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Executive Director, Beverly Santicola 

Beverly Santicola Beverly Santicola has over 25 years of experience in management, including 20 years within the nonprofit sector. She has generated over $27 million dollars in grant funding for health care, disaster relief, technology, elementary/secondary education, economic development, and labor-management cooperation. Between 2001 and 2005 Santicola authored more than 35 award winning grant proposals to provide breast cancer screening, diagnostics and treatment for 9,000 low-income, uninsured women in Texas. As a fund development consultant, Santicola consulted with the Asian American Health Coalition of Greater Houston from December 2003 to May 2006 and helped to establish the HOPE Clinic – a FQHC Look Alike in southeast Houston that currently provides culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate primary health care services to over 2,000 Asian Americans and others each year. Santicola attended conferences provided by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) in January 2002 and September 2010 and actively participates in professional development opportunities to increase her knowledge and skills in health care. Beverly Santicola has demonstrated ability to develop, lead, manage, sustain and grow nonprofit organizations. As Executive Director of a nonprofit organization in Ohio from 1989-2001, she led the organization’s growth from a $25,000 annual budget to over $500,000 and developed expertise in teambuilding, quality improvement processes, problem solving, and small group facilitation. Projects led by Santicola won numerous state and national awards such as: 1) AFL-CIO National Labor-Management Award, 2) Work in America – Search for Excellence Award, 3) School-to-Work Best Practices Award, 4) Governor’s Award for Team Excellence in the Public Sector. In 2002 Beverly Santicola founded U.S. Government Grants, a woman-owned national grant writing training and consulting business in Houston Texas. In this business she works with a team of other national women-owned businesses that have generated more than $100 million for their clients. Since 2001 she has trained more than 2,500 nonprofit organizations throughout the United States including professional development courses for state and federal agencies, cities and towns, schools, colleges, universities, churches, hospitals, health care service providers, and other nonprofit organizations. Santicola is a highly sought after public speaker and has presented for various events sponsored by the American Academy of Medical Administrators, Indiana State Office of Rural Health Roundtable, US Department of Health & Human Services, National Community Tax Coalition, Western Regional Counterdrug Trainer Center, PGA TOUR, National WIC Association, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Houston Grant Writers Network, Wayland Baptist University, US Bank-Government Banking Division, Chicago Public Schools and Westcon Group.

Associate Director, Eric Neagu

Eric Neagu serves as Senior Project Manager for Weaver Boos Consultants. He has twelve years of professional experience designing and managing a wide variety of engineering projects. His areas of expertise include water resources, transportation, public facilities, and trail design. He is a product of Northwest Indiana and has been an avid promoter of urban redevelopment throughout the region. Past projects include working on the design of the Calumet Bike Trail and major redevelopment efforts in Michigan City, Indiana. More recently, Mr. Neagu has become involved in regional renewable energy projects. Mr. Neagu’s experience spans public, private and institutional clients. He has familiarity with various grant programs and is actively assisting local communities in obtaining funding for due diligence, planning activities, and project implementation. Eric serves on the Grand Calumet Area of Concern CARE Committee, the board of Save the Dunes, the board of the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation and on the Board for the Center for Rural Outreach and Public Services. He holds a degree in environmental engineering from Purdue University, and a graduate degree from the University of Chicago.

Medical Director, Byron Holm, MD     

Byron M. Holm, MD, is a family practice physician with thirty-five years in business. He is a strong leader with ability to inspire and develop individuals.  As an entrepreneur and visionary thinker, Holm conceived, designed and developed Holm Memorial Medical Clinic with a radical new emphasis on holistic health and specialty care in 1979. He further expanded the concept with the development of “one stop” health care through convenient state of the art diagnostic services, rehabilitation, wellness promotion and corporate health care.  In partnership with various computer technology companies, the medical practice has been a beta test site for computerized accounting and medical records and was the first health care facility in the area to utilize a computerized medical record system.  Holm has a fundamental interest in utilizing professional support personnel and Nurse Practitioners for more effective patient care and continues to expand the vision of area leaders in prevention of disease and wellness.  Dr. Holm has been instrumental in setting up several pilot projects for the Indiana State Department of Health utilizing EHR and has experience as clinical educator and lecturer. He provides Community service as County Health officer, Paramedic director and on various boards. Recently he opened a multimillion state of the art medical-wellness-diagnostic and rehabilitation center that is 140,000 square feet with major emphasis on exercise and wellness.

Byron Holm, MD, Education
Board Certified in Family Practice, 1978
Internship, Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, Indiana, 1973-74
M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1973
B.S. in Chemistry and Physiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1969
Graduate, Knox High School, Knox, Indiana, 1965

Youth Director, Harry E. Cummins, III

Harry E. Cummins, III is a professional sports promoter with over 20 years experience in promoting bodybuilding, power lifting and amateur boxing competitions. Cummins is professionally licensed and maintains licensing credentials as a Boxing Promoter, Boxing Matchmaker and Boxing Cornerman. As founder and President of the International Boxing Club, Cummins has coached over 4,000 at risk youth since 1998, taking many of them to competitions in California, Canada, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Washington, and West Virginia. For the past three years, both boys and girls from the International Boxing Club have brought home World Championship Awards from the Ringside World Boxing Championship Competitions - the largest amateur boxing competition in the world. Cummins, a former General Motors employee for over 32 years, attended the Universities of Michigan and Toledo where he completed coursework in business management, financial management, government, accounting, data processing and team facilitation. While employed at General Motors, Cummins served on a Wellness Committee to improve the health of employees. The committee was responsible for selecting fitness equipment and designing cost effective health promotion programs for the company. Cummins was named “Coach of the Year” by Bedford’s Best Baseball Little League, served as Chairperson in 1991 for the University of Toledo’s New Union of Blacks Improving America Summer Games. He has also assisted the Victory Center Cancer Foundation in fundraising by promoting a boxing event to raise money for their foundation.

