Karen Cassidy, GPC, Principal
Karen has more than 20 years experience in the grants profession and, over the course of her career, has obtained more than $250 million in grant funds for her employers and clients. On behalf of her employers and clients she has obtained funding from a wide variety of federal funders ranging from the Department of Agriculture to USAID, and large national foundations such as The Henry Luce Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America, and many others.
Karen is a member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) where she serves on the Board of Directors and two committees (Ethics and PG&D -- Professional Growth & Development). She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Grant Professionals Certification Institute, having proudly earned her GPC in 2011. Locally, she is completing her last year as President of the St. Louis Regional Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association and is working with the local board to welcome 600+ grant professionals to the GPA National Conference soon.
Karen adheres to the GPA professional code of ethics, and strives to remain current in the field. A pool of talented grants professionals and writers rounds out our firm (serving in an "of counsel" status), providing expertise in areas such as the arts and health care and allows us great flexibility in responding to your exact situation.
Karen is a founding member of the St. Louis Regional Chapter Grant Professionals Association and has served as President, Vice-President and Secretary. She's passionate about increasing the capacity of organizations in the St. Louis metro area (and beyond) to obtain and effectively manage federal grant funds. She mentors junior grant professionals and supports them to develop the skills necessary to write complex grant proposals.
Karen obtained her bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and worked for more than six years in the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman Bob Wise (West Virginia) and Congressman Richard A. Gephardt (MO). After leaving the House of Representatives, Karen has worked for social service agencies in St. Louis including the United Way of Greater St. Louis and The Salvation Army as well as at Washington University School of Law.
When not writing grants, conducting evaluations, or providing training in the community, Karen spends her time either running her son Andrew to look at colleges, trying to train the dog, or planning a family vacation. Fortunately, Andrew's college decision-making time is drawing near. Unfortunately, Wendy-dog still doesn't know how to stay quiet (without resorting to cookie bribery) when Karen's on yet-another conference call. And of course, Karen is planning another trip to Disney World -- Spring Break anyone?
Jackie Cassidy, Office Manager
After working for years as an RN and raising her family, Jackie decided to join her daughter's consulting adventure. While she often quips that her role is still trying to keep Karen organized all these years later, Jackie provides the support necessary to ensure that a professional and well written product is always provided to the client. She's often the friendly voice you will hear on the phone asking for the necessary documents to ensure a responsive submission or scheduling a meeting.
Andrew Goewert, Research & Media Manager
As part of Generation Y, Andrew is ideally suited to support the business research and media efforts. Andrew has long had a heart for community building. Karen, Andrew's mom, loves to tell the story about how Andrew, in first grade, raised more than $2,000 to build a school building in Senegal. His generous spirit, combined with his IT and organizational talents, make him valuable member of the team. He's often the one that sends the emails, creates document sharing sites, and helps when things crash. As a high school junior and volunteer he wrote his first grant proposal and looks forward to learning more.
Currently, Andrew is interning on Capitol Hill, and attends the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he's studying Political Science. He also graduated from St. John Vianney High School in 2016.
Morgan Goewert, Research Assistant
Currently, Morgan attends Southeast Missouri State University, and will be graduating with her bachelor's in Early Childhood Education in May 2017.