Good Works Team
Good Works Grant Writing’s team of grant writing professionals has a combined 300+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector.
The Good Works Team includes:
BETHANY TAYLOR, MNpS
Early in her career, Bethany Taylor realized that volunteering on the weekends alone did not give her the personal satisfaction she was seeking, so she left her job in the entertainment industry and made the switch to the nonprofit sector – and she has never looked back. For more than 20 years now, Bethany has worked as a fundraiser, starting as a major gifts officer for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, later heading up development for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University, and then serving as the Chief Development Officer for Make-A-Wish® Arizona. In 2011, Bethany launched Good Works Grant Writing as a way to support a variety of nonprofits in their fundraising endeavors. She feels blessed to have had the opportunity to work with dozens of nonprofits since launching the company, helping them fuel their GOOD WORKS in the community. Over the course of her career, Bethany has secured more than $40 million in philanthropic giving, including more than $25 million in corporate and foundation grants.
Masters in Nonprofit Studies, Arizona State University
Certificate in Fundraising, University of California Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science, Communications, University of Tennessee
Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Tennessee
COLLIN CUNNINGHAM, MPP
Vice President of Grant Services
Collin Cunningham joined Good Works Grant Writing in 2018. Prior to joining the team, Collin was Executive Director of The Welcome to America Project. She also worked for Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, SARRC, and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Collin earned her Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, where she studied social policy and nonprofit management.
Master of Public Policy, University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, St. Olaf College
DEBRA WELBORN, MHA
Senior Grants Advisor
Following a 30-year eclectic career in the healthcare industry, Debra Welborn joined the Good Works Grant Writing in 2023. In working for various nonprofit organizations (including a hospital, health center, tribal Indian health care district, and a primary care association), Debra’s work has focused on grant writing, grants management, program management, and compliance reporting. Debra is a published author of a nonfiction book on prescription drug purchases, as well as a co-author of several medical journal articles. As volunteerism is extremely important to Debra, she enjoys donating her time to Feed My Starving Children and the Maricopa Medical Reserve Corps. Debra graduated with honors from the University of St. Francis, with a Master of Science degree in Health Administration. Serving as a Senior Grants Advisor on the Good Works Team, Debra is inspired by the many ways that grant writing can transform blank pages into important improvements in people’s lives.
Master of Science, Health Administration, University of St. Francis
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Phoenix
With more than seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Angie Haddad is equipped with a diverse range of knowledge and skills related to grant writing, fundraising, financial management, and marketing operations. She recently served as the Assistant Executive Director of Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona, and before her 2017 arrival in Arizona, Angie worked with an Atlanta nonproft as a Public Relations/Marketing Consultant. In this role, Angie procured major gifts from Atlanta-based Wellstar Hospital, Allstate Insurance, TEGNA – 11Alive News, and Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, to host awareness programs on human trafficking, veterans’ support, emergency preparedness, teen driver safety, and mental health. Joining the Good Works Team in April 2023, Angie finds working in the nonprofit sector to be a way to “pay it forward.” As a parent of an adult son with special needs, she understands the important work nonprofits do for our community members by bringing various people together in compassionate, empowering, and supportive ways.
Bachelor of Arts: Journalism & Mass Communications, The University of South Carolina
Master’s Level classes in Education and Psychology (non-degree seeking), The College of Charleston, SC
Certified in First Aid, CPR, Article 9 Training
LINDSAY HINTZE, MSW
From a young age, Lindsay Hintze’s professional ambitions centered around one goal –engaging in work that could make a difference for communities in need. This desire drove her to pursue a Masters in Social Work, with a focus on non-profit administration, policy, and community-based work. After internships at Child and Family Resources, the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice, and the O’Connor House, as well as a job at the Girls Scouts, Lindsay became drawn to fundraising as she saw firsthand how it can strengthen nonprofits and the communities they serve. Lindsay was thrilled to join Good Works Grant Writing in 2013, where she has found profound personal and professional fulfillment in working on behalf of many extraordinary non-profits. She remains inspired by their impact.
