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

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Michelle Dykes-Anderson, Ed.D., GPC, 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.  In those roles, she increased grant revenue more than 1900% and gift revenue over 74% in three years.  Michelle has over 20 years of experience in higher education and nonprofits.  Her experience includes fundraising/development, grant writing, grant management, program evaluation, event planning, communications, prospect research, program development, capacity-building, nonprofit compliance, and change management.  Michelle has garnered over $20 Million in grant funding.


Michelle received the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 2020 and Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education in 2021.  She is also certified by Raiser’s Edge.  She completed a doctorate in Education Policy Studies and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky in 2011, a Master’s of Education in Exceptional Education in 2006 from Western Kentucky University, a Master’s of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University in 2005, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgetown College in 1998.


Michelle is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), serving on the awards committee and on the board of the KY Chapter.  Through the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), she recently served on the Federal Funding Task Force.  Michelle lives in Harlan, Kentucky with her husband and son.