Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson
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.
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.
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.
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.
GPLH Founding Board Member. GPLH Past PresidentJoanne 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.
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.
Barbara Cervoni, LMSW, ACSW
GPLH member since 2018. GPLH Board Member since 2019
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.
GPLH Member since 2015. GPLH Board Member since 2019.
Public Relations Chair
Charlisa (Charli) Garg
GPLH Member since 2010. GPLH Board Member since 2017
Social Media Chair
Terri Eberle Katz, J.D.
GPLH Member since 2013. GPLH Board Member since 2019.
Intern Program Chair
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.
GPLH Member since 2008. GPLH Board Member since 2019.