Meet the Trainers

Grantsmanship Training Program (5 days)
Essential Grant Skills (2 days)

Linda J. BoedekerLinda J. Boedeker (B.A. Mathematics, University of Texas; teacher certification mathematics and German) has worked with nonprofit organizations in the roles of executive director, trainer, development professional, and foundation officer. As executive director of the Southern Colorado AIDS Project, she managed the provision of services to persons affected by HIV and AIDS in 26 counties. As a foundation training officer and capacity building officer, she assisted nonprofits with fundraising, strategic planning, board development, and volunteer development. As an independent consultant, Linda has filled the role of chief executive officer in arts, social service, and health nonprofits during transitions. Her areas of expertise include grants, e-philanthropy, individual donors, and special events, as well as organizational management. Linda became a consultant trainer for The Grantsmanship Center in 2012.

Edna BrownEdna Brown (M.A., University of California, Berkeley; A.B. University of Chicago) has more than 40 years of experience in nonprofit program development, proposal development and review, and nonprofit and public program management. Ms. Brown has acted as conference facilitator for statewide and national conferences. She has provided training for the State Department of Education, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Head Start and brings decades of experience in various facets of education, early childhood development,  families with special needs children, and jobs training.  She also has extensive expertise implementing and teaching program planning and evaluation . She has been a consultant trainer for The Grantsmanship Center since 1987.

Barbara FloerschBarbara Floersch (B.A. Writing, Norwich University), executive director of The Grantsmanship Center since 2011, has more than 35 years of experience in nonprofit management, grant proposal writing, grants administration, and nonprofit consulting. She has secured tens of millions of dollars in federal, state, and foundation grants; taught hundreds of seminars and classes at conferences, at colleges, and for nonprofit organizations; testified before the United States Congress on the reauthorization of the National Endowment for the Arts; published numerous articles on grant proposal writing and other topics; and served as an expert reviewer in many federal grant competitions for the Department of Education, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Family and Youth Services Bureau. Barbara has been a trainer for The Grantsmanship Center since 2000.

AJ KingAJ King (Master in Public Health, San Jose State University) brings more than 20 years of experience in public health combined with 16 years of grant experience. Specific grant work includes proposal writing for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of State, California Department of Public health, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and numerous foundations; facilitating grant development processes; grant oversight; grant reviews; and program management. A strong advocate for collaborative approaches, AJ has facilitated processes for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recently, he has overseen a national, federally-funded HIV-prevention capacity-building program for health departments and community-based organizations. An expert at translating research findings into practice, AJ has facilitated the implementation of biomedical interventions in HIV-prevention practice. As a trainer for more than a decade, AJ has developed curricula and engaged a variety of audiences ranging from public health officials to community level providers.  AJ joined The Grantsmanship Center as a consultant trainer in 2014.

Kevin WibergKevin Wiberg (M.S., Natural Resources Planning, University of Vermont; B.A., Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison) has been a consultant trainer for The Grantsmanship Center since 2007. He is also program development director for a multi-million dollar community action agency, where he collaborates with professional staff and community partners to conceptualize, research, and finance programs and services. In that role, he has raised millions of dollars in grant funding from federal and state government agencies, private foundations, and corporations. Previously he served for five years as evaluation coordinator at the University of Vermont Extension Office, where he designed and administered comprehensive planning and reporting procedures for faculty and staff, conceptualized and implemented systematic evaluation models, and secured grants and contracts to support outreach program goals. He has also served as a federal grant proposal reviewer.

Competing for Federal Grants (5 days)

Barbara Floersch

Barbara Floersch
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AJ King
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Kevin Wiberg

Kevin Wiberg                    
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Research Proposal Workshop (3 to 5 days)

Christine BlackChristine Black (M.L.S., University of Michigan; B.A. English and Speech, secondary teacher’s certification) is currently Assistant Director for Research Services (2009-present) at the University of Michigan Medical School. In that role, she supports faculty in research proposal development, including training, writing and editing, obtaining reviews, and developing web resources such as proposal examples. Ms. Black has won grant awards in major federal competitions, has served as a proposal reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education, and has taught numerous grant proposal writing classes. She has served as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, a Project Development Specialist in the University’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and a Proposal Writing Specialist in the University’s School of Nursing.

Grant Management Essentials (2 days)

Henry FloodHenry Flood (M.A., Legal Studies, Antioch University) has more than 35 years of experience in grant acquisition and management, consulting, and teaching. He has secured more than $30 million in grant funding for cities, towns, nonprofit corporations, and Native American tribes. He is the author of more than 50 published articles, which have appeared in the Journal of the National Grants Management Association, the Pacific Mountain Review, The Grantsmanship Center Magazine, and elsewhere. As a legal professional, he has written hundreds of laws, regulations, resolutions, charters, Tribal constitutions, nonprofit charters and 501(c)(3) documents. He has advised governmental bodies, Native American tribes, nonprofit organizations and individuals concerning federal regulatory and legislative issues. Henry has been The Grantsmanship Center’s Senior Advisor for Grants Management since 2011.

Barbara FloerschBarbara Floersch (B.A. Writing, Norwich University), executive director of The Grantsmanship Center since 2011, has more than 35 years of experience in nonprofit management, grant proposal writing, grants administration, and nonprofit consulting. She has secured tens of millions of dollars in federal, state, and foundation grants; taught hundreds of seminars and classes at conferences, at colleges, and for nonprofit organizations; testified before the United States Congress on the reauthorization of the National Endowment for the Arts; published numerous articles on grant proposal writing and other topics; and served as an expert reviewer in many federal grant competitions for the Department of Education, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Family and Youth Services Bureau. Barbara has been a trainer for The Grantsmanship Center since 2000.

Social Enterprise for Nonprofits (2 days)

Rolfe LarsonRolfe Larson (M.B.A., Yale School of Management) is the author of Venture Forth!, which is nationally recognized as the premier guide to business planning and social enterprise strategies for nonprofit organizations. It was endorsed by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, founder of Newman’s Own, as “a clear, no-buts way to negotiate the minefields in the nonprofit world. It’s sincere, smart, and helpful.” Before becoming an independent consultant, Rolfe spent nearly 10 years as an executive in charge of new business development at Minnesota Public Radio. During that time he researched, launched, and personally managed numerous profitable earned income ventures with millions of dollars in revenues. For more than 12 years, Rolfe was also an adjunct professor of marketing at the Opus College of Business of the University of St. Thomas, in Minneapolis. Until recently, he served on the board of the Social Enterprise Alliance. He is former chair of the Minnesota Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and served on its board for six years. He has been a consultant trainer for The Grantsmanship Center since 2003.