Health Education Director, Lynn Olszewski

Lynn Olszewski has a strong background in healthcare leadership. Beginning her career as a Registered Nurse, she moved into Quality Control where she became the director and then Vice President of Quality Management for Ancilla Systems. She has a Master’s degree in Not-for-Profit Business Administration and became the Director of the Northwest Indiana Area Health Education Center in 2004. Her responsibilities include management and oversight of the center’s budget and operations, developing rotation sites for health profession students in underserved and rural areas, sponsoring continuing education opportunities for healthcare providers as well as facilitating collaboration and partnerships with other community organizations within the northwest region. She is a member of several professional groups and serves on many boards including:

  • HealthNet (Formerly Gary Community Health Center), board secretary
  • Indiana Association for Healthcare Quality, past president and member
  • St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, hospital board of directors - quality committee
  • Purdue University-Calumet, School of Nursing, advisory committee member
  • CROPS Health Network Center, board member


Public Health Director, Dave Hyatt     

Dave Hyatt joined IU Health LaPorte hospital as a Business Development Associate in 2007, prior to joining IU Health Mr. Hyatt worked for a private healthcare consulting firm in Indianapolis, IN.   Mr. Hyatt transferred to IU Health Starke Hospital in September of 2009, as Vice President of Operations.  During that time, Mr. Hyatt also added the title of Vice President of Strategy and Ambulatory Services for IU Health La Porte Hospital from January 2010 to June 2012.  As of June, 2012 Mr. Hyatt was promoted to the position of Interim President of IU Health Starke Hospital.  Mr. Hyatt is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and he also serves on multiple Boards including the Starke County Economic Development Foundation, the Starke County Chamber of Commerce, the Catherine Kasper Life Center, and Growing Rural, a youth development organization.  Mr. Hyatt received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health, and holds a Master’s in Health Administration - both from Indiana University.  Mr. Hyatt can be reached at 574/772-1118 or dhyatt1@iuhealth.org.   Assistant:  Renay Hochstedler

Education Director, Jan Mitchell Johnson   

Jan Mitchell Johnson  is the energetic founder, President and Lead Writer for Grantsformation, Inc., a highly successful and experienced grant writing, training, and consulting firm located in Houston, Texas. In only three years as a Grants Coordinator in the largest school district in Texas, she helped schools earn over $20 million in funding for education projects and programs. Since January 1, 2003, her company has earned another $110 million in state and federal grants, bringing her total to more than $130 million. In 2010, only 49 of the 1,698 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant applicants were awarded funding. Two of these were hers. Jan has written winning grants for numerous public and charter schools all over the United States, from Alaska to California to Texas and even Arizona’s Navajo Nation. She loves to share her secrets, tips, and techniques with interested educators everywhere. Passionate about what she does, Jan is skilled at helping others overcome their fear of the blank page so that they, too, can “turn words into money.” One Texas school district used what they learned in Jan’s intensive coaching sessions to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in less than one year, even earning the highest score on an extremely competitive grant as one of only six winners in the state. Jan holds a B. S. in Elementary Education, an M. Ed. in Educational Administration, and two lifetime Texas teacher certifications. A teacher at heart, she speaks the language of education and educators and is grateful for a career that makes a difference. 

Native American Affairs Director, Eileen “Taffy Lafferty” 

Currently, “Taffy” Lafferty is the NADC Revolving Loan Fund Manager/Consultant.  Her responsibilities include loan portfolio management, technical assistance, training and capitalization of the loan fund.  The Revolving Loan Fund is in Montana. Ms Lafferty has over 16 years experience working on economic development projects in Native communities/reservations.  She has extensive knowledge of US Department of Treasury Community Development Financial Institution Program working as a Loan Portfolio Manager on different reservations.  Ms Lafferty has developed and implemented trainings (small business, youth entrepreneurship, financial literacy).  She has developed and implemented VITA-IRS, and individual development accounts (IDA) curriculum/ programs for adults and youth.  Other experience includes grant writing and compliance, feasibility studies, market studies, business plans, strategic planning, and outreach activities such as entrepreneur fairs and conferences.  She has collaborated extensively with tribal, local, state, federal, private and national organizations on economic development.  Ms Lafferty is an Economic Development Financial Professional certified through the National Development Council.  Ms. Lafferty is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in Rosebud, South Dakota.  She is based in Billings, Montana.

 

CROPS
2929 Buffalo Speedway, Suite 213
Houston, TX 77098
Phone: +1 866 843 3493
FAX: +1 713 960 0537
E-mail: info@growingrural.com