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Starting a Chapter
The Six Basic Steps to Forming a Chapter:
  1. Locate ten or more interested Grant Professionals Association Members (chapter members must also be GPA members).
  2. Contact your Regional Representative or GPA Headquarters.
  3. Determine that there are no other existing chapters in your geographic area. 
  4. Call a meeting of interested/prospective members. This step is normally conducted by a GPA Representative. The meeting can be held face-to-face or via electronic means. A sample meeting agenda in Word format is available to assist you. At this meeting a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer is selected. The group also adopts the Chapter Bylaws, select a chapter name and establish a meeting schedule for the next twelve months.
  5. Submit minutes, Chapter Charter application, and other documents to Headquarters. This step is also completed by a GPA Representative.
  6. Enjoy the benefits of being a GPA Chapter.
For more information about forming a GPA Chapter, contact the Regional Representative for your area.


Regional Representatives are the liaison between headquarters and potential and existing GPA Chapters within a defined geographic area.
  • The Regional Representatives work with Headquarters to ensure chapters have the support and assistance needed to start up, to succeed, and to grow.  If you have a regional question that is not related to chapters, please contact Headquarters at:
  • In the absence of a Regional Representative, a Regional Representative from a neighboring region; a member of the Chapter Advisory Task Force; a GPA board member; or a staff member may assist in chapter formation or provide technical assistance to chapters.
  • GPA will have eight Regional Representatives, one covering each region as designated below.
Region 1Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada,
Oregon, Washington
Region 5Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
Representative: Rick Horton, GPCRepresentative: Ellen Gugel, GPC
Region 2Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana,
New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region 6Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia
Representative: GPA StaffRepresentative: Chrissy Demarco, MSM, CFRE
Region 3Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North
Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Region 7Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi,
North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Representative: Nathan Medina, GPCRepresentative: Jodi Pearl, GPC
Region 4Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, OhioRegion 8Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana,
Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas
Representative: GPA StaffRepresentative: Gayla Rawlinson-Maynard, GPC
The Regional Representative position is a volunteer position. If you are interested in learning more about the qualifications and expectations of a Regional Representative, please read the Regional Representative Manual (linked below).

For any further questions, contact Shelley Wales, GPA Chapter Relations Manager at or 913-788-3000.