Master of Social Work, Arizona State University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Arizona State University
For more than 30 years, Lisa Honebrink has been a professional writer, editor, and communications consultant in Arizona, published in The Arizona Republic, PHOENIX magazine, and Arizona Highways. Previously Lisa served as speechwriter for the Phoenix Mayor and as communications manager for several City of Phoenix departments, including Housing, Human Services, Equal Opportunity, and Historic Preservation, and has 10 years of experience in communications for health care companies and a health care foundation. Lisa co-authored a book, Phoenix Television, published in 2019 with the first year’s royalties benefiting a local nonprofit. Out of all the hats she has worn in her career, writing grants that help fund nonprofits is her favorite, and she joined Good Works in 2021.
Bachelor of Arts, English and Communications, Bemidji State University
Grants Manager / Social Media Manager
After joining the Good Works Team in 2017 as an intern, Atlas Pillar became a full-time staff member in June 2019. At his university graduation, Atlas was recognized as the “Outstanding Graduate” of the School of Community Resources & Development in the ASU’s Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions. He had also been named as one of the Dean’s Research Scholars for four consecutive years and Co-Chair of the Watts College’s Committee on Diversity & Inclusion for three years. Atlas entered the nonprofit sector to help communities that are unfairly disadvantaged and marginalized. His lifelong love of curiosity-quenching research and thought-inducing writing ultimately inspired him to pursue his nonprofit career in grant writing. In January 2020, Atlas was promoted to Grant Specialist and in September of the same year, Atlas gained a secondary position as Good Works Grant Writing’s Social Media Manager. Recognizing his successful work with numerous Good Works clients, Atlas was promoted to Senior Grant Specialist in January 2022 and Grants Manager in October 2023.
Bachelor of Science, Nonprofit Leadership & Management, Arizona State University
Certificate in Women & Gender Studies, Arizona State University
Certificate in Advanced Grant Writing, Nonprofit Management Institute, ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation
MICHAEL MAYHEW, MNpS
Michael Mayhew arrives at Good Works with nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and nearly that many years in the commercial world of marketing and communications. As a team leader in nonprofit work environments, including serving as the Executive Director of The Arc of Tempe and the Development Director of Phoenix Day, Michael has helped guide strategic development and marketing plans that have enhanced brand image while improving economic and social bottom lines. His years of storytelling experience provide him with a special perspective on the communication needs of nonprofits. Michael is attuned to nonprofits’ emotional, social, and spiritual subtexts, which directly impacts the storytelling that provides the foundation of any successful development effort. Having worked extensively with a variety of human services organizations, Michael is focused on making life equitable for underserved populations and helping those in need.
Master of Nonprofit Studies, Arizona State University (ASU)
Bachelor of Science in Film and Television Production, Montana State University
Associate in Science in Communications Media, Genesee Community College
Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy, ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation
Greater Arizona Professional Mentoring Program, Association of Fundraising Professionals
Small Business Leadership Academy, ASU W.P. Carey School of Business
CHRISTIE MUNSON MULLER
When a career aptitude test she had taken in college suggested work in the nonprofit sector, Christie immediately began pursuing internships in the field, landing one at Phoenix Day Early Childhood Education (now a part of A New Leaf). More than 20 years since that first foray into nonprofit work, Christie joined the Good Works Grant Writing team in 2023. For the last 15 years, she worked in communications and grants, first at Beatitudes Campus for five years and then at Valley of the Sun United Way as a grant writer and grants manager for nearly 10 years. Christie has expertise in grant prospect research, proposal writing, and fundraising communications. She is skilled in the art of storytelling for positive change and has worked in multiple nonprofit sectors including health and human services and elder care. She is currently enrolled in a writing and editing certificate program at the University of Chicago to further solidify her writing expertise.
