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

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