Our Team

Founded in 2010, Azimuth Grants is a woman-owned small business with offices in Montgomery, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia, and team members from all over the globe. We have extensive experience in grant research, acquisition, and management. We work on projects in teams that are designed to ensure you get the best subject matter experts no matter the grant topic.

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Leadership

Education

Jacksonville State University, BA
Jacksonville State University, MPA
Jones School of Law, JD

Community Involvement

The Samaritan Counseling Center, Board President (2018 & 2019)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama, Big Sis (17 years)
Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, Board Member
First United Methodist Church of Prattville, Member

Jessica is a native of Calhoun County, Alabama. She got her start writing and managing grants while working in the Alabama Governor’s Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives. During her time there, she managed several statewide initiatives including Alabama Communities for Education, a high school dropout prevention program, and the Alabama Strengthening Communities Project, which was recognized nationally for best practices in grant management. Jessica lives in Alabama with her husband and their three children.

Education

University of Texas School of Law, JD
University of Alabama, BA

Community Involvement

Alabama State Bar Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law
Prattville-Millbrook Rotary Club
Executive Board of the Tukabatchee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America
Blackburn Institute Alumni
Fellow – The University of Alabama

Bryan is a former member of the Alabama State Senate and has held senior leadership roles in three governors’ administrations. Most recently, he served as general counsel and chief legal advisor to Governor Kay Ivey. As an Iraq War Veteran and an Army lawyer (“JAG”) in the Alabama National Guard, Bryan also has extensive experience in defense contracting and routinely advises clients on compliance with state and federal procurement laws.

He has presented lectures on the OMB’s Uniform Guidance for Federal Awards. Bryan graduated from the University of Alabama in 1998 and the University of Texas School of Law in 2001. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq and received the American Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Military Lawyer Award in 2004.

Community Involvement

Pramana, Board Member
Ellipsis, Fireblade (formerly SiteBlackBox), Advisory Board Member

David is an expert in technology and operations who is uniquely positioned to quickly assist companies facing the many challenges associated with accelerated periods of growth. He attributes much of his success to his first corporate position, becoming the director of operations of Uno Restaurant Corporation at the age of 24.

Realizing the long-term opportunities available in tech, David studied and pursued the industry, establishing a name for himself by helping businesses scale successfully.

David is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia where he most recently co-founded GET Valet, a tech firm revolutionizing the parking industry.

Education

University of Alabama, BS Corporate Finance
University of Alabama, MA Finance
University of Alabama, MBA International Business

Amanda has worked in the corporate world for FedEx and First Horizon Bank for a combined 20 years specializing in corporate financial analysis and large initiative forecasting. After living in Amsterdam, Netherlands, she retired from the public sector and spent time volunteering for committees in education and becoming an ordained Deacon at Idlewild Presbyterian Church.

Client Development

Education

University of Alabama, BS in Commerce and Business Administration

Community Involvement

House Corporation Member, Kappa Delta Sorority, Zeta Chapter

Julia graduated from the Honors College at the University of Alabama with a major in marketing and a minor in Latin. She has over 6 years experience in sales and procurement. She was Finance Director for two political campaigns, and also served as confidential assistant to Alabama's Governor, Kay Ivey. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, she lives in Montgomery, Alabama with her husband and two children.

Education

BS Journalism, Texas A&M University

Craig Renfro is the Editor-in-Chief, CEO, & Owner of Game Time Media, LLC which publishes Tailgater magazine.  As such he brings over two decades of publishing and advertising sales leadership to the company.

Craig is married and has two children.  His son is a 4-year Navy veteran and his daughter is a fourth-year medical school student that will be a Captain in the U.S. Army when she graduates from medical school.  Mr. Renfro currently resides in Carrollton, TX, a Dallas suburb.

He is an avid sports fan and has attended over 1,000 professional and college sporting events. His other interests include going to the gym, reading, going to concerts, spending time with family and friends, & of course tailgating!

Education

Sanford University
Marion Military Institute

Jeff has over 30+ years of marketing, advertising and consulting experience, which includes launching and owning one of the top economic development magazines that provide multimedia services to economic development communities and companies. Through his experience and resources, he helps bridge the gap across multi-faceted networks and facilitate matches between companies’ specific expansion needs the areas looking to recruit them. Jeff currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife. He spends time coaching and volunteering at the local parks and recreation facilities and enjoys fishing with his three grandchildren.

Consultants

Education

B.A., International Economic Affairs, University of West Georgia
M.P.A., Education, Jacksonville State University

Evelyn has 20 years of experience in the education field working with educators in public and private institutions at the K-12 and university level.  She has provided a wide range of capacity building services throughout her career including proposal writing, assessment, evaluation tool development, and research. She currently lives in Anniston, Alabama with her husband and two Siberian Huskies.

Education

Vermont Law School, JD
Loyola University Chicago, BA

Robert has over 12 years of grant writing experience and has secured millions of dollars for private companies and state agencies. He has successfully been awarded grants from the Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Homeland Security, the State of Alabama, and the State of New York. Prior to working at Azimuth, he worked as a Grant Writer/Administrator and as a Public Information Officer for Alabama's judicial system. He was also a Public Relations Consultant for Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. Robert currently lives in Auburn, AL and enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, his Yorkie, oil painting, and exercising.

Education

B.A., Political Science/Leadership, Wartburg College

Kate has over 21 years of grant writing experience focusing on community systems, core success structures, and service gaps. As a community development expert, Kate has a track record of meeting the needs of neighborhoods and cities, raising over $10 million for community initiatives. Kate has authored several successful brownfield grants that have resulted in technical assistance, cleanup, and area-wide planning grants from the EPA in both Minnesota and Colorado. 

Education

MUPP, Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
B.S., Business Management, Purdue University

Sophie Parr has spent the last eight years working to understand why people live and work where they do. From beginning a career in employee communication and engagement in Chicago to pursuing a graduate degree in planning, Sophie has always been committed to improving the quality of life for communities she loves. Recently, she managed the grants department for a transportation agency in Duluth, Minnesota where she was the recipient of a $1.8 million grant award to improve technologies utilized by the city’s bus fleet.

Education

B.A., Psychology, Claremont McKenna College

From 2018 to 2019, Mara worked as a grant writer and researcher for Florence Crittenton Services, a Denver-based nonprofit organization that helps teen families break the cycle of poverty through high quality education, health and wellness, economic and social asset building, and employment pathways. 93% of the young mothers served were women of color and 95% qualified as low-income. From 2016 to 2018, Mara worked as a Grant Writer and Consultant for One Good Turn, a Denver-based nonprofit organization that provides subsidized housing to low-income, marginalized families in southwest Denver.

Education

MBA, Rutgers University Graduate School of Management
BS, DeVry Institute of Technology

Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience with SBIR DoD cost accounting and contact administration specializing in small businesses, full-charge accounting, financial statements, and so on. She is knowledgeable of compliance with federal procurement regulations, including FAR, DFARS and GAAP. Elizabeth has a broad knowledge base in small businesses’ interactions with large government agencies. She defines herself to have a knack for providing business related information to technical and industrial small business owners so that informed decisions and strategies are possible.

Micki has over 15 years’ experience performing grant/incentive consulting services for clients in the manufacturing and technology communities, including trade associations, college and university technical/vocational programs, Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers, and for manufacturing and technology companies.  Her engineering and business degrees, as well as over 25 years’ experience in manufacturing, provide a sound technical foundation for her grant writing services. 

Micki is the Past Chair of the Grant Professionals Foundation Board and Past President of the St. Louis Grant Professionals Association Chapter.   She has been a mentor and coach, and volunteers at local nonprofits. 

Education

Aviation Technology, LeTourneua University
Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential, CFRE International

David was first introduced to social service in the nonprofit sector as a teenager on a six-week outreach to Mexico. This led to a 25-year career with an international aid organization, using hospital ships to reach underserved nations. He and his wife of 33 years, Francine, undertook many joint endeavors over the years while raising three children, including the establishment of their own consulting firm ten years ago.

Administration

Education

Bookkeeping, Puerto Princesa School of Arts and Trades
Visual Graphic Design, AMA Computer Learning Center

Kath is a full-time graphic designer and digital illustrator who handles several social media platforms for tourism and environmental related accounts in the island of Palawan, Philippines. Contracted by a national government agency to produce print materials for information campaigns on sustainable development and wildlife conservation, Kath also travels to far-flung communities in the island to provide educational campaigns on the importance of the laws protecting wildlife and its habitats.

Education

Associate in Computer Programming, AMA-CLC, Palawan
BS Nursing, AMA College of Nursing, Makati

For almost ten years, Daisy was a private employee trained to become the head of the Management Information System Department while also being a part of the accounting team, when window of opportunity presented itself to Daisy. She began teaching English as a Secondary Language to foreign students online. She has then resigned from her place of employment and does virtual freelancing as a main source of living. She lives in the Philippines and spends her day as a mom to her only daughter.

Education

BS Hotel and Restaurant Management, Holy Trinity University

Yona was raised in the tropical islands of Palawan, in the Philippines, where she earned her Bachelor’s  degree. She was involved with government work and became an administrative officer for the Community Enhancement and Livelihood Project (CELP) of the Provincial Government of Palawan, promoting and implementing a community-based approach in the rehabilitation of former drug-dependent individuals. While working, she also helped undergraduate students with mentorship services for theses and feasibility studies writing.