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We have amazing folks all over the US working tirelessly to provide your organization with the very best professional and personal attention.   
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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 has also owned and operated her own child care program and worked in a number of leadership, training, and direct service roles in the early care and education arena. 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.  This experience includes successful HS/EHS recompetition proposals in each round.  

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. Angela’s current projects focus on facilitating school accountability and managing school improvement processes. She has experience in the planning and implementation of strategic interventions to address the achievement gap among students with an emphasis on English Language Learners. She is an expert in the design and development of English language development curriculum and instructional strategies and has developed an extensive curriculum dedicated to this passion that has been implemented across grade levels and schools. 
Tina Hopkins-Dukes, Grants & Special Projects Coordinator has an extensive background in program development and implementation and enjoys being a resource to others. She 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. As an undergraduate Tina created a strength-based goal oriented program for Adult Drug Court to help reduce recidivism and reintegrate participants into society. She also helped develop and implement CSU Extension's Rocky Mountain Adventure Camp which offers mindfulness and strength-based outdoor summer camps for military teens from around the United States. Tina helped create, implement, and manage CSU's Ram Kidz Village, an on campus drop-in childcare program for university students, which has become a national model for other schools. Tina also created and implemented enrichment and mentoring programs for youth in the Juvenile Court Diversion program and administered the Grocery Sales Tax Rebate program for low-income and disabled residents in the City of Fort Collins. 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.
Katherine Bookout-Varner, Quality Review Specialist has extensive academic research and writing experience. She holds a bachelor's degree summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley in English and a Master's degree from Northwestern University in literature. Owner and operator of a small farm and a former educator, Katherine understands the pivotal role that grants play in both agriculture and education.