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Thank you for your interest in the Arizona founding Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA). We hope you will become a member of not only the international association but also our chapter. The Arizona founding Chapter is located in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. We host our meetings and workshops throughout the valley. We also encourage smaller “get-togethers” closer to home. There might be one in your area.




GPA is a nonprofit membership group that builds and supports an international community of grant professionals committed to serving the greater public good by practicing the highest ethical and professional standards.

The Arizona Founding Chapter strives to implement these ideals throughout Arizona by providing opportunities for professional development, networking and mentoring for our members and the greater community.

The GPA follows a strict Code of Ethics in dealing with the grant profession. All grant professionals are held to these standards and agree to follow the Code of Ethics as members of the GPA.

Members, among others, are to:

  • Practice their profession with the highest sense of integrity, honesty, and truthfulness to maintain and broaden public confidence
  • Adhere to all applicable laws and regulations in all aspects of grantsmanship
  • Continually improve their professional knowledge and skills
  • Promote positive relationships between grant professionals and their stakeholders
  • Value the privacy, freedom, choice and interests of all those affected by their actions
  • Ensure that funds are solicited according to program guidelines
  • Adhere to acceptable means of compensation for services performed; pro bono work is encouraged
  • Foster cultural diversity and pluralistic values and treat all people with dignity and respect
  • Become leaders and role models in the field of grantsmanship
  • Encourage colleagues to embrace and practice GPA’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice.

Visit for the complete list of the GPA Code of Ethics.

The Grant Professionals Association (GPA) offers many benefits to its members. In order to become a member of the Arizona Chapter, you must first become a National member. Information on how to become a National and Chapter member can be found on the National website at

To join visit:

Benefits can be found at:




Our chapter is very active and we host monthly workshops and networking opportunities in addition to our annual meeting in December and our plan-a-palozza event in August to help us plan the programming schedule for the next year. Our chapter has also hosted several regional conferences. In addition to these great professional development opportunities, our chapter also provides scholarships, discounts and volunteering opportunities for its members. We hope you consider joining us today. Should you have questions for the Leadership Team or the membership chair, please email us at




There are several ways to stay in touch with the Arizona founding Chapter. You can receive up to date information on chapter news, information and offerings:



Please email us if you have any questions, need assistance or wish to speak with any of your Leadership Team at




2020 Leadership Team

TJ Hansell
Hansell Group
TJ at

Vice President
Beth Noble
bethnoble at

Linda Lopez
Save the Family Foundation of AZ
linda.lopez at

Membership Chair
Lisa Rider
A New Leaf
LRider at

Program Chair
Angela Gordillo, GPC
Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation
agordillo at


Members who are serving at the national level

Heather Patel – GPA Board of Directors
Kristen Krey- Professional Growth and Development Committee Member
Barbara Roberts- Publications Committee (Chair)

Members who are serving at the chapter level

The Arizona Chapter offers opportunities for service. Our local committees need your help. Below is a list of committees and volunteer opportunities:

Programs – Please contact Angela Gordillo to provide ideas for future workshops

Membership- Please contact Barbara Roberts for volunteer opportunities

Members who are GPCs

There are a total of 21 GPCs in Arizona.

  1. Carole Berwald, Phoenix, AZ
  2. Lauren H. Daniels, Chandler, AZ
  3. Nancy Ellis, Oro Valley, Arizona
  4. Janeen Kymberlei Gaskins, Avondale, AZ
  5. Patricia M. Gregan, El Mirage, AZ
  6. Jennie Miller, Phoenix, AZ
  7. Sharon A. Skinner, Mesa, AZ
  8. Cheryl Weiner, Scottsdale, AZ
  9. Elizabeth Wilkinson, Phoenix, AZ
  10. Mara Gerst, Phoenix, AZ
  11. Kim Joyce, Phoenix, AZ
  12. Meredith Fisher, Phoenix, AZ
  13. Denise Folke, Flagstaff, AZ
  14. Debbie Edwards, Chandler, AZ
  15. Sara Wagner, Flagstaff, AZ
  16. Heather Patel, Apache Junction, AZ
  17. Heather Mayes, Phoenix, AZ
  18. Amanda Ripstra, Tempe, AZ
  19. Colleen Bivona, Tempe, AZ
  20. Angela Gordillo, Phoenix, AZ
  21. JulieAnna Carsen, Maricopa, AZ

For a complete list of GPCs nationwide visit

For information on how to become a GPC visit

Looking for a GPA member locally or nationally?

Visit; log in to the site in the upper right hand corner, click on “Online Directory” or log into GrantZone and click on “Directory”.



All of our events take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.


2020 Professional Development Calendar
  • January 16- Great Reads from Great Writers
  • February 20 – Keep Calm and Handel Difficult People (Flagstaff)
  • March 19 – Foundation and Corporate Funder’s Panel
  • April 16 – It’s About Relationships: 10 Strategies to Cultivate Donors
  • May 21 – Integrating Review Comments
  • June 18 – Strategic Planning
  • July 16 – 2021 Program Planning Session
  • August 20 – Board Hosted Social Event
  • September 17 – Federal Grants Summit
  • October 15 – Ignite Session
  • December 17 – Annual Meeting and Luncheon

2019 Past Events
  • January – Making the Rounds
  • February – Inclusive Thinking
  • March – Funder’s Panel
  • April – Networking event
  • May – Becoming a Consultant
  • June – Chapter Strategic Planning
  • July – Program Planning Session
  • August – Federal Grantmaker Panel
  • September – Keep Calm and Handle Difficult People
  • October – Chapter Conference
  • December – Annual meeting and luncheon
2018 Past Events
  • January – Networking Soiree @ The Duce
  • February – Know the Score on Certification: Are you ready for the GPC?
  • March – Meet the Funders III @ Desert Botanical Garden Webster Auditorium
  • April – Research Metrics: Say What? How to Qualify Your Meeting
  • May – Leading a Team to Successful Program Development
  • June – Non-profit Budgets: How to Read Financial Statements
  • August – Program Planning Session
  • September – Meetingin Camp Verde
  • October – Grant Horror Stories
  • December – Annual meetign and luncheon
2017 Past Events
2016 Past Events
  • January – Networking opportunity
  • February – Funders Panel
  • March – Indirect Costs
  • April – Picture This
  • May – Grant Readiness
  • July – Explore the Possibilities: Learn, Serve, Connect
  • August – Federal Funders Panel
  • September – Compression Planning
  • October – Planning for 2017
  • November – National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia
  • December – Annual Meeting
2015 Past Events
  • January – Introduction to the GPCI Examination
  • February – Active Budgeting for Compliance
  • March – From “Leap” to “In Deep”: Consult the Consultants
  • April – Logic Model Development for Tracking Performance
  • May – Telling a Compelling Story (without writing fiction)
  • September – Regional conference
  • October – Plan-a-Palooza 2
  • December – Arizona founding chapter annual meeting
2014 Past Events
  • January – Demystifying the Federal Grant process
  • February – Collecting, Analyzing, and Presenting Data in Grant Proposals Utilizing Excel
  • April – Measuring Impact – Change in Communities “Impact – Influence – Leverage” Increase Resources
  • June – State Funding and Resources for Non-Profits, Community Providers and Governmental Units
  • September – Annual Conference
  • November – Planning Palooza
  • December – Annual meeting and luncheon
GPCI Competencies are covered by each event. For a complete list of competencies tested for GPC certification visit