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Andrea Molarius-Abbott, Executive Director, for 20 years, Andrea has provided organizational development, early childhood education, and social impact program evaluation services for nonprofit, private, corporate, and government organizations. Prior to founding Heartland Grant Solutions, Andrea held academic positions at two colleges, was a Director of Research at a university in California, and built and managed an institutional grants department at the largest community college in Colorado. She  most recently held a state level leadership role as the Executive Director for the Colorado Head Start Association which builds upon her former role as a Grants and Government Relations Manager for a multi-national early care and education corporation and as the Executive Director of a large Head Start/Early Head Start grantee organization. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development and a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Program Evaluation. Over the past six years, Andrea has successfully captured hundreds of millions in grant funds to support social problem solving efforts across the U.S.  

Tory D Allen, Corporate Legal Council is an Attorney and educator that specializes in helping others maximize their potential and achieve their personal goals. He believes that through education and a positive mindset anyone has the ability the make their dreams come to fruition. Tory is currently a professor at the University of Nevada in Reno in the Criminal Justice Department as well as a faculty member at the University of Phoenix. He has practiced law independently for several years primarily in the areas of Contracts, Estate Planning, Corporate Law, Asset Protection and Employment Law. Mr. Allen has also authored several articles and books regarding a myriad of topics ranging from consumer fraud to the law of criminal sentencing. Mr. Allen received his Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Nevada, Reno and his Law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA.
Angela Russo, Director of Strategic Initiatives has an extensive background in educational programming with an emphasis on educational leadership and special education in elementary schools. In her role at Heartland, Angela works with clients to design and fund innovative solutions to challenging educational barriers. She is a graduate of Simpson University and San Jose State University with a bachelor degree in psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in supervision and administration. She also holds a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and a Certification of Eligibility for mild/moderate disabilities. Her career has included a wide range of teaching assignments in preschool as well as in grades K-12 including combination classes and leadership positions as curriculum coordinator, education specialist, and school administrator. 
Tina Hopkins-Dukes, Director of Operations and Quality Control has an extensive background in program development and implementation and enjoys being a resource to others. In her role at Heartland she assists clients through the grant development process and oversees quality content and control activities for each proposal. She has earned a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University's Honor's program and a Master's degree in Education focusing on Adult Education and Training.  Tina has a strong interest in criminal justice programming and has created a strength-based goal oriented program for Adult Drug Court to help reduce recidivism that is currently undergoing national validation. Tina is a certified facilitator for Restorative Justice and Mediation session, a graduate of the Family Leadership Training Institute, and a founding member of the Equity and Inclusion team for Fort Collins City Employees. 
Nicholas Hernon, Data Specialist Nicholas graduated with a first class honors undergraduate degree in the social sciences from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He also holds a master’s degree in social science research from Queen’s University Belfast. Since joining Heartland in 2018, Nicholas has collected data for 15 recompetition proposals, 9 Early Head Start Child Care Partnership grants and several other projects to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs.