Consulting Talent

Brooke Kroon, M.Ed., Education and Youth Grantwriting Consultant

Brooke recently joined the Aspire team as a consulting grant writer. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Saint Francis University in 2011. The following year, Brooke received her master’s in education as a Reading Specialist from California University of Pennsylvania. For the last seven years she has been an educator in both the Rockwood Area School District and the Somerset Area School District, where she currently teaches. Brooke has a passion for education, and youth advocacy, which is reflected in her writing style. Since joining our team in May, she's worked with Mom's House, Inc., Pittsburgh Technical College and Children's Aid Home Programs. To talk to Brooke about your next project, you can email her at [email protected].


Lindsay Pyle, Grantwriting Consultant


Lindsay recently joined the Aspire team as a consulting grant writer. She received her bachelor’s degree in geography and environmental studies from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 2014. Lindsay was previously employed with Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission. Since joining our team, she's assisted Michele on several federal grants. To talk to Lindsay about your next project, you can email her at [email protected].



Erin Howsare, Grantwriting Consultant


Erin is a Somerset, Pennsylvania native. She graduated cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology, minor in Political Science, and a concentration in Pre-Law. She has worked in the human service field her entire career where she has written and co-wrote many grants. Erin resides in Somerset County, PA with her husband and son. Erin enjoys playing sports, the beach, a good book, and the outdoors. Consistent with Aspire’s standards of practice, Erin strives to serve clients with high scoring, customer focused writing! To talk to Erin about your next project, you can email her at [email protected].



Maggie Perry, Grantwriting Consultant



Aspire Grant & Development, LLC is pleased to welcome Ms. Maggie Perry to the consulting team. Ms. Perry is a graduate of Marywood University and is proud to have a nine-year career as a grant writing professional. Maggie holds success and experience with various grant making agencies at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States Department of Justice. Maggie enjoys writing to win grants in the areas of law enforcement, public works and economic development. Additionally, Ms. Perry has successfully completed training and certification with the Grantsmanship Center, Bloomsburg University and the American Grant Writer’s Association, in Baltimore, Maryland. Welcome, Maggie! You can contact her with warm wishes or for a project consultation through email: [email protected]

Kate Colligan, M.S., Ph.D. (ABD), Grantwriting Consultant




Kate recently joined Aspire, adding considerable talent in the fundraising and development space. Ms. Colligan served as the Director of the Elsie H. Hillman Archives from 2010-2014, where she managed all aspects of a large private archive – one that captured the incredible lifetime service and contributions of Mrs. Elsie H. Hillman. Additionally, Kate served the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Information Science from 2000-2010, winning over $300,000 in grants to support collections development. In her role as Assistant Professor and Archivist, Kate taught a variety of graduate courses for the Departments of History, Sociology and Women’s Studies. Kate holds a Doctor of Philosophy (ABD), Master of Library Science and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh.




Kate is proud to have offered volunteer board or professional consulting to a variety of Pittsburgh area organizations, including Chatham Baroque, the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Cares, Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, Insisterhood Project: A Multimedia Documentation project of the Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh. Ms. Colligan also enjoyed a consulting experience with former Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, where she researched policy and legislative issues, important across the Commonwealth. Kate started with Aspire on April 1, 2019 and continues to grow the depth and breadth of her professional client base, which includes the Mary S. Biesecker Library, Pittsburgh Film Office, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and more! To talk to Kate about your next project, you can email her at [email protected].



Suellen Lichtenfels, M.S.N., RN, Grantwriting Consultant


Suellen recently joined the Aspire team as a consulting grant writer. She received her Master's of Science in Nursing degree in leadership and education from Carlow University, and holds certifications in Lamaze, Bereavement counseling, and the Association of Forensic Nurses. Suellen has served as a Chief Nurse Officer, where she was a member of an Executive Leadership team administering and coordinating objectives, and analysis of nursing services to improve quality care and the strong working relationships with staff, while nourishing communication between nurses and physicians. The patient satisfaction rating improved through hands on approach, which took the Emergency department, Behavioral Health, and other departments to a higher level of professional care.

Suellen served as Director of Women's Health over several years offering excellence in care to every mother and infant ensuring a healthy start to life. This excellence in care for a rural community hospital rivaled and was equal to the care extended at any intercity hospital. One of Suellen's proudest achievements was starting a Child Advocacy Center in Somerset County associating with the local hospital. Suellen served on the Advisory Board of the Child Advocacy Center and was an integral part of working with the multidisciplinary team as an examiner and adviser regarding assault cases.

Suellen lives in Hidden Valley, PA with her family and enjoys skiing, the beach, and of course, football. To talk to Suellen about your next project, you can email her at [email protected].



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