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Expert in Nonprofit Management, Strategic Action, Fundraising, Grant Development, Grants

Expert ID: 730150 Kentucky, USA

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Expert has worked in the nonprofit sector as a professional and volunteer for over 10 years, focusing on fund development for the past 6 years. Expert is the Assistant Director of Development at The Council of State Governments, a nonprofit organization forecasting policy trends for the states on a national and regional basis to all three branches of state government. She is the founder of Cause Head Consulting, focusing on improving the nonprofit sector. Expert is also Graduate Adjunct Faculty for Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ and a Teaching Assistant in Fundraising for the Ph.D. program at Eastern University in St. David's, PA. She has been previously employed by Chrysalis House, God’s Pantry Food Bank, the Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and the Girl Scouts – Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council.

Expert has successfully written over four dozen funded grants resulting in over $3 million. During her experience in annual fund, major gift fundraising, and events, she was responsible for raising over $1.2 million. She has served as a federal grant peer reviewer for the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Expert is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Grant Professional Association, and the National Association of Women Business Owners. She serves on the Governing Board for the Grant Professionals Certification Institute and the peer review committee of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.

She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a professional credential from CFRE International requiring at least 5 years experience and passing a four hour exam. Expert is also a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) grant writer from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute after at least 3 years of service and passing an eight hour exam. Finally, she is also a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) after serving as a volunteer manager for several organizations and qualifying for the CVA through their examination process.

Expert received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Bachelor of Science in Communication, as well as a Master of Arts in Communication, from the University of Kentucky. Currently, she is working on her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership concentrating on Nonprofit Leadership from Eastern University in St. David’s, PA. Her anticipated dissertation is Sustaining the Nonprofit Sector: Comparison of Succession Planning Current Practices to Theory and Literature.

Expert is involved with various nonprofit organizations in the community. Currently, she serves as the President of the Kentucky Occupational Therapy Foundation and President of God’s Closet, in addition to volunteering for many organizations in Lexington and nationally. These include Girl Scouts, Fayette Co. 4-H, Mother to Mother of Lexington, Alpha Phi Omega, Lucca Leadership North America, Alzheimer’s Association, Florence Crittenton Home, Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Malawi.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Cincinnati, Ohio - Hamilton, Ohio - Middletown, Ohio - Lexington, Kentucky - Louisville, Kentucky

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2011 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Organizational Leadership - Nonprofit Concentration Institution: Eastern University - St. David's, PA
Year: 2004 Degree: MA Subject: Communication Institution: University of Kentucky
Year: 2003 Degree: BBA Subject: Marketing Institution: University of Kentucky
Year: 2003 Degree: BS Subject: Communication Institution: University of Kentucky

