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Working with rural communities and nonprofits is my passion. I have a deep appreciation and commitment to these dedicated individuals that have great vision and drive but need assistance with capacity building.


This is my focus - visioning, planning, community input, grant writing and reporting, and capacity building for sustainability.

Dedicated to Rural

A love for living the old ways runs in the family and a reverence for historic preservation underscores my mission. I was born in South Dakota, with my growing up years in Southern Maryland tobacco country along the Patuxent River.  A favorite pastime was photographing historic homes and visiting rural downtowns. After college and managing a construction business in McLean, Virginia my family happily escaped to Ocracoke Island North Carolina in 2003.  On Ocracoke, I was drawn in by the historic charm and stories of the past where families and fishing were gold. It was here that I dove into the nonprofit world and learned grant preparation and writing along the way.  In 2016 I moved to Williamston, NC, to settle down with 5-acres, lots of animals, and a few log cabins. Over the years of visiting communities throughout eastern North Carolina I found my niche! 

Born out of the necessity to fund various rural projects, I wrote federal, state, and local grants; created 501(c)(3)'s; wrote and submitted proposals to numerous private philanthropic groups; worked with local government authorities to create a 21st Century Strategic Plan around rural assets; developed large-scale community-based projects; participated in and hosted community workshops; helped small non-profits create strategic plans; attended countless seminars and trainings on sustainability for grassroots organizations; helped groups navigate ever-changing funding resources; facilitated group discussion; and in 2011 acquired a Non-Profit Management Certificate from Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina. 


Travel & Tourism interview August 25, 2022.

Client: Bertie County Government NC

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