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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