About Our Instructors

Our instructors are experts in proposal writing because of the many proposals they received and the years they have served in the field. All have a minimum of ten years experience in successful grant proposal writing, strategic grant planning for diverse donors and in many cases have effectively taken organizations through audits. Each is knowledgeable of the current guidelines in proposal development and submissions. Many have served as evaluators of grant proposals in health related fields, science, education, technology, environmental studies, interdisciplinary programs, homeland security, and the arts. Most importantly, all comprehend the magnitude and significance of what it takes to initiate, visualize, develop and implement the proposals that make a difference for one's research, department, and organization.

We understand that to conduct a training workshop takes more than expertise; it takes the ability to relate to the needs and interests of our participants in an interactive and productive workshop. Our trainers excel in understanding the individual needs of our participants.

Dr. Mathilda Harris

Dr. Mathilda (Tillie) Harris holds a doctorate from George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), a Master of Arts degree from the University of Portland (Portland, Oregon) and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California (Berkeley, California).

During the past twenty years she has written grants, conducted capital campaigns, developed strategic plans on grant procurement and assisted individuals and institutions nationally and internationally to successfully write and receive funding from federal, corporate, private, foundation and multi-lateral donors.

She has conducted national and international workshops on grant planning, writing, development and procurement at such universities as Columbia University (New York), University of California (Berkeley), University of North Carolina, Carnegie Mellon University, University of London, the University of New South Wales (Australia), the University of Ottawa and various other Canadian, European, South American and Asian universities and non-profit organizations.

She has served as a reader and evaluator of grant competitions for the U.S. Department of Education, the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Dr. Maria Esformes

Dr. Esformes received her B.A. from Portland State University (Portland, Oregon), M.A. from the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington), and her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado (Boulder, Colorado). Dr. Maria Esformes has lectured and taught for the Grant Training Center for eight years. In her extensive career as an academic at such institutions as Harvard, University of Massachusetts, University of Washington, University of South Florida, and the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada she has written and received major research and programmatic grants from such donors as the Mellon Foundation, Skirball Foundation, Maurice Amado Foundation, American Philosophical Society, and various government grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission. Dr. Esformes has participated on many grant review panels for internal University grants and for government grants. Most recently she has reviewed grants for the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Fatah Kashanchi

Dr. Fatah Kashanchi trained under the supervision of Dr. C. Wood who worked with Dr. Susumu Tonegawa (Nobel Laureate for Medicine, 1987) at MIT. Dr. Kashanchi further trained in Dr. John Bradys lab at NIH/NCI from 1991-1998 and published more than 30 papers during his postdoc and senior investigator tenure. His research interests include both Genomics and Proteomics of HIV-1 and HTLV-1 infected cells. Research in Kashanchis lab has been funded by various internal and external sources including Selective Excellence, Keck, Snyder, Sinsheimer, Cyclacel, and more than 6 NIH grants, where he is the Principal investigator. Since his departure from NIH in 1998, Dr. Kashanchi has obtained $9.4 M of independent funding. He has 132 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, 9 book chapters, is an NIH study section member (7 independent study sections), as well as reviewer for 14 different journals.

Dr. Robert Freishtat

Dr. Freishtat received his MD from the University of Maryland in Baltimore in 1997 followed by pediatric and pediatric emergency medicine training at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) and Children's National Medical Center (Washington, DC), respectively. He then completed a MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Dr. Freishtat is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children's National Medical Center and the Departments of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Integrative Systems Biology in the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. His research interests include systems biology investigations of childhood asthma and drug development for sepsis. Dr. Freishtat is a past recipient of a NIH K23 grant and his laboratory is currently funded by grants from NIH and several foundations. Dr. Freishtat is the Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation for Medical Research and an active member of the American Thoracic Society. He has authored over 40 articles and book chapters in the fields of asthma, sepsis, and emergency medicine; is on the editorial boards of several journals; and reviews for 8 journals.

