Meet the Team

Meet the Team2018-09-17T21:34:03+00:00

Grant Hensel, CEO

Where I’m from: Chicago, Illinois

Things I enjoy: Reading, skiing, sailing, sports of all types

Something interesting about me: I once wrote letters to all of the Fortune 500 CEOs asking for book recommendations…and 150 of them wrote back!

Why I love working with NPM: I get to work with very talented people to help organizations doing incredible work tell their stories online. What more can you ask for?

Nonprofits I support: Preemptive Love Coalition, Wheaton CollegeNational School Project, TRP

Amber Snow, Grant Management Director

Where I’m from: Hartland, Maine. I’ve lived in Clarks Summit, PA, Chattanooga, TN, Fremont, NE, and now I live in Sedalia, CO.

Things I enjoy: Playing disc golf, practicing canine massage therapy, being outside and encountering wildlife… and playing Super Mario Bros. on our old school Super Nintendo. Also, cooking.

Something interesting about me: I’m a certified Canine Massage Therapist who also has a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance, and I’m a member of the Professional Disc Golf Association.

Why I love working with NPM: Nonprofit organizations have someone else’s best interest at heart, and I love being a part of making the world a better place.

Nonprofits I support: The Rescue Ranch, FurEver Home, Boston Terrier Rescue of East Tennessee.

Kathi Gross, Sales Director

Where I’m from: Lynnville, Iowa

Things I enjoy: Reading, teaching, learning new stuff, and spending time outside, especially hiking mountains (have to leave my state to do that!)

Something interesting about me: I homeschooled three kids from K-12!

Why I love working with NPM: Because their cause is my cause; helping nonprofits to grow and thrive which in turn helps my fellow humans. Love having the freedom to use my gifts and talents in my job – so fun!

Nonprofits I support: Christian Jew Foundation, World Magazine, Water at Work

Laura Cox, Grant Acquisition Specialist

Where I’m from: I grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and later lived in southern Illinois.  I currently live in Saint Augustine, Florida.
Things I enjoy: Studying historical pictures, reading biographies, watching classic Britcoms, and collecting good quotes.
Something interesting about me: I worked at a nonprofit rape crisis center for 5 years as a Medical/Legal Advocate.  I also worked in higher education as a Title IX Investigator and a Clery Act Compliance Coordinator.
Why I love working with NPM: It’s so fulfilling to help nonprofits gain more exposure for their amazing work and caring hearts.  Also, NPM has a team of individuals who are passionate, fun, and love their job.

Samantha Ernest, Marketing Lead

Where I’m from: Morgan Hill, CA and Wheaton, IL

Things I enjoy: Sushi, hiking, travelling, and art

Something interesting about me: I’m a Historical Fashions Amateur.

Why I love working with NPM: Every client we help represents so many more people we have helped. Plus, our team is awesome.

Nonprofits I support: Buyumba Uganda, Charity:Water, Westgate Water

Grace Heath, Grant Manager

Where I’m from: San Antonio, Texas

Things I enjoy: Playing video games, going to the park with my son, movie nights with friends

Something interesting about me: My first job was at Walt Disney World Resorts in EPCOT. While there, I worked as a volunteer and went to local schools to help the students prepare for cultural festivals.

Why I love working with NPM: Helping nonprofits make a difference in someone’s life is the most rewarding job I could imagine. If my efforts could help even one person, it’s worth it!

Nonprofits I support: Children’s Miracle Network, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Make-A-Wish Foundation

Racheal Young, Grant Manager

Where I’m from: Independence, Missouri…but I now call Kirksville, Missouri home

Things I enjoy: Crossword puzzles, volunteering, community theatre, reading, crochet, road trips, trivia, Mid-Century Modern design, and cheesy jokes

Something interesting about me: I interned at a conservation lab in college and had the opportunity to clean and repair Charles Lindbergh’s military enlistment document.

Why I love working with NPM: I get to work with amazing people while helping nonprofits share their work, grow their resources, and meet their missions!

Nonprofits I support: Kiwanis InternationalHabitat for HumanityUnited WayFood Bank for Central and Northeast MissouriFairy Godmother

Ashley Klein, Writer

Where I’m from: St. Louis, MO.

