Conferences & Training
Conference for Community College Grant Professionals: Navigating the Future

Keynote Speaker

Karen A. Stout

Karen A. Stout
President and CEO
Achieving the Dream, Inc., (ATD)

Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream, Inc., (ATD) leads a growing network of community colleges that is innovating new efforts at the center of institutional change around scaling advising redesign, developing zero textbook degree using open education resources, designing non-cognitive wrap around support systems, and teaching and learning.

Previously, she served as president of Montgomery County Community College (Pa.) for more than 14 years. During her tenure, the college distinguished itself as an ATD Leader College, earned the Leah Meyer Austin Award, and earned numerous national awards for innovation.

Stout serves on a number of national boards including College Promise National Advisory Board, Campus Compact, and the President's Advisory Board to the Community College Research Center. She has also served as a Commissioner with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges, and Implementation Steering Committee co-chair of the American Association of Community Colleges' 21st-Century Commission.

She is a frequent speaker and writer. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Delaware, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore, and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Delaware.

Conference Committee

Heather Layton, Conference Chair
Director of Grant Development
Mount Wachusett Community College

Cyndi Drummond, Conference Vice Chair
Director, Grant Development
Lone Star College

Mary Ann Amelang
Vice President of Institutional Development
College of the Mainland

Anthony Funari
Grants Professional
Johnson County Community College

Patricia Maloney
Manager, Grants and Sponsored Programs
Montgomery College

Nancy Nuell
Associate Senior Vice President of Advancement and Community Engagement
Montgomery College

Martha Pelayo
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Los Angeles City College

Katie Shultz
Associate Director of Grants Development
St. Petersburg College

Participating Speakers and Program Officers

Patrick Allison-Rossol
Senior Program Officer, Measurement, Learning and Evaluation
The Gates Foundation

Polly Binns
Binns Drennon LLC

Patrick Brown
Program Director
National Institute of General Medical Sciences/National Institutes of Health, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity

Mary Brumbach
Chief Strategy Officer
Dallas County Community College District

Michael Brustein
Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC

V. Celeste Carter
Lead Program Direction, Advanced Technological Education
National Science Foundation

Jason Cottrell
Research Analyst for Institutional Service
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education

Catherine Crary
Grants Manager
Rio Salado College

Samantha Dana
Director of Grants Research and Evaluation
Springfield Technical Community College

Cheryl Dettrick
Interim Director, Institutional Grants and Principal Consultant Resource Development Services
Allan Hancock College; Resource Development Services

Deborah L. Douma
Dean, Institutional Effectiveness and Grants
Pensacola State College

Jill Feldman
Senior Study Director

Joy Frechtling
Vice President

Mike J. Gaudette
Lighthouse Consulting, Inc.

Kelly Haverkampf
DIrector of Institutional Effectiveness and Staff Development
Nicolet College

Neil Herbkersman
Benchmark Grants, LLC

James Hermes
Associate Vice President of Government Relations
American Association of Community Colleges

Karla Hibbert-Jones
Director, Grants Development Office
Sinclair Community College

A. James Hicks
Program Director
National Science Foundation, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program

Rand Key
Chief Executive Officer, System Office University Park
Lone Star College

Shane Kirby
Director, Grants Office
Columbus State Community College

Nalini Lamba-Nieves
Management & Program Analyst
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education

Judith Larsen
Director, Grants & Resource Development
Grand Rapids Community College

Christopher McRoberts
Grants Compliance Officer
Community College of Baltimore County

Michael Moore
Director, Office of Grants Management
San Jacinto Community College District

Karen Norris
Principal and Subject Matter Expert
K4rnoco - A Karen Norris Company

Barbara Norris-Coates
Barbara Norris-Coates, Inc.

Laquetta Peters
Senior Grants Specialist

Laura A. Qaissaunee
Director, Grants and Institutional Development
Brookdale Community College

Michael Qaissaunee
Department Chair, Engineering and Technology
Brookdale Community College

Mercedes Rubio
Program DIrector
National Institute of General Medical Sciences/National Institutes of Health, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity

Patti Saunders
Grants Specialist
Lakeshore Technical College

Robert Schwartz
Executive Director
Los Angeles City College Foundation

Joseph M. Sopcich
Johnson County Community College

Nancy Smith
Director, Grants Development
Community College of Baltimore County

Steven Spillan
Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC

Joseph N. Stiso
Vice President for Planning, Development & Institutional Research
Mount Wachusett Community College

Suresh Sureshwaran
US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Elizabeth Thompson
Executive Director, Resource Development and Administration
Lone Star College

Sharla Trimm
Manager, Grants Services

Marc Westenburg
Director, Center for Community College Advancement

Keith Witham
Deputy Director
The Aspen Institute

Xaxiri Yamane
Grants Development Specialist
Rio Salado College

Karla Zahn
Director of Advancement
Lakeshore Technical College

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