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2011 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director of Certification and Education Programs Department: Responsibilities: Expert is responsible for creating national, regional and local opportunities to educate L3C professionals. In addition, she is responsible for creating the first credential in social entrepreneurship.
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Adjunct Faculty Department: John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies Responsibilities: Expert created and facilitates the following courses:
Expert 662 – Practical Grantwriting (3 credit course)
NPR-200-PS - Grantsmanship for Non-profits (non-credit)
NPR-210-PS - Fundraising for Non-profits (non-credit)
She also serves on the 2011-12 on the Academic Integrity Committee
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department: Responsibilities: Provide consulting services to nonprofit organizations specializing in fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning, board development, program planning, and evaluation. Served over 10 clients, resulting in $2,000,000 in grant awards, Current and past client listing available at
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Assistant Director of Development Department: Development Responsibilities: Oversee the foundation and federal revenue development efforts of the organization. Facilitate applications with requests totaling over $18 million. Funding success rate for is 14% on average. Initiated Toll Giving Society, raised over $2,800 from alumni participants, a group never solicited before. Research and identify sources of funding from federal or foundation sources for policy specific and state trends projects in state governance transformation, health, education, environment and public safety/justice. Guide 8 staff in the development of proposals. Develop and deliver trainings for staff on fund development topics.
Years: 2006 to 2009 Employer: Bluegrass Community and Technical College Title: Adjunct Faculty Department: Responsibilities: Construct and deliver course lectures, exercises and exams for Basic Public Speaking (COM181). Course content and skill development taught includes individual speeches and group presentations, speech development and structure, presentation skills, research, idea development and speech critiquing.
Years: 2006 to 2007 Employer: Chrysalis House, Inc. Title: Assistant Executive Director Department: Responsibilities: Prepared federal, state, corporate and foundation grant and program proposals raising over $615,000. Facilitated the holiday fundraiser through design of direct-mail pieces and management of gifts to raise $120,000 for the 2006 Holiday mailing surpassing the $40,000 goal. Coordinated annual 5K Run event with board members and raised $26,000 in sponsorship income. As part of administration team, oversaw all agency functions including: child care, licensure, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, case management, client employment and client support (food stamps, WIC, TANF, etc.). Supervised Job Readiness Coordinator, Job Readiness Case Manager, and Technology Coordinator. Planned, directed and coordinated human resources and benefit management for a 50-member staff. Conducted the agency recruitment, selection, hiring and training process of personnel and volunteers. Represented Chrysalis House as a board member of the Central Kentucky Homeless and Housing Initiative (CKHHI) and United Way Gifts In-Kind Advisory Council. Designed and created quarterly newsletter, annual report, solicitations and other printed materials.
Years: 2004 to 2006 Employer: God's Pantry Food Bank Title: Fund Development Coordinator Department: Responsibilities: Attained $1.2 million in revenue as part of the development team. Composed over 30 grants each year to local, national and federal requests for proposals, resulting in $137,000 grant funds. Created, implemented and measured results of nine annual giving direct-mail pieces to 13,500 recipients to attain $500,000 in income. Responsible for management and maintenance of Raiser’s Edge database. Recruited, hired and managed temporary data entry support and student interns. Provided ongoing support for strategic planning, budgeting, Raising More Money programs and annual events.
Years: 2003 to 2004 Employer: University of Kentucky Title: Graduate Assistant Department: Office of Undergraduate Education Responsibilities: Coordinated and marketed tutoring services for a campus of 30,000 students. Screened and hired employees to tutor students in high-failure rate courses. Created schedule for over 95 hours of free tutoring per week, an increase of 50 hours per week from the previous year. Managed an annual budget of over $5,000 and applied for additional funding as needed. Coordinated assignments for UK 100, basic skills for second-semester freshmen on academic probation.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2005 to 2005 Country / Region: Jordan Summary: Represented the United States as part of a 10 member delegation to an international conference. Responsible for sharing business practices and program construction.
Years: 2002 to 2002 Country / Region: Phillipines Summary: Represented the United States as part of a 10 member delegation to an international conference. Responsible for sharing business practices and program construction.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
• American Evaluation Association (AEA)
• Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
• Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
• Central Kentucky Association of Volunteer Administrators (CKAVA)
• Grant Professionals Association (GPA)
• International Leadership Association (ILA)
• National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
• Leadership Lexington, Commerce Lexington program, Class of 2008
Licenses / Certifications
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Conferred July 2009, Expires 2012
CFRE International –
Requirements for credential: Minimum 5 years professional practice, 80 hours of continuing education, professional performance including dollars raised, communication projects and management functions and community service.
Grant Professional Certification (GPC), Conferred August 2008, Expires 2011
Grant Professionals Certification Institute –
Requirements for credential: Minimum 3 years experience in the grant profession, minimum of 5 successful grant applications, references, and passing a 6-hour proctored examination.
Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA), Conferred April 2007, Expires 2012
Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration –
Requirements for credential: Minimum 3 years experience in volunteer administration (paid or non-paid), references, passing a 2-hour proctored exam, and successful peer review of a written portfolio.
Professional Appointments

2010 – Present Americans for Community Development
Public Policy Working Group Chair

2010 - Present The Foundation Review Journal
Peer Reviewer

2010 Association of Fundraising Professionals
U.S. Government Relations Committee

2010 Bluegrass Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals
National Philanthropy Day committee

December 2008 - Present Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) Governing Board, term expiring in 2011, Marketing Committee Chair

November 2007 - Present Council for the Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA) Portfolio peer review committee, Web Marketing volunteer



November 2010 – Present ProgressLex – Lexington, KY
Board member

October 2010 – Present Lucca Leadership North America – Chicago, IL
Board member

January 2007 – Present God’s Closet – Lexington, KY
Board member, Board Secretary (December 07 – October 2009)
Board President (September 2009 – Present)

October 2005 – 2009 Fayette County 4-H - Lexington, KY Board member (05-09, Board Secretary (05-08),
Club Leader Council and Archery Coach (06-07)
Speech and Demonstration Judge

September 2005 – Present Junior League of Lexington – Lexington, KY
Sponsorship Chair, 2008-2009
Executive Committee, 2008-2009
Finance Committee, 2008-2009
Organization Development Institute delegate, November 2007
Existing Business Coordinator, Sponsorship committee, 2007-2008
Membership Training, 2006-2008, 2010
Placement Counselor and Provisional Committee, 2010, 2011
Grant Writer and Member, Development committee and events,
Bodley Bullock House, 2007-20011
Merchant committee, Holly Day Market, 2010, 2011
Gaited Gallery, Horse Show, 2011
Program Sales, Horse Show, 2010
Reserved Seats, Horse Show, 2007-2008
Grounds, Horse Show, 2006-2007

September 2005 – Friends of Malawi - Washington, D.C. January 2009 Board of Directors, Secretary

