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The Miami Valley chapter, covering the Dayton area, is proud to be the longest-running chapter in the nation. We welcome GPA members and other non-member professionals to join us at our monthly meetings. We meet at noon the first Tuesday of each month (except July). Meetings feature a presentation by a local foundation representative or grant professional. 
Please visit our chapter webpage at for information about getting involved.
On March 2, 2004 a group of dynamic grant professionals gathered at the Dayton Metro Library to learn more about forming a local chapter of the then named American Association of Grant Professionals (AAGP). At that initial meeting, several brave volunteers stepped into uncharted territory to become the first official officers of the Miami Valley chapter of the American Association of Grant Professionals (MVAAGP).  Later that year, MVAAGP became the second official chapter in the nation!  For two years, Butler Consulting president, Linda Butler, served as the chapter president providing strong leadership for this small, but growing chapter.  The chapter flourished from 2008-2011 under the outstanding leadership of Andrea Hoff of the Montgomery County Office of Family and Children First. Genevieve Richardson continued to provide strong guidance as chapter president in 2012 and 2013. In January 2014, Belinda Orrill became president following her tenure on the Board as Treasurer since 2009.
Meetings normally fall on the first Tuesday of each month (no meeting in July). Each month the chapter brings in a diverse group of speakers to equip and empower grant professionals to continue making our community a better place to live and work.  Each year, scholarships to the national conference are awarded to aid members in their professional growth and development.  The chapter also organizes an annual Southwest Ohio Regional Conference and has twice hosted a GPC exam. This conference continues to gain recognition as the largest gathering of grant professionals in Ohio. 
We are proud of our accomplishments and look forward to positively impacting the communities we serve in the Miami Valley for many years to come.
2020 Chapter Board

River Wilson, President -
Andrea Hoff, GPC, Vice President

Emily Gallion, Secretary

Judy McAdams, Treasurer

Jeanette Ghand Membership Chair

Ericka Harney, GPC, Marketing Chair

Brenda Dewberry, Education and Training Chair