Good Works Team

Our team has a combined 175+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

The team includes:

BETHANY TAYLOR, MNpS, CFRE

President

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.

Education:

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

Credential:

Certified Fund Raising Executive (2007 to present)

JILL MCILROY, MNpS

Director of Grant Operations

Jill McIlroy’s entry to the nonprofit sector was through the arts. Armed with a passion for the arts, Jill honed her foundation relations, grant writing and program management skills at Ballet Arizona, Free Arts of Arizona, and Act One among other places. As fate would have it, Jill met Bethany Taylor on the first day of class for their Masters in Nonprofit Studies degree program and when a few years later Jill mentioned she was looking for a new job, Bethany offered her one on the spot. Since 2015, Jill has been advancing the important work of a variety of nonprofits, including several in the arts, through her work with Good Works Grant Writing.

Education:

Masters in Nonprofit Studies, Arizona State University
Bachelor of Arts, Dance, Arizona State University

MICHELE CATO, MBA

Grants Manager

Michele Cato joined Good Works Grant Writing in 2020 after enjoying a rewarding and challenging career in global health and international development. Wanting to avoid yet another 30-hour economy seat plane ride to Uganda or Liberia, Michele left her job in metro-D.C. and moved to Arizona in search of a different lifestyle closer to her daughter and family on the west coast. Michele is passionate about social equity, community-led initiatives, data-driven program design, and building the capacity and resources of nonprofit organizations. Good Works has provided a great landing pad for Michele from which she can pursue her personal and professional interests.

Education:

Master of Business Administration, University of Washington
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of Washington
Certificates in Grant Development and State & Foundation Proposals, Arizona State University
Certificate in Opportunity Capture & Proposal Management, Shipley Associates, Virginia
Certificate in Developing Annual Plans, The Fundraising School, Indiana University at Purdue

COLLIN CUNNINGHAM, MPP

Grant Manager

Collin Cunningham joined Good Works Grant Writing in 2018. Prior to joining the team, Collin was Executive Director of The Welcome to 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.

Education:

Master of Public Policy, University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, St. Olaf College

LINDSAY HINTZE, MSW

Grants Manager

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.

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Arizona State University
Master of Social Work, Arizona State University

VERNAL W. CAMBRIDGE, III

Grant Specialist

Since he volunteered as a school crossing guard as a child, Vernal Cambridge has been drawn to opportunities to serve.  His eagerness to answer the call for help has landed him in various positions of service throughout his career. Over a span of 21 years in the nonprofit sector, Vernal has become a jack of all trades and a master of service, holding positions in administration, management, grant writing, fundraising events, facilities, and executive leadership. With 13 years of grant writing experience, Vernal has written award-winning proposals for both private foundations and government agency grants.

Education:

Vocational Certificate, Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
Certificate of Completion, Columbia Business School Executive Education

JOSÉ ECHEVERRÍA VEGA, MPA

Grant Specialist

Phoenix native José Echeverría Vega has always wanted to positively impact communities. Early in his college days, José started working at a local homeless shelter. This job pivoted his career towards a focus on helping others. Since 2015, José has worked in the nonprofit sector, including as an Intake Specialist, a Case Manager for a domestic violence program, a Program Manager for an HIV/STI Department, and as a Grant Coordinator for the State of Arizona. In these roles he has served unhoused individuals, substance users, and communities impacted by racial and socioeconomic inequities. José joined Good Works in 2020 to continue and broaden his positive impact in the community.

Education:

Master of Public Administration, Arizona State University
Bachelor of Arts, Community Advocacy & Social Policy, Arizona State University

ATLAS PILLAR

Grant Specialist and 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.

Education:

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, Arizona State University

ELLIOT WINTER, MFA

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, and they continue to coach students in writing at Mesa Community College’s Writing Center. 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 Good Works Grant Writing in 2021 with the goal to contribute their writing skills to nonprofit efforts that achieve measurable change for marginalized and underrepresented communities.

Education:

Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Arizona State University
Bachelor of Arts, English, Arizona State University

GINA JAHR

Copy Editor and Grant Writing Coach

Gina Jahr joined the Good Works team in 2020. Gina has worked in the nAs the former Executive Director of the 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.

Education:

Bachelor of Science, Public Affairs/Political Science, Loyola University of Chicago

REBECCA CHRIST, MPA, LMSW

Prospect Researcher

With a passion for ensuring communities have what they need to flourish, Rebecca Christ began working in the public sector in2008.During her career, Rebecca has worked in direct social service and community advocacy positions, as well as in program development, working in government and higher education sectors. Rebecca joined the Good Works team in 2020 as the Prospect Researcher, a role she loves as enables her to help nonprofit organizations strategically connect to funders that can advance their essential work in the community.

Education:

Master of Social Work, Arizona State University
Master of Public Administration, Arizona State University
Social Impact Measurement Certificate, Arizona State University
Bachelor of Social Work, Northern Arizona University

Credentials:

Licensed Master of Social Work (2020 to present)

KRISTIN SALCIDO

Employee and Client Relations Manage

Kristin Salcido has spent much of her adult life creating joyful experiences for others, both in her personal life and professionally. Kristin joined the Good Works team in 2020 to help ensure that our employees and clients have excellent experiences in working with Good Works Grant Writing. Her creativity and cheerfulness are tremendous assets to the team and the clients we serve.

Education:

Studied business at New Mexico State University

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