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].





Alexandra Kozak, Grantwriting Consultant

We are so honored to announce the addition of Ms. Alexandra Kozak to our grant consulting team! Ms. Kovak most recently served as Manager of Government and Community Relations in Duquesne University's Office of Community Engagement. She has over twelve years of experience in public policy and political outreach.

Alex previously served as District Director for former Congressman Keith Rothfus, overseeing the Representative's Western Pennsylvania operations. Prior to joining Rothfus' staff, she lobbied on local, state and federal issues in Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Pittsburgh office. With her past tenure in Congress, Alex worked for the former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price. She served as Dr. Price's Legislative Director during his time as Vice Chair of the House Budget Committee and member of the House Ways and Means and Education and the Workforce Committees.

Formerly, Alex was Finance and Budget Director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee where she was responsible for the Committee's quarterly reporting to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Off Capitol Hill, she has also worked for The Heritage Foundation and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Alex earned her B.S. from Saint Vincent College and obtained her M.S. from California University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Certificate of Study in British Politics from the University of Cambridge. Alex serves as Chair of the Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania's Government Relations Committee.
Alex has participated in congressional fellowships with the Cato Institute, The Heritage Foundation, Foreign Policy Initiative, and Partnership for a Secure America. She has also held a Top Secret Security Clearance. Mostly recently, Alex was named one of The Incline’s Who’s Next in Politics and a finalist for Junior Achievement’s Inspiring Success Non-Profit Award.

Alex resides in the North Hills of Pittsburgh with her husband and son. Welcome Alex or for a project consultation through email: [email protected]



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