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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 anyone on our Board of Directors, send an email to info.gplh@gmail.com.

Executive Committee


Nancy Keane

GPLH Member since 2017. Board Member since 2018.

Nancy spent most of her career in the financial services sector and transitioned to grant writing 5 years ago.  Now a development professional specializing in foundation and corporate relations. Currently she is working as a freelance grant writer predominantly in the healthcare sector. Previously Nancy served as Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Calvary Hospital  and as Director of Mission Advancement at Wartburg, a provider of senior residential housing and healthcare services.  She enjoys working with program staff, leadership and community partners to create opportunities to build awareness among foundation and corporate partners to expand positive fundraising relationships.

Alison Paul, MPA

GPLH Member since 2008. 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.

Treasurer and Vice President

Deborah Brown

GPLH Member since 2019. Board Member since 2020.

Deborah brings years of experience to socially conscious organizations, helping clients in the non-profit, for-profit and hybrid sectors grow their impact. Via Deborah Brown Consulting LLC she specializes in grant writing, board governance, organizational development and special projects. She 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. and is the former program director of the Alexander Julian Foundation for Aesthetic Understanding and Appreciation.


Joanne Stewart

Founding Board Member, President 2017-2018, Secretary since 2019

Joanne is 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. Joanne also serves as Secretary of Phelps Healthcare Foundation.

Committee Chairs

Maureen Fox, CFRE

GPLH Member since 2020. Board Member since 2021.

Programs Co-Chair

Maureen is Chief Development Officer for Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. She has spent her career dedicated to improving the communities in which she lived and worked, through raising funds and awareness for many important causes.  Maureen began her career as a paralegal in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office where she worked on her first RFP on reducing recidivism.  She has written and secured hundreds of grants throughout her career and advised on many more.  Until recently most of her fundraising efforts revolved around NYC and Long Island and so she is grateful for the support of GPLH and its members.

Laura Kaplow-Goldman

GPLH member since 2019. Board Member since 2022

Communications Co-Chair

Laura brings more than 25 years of experience in corporate and nonprofit public relations to her new career as a grant writer, which began in 2017 upon earning an Executive Certificate in Transformational Non Profit Leadership from Notre Dame. Laura began her career in healthcare public relations where she represented pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare entities, developing and overseeing new drug launches and national education campaigns. From there, she worked in performing arts publicity as a press agent on Broadway and as the Director of Public Relations for The New 42nd Street/New Victory Theater. Since launching her grant writing career Laura has worked as a freelancer in Development at Montefiore Hospital and on staff at an organization that helps people with disabilities find meaningful employment. She currently works as the Grants Manager at Family Service Society of Yonkers.

Lisa Keogh

Founding Board Member

Fundraising Chair

Lisa is a fundraising professional with more than 30 years’ experience in grant and proposal writing, special events and major gifts cultivation. She has held fundraising positions, including roles as Chief Development Officer at American Red Cross, Foundation Director at Hudson Valley Hospital and Director of Development at the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester. From 2008-2016, her consulting firm A Very Good Cause, Inc. secured numerous local and national grants for a wide variety of nonprofit clients. Currently she is serving as Board member and Publicity Chair for the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley.

Jill Levey

GPLH Member since 2017. Board Member since 2021.

Membership Co-Chair

Jill has worked in the nonprofit sector as a grant writer and fundraiser since 1992. She is the principal of Levey Consulting, a grant writing and fundraising consulting firm formed in 2000, which has served nonprofits in a wide range of fields. Before launching her business, she held full-time fundraising positions at Columbia University and The Brooklyn Historical Society. She is a founder and leader of the Grant Professionals of New York City.

Michelle Nepton

GPLH Member since 2018. Board Member since 2021.

Programs Co-Chair

Michelle is Donor Development Director for United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, and is a fundraiser and advocate for the community. With five years of experience as a grant writer, Michelle has worked to expand the diversity of her organization’s grant portfolio. Relatively new to the field, she appreciates the support offered by GPLH and from its members.

Laura Newman

GPLH member since 2018. Board Member since 2022

Membership Co-Chair

Laura currently serves as Chief Strategy and Development Officer for Neighbors Link. Previously, she held fundraising positions in several community-based organizations and Manhattanville College. With a diverse professional background, and as a corporate drop-out, Laura takes a practical and collaborative approach to all aspects of fundraising. She has raised millions of dollars from foundations and government funders by writing winning grant proposals. With over 20 years of experience, Laura provides consulting services in strategic fundraising and grant writing for nonprofit leaders. 

Carol Nordgren

GPLH member since 2009. Board Member since 2017.

Job Bank Chair

Carol launched her own company Carol Nordgren Consulting in 2013. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 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.

Sherry Rose, MA, MPH

GPLH member since 2019. Board Member since 2022

Membership Co-Chair

Sherry has been a grant writer for over 25 years, leading institutional giving programs for New York City nonprofit organizations across wide-ranging sectors. Since 2014, when she launched her own consulting business, GrantWritingPro, she has helped nonprofits of vary size and scope in the U.S. and internationally increase their grant seeking success. Sherry is a founder and leader of Grant Professionals of New York City.

Eric Roth

GPLH Member since 2018. Board Member since 2021.

Internship/Mentoring Chair


Eric has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit and fundraising work. He currently holds the position of Grants Manager at Mohonk Preserve, where he has been since 2012. Eric has also worked as Grant Writer for Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange) and as an intermittent contract grant writer for Choice Words, LLC. Prior to becoming a grants professional, he worked for Historic Huguenot Street, first as Archivist/Librarian and then as Executive Director. Eric has also been a grant reviewer with the New York State Archives and has taught undergraduate history classes at SUNY New Paltz.

John Scuderi

GPLH Member since 2020. Board Member since 2021.

Communications Co-Chair

John brings a wealth of experience to the non-profit space after spending most of his career as a journalist. He has been a professional writer and editor for more than 25 years, first as a local reporter and then as an award-winning copy editor at The Journal News. He has proofread or produced content for books, print publications and websites, and cares deeply about both the quality of his work and the impact his work has on other people. Through his company, John Scuderi Writing & Editing LLC, John currently serves as a freelance writer/editor and a grant writing consultant.

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