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Southeast Texas Chapter meeting: Why Comply? Understanding the Value of Grant Compliance
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Southeast Texas Chapter October meeting: Why Comply? Understanding the Value of Grant Compliance

10/15/2020
When: October 15, 2020
11:30 AM Central Time
Where: Virtual-online link will be sent to registrants
Contact: Carol Bornstein
713-876-9550


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We don’t always feel like following the rules, and let’s face it, some of us downright chose not to. Any “need for speed” or “speed limits are just suggestion” people out there? However, complying is the name of the game for both getting and keeping your grant award. This presentation will include grant professionals from three different organizations and explore the various sides of grant compliance from an ethical point of view. It will provide a big picture overview of grant compliance and its importance; shed light to the budget and finance side of compliance; and provide insight to systems and tools that can be put in place to strengthen compliance. Ultimately, attendees will leave knowing why they should comply and the value compliance brings to their grant projects and organization as a whole. Our panelists will include: Rikitra Cephus, Grants Compliance Coordinator for Pasadena Independent School District. In her role, she supports schools and departments in implementing district-wide, grant-funded programs in excess of $18 million, servicing up to 55,000 students annually. With nearly 15 years of experience in grants management, she has worked with federal, state, and local grants as well as served as a federal grant reviewer. Rikitra is a strong believer in “what gets measured gets done” and is passionate about grant compliance and helping others reach the goals and objectives in their awarded project. Rikitra received her Bachelors of Arts in Communications from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana and her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Houston. She is a GPA member, a Certified Grants Management Specialist (CGMS), and a board member for the National Grants Management Association (NGMA). Denny Anderson, Director of Grant Accounting at Harris Health System. Denny has over thirty years of experience in grants administration. He has worked in grants for three major universities and two local governments. Denny is a member of both GPA and NGMA. April Odell, Grant Compliance Analyst at Lone Star College. April received her undergraduate degree from The University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. She has over 8 years of experience as a Paralegal in litigation and higher education law. Prior to working at Lone Star College, April worked in pharmaceutical litigation for a large law firm in downtown Houston. She started her career at Lone Star College in 2009 as a Paralegal to the General Counsel and then moved into the area of grant compliance in 2014. She has the responsibility of training and assisting grant managers to ensure compliance with Lone Star College board policies as well as applicable federal and state regulations. Alisa McLendon, Analyst at Lone Star College Resource Development & Administration Department. As an Analyst Alisa provides grant management guidance and assistance to the grant project teams. Alisa ensures that the grant processes comply with applicable governmental regulations, LSC’s Policy & Procedures, and Funding Agency’s standards. Alisa brings over a combined seventeen years of experience as a paralegal and providing grant administration assistance. She is working on her Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership, and her educational background includes a Master of Education Degree in Instructional Leadership, B. A. in Languages, Diploma in Paralegal studies, and several Certifications. Pamela Wyatt, Director, Grant Management and Compliance at Lone Star College. Pamela received her undergraduate degree at the University of Mobile and her MBA at the University of Phoenix. She has over 20 years of pre and post Grant Compliance and Contract Management experience. She has been responsible for the administration and management of grant processes to include oversight of grant compliance, process improvement, project management, problem resolutions, and the adherence to federal, local, and state guidelines. Pamela has successfully submitted applications for federal funding of over 24 million dollars in homeless funding for the Houston community. The presentation will be moderated by Jackie Wickliffe, Fund Development Communicator & Grant Writing Consultant.

Free for members, $10 for non-members.