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HISTORY
11 individuals dedicated to increasing the professionalism of the grantsmanship field in Central Indiana founded the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) Central Indiana Chapter in August 2006. The chapter’s membership has grown significantly and is committed to advocating and supporting grant professionals as they navigate the non-profit arena.

CHAPTER INFORMATION
GPA Central Indiana Chapter members work or reside in the Indianapolis region. This area includes Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby counties.

OUR MEMBERS
Membership is open to any individual with an interest in and commitment to the grants profession. Our members are:

  • Grant proposal developers
  • Grant administrators and program managers
  • Directors of development
  • Program development directors
  • Grant makers and funders
  • Proposal and program evaluators
  • Independent consultants
  • Grants trainers and other service providers
  • Executive directors and board members of public and private organizations

BENEFITS OF LOCAL AND NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • Local Meet the Funders Sessions
  • Local study groups for credentialing exam
  • Networking and social events
  • Local free monthly education sessions
  • Local web site with Central Indiana Chapter updates
  • Local quarterly E-Newsletter
  • Annual National Conferences
  • Participation on Committees
  • Professional Development Activities
  • Grant Credentialing (GPCI), National Standards, and National Exam.
  • Electronic GPA Forum
  • E-Newsletters and Published Journal
  • Membership Directory
  • Free consultant directory online
  • Local membership retreat

CENTRAL INDIANA AREAS OF FOCUS

  1. Education and professional development
  2. Networking with organizations
  3. Membership growth and development
  4. Supports the GPA mission
  5. Increase grant professionalism
  6. Encourage credentialing standards
  7. Serve as a resource for the Indiana grants community

CENTRAL INDIANA GPA CONTACT INFORMATION
429 East Vermont Street, Suite 103
Indianapolis, IN 46202  

2009-2010 President
Amy Shankland
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317-770-2005

Grant Professionals Association Central Indiana Chapter  
2009-2010 MEMBERS

Michael Craciunoiu, Ed.M., GPC
Exceptional Learners Specialist
Indiana Department of Education
Center for Exceptional Learners
Donna Howard
Director of Operations
Howard Etc.
Donna Luley
Grant Facilitator
City of Westfield
Cynthia Renea Oda
President/CEO
ODA Enterprises LLC
Arvetta L. Jideonwo, MHA, CHES, GPC
Ivy Tech Director of Grant Development and Procurement
Jenny Skehan
Irvington Development Organization
Ray A. Vulgan
Executive Director of Grant Development
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
Nina Macchia
Cindi Zenkert-Strange
Grants Manager
St.Vincent Health – Community Dev.
Ken Bielen
Director, Office of Grants
Management
Indiana Wesleyan University
Jennifer Harris Betsy Schmidt
Director of Research
Franklin College – Institutional Advancement
Robert Wilson Major Gifts Manager Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. Kristi Rees
Grants & Funding Coordinator
Suburban Health Organization
Judith Duncan Executive Director Franklin Twp. Education Fdn. Dana Smith
St. Francis Neighborhood Health Center
Jenny Morris Marian University Director of Community and Corporate Academic Internships MaryCrevey                                    
Foundations & Corp. Foundations Officer
Riley Children's Foundation
Scott Flood
Scott Flood Writing
Amy Shankland
Grant Coordinator
City of Noblesville
Rhonda Shipley                     
Director of Program Development
Choices, Inc.