Dr. Ronald Sakaguchi

Dr. Ronald Sakaguchi is a Professor and Academic Director in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU, Portland, OR) where he teaches courses in innovation, critical thinking, and strategy. He has also served as the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at the School of Dentistry at OHSU, and led seminars on time management and strategic planning.

Dr. Sakaguchi's research has been funded continuously by NIH since 1992. He has also received numerous grans from industry and foundations. He has published 2 textbooks, over 50 scientific articles, over 65 abstracts and has presented at many scientific conferences and clinical study clubs. He has been the editor for North American submissions to an international journal in materials science for 13 years. He has also served on scientific review panels for the NIH for more than 15 years. Dr. Sakaguchi was awarded Teacher of the Year for five consecutive years and has received numerous other teaching and service awards.

Dr. Henry Bart

Dr. Henry L. Bart is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University. He has served as a member of the Tulane faculty since 1992. He received a B.S. and M.S. (Biology) from the University of New Orleans, and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Bart is director of Tulanes Biodiversity Research Institute and curator of the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection at Tulane. He serves on boards and steering committees of a number of professional organizations, has received numerous NSF research and infrastructure grants, and has served on several NSF advisory panels. Among the various grants that he has received from NSF is a grant to increase the number of minorities who ultimately pursue careers in academia.

Dr. Bart has published over 50 articles and book chapters on the biology of fishes. His most recent publications deal with taxonomy and relationships of cypriniform fishes. He uses both traditional morphological methods and molecular techniques in his studies of fishes.

Dr. Catherine Campbell

Dr. Campbell, obtained her B.S. from Cornell University, and her M.S. and PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Miami. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she has worked as a consultant to U.S. government clients for the past decade. She is currently a Principal Molecular Biologist with Noblis and has a decade of professional experience in bioinformatics, as well as substantial experience in bench research in molecular and microbiology. During her career she has focused on the analysis of population based experiments designed to study both human disease and animal models of disease. Recent projects have involved designing informatics systems for biodefense and in silico identification of medical countermeasures and pathogen identification.

Her research work has encompassed both laboratory experiments and statistical and bioinformatics analysis of several important diseases including Gauchers disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and neurofibromatosis.

Dr. Campbell has also served on many NIH review panels over the last decade spanning from SBIR reviews to reviews of large center grants.

Mr. Aaron Hoel

Aaron Hoel holds a Master of Arts degree from the University Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas) and 3 Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Iowa). He has experience working in all facets of sponsored programs management, from his experiences at the Library of Congress serving as the primary, federal sponsoring agency awarding grants and contracts, to working for a not-for-profit organization which served primarily as a pass-through agency for the administration of collaborative, international research grants, and currently as the Director for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Frostburg State University (Frostburg, Maryland).

He has conducted national and international workshops on grant planning, writing, development and procurement at such universities and institutions as Northern Virginia Community College, Kharkiv National University (Ukraine), the Georgian Research and Development Foundation (Georgia), the Qatar National Research Fund (Qatar) and various other European and Middle-Eastern universities and nonprofit organizations.

While having worked with dozens of federal and non-federal sponsors, he is most skilled at successful procurement of grants and contracts from the U.S. Department of Education, The National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of State (including USAID and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Mr. Andrey Strakhov

Andrey Strakhov has dealt with all aspects of grant writing throughout his career at the Grant Training Center and the U.S. Department of Transportation. He has extensive experience in federal donor and foundation grant award search, application process, procurement and award management. He has taught numerous workshops on the fundamentals of grant writing.

Andrey has also developed teaching materials and resource directories for such agencies as the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Energy (DOE).

He holds a master’s degree in public policy from American University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California (San Diego).

Mr. John Heiden

John Heiden has, for the past 25 years, successfully submitted and received grants and contracts of over $200 million from such agencies as the U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, NASA, USDA, and Department of Justice. His expertise includes the development, writing, implementation, and management of grants. While involved in the private sector he procured government contracts for the Department of Defense and NASA. During his current tenure with higher education, he has gone on to procure grants from all of the above mentioned agencies.