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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 has spent the later part of her career as a development professional with a focus on foundation grants. Currently she is Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Calvary Hospital. 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. In 2018, Nancy served as the presenter at the GPLH table at the Association of Development Officers annual Ask the Experts event.

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 Brown 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, 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.


Joanne Stewart

Founding Board Member

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.

Committee Chairs

Barbara Cervoni, LMSW, ACSW

GPLH member since 2018. 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.

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.

Lydia S. Howie, MS, GPC

Founding President

Fundraising Co-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.

Brian A. Kane

GPLH Member since 2000. Board Member since 2021.

Communications Chair

I relish the prospect of making good things happen, especially when it improves people’s lives. As a nonprofit leader with years of experience, I deliver tangible results by building the right relationships, acquiring the necessary resources, and engaging people at multiple levels and organizations. I write grant proposals that demonstrate organizational efficacy, and match funder interests and requirements; I have a record of getting proposals funded. I currently work at ANDRUS Children’s Center in Yonkers as Grants Manager.

Terri Eberle Katz, J.D.

GPLH Member since 2013. Board Member since 2019.

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.  

Lisa Keogh

Founding Board Member

Fundraising Co-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 President for the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley.


Jill Levey

GPLH Member since 2017. Board Member since 2021.

Membership Co-Chair

Jill Levey 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 Nepton, Donor Development Director for United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region 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. Michelle enjoys spending time outdoors with her partner, their twin seven year olds, and Mugsy the dog.

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 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.

Eric Roth

GPLH Member since 2018. Board Member since 2021.

Internship/Mentoring Chair


Eric Roth 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.

Membership 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. He recently established his own company, John Scuderi Writing & Editing LLC. John currently serves as a freelance writer/editor and a grant writing consultant. 

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