Meet the Writers

Beth Archer, GPC, RSM

Grant Professional
GPA Approved Trainer

Beth has been a grant professional for six years and has enjoyed supporting the fundraising initiatives of a wide array of nonprofit organizations. She has experience with government, foundation, and corporate grants and, through her experiences, has successfully obtained funding for everything from repointing bricks on the façade of a hundred-year-old building, to covering medical expenses for rescue cats in Philadelphia. Beth also has extensive experience in nonprofit management and leadership and is passionate about helping mission-driven organizations make a difference in their communities.

Beth received her BS in Exercise Science from the University of Scranton and her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy from Drexel University.

Beth loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker, camper, runner, and cyclist; often accompanied by her husband and two children. 

Grant Writer

Amy Bonn

Grant Professional
GPA Approved Trainer

Amy has worked with and for nonprofits for over 20 years as a practitioner, researcher and consultant. She oversees the creative direction at Finch Network as well as business development. Amy has worked with local, regional and national organizations including the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the Corporation for National and Community Service and United Way of Tompkins County. She specializes in program planning, fund development and qualitative research. Notable projects include a fellowship she completed for the Corporation for National Service where she conducted an evaluation of program sustainability of AmeriCorps*VISTA projects, coordinating an allocation process that invested $1.3 million dollars annually to health and human service nonprofits in Tompkins County and leading the qualitative research portion for two evaluations conducted for City Harvest.

Amy has a strong commitment to her own community and volunteers with her local Foster Care program, Plattsburgh Community Garden and in Plattsburgh City Schools.

Amy holds a B.A.in American Studies and a teaching certificate from the University of Rochester and a graduate degree in Community and Rural Development from Cornell University.

Julie Brown

Grant Professional

Julie is a Grant Professional with over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, driven by a profound commitment to empowering underserved communities. She has had extensive success in securing grants from government, foundation, and corporate sources. Julie earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2013 and has since used her skills in fundraising, program development, and evaluation to drive positive change in her community. Her passion lies in helping organizations fund their programs and fulfill their missions.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Julie finds joy in cooking, exploring new crafting ventures, and spending quality time with her husband, two daughters, and close-knit extended family who live nearby.

Grant Writer

Julie Johnson, GPC

Grant Professional

Julie is pleased to be part of the DH Leonard Consulting Team. She enjoys contributing to projects that connect people, organizations, businesses, and communities.

A compilation of skills from Julie’s employment, education, and life experience have funneled together into this perfect profession for her. She has been working with grants for twenty years and launched her grant consultancy in 2015.

She earned her Grant Professional Certification (GPC) from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute and she holds a BA in English-Writing. She’s a proud member of the Grants Professionals Association (GPA), the Minnesota North Star chapter of GPA, and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

In her community, she shares her knowledge about nonprofit organizations and grants. She has been a lead volunteer in publishing a book about the history of her town’s gorgeous public library and in initiating a community nonprofit fund for a food cooperative. For Julie, there is no better work than the good results of grant awards.

Diane H. Leonard, GPC, RST

Grant Professional
GPA Approved Trainer

Diane H. Leonard, GPC, RST is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) and Approved Trainer of the Grant Professionals Association. Diane has recently become a Certified Virtual Presenter through espeakers.

She is also a Registered Scrum Trainer, Scrum Master, Scrum Product, and Scrum@Scale Practitioner credentialed by the Agile Education Program powered by Scrum Inc.

Since 2006, Diane and her team have secured more than $121 million dollars in competitive grant awards for the clients of DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services. She is an active member of the Grant Professionals Association. 

When not working with her team on grant applications for clients, Diane can be found in the 1000 Islands, out for a run, or drinking a strong cup of coffee.

