My name is Joan L. Whitman, Ph.D. My skills and areas of expertise include grant writing for rural and urban communities seeking federal, state, and/or local foundations to secure funding. My role includes research for funding sources and facilitation of the grant writing process in collaboration with stakeholders with expertise in the evaluation segment of grant outcomes. Other skills and areas of expertise include business management, business administration, networking, communications, fiscals, budgets, advertising, marketing, grant writing, evaluations, grant research, research and devlopment, curriculum development, instructional design, staff development, qualitative research, science and public speaking. My professional title is owner and grant research and development manager at Grant Associates, LLC, which specializes in grant writing, research and consulting. I received my Ph.D. in managerial and philanthropic leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. I am currently involved with grant and research organizations and higher education organizations. My hobbies and interests include perennial gardening and music. I am drawn to and passionate about charitable organizations such as the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association and private charter schools, where I mentor and teach.