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)

COLLIN CUNNINGHAM, MPP

Director of Grant Operations

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

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

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

LISA HONEBRINK

Grants Manager

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.

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, English and Communications, Bemidji State University

MICHELLE THOMAS, MBA

Grants Manager

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.

Education:

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

ATLAS PILLAR

Senior 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

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

MADELINE REID

Grant Specialist

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.

Education:

Bachelors of Individualized Studies in Biology, History, and Russian

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

Work with Us

480-254-0849

info@GoodWorksGrants.com