Grant Writer

Jasmine Markanday, MBA

Grant Professional
GPA Approved Trainer

Jasmine is a Certified Grants Management Specialist and an experienced grant professional who specializes in federal grant readiness, grant budget-writing, grant management, and training solutions.
She assists clients with grant compliance based on 2 CFR 200 and Federal Administrative Regulations. She has assisted many organizations with successful indirect cost rate negotiations resulting in additional estimated overhead revenue of $300,000 plus. She received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with Accounting & Computer Information Systems for Emporia State University and her MBA with Healthcare Administration from MidAmerica Nazarene University.
She is a member of the Grants Professional Association and National Grants Management Association, along with also being a GPA approved trainer.

Megan Martin, RSM, RPO

Marketing Product Owner

Megan Martin serves as the Marketing and Training Product Owner for our team at DH Leonard Consulting. Megan has a passion for marketing with a background in business such as; administrative assistant, accounts receivable, and business manager. Megan has worked with large corporations and small privately owned businesses. She also volunteers in her small town of Clayton with groups like Rotary and TIERS. In her free time she enjoys family time, collecting plants and adventuring with her four dogs.

Jane Nelson

Grant Professional

Jane Nelson is an experienced Information Technology professional and Project Manager. Her life-long passion for wanting to make a difference inspired her to leverage her project management and technical proficiencies to start a career in the grants industry. As the sole proprietor of JCN Grant Services, she provides consulting services to non-profit organizations on programs in the areas of Education, Healthcare, and Human Services.
Jane earned a BS in Mathematics from Cheyney University and a MS in Computer Science from Clark Atlanta University. She received her Project Management certificate from George Washington University.
Jane attained her Certified Grant Writer® credential from the American Grant Writers’ Association. She is a member of American Grant Writers’ Association and Grant Professionals Association.

Julie Paynotta, GPC, RSM

Grant Professional
GPA Approved Trainer

Julie has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily in women’s health, youth development, and education. Most recently, she worked as a grant writer and program evaluator in her own consulting practice for six years, serving clients with missions in sustainability, mental health, college access, veteran support, LGBTQ+ health and advocacy, access to justice, and saving the honeybee.

 

She is slowly pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a nonprofit focus from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and has a Certificate in Grant Writing and Program Evaluation from the School of Public Affairs. She earned her BA in Environmental Science form the University of Virginia


Julie lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons, and two cats, quickly losing teenagers to adulthood. She enjoys live music, hiking the Rockies, and spending time on dirt roads. 

Grant Writer

Maggie Perry, GPC, RPO

Grant Professional | Product Owner
GPA Approved Trainer

Maggie has been a grant professional for over 9 years, her primary experience is in government grants. Maggie is experienced in all aspects of proposal writing and post-award management. She is very passionate about the grant world and loves helping organizations fund their programs and support their mission. Maggie started working as a consultant in 2017 and received her GPC in 2019, this has helped her enter into the nonprofit world where she has had the privilege of working with clients all over the country and seeing impact in so many different communities.
Maggie received a Bachelor’s degree in History from Marywood University in 2007.

Bethany M. Planton, GPC, RSM

Grant Professional
GPA Approved Trainer

Bethany M. Planton, GPC, is a consultant, trainer, and coach for nonprofits and consultants. She brings over 16 years of nonprofit experience and a $10 million track record in awarded grants from foundations, corporations, and local, state, and federal government in the areas of education, human services, veterans, historic preservation, and arts and culture.

Bethany is passionate about the field of grants and has served in a leadership capacity since 2016.  She was part of a team of grant professionals that launched the #HealthyGrantPro initiative in 2019 to help grant professionals create healthy work environments that help them thrive. As a member of the #HealthyGrantPro team, Bethany co-authored two related publications – Burnout in the Grants Profession: An Initial Analysis and BIGGER than Burnout: Strategies for Winning the Silent Battle, published in the Journal of the Grant Professionals Association.

Aside from her professional endeavors, Bethany loves reading, traveling (anywhere and everywhere), eating ice cream, and cheering on Racing Louisville and The Ohio State Buckeyes.

We are always looking for new team members who are passionate about helping nonprofits create change in their communities, working in a team environment, and using their writing skills to create community impact. Learn more and apply here.