Advancing Nonprofit Capacity

Meet Our Team

Heather Stombaugh, MBA, CFRE, GPC

Heather StombaughPrincipal Consultant

How she spends her day: I help nonprofits raise money through small and large grants that create significant social returns for their communities. I write every day (grants, articles, presentation copy, etc.), but I spend most of my time coaching nonprofit leaders to tell their stories in ways that compel grant makers and major donors to invest their programs.

Life before JWS: I have been an outreach worker, educator, executive director, grant writer for one of the largest healthcare systems in the country, clinical researcher, freelance grant writer, and small business owner. I received my bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 2000 and my MBA from Walden University in 2014.

What gets her out of bed: I do the work I do because it makes my heart sing, and service is the core value in my family of farmers, teachers, nurses, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and military service professionals. Getting to embrace a life of love, fun, and laughter with Andy, Kahlor, Josie, and our zoo gets me out of bed every morning.

Fun fact: I twirled baton for 22 years, from age 2 to 24. One of my twirling teams placed 5th in the nation. I can twirl/juggle fire battons and swords.

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Matthew Stombaugh

Matthew StombaughSenior Consultant

How he spends his day: I manage the grants side of the house for JWS including prospecting, goldmines, strategies, monthly assignments, proposal writing, research, client contacts, grant reporting, and just about anything else I can do to ensure the client receive the best products possible.

Life before JWS: Prior to coming to JWS, I worked as a case manager at Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services in Findlay, Ohio. I have served in the Army Reserves for the past 14 years and plan to serve until retirement. I am also an active member and volunteer for my local Kiwanis, American Red Cross, and I serve on my local Board of Education.

What gets him out of bed: Coffee definitely helps! Seriously, my purpose is to take care of my family and to make sure they get everything they need to be happy.

Fun fact: I enjoy gardening and have recently taken up woodworking.

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Lora Ollom

Lora OllomConsultant

How she spends her day: I spend most days writing targeted grant proposals and proofing anything that comes my way.

Life before JWS: A graduate of Bowling Green State University, I started my professional career in the marketing design department of a national distributor of maintenance and repair supplies working on the production of print materials. I moved to a major educational publisher and continued production work. Then I moved to the science editorial department where I stayed for eight years. I first did part-time work with JWS in 2011 and moved to full-time at the beginning of 2015.

What gets her out of bed: My family means the world to me and I am thankful for their health and happiness. I know others are not so fortunate. Through grant writing I am able to help nonprofits continue their honorable work that improves the lives of so many people.

Fun fact: I started dancing at the age of 3 and continued through college. I took lessons in tap, jazz, ballet, and point and danced the part of Clara in The Nutcracker.

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Scott W. Herr, PhD

Scott HerrAssociate

How he spends his day: I coordinate the development of instruments for community needs assessments and other types of surveys, assist in the development of evaluation plans for grant applications and client federal applications.

Life before JWS: I received my doctorate in Health Education with a cognate in Research and Measurement from the University of Toledo. I have extensive experience in coordinating and managing Federal- and State-funded programs; including experience with the Clinical Trials Network division of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Title I school programs, and programs funded through Targeted Assistance for Needy Families. I am currently the Grants & Contracts Associate for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), where I research funding opportunities and develop proposals that provide high-quality legal assistance in civil matters to help low-income individuals and groups in 32 counties in Western Ohio achieve self-reliance, equal justice and economic opportunity.

What gets him out of bed in the morning: Being someone who has an understanding and appreciation for measuring outcomes and impact, what I enjoy about the work that I do is knowing—in quantifiable terms—how my efforts make a difference in the world.

Fun fact: Distance running is my passion.

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Lisa Sihvonen-Binder, MS NMP

Lisa1-685x1024Senior Consultant

How she spends her day: Researching grant prospects, writing grant proposals, and drinking lots of coffee!

Life before JWS: I can't even imagine it!

What gets her out of bed: My 3 rambunctious dogs - breakfast is their favorite part of the day! And, coffee.

Fun fact: I speak Finnish

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Anna Kakos

AnnaAssociate

How she spends her day: Currently, I spend my day with my toddler and look forward to working with JWS staff and clients.

Life before JWS: I worked at a food science association where I managed the annual campaigns, scholarship program and special donor events. I learned so much cool information about food chemistry, food safety, and sustainability. Most recently, I was a science writer at the University of Chicago where I specialized in proposal writing and donor research. I also worked closely with university faculty to set up donor tours at the hospital.

What gets her out of bed: The joyful sound of my toddler running down the hallway gets me out of bed. I am also passionate about writing and volunteering. I volunteer at our neighborhood farmer’s market on Saturday mornings where you will find me among the rutabagas and heirloom tomatoes.

Fun fact: I volunteered on a horse farm in New Mexico through the program World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). My favorite horse was an Appaloosa named Fire Wire.

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Julie Jardine

JJardineAssociate

How she spends her day: Writing, writing, and more writing. Also interviewing people for feature stories, gathering research for articles, and editing, and re-editing my work.

Life before JWS: I worked for a marketing firm that specialized in education, for the American Red Cross, and for a small publishing firm.

What gets her out of bed: Two hungry dogs, coffee, and my promise to myself to make someone's day better through words or actions each day.

Fun fact: I incorporate my Ukrainian heritage in holidays, meals, and artwork whenever possible. With an immigrant father, and first generation American mother, the "old country" is still very much a part of our daily lives

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Jennifer Rathburn, MPA

Jennifer RathburnAssociate

How she spends her day: I spend my day writing grant proposals for nonprofits and assisting other writers in their work.

Life before JWS: I received my Masters in Public Administration from BGSU in 2006 with an emphasis in Nonprofit Administration. For the past 9 years, I managed the Help Me Grow program in Hancock County, which is a program through the Ohio Department of Health. I have also taught at the University of Findlay, as an adjunct faculty since 2009.

What gets her out of bed: My daughter and my dog! Besides that, it’s my love of working in social services to help those in need.

Fun fact: I was able to read music before I could read words. I started playing piano at the age of 5 and continued lessons through college. I also can play the organ and almost any other instrument you give me!

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Lisa Ovenden

Lisa OvendenAssociate

How she spends her day: Since I am mostly retired as of the end of March of 2016, I spend my days doing projects around my home in Maumee and our summer place on Lake Erie. I also work on a development program project for JWS, spend time with my husband of 39 years (but not too much!) and read, cook and watch TV, and do various volunteer board work, not necessarily in any order of prioritization!

Life before JWS: I was Development Director for Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity for almost 4 years and prior to that I was a consultant, a VP of Business Development and Senior Systems Analyst for the recruitment arm of a global staffing company for 5 years and for 20 years, I did counseling, marketing, Business Development, Occupational health, fundraising and Physician Relations and recruiting for one of the largest regional health systems in the country.

What gets her out of bed: Not much, retirement has led to sleeping in a bit, so I get out of bed between 8 and 9 with the hopes of getting a large unsweetened iced tea from McDonald's! On a more serious note, my husband and the hopes of seeing or talking to my children and four grandchildren are what really gets me going in the morning!

Fun fact: I love to cook and am pretty good at it, especially Italian food... I've even won some "throw down" competitions....but, I am a horrible baker (most likely because I'm not much of a sweet eater which is kind of a problem because my husband has a sweet tooth!)

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