunteerism, monitoring and managing over 300 volunteers annually.
In addition to all this, both were instrumental in developing and implementing our wonderful new website on an extremely short timeline. They often put in extra hours to meet multiple deadlines, all while remaining positive and responsive to the needs of the members.
GPA is fortunate to have staff so committed to the success of this association and its members. 
Congratulations, Kelli Romero and Barb Boggs, for this well-deserved 2014 GPA President’s Award!


2013 President's Award Recipient
Lisa Jackson (left) - St. Petersburg, FL

2012 President's Award Recipient
Cheryl Kester - Fayetteville, AR

2011 President's Award Recipient
Barbara Roberts - Cincinnati, OH (left) & Amy Lamborg - Hamilton, OH (right)


2010 President's Award Recipient
Eden Freeman - Sandy Springs, GA (left)

2009 President's Award Recipient
Teri Blandon - Silver Spring, MD (left) and Cynthia Oda - Indianapolis, IN (right)

2008 President's Award Recipient
Carole Brooks - Gages Lake, IL

2007 President's Award Recipient
Bill Smith - Nashville, TN (left)

2006 President's Award Recipient
Iris Coffin - Perry, IA

2005 President's Award Recipient
James Kopp - Phoenicia, NY

2004 President's Award Recipient
Stephen Nill - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (right)