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Arizona State University
Course Completion for The Course for Human-Centered Design, +Acumen
Course Completion for Storytelling for Change, +Acumen
Like many midwest natives, Madeline Reid migrated to Arizona in 2019 to escape the winter. Madeline graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Individualized studies in Biology, History, and Russian. The crowning gem of her undergraduate career was a three-month stay in Russia spent conducting interview research on the experiences of nonprofit workers in the 90s, all culminating in a 70-page thesis. Her first grant writing work was for Tubman, a Minneapolis nonprofit serving victims of domestic violence. In grant writing, Madeline finds a way to marry her curiosity, love of writing, and passion to build a more equitable society. Madeline joined the Good Works Team in November 2021 as a Grant Specialist, and following an incredible year of performing excellent grant management services for Good Works clients, Madeline was promoted to Senior Grant Specialist in January 2023, then Grants Manager in December 2023.
Bachelors of Individualized Studies in Biology, History, and Russian, University of Minnesota
MICHELLE THOMAS, MBA
With more than 20 years of work experience in the nonprofit sector, Michelle Thomas has an extensive knowledge of grant writing, reporting, database management, and program quality assurance. Michelle has worked in multiple sectors of the nonprofit world including homelessness, behavioral health, and disability services. Michelle joined the Good Works Grant Writing team in 2021 with an aim to support multiple nonprofits in achieving their goals.
Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix
Bachelor of Science, Family Resources and Human Development, Arizona State University
ASU Lodestar Center’s Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy
POOJA SATHYANARAYANAN, M.A, M.Sc.
Senior Grant Specialist
An effective nonprofit professional with experience working for several nonprofit organizations, Pooja Sathyanarayanan, M.A, M.Sc. maintains a strong repertoire of valuable skillsets related to nonprofit operations, including grant writing and management; research and statistical analysis; program and data management; as well as children and youth group facilitation. Through her fruitful grants management experiences, Pooja fell in love with the potential of a successful grant application to harness an organization’s strengths, enhance their organizational capacities, and elevate their impact. Pooja’s previous experience includes her role as a Senior Research & Development Manager at Raising the Future, a nonprofit family strengthening organization. In March 2023, Pooja joined the Good Works Team as a Senior Grant Specialist, contributing her strong grant management skills to supporting multiple mission-driven nonprofits and aiding in furthering their long-term goals.
Master of Arts, Positive Psychology & Evaluation, Claremont Graduate University
Master of Science, Applied Psychology, Clinical specialization, Pondicherry University, India
Professional Certificate Program in Grant Writing, San Diego State University
ELLIOT WINTER, MFA
Senior Grant Specialist
Elliot Winter is a dedicated writing professional who is passionate about affecting systemic change through the power of language. While earning their Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Elliot taught students in First-Year Composition courses and Poetry Workshops. They have been recognized for excellence in social justice informed innovation in teaching and writing by the Marshall Chair Award for Radical Pedagogy in Poetics and are a recipient of a Global Fellowship from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Elliot joined the Good Works Team in May 2021 with the goal to contribute their writing skills to nonprofit efforts that achieve measurable change for marginalized and underrepresented communities. Following an incredible year of performing excellent grant management services for Good Works clients, Elliot was promoted to Senior Grant Specialist in January 2023.
Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Arizona State University
Bachelor of Arts, English, Arizona State University
LAURA CAFISO, MNLM
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Laura Cafiso has called the Valley home for more than 25 years. With a career that has spanned the private, government, and nonprofit sectors (including teaching at a Phoenix elementary school, writing/producing for Phoenix’s municipal station, and more), Laura brings a wealth of professional and life experience to the job. Laura’s writing has created positive change in whatever arena she has worked, from being nominated for a Rocky Mountain Emmy for television writing to helping individuals remarket themselves with redesigned resumes. Throughout her circuitous career path, she has volunteered with organizations focused on children, mental health, and the arts. Thus, it was a natural fit to pursue a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at ASU, which armed Laura to fundraise and plan events for a multitude of local nonprofits. Laura joined the talented and enthusiastic Good Works Team in September 2023 as a Grant Specialist, ready to wield the written word for the good of the community.
Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Arizona State University
Postbaccalaureate Program, Elementary Education, Grand Canyon University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Emory University
An Arizona native and musician with a decade of experience in the local folk scene, Annaleez Fishkind joined the Good Works Team in 2022. As an undergraduate, Annaleez completed an Interdisciplinary degree marrying Business and Ethics and graduated with a Master of Technical Communication in May 2022. While attending ASU, she joined the Next Generation Service Corps to serve communities experiencing hardship, focusing her efforts on combating rates of sexual and domestic violence on college campuses. With four years of experience working in the education sector, Annaleez has collaborated with nonprofits such as Stand for Children and Assistance League of Phoenix to provide resources to underserved youth across the West Valley. As a Grant Specialist, Annaleez invokes her firm belief in the ability to heal and strengthen communities through the arts and sees grant management as a method to bolster these efforts.
Master of Science in Technical Communication, Arizona State University
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Arizona State University
Certificate in Cross-Sector Collaboration, Arizona State University
Since she gained the ability to read, the written word has had special meaning to Deshalia Murray. Once in high school, Deshalia discovered she wanted to use writing to engage and help others. Her love of writing led Deshalia to major in English at Mississippi State University, but volunteering and writing informative projects sparked her interest in utilizing the written word to change the world. In 2021, Deshalia graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in her field. Following graduation, Deshalia solidified her dedicated involvement in the nonprofit sector by becoming a Charity Registration Specialist for Labryinth, Inc, helping new organizations to become registered nonprofits. Simultaneously, Deshalia has continued expanding her writing expertise through ongoing creative writing, content writing, and editing freelance work. Joining the Good Works Team in April 2023, Deshalia capitalizes on her passionate need to combine both writing and nonprofit work to support the grant management activities of Good Works Clients.
Bachelor of Arts, English, Mississippi State University
Sydney Romagnolo, a young nonprofit professional, has grown up immersed in Phoenix’s nonprofit world since childhood. In fact, she considers serving nonprofits to be a family legacy. Sydney is a Bentley University alum with a Bachelor’s in Management and a concentration in Supply Chain and Operations. Having joined the Good Works team in 2021, she is excited to be supporting and staying connected to Arizona’s nonprofits.
Bachelor of Science, Management, Bentley University
Copy Editor and Grant Writing Coach
Gina Jahr joined the Good Works team in 2020. Gina has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 35 years. As the former Executive Director of Black Hills Area Community Foundation, Gina Jahr launched the organization’s process for distribution of grants, reviewing countless proposals in the process. This experience coupled with her decades of work in the fundraising field (including heading up the development programs at the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, the Black Hills Work Foundation, the St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation, and Rapid City Regional Hospital) make her the perfect person to mentor Good Works’ grant writers and edit each proposal prior to client review. Gina, who earned her CFRE credential in 1988, relocated to Arizona in 2019 and quickly came out of early retirement to lend her critical eye – and big heart – to Good Works and our clients.
Bachelor of Science, Public Affairs/Political Science, Loyola University of Chicago
Employee and Client Relations Manager / Prospect Researcher
With a passion for furthering the work of Arizona’s nonprofits, Chrissy Pate joined the Good Works Team in February 2023 with more than 18 years of experience in project management, fund development, marketing, and human resources/relations. Most recently, Chrissy worked at the Catholic Community Foundation for eight years, helping to secure and distribute funds to a variety of local organizations. Additionally, she has served on the board of directors for Restore Dignity. Prior to her involvement in the nonprofit sector, Chrissy worked in marketing for a decade. Chrissy wears two hats at Good Works Grant Writing. In her role as Good Works Employee and Client Relations Manager, Chrissy oversees human resources and client relations. As Prospect Researcher, she conducts comprehensive prospect research for Good Works Clients.
Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism, Arizona State University
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