Our Team

The Credentials and Experience to Improve Your Funding Chances

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Julie Assel, GPC

Julie Assel, GPC, is the President/CEO and a Senior Writer for Assel Grant Services. Julie has a varied background in grant writing including writing for school districts of varying sizes, universities, and non-profit organizations. So far, she has written awarded grants totaling more than $145 million since 2003.
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Tom Assel, GPC

Tom Assel, GPC, is the Vice-President and a Senior Writer with Assel Grant Services since 2012. He provides administrative and technology support for the consultancy, in addition to grant research, proposal writing, and editing. Tom earned the Grant Professional Certification (GPC) in March of 2016 from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute.
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Julie Alsup, GPC

Julie Alsup, GPC, is Assel Grant Services’ Vice President of Operations and oversees all operations within the nonprofit division of the firm. Prior to joining Assel Grant Services, she served as the Grants Director for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City from 2011-2016, raising over $10 million for programs and operations during her tenure and building strong relationships with local funders.
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Tracey Diefenbach, GPC

Tracey Diefenbach, GPC, is an Assistant Director with Assel Grant Services. Prior to joining the team, Tracey was the Director of Grants for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri for over eight years, helping to secure $15+ million in government, foundation and corporate funding during this time.
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Hayley Waynick

Hayley Waynick, GPC

Hayley Waynick, GPC, is a Grants Specialist with Assel Grant Services. She began writing grants through her work with KidsLTC, Inc. Ms. Waynick has over 10 years of experience working with non-profits in the areas of development, event planning, community relations, and volunteer coordination.
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Whitney Gray, GPC

Whitney Gray, GPC, is a Grants Specialist with Assel Grant Services. Whitney joined Assel Grant Services in 2016. Whitney has over fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including professional presentation expertise, as well as a successful grant writing history for MidAmerica Nazarene University, where she worked closely with faculty to develop a culture of collaborative grantsmanship.
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Rosie Brennan

Rosie Brennan, GPC

Rosie Brennan, GPC, is a Community Engagement Specialist with Assel Grant Services. In this role Rosie works to connect and support new and prospective AGS clients as well as proposal writing. Rosie has over 10 years of experience working with nonprofits and in the field of Education (PreK-12: public, charter, and private schools).
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Michele Ryan, GPC

Michele Ryan, GPC, is a Grants Specialist with Assel Grant Services. Michele joined the firm in 2019, bringing twenty years of non-profit sector experience in elementary, secondary and higher education, performing arts, and social services.
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Leah Hyman, GPC

Leah Hyman, GPC, is a Grants Specialist with Assel Grants Services. Leah graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kansas State University with degrees in English and International Studies in 2009 and then began a 10-year career in small business.
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Michelle Dykes-Anderson, Ed.D., CFRE

Michelle Dykes-Anderson, Ed.D., CFRE, is a Grant Specialist with Assel Grant Services.  Prior to joining the team, Michelle served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, as well as Executive Director for the College’s associated foundation.
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Maria Morton

Maria Morton is a Grants Associate with Assel Grant Services. She joined the firm in 2021, bringing over 25 years of grant writing experience in the fields of mental health, at-risk youth, veterans, homeless, community economic development, and more.

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Roxanne Jensen, Ed.S

Roxanne Jensen, Ed.S, is a Grants Associate for Assel Grant Services. She brings a strong background in education to our practice, specifically elementary education, special education, and English language learners.
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Timothy Harvey

Timothy Harvey is a Training Coordinator with Assel Grant Services. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, and spent nearly two decades as a freelance artist and book dealer.
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Katie Kendle

Katie Kendle is an Administrative Assistant with Assel Grant Services. She studied mathematics and music at Texas Tech University, then began a career in computer programming at DST Systems, Inc., in Kansas City.
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Michelle Jensen

Michelle Jensen is an Associate with Assel Grant Services. She brings a strong background in business and administration. She received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management and Computers from Metro Business College in Jefferson City, Missouri in September of 1999.
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