Mark is most sought after as an expert proposal writer and project strategist. In 2019, he was selected by his peers at AFP as the region’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive. He is the creator of the Open Communication Fundraising Model, a system that enables all nonprofit agency stakeholders to effectively work together toward organizational and fundraising goals. Mark has consistently served nonprofits as a staff member, board member or consultant since 1991. He has raised more than $40 million for his clients and employers by obtaining grants for organizations of all types, sizes and locales, particularly for health, human service, community development and technology needs. Mark is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Western NC and the Grant Professionals Association. He has served as a founding board member for a public access television station and for Carolina Public Press. He regularly provides training sessions through a number of venues, including the Duke University Continuing Studies Nonprofit Management program, Alliance for Better Nonprofits, 4Good, and WNC Nonprofit Pathways.
Chief Operating Officer
Jaime Roscoe specializes in crafting compelling grant proposals for a variety of clients (ranging from large hospital systems to small arts organizations and everything in between) and helping clients plan projects that will provide measurable impact in their communities. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Environmental Conservation, and worked at the UNH Writing Center as a writing fellow and academic writing tutor. Through her nonprofit career, she’s served as a development director for a youth services organization and a foundation and corporate relations officer for a university and an environmental organization. She currently serves as the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western North Carolina Chapter’s board secretary and a volunteer Guardian ad Litem, advocating for children, in court, who have experienced abuse and/or neglect.
Director of Flow
Terri grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She spent her summers as a child at her grandparent’s home in rural Minnesota. Her mid-western roots are evident when she says "pants" or "bag." Terri received her BA in Business Management & Marketing from Michigan State University. Her career has taken her to Wisconsin, Georgia, South Carolina, and now Western North Carolina. As Director of Flow at Communication Mark, Terri stewards Marketing, Human Resources and Business Management.
On a personal note, Terri lives in an intentional community at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ask her about it - she loves to share that part of her life.
Sandra grew up in the coal region of northeast Pennsylvania, the grandchild of immigrant farmers. She was the first of her siblings to pursue higher education. She worked as a music therapist and teacher before pausing to focus on parenting.
A family move to northern Nevada led Sandra to seek a graduate degree in MA-TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). As a graduate research assistant, she helped write a ~$2 million U.S. Department of Education grant, which she subsequently coordinated when it was funded. Promoted to manage the educational research center at which that grant resided, she was responsible for finding, developing, writing, and overseeing multiple large projects simultaneously. In her most recent role, Sandra assisted a small, liberal arts college in assessing and developing institutional capacity for a robust grants program.
Sandra enjoys tandem bicycling, cuisines with complex spice palettes, nature photography, travel, and wordsmithing. She has practiced interspiritual study and contemplation for as long as she can remember.
Senior Proposal Writer
Sarah’s passion for non-profit development and grant writing began at the College of Charleston. Earning her bachelor’s in Arts Management, she built her fundraising skills at various organizations in the South Carolina Lowcountry and western North Carolina. Her professional experiences include maintaining the finances for her hometown chamber of commerce and leading a county arts council as the sole staff member. Prior to joining Communication Mark, she supported the fundraising efforts and completion of a capital campaign for the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. Sarah gets most excited about evaluating organizational structures and finding revenue streams to maximize programming efforts. She balances life through lots of playtime with her son.
Valerie brings a variety of experiences to her primary role of writing proposals and researching potential grant opportunities for Communication Mark’s diverse clientele. She grew up in Hawaii, received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago in Germanic Languages and Literature, and began her career in publishing with positions at Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Joint Commission. Valerie then moved into marketing communications and to the Carolinas, working for both forprofit and nonprofit organizations. Her nonprofit experience includes volunteer service as the Lake Wylie Lakekeeper, and as a board member of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western North Carolina Chapter. Valerie currently volunteers with Mountain True/French Broad Riverkeeper.
DeLynda lives in Pittsburgh where she was born and raised. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Services Administration from Chatham College (now University), and her Master of Social Work with a concentration in social administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
DeLynda’s professional mission is to work in the fundraising sector to advance the missions of non-profits for the betterment of society and humanity. She has 15 years of grant writing and grant management experience honed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s rich foundation and non-profit communities. DeLynda’s passion for storytelling is informed by her experiences in the human services sector, both working directly with those in need, and raising funds on their behalf. Most recently, DeLynda spent nine years fundraising for non-profit public media, securing foundation, government and corporate grants on local, regional and national levels.
Judy Chaet has more than 45 years of experience in nonprofit organizations. Her experience runs the full range of nonprofit work — from addressing envelopes and setting up the room to helping families and communities build a better life to working with legislators. Judy has been writing grants for nonprofit organizations for 40 years. She has experience with all types of grants – from small private foundations to large federal government grants. She has 17 years of supervisory experience. She has developed and implemented positive employee evaluation processes using the tools of Appreciative Inquiry, Self-Directed, and 360 Evaluation. She is on the Board of Hope for Horses, equine rescue and rehabilitation. In her spare time, she can be found playing with her dogs and horses, swimming and hiking.
Alice grew up in suburban New Jersey, where she developed a bad case of wanderlust. After attending college in New Jersey and Massachusetts, she finished her Bachelors in Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of jobs, from managing a quick print store to freelancing as a scenic artist. During her travels she has honed her administrative skills, and has now alighted in Asheville. She still pursues painting and writing in her spare time.
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