About Our Team

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Michele R. Beener

Founder and Lead Consultant
Michele R. Beener is the President of Aspire Grant & Development, LLC, a full service Federal, State and private grant research, submission and management agency. Aspire offers clients over fifty-years of combined consulting experience in the field. While the firm is proud to serve a diverse mix of clients, competitive funding proposals supporting hospital/health center construction or service line expansion are a special area of interest. Michele, along with partner consultants, has won over $15 million in competitive grant awards over the last five years.


Prior to launching Aspire, Michele served Somerset Hospital as the senior manager for government relations, marketing, strategic planning and community/diabetic education. Beener earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Waynesburg University and a Master of Science in Business Ethics from Duquesne University. Since 1999, Beener has served Allegany College of Maryland’s Department of Business and Economics as an adjunct lecturer, teaching various undergraduate business courses. She is presently the Chair of the College’s Foundation Board of Directors (Somerset Campus). She is also happy to serve the United States Health Resources and Services Administration as a registered Federal Grant Reviewer.


Over the past ten years, Michele has served various nonprofit boards, including Past President of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Aid Home of Somerset County, and the Rotary Club of Somerset. In 2007, Beener was honored by the YWCA of Greater Johnstown’s Tribute to Women Award Program as Educator of the Year. In 2014 she was honored by the Boy Scouts of America, Penn’s Woods Council, with their annual “Salute to Women” award. She enjoys raising funds for the benefit of local community organizations and serves on both the Board of Directors and the Somerset County Distribution Committee for the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.

Ms. Catherine “Katie” Quinn, MA, Notary Public

Catherine has lived and worked in Somerset County her entire life. After graduating from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law and Society, Catherine worked as a paralegal for the law firm of Barbera, Clapper, Beener, Rullo & Melvin. While working at the law firm, Catherine attended online classes through California University of Pennsylvania and she obtained her Master of Arts Degree in Applied Criminology. From there, Catherine went on to pursue a job in social services and became a caseworker for Somerset County Children & Youth Services.

Throughout her academic and professional career, Catherine has become active in several organizations. These include the BACCHUS National Peer Education Network, Pi Sigma Alpha, and the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries. Contact Catherine for assistance with federal, state or private grants to fuels projects in the areas of youth advocacy, social and human service, and criminal justice. She is also available as a Notary Public. cquinn@aspiregrantdev.com

 

Brooke L. Sheeler, Grant Associate

Brooke Sheeler has returned to Aspire Grant & Development Partners as a grant associate after graduating from Slippery Rock University. Brooke graduated with a B.S. in Communications, Public Relations and a minor in business administration. She is currently studying at West Virginia University to earn a M.S. in Integrated Marketing & Communications. Throughout her academic career, Brooke became heavily involved in organizations at Slippery Rock University. She served as the Special Events Chair for Rock Productions, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter. She did event planning and coordination for the organization throughout her time as the chair. Brooke also served as the Public Relations Chair for Up ‘til Dawn, an organization aimed at raising money and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Brooke assisted in helping the organization raise a total of $16,000 at the event in February 2016.

At Aspire Grant & Development Partners, Brooke works with clients and the Aspire team to develop competitive grant proposals on a federal, state and local level. Brooke is avid Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoys spending long weekends with her family in Savannah, Georgia.  To start your next project, email Brooke at bsheeler@aspiregrantdev.com.

Terri A, Glessner, Executive Assistant

Terri A. Glessner, Executive Assistant, has served as the “right-hand” to President Michele for over ten years. Since 2006, she’s helped to manage schedules, books, charitable gifts and donations, presentations and more for Aspire Grant & Development, LLC, Miller Antique and Restoration, and Chippewa Farms.

Terri lives near Seven Springs, where she and husband Kurt as raising two lovely daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys working at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, camping with her family, and keeping organization in the office! Contact Terri at tglessner@aspiregrantdev.com

Ashley G. Beener, Grant Associate

Following her interest in politics during her college career at Waynesburg University, Ashley had the honor of interning at Senator Pat Toomey’s Johnstown Constituent office and Governor Corbett’s Gubernatorial campaign for re-election. At Waynesburg, Ashley was also the President of the Young Republican’s Club, member of the Lamplighter’s Touring Choir, and a Stover Scholar. After graduating with a degree in History and Political Science a year early, Ashley started her career as a Field Representative with the Bill Shuster for Congress Campaign. In addition to being a Grant Associate, Ashley enjoys skiing, playing the guitar, and traveling, as she studied abroad in Northern Ireland for a semester. Currently, she is working to further her education by applying to Law School; Therefore, enhancing her abilities in grant writing.
Ms. Beener develops competitive grant proposals for Aspire Grant & Development Partners on a federal, state, and local level. She specifically has a passion for environmental, historical, and not-for-profit projects. To start your next project, feel free to contact Ashley at abeener@aspiregrantdev.com.

Catherine J. Markosky, Federal and State Aviation Grant Specialist

Catherine attended Syracuse University and holds over fifteen years experience with numerous primary, commercial service, reliever and general aviation airports providing program identification and management services including project formulation, development of ACIP’s through securing of federal and state grant assistance, grants administration, and project management. She wrote and managed more than $100M in AIP project grants and State Block Grants across the Tri-State area working with the FAA, NYDOT, NJ-DOT, and PA-BOA. Catherine’s experience was as a project liaison between consulting firms, airport clientele, funding agencies and local authorities and is very familiar with Airport Capital Improvement Program funding, assurances, and procedures. Following is an abbreviated list of the airports she had served:
New York: Binghamton Regional, Elmira-Corning, Ithaca Tompkins Regional, Lt.Warren Eaton, Oneonta, Potsdam, Dutchess County, Tri-Cities, Cortland County, Buffalo Airfield.
New Jersey: Ocean City Municipal, Millville Municipal, South Jersey Regional, Cape May, Somerset, Cross Keys, Vineland-Downstown.
Pennsylvania: Bradford County Airport, Wilkes-Barre Scranton International, Hazleton Municipal, Pennridge, Doylestown, St. Mary’s, New Castle.

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