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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


Lydia S. Howie, MS, GPC

GPLH Founding President

Co-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.

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.

Vice President

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, Nancy is Director of Mission Advancement at Wartburg.org, a provider of senior residential housing and healthcare services located in Mt. Vernon, NY.  Nancy is responsible for foundation and corporate relations at Wartburg and previously worked as Grants Officer at Phelps Hospital.


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.


Fiona Matthew

GPLH Member since 2008. GPLH Board Treasurer since 2017.

Fiona is a municipal consultant focusing on grant writing, project management, and grant administration. She also writes grants for not-for-profit organizations. Prior to forming The Fiona Company LLC in 1995, Fiona worked in accounting, finance, operations and process re-engineering for companies including the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Australian Tourist Commission, Dansk and Lenox. Fiona also serves on the Westchester County Climate Crisis Task Force.

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.

Christine Chenevey

GPLH Member since 2015. GPLH Board Member since 2019.

Public Relations Chair

Special events fundraising, PR and grant writing are the foundation of Christine's 30 plus years in not-for-profit management. Currently handling grants and public relations for CAREERS Support Solutions in Valhalla, Christine began grant writing for AM Tucker & Company and honed her writing and PR skills as Director of Publicity for Westchester Country Club. Christine has also served on a variety of non-profit boards, including President of Women in Communications in Westchester, and has been a judge for the New York Schools PR Association Annual Awards since 2005.

Charlisa (Charli) Garg

GPLH Member since 2010. GPLH Board Member since 2017

Social Media Chair

Charli is a nonprofit professional with over 20 years’ experience in advocacy, communications, and fundraising. Charli currently leads the Corporate & Foundation Relations team at Teachers College, Columbia University, and previously led similar efforts at West Point. She is founder of Middle Branch Consulting, and has provided research and writing services to a variety of national and regional nonprofits. Charli led GPLH’s mentorship program for 2 years. She holds Grant Professional Certified (GPC) and Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credentials, and served in leadership positions in the Grant Professional Certification Institute.

Terri Eberle Katz, J.D.

GPLH Member since 2013. GPLH Board Member since 2019.

Intern Program 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 Board 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.

Alison Paul

GPLH Member since 2008. GPLH Board Member since 2019.

Programs Chair

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.
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