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 $144 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’ Director 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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Emily Hampton, GPC

Emily Hampton, GPC, is a Grants Specialist with Assel Grant Services. She has a Master’s in Public Administration and has over a decade of experience working in the nonprofit sector.
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Jennifer Murphy, GPC

Jennifer Murphy, GPC, is a Grants Specialist with Assel Grant Services. She achieved her Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management in May of 2016.
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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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Maryam Gilmore

Maryam Gilmore, JD

Maryam Gilmore, JD, joined Assel Grant Services as a Grants Associate in 2019. She earned her Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law, where she made history as the first African-American woman elected to the office of President of the Student Bar Association.
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Leah Hyman

Leah Hyman joined Assel Grants Services as a Grants Associate in 2020. 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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Michele Ryan

Michele Ryan is a Grants Associate 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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Roxanne Jensen

Roxanne Jensen

Roxanne Jensen 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 an Administrative Assistant 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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