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Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson

GPLH Leadership

Our GPLH Board of Directors is a talented, dedicated group of grant writing and fundraising professionals. Individually and collectively, they bring to the table a vast amount of experience, knowledge and expertise. They all volunteer their time to ensure that GPLH is a vibrant and effective organization that brings benefits and enrichment to our members.

To reach any of them directly, visit our contact page.

Executive Committee


Lisa Keogh

GPLH Founding Board Member

Lisa is a fundraising professional with more than 25 years’ experience in grant and proposal writing, special events and major gifts cultivation. She has held fundraising positions, including roles as Chief Development Officer, Foundation Director and Director of Development, at a number of prestigious nonprofit organizations. Her consulting firm, A Very Good Cause, Inc., has secured numerous local and national grants for a range of nonprofit clients. In a partnership with Hospitality Resource Group, Inc., Lisa grew the grant program of the Foundation for Educating Children with Autism to $250,000 in annual income in less than 3 years. Currently she is serving as Board President for the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley.

Nancy Keane

GPLH Member since 2017. GPLH Board Member since 2018

Nancy spent most of her career in the financial services sector and has spent the later part of her career as a development professional with a focus on foundation grants, currently working as a freelance grant writer. Nancy previously served as Director of Mission Advancement at Wartburg, a provider of senior residential housing and healthcare services, where she secured the two largest grants in the organization’s history, totaling $128,500. Prior to that she was the Grants Officer at Phelps Hospital. In 2018, Nancy served as the presenter at the GPLH table at the Association of Development Officers annual Ask the Experts event.

Vice President and Program Chair

Alison Paul

GPLH Member since 2008. GPLH Board Member since 2019.

Alison is a fundraising consultant and freelance grant writer who has written grants for numerous organizations with a wide variety of missions. She assists clients with grant writing, prospect research, assessing grant readiness, editing, and creating fundraising plans and cases of support.  Alison was a grant writer for 10 years at the Public Schools of the Tarrytown’s, raising over $12 million. Previously she was Executive Director of the Pelham Art Center, and Director of Education at the South Street Seaport Museum and The Hudson River Museum.  She currently teaches a grant writing class at Westchester Community College.


Joanne Stewart

GPLH Founding Board Member. GPLH Past President

Joanne is the Owner/President of goodworks Advisory Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in Grant Writing, Marketing and Communications, and Board Development for nonprofit organizations. Joanne has over 30 years of nonprofit and corporate experience in fundraising, grant writing, advertising, and marketing. She has helped raise millions of dollars for her nonprofit clients through effective prospect research, and the development of winning grant proposals and funder cultivation strategies. In 2016, the Association of Development Officers named Joanne Development Professional of the Year.


Deborah Brown

GPLH Member since 2019. GPLH Board Member since 2020

Deborah Brown brings years of experience to socially-conscious organizations, helping Deborah Brown Consulting clients in the non-profit, for-profit and hybrid sectors grow their impact. She specializes in grant writing, project management and board governance and enjoys collaborating with visionary individuals and teams, whether they are working on the local or global scale. Deborah has served as corporate secretary for the Romanian-American Foundation and the Romanian-American Enterprise Fund, chief of staff at Riverkeeper, customer relations manager for Barnes & Noble, Inc. big box stores, and is the former program director of the Alexander Julian Foundation for Aesthetic Understanding and Appreciation.

Committee Chairs

Barbara Cervoni, LMSW, ACSW

GPLH member since 2018. GPLH Board Member since 2019

Website Chair

Barbara is a social worker and a writer with more than 30 years of not-for-profit experience, spanning direct service, program planning, training and supervision, grant writing, and communications. She is currently the Director of Services and Communication at Support Connection, Inc., a not-for-profit established in 1996 to provide free support services to those dealing with breast and ovarian cancer. In addition to her other duties, Barbara has handled grant writing and reporting since she joined Support Connection's staff in 2004, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Steve Densmore

GPLH member since 2018. Board member since 2020

Public Relations Chair

Steve has been a communications professional for the past 30 years. An award-winning writer and journalist, he spent much of that time working for several weekly newspapers and magazines, as a reporter, editor and publisher. In 2005 Steve began working as a communications consultant for several Hudson Valley nonprofit organizations, including the Dyson Foundation and the Walkway Over the Hudson, where he spearheaded public relations and grant writing for several years. In 2010, Steve launched Choice Words LLC in response to an increasing call for strategic communications services among Hudson Valley nonprofits. Steve currently serves on the board of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, and previously served on boards for several other Hudson Valley organizations.

Lydia S. Howie, MS, GPC

Founding President and Immediate Past President

Member Services Chair

Lydia is President of Howie Marketing & Consulting, a grant writing consulting firm established in 1999 that has raised over $40 million for a variety of nonprofits. She founded the Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson in 2008 to enhance grantsmanship in the region. Lydia possesses the industry's prestigious GPC (Grant Professional Certification) and regularly speaks on grant writing at local, regional and national events and conferences In 2019, Lydia received from The Grant Professionals Certification Institute their Pauline G. Annarino Award, the grant writing industry’s highest national honor for impact on the grant writing industry and profession.

Terri Eberle Katz, J.D.

GPLH Member since 2013. GPLH Board Member since 2019.

Intern Program Chair and Social Media Chair

Terri has over 25 years of nonprofit experience including grant writing, fundraising, government and community relations, and mentoring to promote public service careers.  She is currently the Development Writer at Family & Children's Aid, a social service agency serving Western and Central CT.  Terri also operates TEK Consulting, LLC, which has provided grant writing and community relations services to an array of NY and CT nonprofits focused on education, the environment, health care, social services, and arts and humanities.  

Carol Nordgren

GPLH member since 2009. GPLH Board Member since 2017.

Job Bank Chair

Carol launched her own company Carol Nordgren Consulting in 2013. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for 25 years, she is an experienced and dedicated non-profit professional, program director, researcher, grant writer and fundraiser, committed to quality programming and its availability to a broad constituency. As a consultant for nonprofits in Westchester and Fairfield County, she has secured significant grant revenue and participated in strategic planning for several organizations.

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