September 2005– Florence Crittenton Home - Lexington, KY
February 2007 Board of Directors, Secretary, Special Events and Nominating

June 2005 – April 2006 Habitat for Humanity - Lexington, KY Volunteer grant writer

May 2005 - Present Kentucky Occupational Therapy Foundation
President, 2007 - Present
Development Chair, 2005 - 2007

August 2004 - Present Alzheimer’s Association- Lexington, KY Speakers Bureau

June 2004 - Present Mother to Mother of Lexington-Lexington, KY
Board of Directors, Public Relations and Fundraising Committee

August 2002- American Marketing Association, UK Chapter-Lexington, KY
December 2004 Calendar Advisor and Graphic Designer


Girl Scouts of the United States-New York, NY

September 2005 Delegate to the United Nations 58th Annual DPI/NGO Conference,
New York, NY

June 2005 GSUSA Delegate & World Board Committee Nominee, 32nd World Conference, Amman, Jordan

August 2004-May 2005 Opportunities for University Women National Task Group

September 2003 GSUSA Representative, Many Images of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Seminar, Pax Lodge, London England

July 2002 GSUSA Delegate & World Board Communications Committee Nominee, 31st World Conference, Manila, Philippines

Girl Scouts-Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council-Lexington, KY

August 2010 – Present Chair, Bluegrass Cluster

September 2007-July 2010 Vice Chair, Bluegrass Cluster (formerly Area 8)
2005- September 2007 Vice Chair, Area 8

2005 – 2009 Fund Development Committee

January 2004-August 2007 Studio 2B Group Advisor
July 2004-October 2006 Service Unit Manager and Cookie Manager

2003, 1999 Strategic Plan Task Group Member

June-August 2001 Tra
Awards / Recognition
2009 Bluegrass Junior Women’s Club Woman of the Year Finalist
2008 Advisor of the Year Award, Alpha Phi Omega, Centre College
2007 Lifetime Achievement Presidential Service Award
2007 Alpha Phi Omega, Golden Sash, University of Kentucky
2007 Alpha Phi Omega Certificate of Appreciation, Service, University of Kentucky
2006 Girl Scout Honor Pin, Girl Scouts-Wilderness Road Council
2006 Lexington Young Professionals Association Rising Star
2006 Alpha Phi Omega Certificate of Appreciation, Service, University of Kentucky
2005, 2006, 2007 Gold Presidential Service Award
Fall 2005 University of Kentucky Alumni Magazine Feature Story
May 2005 Lexington Herald-Leader Making a Difference Profile
2005 – 2010 Torchbearer, Alpha Phi Omega
2004 Kentucky Colonel
2001 Girl Scout Appreciation Pin, Girl Scouts-Wilderness Road Council
1999 Fayette County Farm Bureau Scholarship Recipient
1999 Community Action Council Outstanding Community Service Award
1998 Horatio Alger & Louis Feinstein Award
1997 Girl Scout Gold Award
Publications and Patents Summary
Various authors. (2011). The Book of the States 2011. In editing.
Expert, E. (2011). States Creating Their Own Agricultural Brands. Capitol Research Brief.
Expert, E. (2001). A different kind of welcome center. Capitol Ideas, March/April, 20.
Expert, E. (2011). Capitol Facts & Figures: State Contracting and Financing for Human Services.
Expert, E. (2009). Creating impact with policymakers: Cases of building cross sector partnerships to build stronger programs and grant applications. Journal of the American Association of Grant Professionals, 7, 16-24.
Hottinger, J., Gillettet, C., Pennings, L., Reitman, T., Shurford, E., Keating, M., Gumpert, R., Boyce, K., Expert, E., Miller, D., Cotkin, A., Fischer, K., Shiffman, J., Shook, S., & Crosby, N. (2009). Citizens Jury on Election Recounts Draft Report. Retrieved from
Expert, E. (2009). State of Volunteers: Rising Interest in Volunteerism Benefits States.
State News, 52.
Expert, E. (2009), From the Expert: Grant Expectations for Competitive Stimulus Funds. State e-News, Issue #17, April 2, 2009.
Expert, E. (2008). State Programs Find a Firmer Foundation. State News, 51(10), 34-37.
Expert, E. (2008). What’s on Your Profile? A potential danger no longer reserved for young professionals alone. Business Lexington, April 4.
Expert, E. (2007). Predatory lending and subprime loans”, young professionals as a target group for predatory lending. Business Lexington, September 21.
Expert, E. (2004). Gaining volunteers: Comparing statistical versus narrative messages when recruiting new volunteers. Master’s Research Project, University of Kentucky.
Expert, E. (2003). Finding Your Promotional Creativity: Kick the “Box” to the Curb!, Programming 101 Feature Article. Programming (National Association of Campus Activities), Fall.

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