About Us

 

President

Julé Colvin

Julé’s passion for helping others grow to better impact the world for good led her to become a certified coach, trainer and speaker. She has spent 30 years in the business world helping individuals, nonprofit and for-profit businesses grow principally through coaching, training, strategic planning, leadership development and winning grants. She has helped to raise millions of dollars for charities throughout her career and has helped businesses of all sizes to flourish and reach new levels of growth. Her greatest successes have included helping to re-develop an inner city neighborhood through the development of affordable housing and high-impact programming, pulling together people and resources to address major social problems and growing her own business to a high level of success in a new market. She really enjoys helping people develop their leadership abilities and business acumen. Her goals are to help her clients focus, balance and achieve maximum impact.

Julé holds a degree (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa Society) from Kent State University in Ohio. She is a certified coach, trainer and speaker through the John Maxwell Team. She is a business owner, wife, mother, grandmother, and volunteer. She leads such a fulfilled life and loves helping others to think big and go for it. She is known for her enthusiasm, integrity, passion to help others grow and her attention to detail. In her precious free time, you can find her riding her bike, volunteering or expressing her artistic side through interior decorating. She has been married for 24 years, has two children and two grandchildren.

 

Writers

 

Sarah Bonnema

Sarah Bonnema served in progressive positions in the nonprofit sector, working from volunteer positions to a director-level position. Now, Sarah serves as a consultant to other nonprofit organizations and an adjunct instructor at the University of South Florida College of Public Health. Sarah learned to write grants while working on federal-level grants for Mayo Clinic's Behavioral Health Research Group, and enjoys using her writing skills and background in program evaluation and management to help nonprofits deliver on their mission and grow their work.  Sarah earned a Master’s of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida with a Behavioral Health Concentration, and is certified in public health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Sarah also has a BA in Journalism & Mass Communications from Whitworth University. She has been published in numerous academic journals and coauthored a book chapter on the history of sleep medicine published in “Atlas of Clinical Sleep Medicine." Sarah moved to Tampa with her husband, David, in 2008 and loves mentoring young women, traveling, exercising, and spending time with her preschool-aged daughters. 

 

 

 

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn Miller serves as a grant writer for Pathways To Growth. She has been a part of our team for 3 years and was trained by our Founder, Julè Colvin. Carolyn worked for over 20 years in the IT industry for a privately held software firm, holding numerous positions throughout the company including Customer Service, Product Management, Technical Support, Sales & Marketing and Account Management. She took several years off in order to spend time with her family, but stayed involved in volunteering for numerous non-profit organizations in the Tampa Bay area, including Habitat for Humanity, Lakeland SPCA, All Children's Hospital Foundation, Congregation Beth Shalom and Hillsborough County Animal Services. She also served on the Board of Directors for New Life Village, a non profit organization based in Thonotosassa, FL.

Carolyn holds a BA from Union College in Schenectady, NY.

 

 

 

Sharon Fennell Kennedy

Sharon was born in Buffalo, New York, and attended the State University College of New York at Buffalo, graduating with a major in English.

As a young wife and mother in Albany, New York, Sharon volunteered at several nonprofits. The skills she acquired in fundraising, event planning, and grant writing were the foundation of what would become a 26+year career in the nonprofit sector. One of Sharon's most rewarding positions was serving as Executive Director of the Westminster Senior Center in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.

In 2008, Sharon and her husband John moved to St Petersburg. She immersed herself in the community and is active in many civic organizations including The Stuart Society (Museum of Fine Arts), St. Petersburg Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Woman’s Service League, Mayor’s Commission on Aging, St. Petersburg Preservation, and St. Petersburg Bridge Club.

Walking, reading, yoga, cooking and playing bridge are a few of her personal interests.

 

Diane DiGiacomo

Diane DiGiacomo has spent 30 years in the philanthropic sector.  She was the director of communications at The Piton Foundation in Denver for more than 20 years and has served as a consultant to other foundations and many nonprofit agencies.  Her extensive experience includes strategic communications, grant-writing and program development.

Diane has a master’s degree in public relations from the American University in Washington, DC and was awarded accreditation (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America.

Her services include guidance on public relations, community outreach, fundraising and program development. One of her core specialties is research and writing – taking volumes of complex information and creating easy-to-understand documents that are on message and persuasive, including reports, marketing pieces, and grant proposals.

 

 

 Alicia Kuranda

Alicia Kuranda (M.F.A. New School for Social Research, B.A. Journalism & B.A. World Literature, Saint Bonaventure University), Alicia has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, grant proposal writing, grants administration, and nonprofit consulting. She has secured millions of dollars in grant funding from federal and state government agencies, private foundations, and corporations. Her grant writing expertise spans a variety of areas including K-12 education, homelessness, arts & culture, mental health, substance abuse therapy/prevention, community development, juvenile justice, violence prevention, veteran’s issues, foster-care, and child welfare.

Alicia has worked with local, regional and national organizations including The National Diaper Bank Foundation, Raue Center for the Arts, Williams Street Repertory, Epic-Repertory Theatre Company, Girls on the Run of North West Illinois, American Conference of Cantors, OMNI Youth Services, Erie Neighborhood House and ChildServ.

These varied experiences give Alicia a unique perspective of the grant development and award process, resulting in increased success rates for clients.

 

Danielle May

Danielle May is a seasoned nonprofit development professional with over 10 years of experience in securing and managing diverse sources of funding. She desires to leverage her craft as a storyteller through written word to connect resources and people to advance organizations’ impact and mission. Danielle has successfully raised funds for nonprofit organizations in the fields of higher education, early childhood education, health and human services, oncology, maternal health, and domestic violence and sexual assault. She has professionally served in the development offices of Northwest Arkansas Community College, Freeman Health System, Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center, Samaritan Community Center, Hope Cancer Resources, Sprint’s 1Million Project, and Heartline Ministries in Haiti. Prior to joining the nonprofit world, Danielle led proposal development efforts to obtain multi-million dollar contracts for small businesses with the U.S. Army, Department of Education, Department of Treasury, and VA. She graduated from Madison College in Wisconsin, and recently moved to a 112-year old farmhouse in the beautiful Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas with her husband of 14 years, their two kiddos, and a beagle named Tinkerbell.