Things I enjoy: Writing, making soup, petting dogs, and arguing about which La Croix flavor is the best.

Something interesting about me: I collect used books.

Why I love working with NPM: I am honored to be part of a team that helps nonprofits to maximize their resources and create a greater impact.

Bethany Lin, Grant Manager

Where I’m from: New Jersey

Things I enjoy: Singing and playing the piano, handmade art, Southern food, and team sports

Something interesting about me: I am studying to be an occupational therapist.

Why I love working with NPM: I enjoy empowering and serving people in need. The NPM team has also taught me about ways different people can work well together and support each other.

Nonprofits I support: Compassion International, Samaritan’s Purse, Solutions Pregnancy & Health Center

Ashley Robinson, Grant Manager

Where I’m from: Southern California.

Things I enjoy: I love spending time with my husband and daughter, reading, cleaning/organizing, and being crafty.

Something interesting about me: I love to sing and was in a madrigal ensemble in high school.

Why I love working with NPM: I am passionate about nonprofit organizations and the work they do to serve local, national, and global communities, and I feel so grateful to be able to help them reach their goals.

Nonprofits I support: Orange County Ronald McDonald House, Mercy for Animals, and Planned Parenthood.

Jade Scotton, Grant Manager

Where I’m from: Twin Falls, Idaho.

Things I enjoy: Reading, Drawing, Painting, Hiking, Kayaking, and Traveling.

Something interesting about me: I foster special needs dogs and cats for Paws Rescue.

Why I love working with NPM: I love helping non-profits help others and I also enjoy how well our team works together to ensure the best outcomes for all involved!

Nonprofits I support: World Wide Fund for Nature, GreenPeace, Planned Parenthood, OXFAM.

Don Stephenson, Account Manager

Where I’m from:  Niagara Falls, Ontario
Things I enjoy: Working out, trail walking, tennis and sunsets at the beach.
Something interesting about me: I am an identical twin, a dual American/Canadian citizen, a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a NLP Practitioner, and skilled at milking cows.
Why I love working with NPM:  We get to partner with amazing non-profits and help them build capacity to better carry out their missions.

Danielle Weisner, Grant Manager

Where I’m from: Winston Salem, NC

Things I enjoy: Blues dancing, Hiking, Traveling, Music Festivals

Something interesting about me: I once lived in a straw hut in Honduras building mud stoves alongside local villagers!

Why I love working with NPM:  Not only do I have the best coworkers a girl could ask for, but I get to connect people to causes they care about. Living the dream!

Nonprofits I support: National Organization for Women, Girls Who Code, Sierra Club Foundation, Planned Parenthood

Melissa Westbrook, Sales Assistant

Where I’m from: Currently Las Vegas, NV.

Things I enjoy: Reading, hiking, snorkeling, HIIT workouts, espresso.

Something interesting about me: I am a Certified Yoga Teacher, Certified Phlebotomist, and a member of the Barista’s Guild of America.

Why I love working with NPM:  I get to interact with so many different people! There are non-profits serving in almost all sectors of the market and everyone has a story to tell.

Nonprofits I support: ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Three Square

Donna Yearyean, Client Coordinator

Where I’m from: Southern California

Things I enjoy: Baking, sunsets, funny memes/GIFs, “knee-slapper” jokes/puns

Something interesting about me: I love training in mixed martial arts!

Why I love working with NPM: It’s easy to forget that the world is filled with caring people who devote themselves to making a difference. Working for NPM has reminded me of this! I also love the passionate, kind hearts of my NPM colleagues.

Nonprofits I support: Feed My Starving Children, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, To Write Love on Her Arms

Slater Snow, Chief Cuddles Officer

Slater Snow is a blind, 10-12 year old rescued Boston Terrier adopted from Boston Terrier Rescue of East Tennessee. He has been a loved, valued and priceless member of Amber’s household since 2011. His favorite pastimes include eating steamed carrots, going for long walks, raising awareness for special needs dogs, smelling the roses and catching as many Z’s as he can. You can usually find him holding down a couch or exploring the great outdoors with his fabulous sense of smell.