About GPA New Jersey Chapter

The Grant Professionals Association (formerly the American Association of Grant Professionals) is a nonprofit professional association of grant writers, grant managers, and grant consultants headquartered in Kansas City, KS. The association exists to build and support an international community of grant professionals committed to serving the greater public good by practicing the highest ethical and professional standards. To achieve this mission, GPA:

One of the ways GPA is able to fulfill its mission is through the leadership of local chapters.

The New Jersey Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association (formerly the New Jersey Chapter of the American Association of Grant Professionals) was established in 2006. In 2007, the New Jersey Chapter hosted the first annual Grant Professionals Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. This year, members of the New Jersey Chapter are helping to establish a new chapter of GPA in Southeastern PA.


The New Jersey Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association is led by a 5-member Executive Board and 4 Committee Chairs. Current committees include:

Each member of the board and chair of a committee is elected/selected for a two-year term, beginning January 1 and running through December 31.


Denise Katula
Grants Coordinator
Somerset County Administrator's Office


Celeste Merriweather, Ph.D.
Director of Grants and Funded Programs
Bridgeton Public Schools

Secretary Dana Wilson
President, Trinity Support Services, LLC

Jeffrey Lischin
Independent Consultant

Immediate Past President

Linda Dandridge
Grant Writer
Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc.

GPA MidAtlantic Grants Conference Co-Chairs

Robert Trivellini
Millville Public Schools

Carolyn Weaver
Independent Consultant

Professional Development Committee Chair  
WebSite Management Committee Chair Patricia Bruder
Independent Grants/Marketing Consultant,
Linchpin Solutions, LLC
Membership Committee Chair Susan Caruso-Green
Founder and President,
Resource Development Network



The New Jersey Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association hosts a member meeting every other month at centrally located sites. Meetings are an excellent opportunity to network with peers, garner new ideas from both professional speakers and each other, and participate in the business of the chapter.

In addition, the New Jersey Chapter hosts the MidAtlantic Grants Conference each May.

To learn more about our activities, see Calendar of Events.



Founding members of the NJ Chapter include:

Dena Hartigan, Stacey Abate, Helena Kosoff, Virginia Mayr-Freeman, Nancy Laurelli, Shelly Richards, Dana Wilson, Michael Zaberto, Rita Parodowski-Rowe, and Tammy Peoples.

To learn more about our members or to join our ranks, see Join NJ Chapter GPA.


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