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 $156 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 has successfully raised nearly $4 million in grant funding since 2014.
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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. She has over 20 years of experience in development and has successfully secured over $32 million in grant funding since 2016.
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Tracey Diefenbach, GPC

 

Tracey Diefenbach, GPC, is an Assistant Director with Assel Grant Services. She has over 14 years of experience in research and writing grants focused on the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Region and has successfully secured more than $12 million in grant funding since joining AGS in 2018.

 

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Leah Hyman, GPC

 

Leah Hyman, GPC, is a Senior Grants Specialist with Assel Grants Services. During her first two years of writing grant proposals, she secured over $100,000 in funding for small nonprofit agencies in the Manhattan, KS area, and has successfully secured $5 million in grant funding since joining AGS in 2020.

 

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Kellie Burns, GPC

 

Kellie Burns, GPC, is a Grants Specialist with Assel Grant Services, joining the team in January 2022. Kellie began her career in experiential marketing, planning and executing large-scale events for Fortune 500 companies. In 2019, Kellie fully transitioned to grant writing and has successfully secured over $3.5 million in various foundation, corporate, city, state, and federal grant applications.

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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. Michele has successfully secured over $16 million in funding over the course of her career.

 

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Michelle Dykes-Anderson, Ed.D., GPC, CFRE

 

Michelle Dykes-Anderson, Ed.D., GPC, CFRE, is a Grant Specialist with Assel Grant Services. She completed a doctorate in Education Policy Studies and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky in 2011 and has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and nonprofits. She has secured over $20 Million in grant funding over the course of her career.

 

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Whitney Gray, GPC

 

Whitney Gray, GPC, is a Grants Specialist with Assel Grant Services. Whitney has over fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including professional presentation expertise. She has secured over $12 million in grant funding since joining Assel Grant Services in 2016.

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Hayley Waynick, GPC

 

Hayley Waynick, GPC, is a Grants Specialist with Assel Grant Services. She has over 10 years of experience working with non-profits in the areas of development, event planning, community relations, and volunteer coordination. Hayley has successfully secured almost $13 million since 2014.

 

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Ashley Dooley

Ashley Dooley is a Grants Associate with Assel Grant Services. She joined the firm in 2022 and has over 20 years of experience in grant writing, grant management, and nonprofit sector management. Ashley has written awarded grants totaling more than $3.5 million over the last seven years.

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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. Roxanne has written awarded grants totaling more than $10 million since 2011.
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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 provides graphics, marketing, and website support for AGS, as well as managing AGS’s library of grant trainings.
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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, began a career in computer programming, and uses her experience in programming and organizing to support the staff at Assel Grant Services in an administrative capacity.
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Michelle Jensen

Michelle Jensen is an Associate with Assel Grant Services. She brings a strong background in business and administration and provides administrative and logistical support for the business, in addition to working on various database projects.
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