Our Awesome Staff

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.

Ashley G. Beener, Grant Associate

In November of 2016, Ms. Ashley Beener joined the Aspire team after employment as a Field Representative for United States Congressman Bill Shuster. Ms. Beener develops competitive grant proposals at the private, state, and federal level. She has experience working with a range of non-profit projects involving environmentally friendly initiatives, fire departments, the Arts, and community centers. Ms. Beener has experience and success across the following funding sources: Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance, the Laurel Highlands Tourism Grants, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, PA Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant, FEMA, Firehouse Subs, Gaming and Economic Development Funds, Multimodal projects, the Mellon Foundation, the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Recent awards include a $500,000 grant from the R.K. Mellon Foundation towards expansion of Twin Lakes Center for Drug & Alcohol’s rehabilitation and detox services. Ms. Beener also specializes in applications to the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program with 2017 round $1 million awards for two economic development projects in Allegheny and Fayette Counties. Ms. Beener received her undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Waynesburg University and is currently furthering her education at Widener Commonwealth Law, expecting to receive her Juris Doctorate in 2021. To start your next project, feel free to contact her at abeener@aspiregrantdev.com.

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