Administrative Team

Deborah Montgomery

Debbie Oftedal
Chief Finanical Officer

Marissa Berg
Quality Control Manager

John Nawrocki
Business Development Manager

Rachel Nawrocki
Funding Research Manager

Jessica Hewett
Outreach Associate

Julie Merryman
Outreach Associate

Grant Writers.



"Since I began using Resource Associates over 10 years ago, the two rural Alaska school districts that I have been the Superintendent of have been awarded over $5 million in state and federal grant funds. They are everything and more in what I need from a grant writer. The grant evaluation services are also top notch and the professional evaluation services score well on the applications. Since I first contracted with Resource Associates, way back when, I have not used anyone else."

- Eric Gebhart, Superintendent Nenana City School District


"I am with a for-profit firm that assists cities and counties to build their financial capacity. I have hired Resource Associates a multitude of times to write grants for my clients which has resulted in over $5 million of much needed discretionary funding."

- April Broadway, Vice President of N'finity Consulting


"I just finished the 2 day grant writer mentoring. It was truly one of the best, most effective trainings I have ever experienced and it was completely customized to my skill level and needs."

- Leslie Schnoll Fitzpatrick, Development Director of Alternative Homes for Youth


"I have used other grant writers in the past and I can honestly say that Resource Associates is the best in the US, hands down."

- Aynn Daniels, President of N'finity Consulting

“Expert Writers...”

"My domestic violence shelter just received a $500,000 grant. Thank you so much, Resource Associates, for helping us improve the lives of Navajo women and children."

- Gloria Champion, Executive Director of Shiprock Women's and Children's Home


"The Compassion Capital Grant and Drug Free Communities Grant that Resource Associates wrote for my ministry were both awarded. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

- Rev. Joseph Henderson, President of Tower Ministries



For almost twenty years, Deborah has been successfully writing grants for public and private non-profit agencies. She specializes in education and professional development-targeted grants as well as grants for public health organizations. She holds several post-secondary degrees and educational training experiences that have prepared her for working in a field that requires knowledge of grants and government contracts. Most relevant, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the California State University of Bakersfield as well as a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Doctorate Degree in Law. Before joining Resource Associates, Deborah worked as the Director of Development for Ebony Counseling and Health Center of Bakersfield California as well as the Grants Administrator for Farmington Municipal Schools. She also spent several years teaching grant writing and social science courses as a faculty member of San Joaquin College (and of several California State University campuses). Deborah has been awarded well over $60 million in the grants that she has written during the past several years for Resource Associates and is nationally recognized as an expert in grant proposal development. Deborah is a strong leader who is responsible for managing the company’s quality control services and administrative staff.



Debbie has more than twenty-five years experience in the nonprofit sector serving in various roles in different types of nonprofit organizations, including as the Executive Director of the Arthritis Association Adaptive Aquatics Center and Program Development Coordinator of Kern Regional Center for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. She has been writing foundation and government grants since 1992 and has been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants for programmatic, operational, multi-cultural, and large equipment purchases in the areas of health, nutrition, child safety, recreation, afterschool and weekend educational programs, and film. Debbie has additionally served her local nonprofit community as chairperson and treasurer of a number of boards overseeing programs for youth, recreation, and people with disabilities. Debbie brings with her work experience and training including nonprofit fundraising, capital campaigns, human resources management, staff development and supervision, board development, administration, financial management, grant research, grant writing and management, program development, collaborative partnership building, and conference coordination. Debbie also spent a number of years working in the banking industry where she wrote bank policies, managed letter of credit portfolios, coordinated collections, and developed bank-wide financial and statistical reports for a 23-branch bank. In her current capacity as Chief Financial Officer of Resource Associates, Debbie primarily oversees the financial well being of Resource Associates and its affiliate companies as well as human resources and department heads. Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from the University of California (Santa Barbara) and has completed extensive graduate work in education at Cal State University (Bakersfield).



As Resource Associates’ Quality Control Manager, Ms. Berg monitors and coordinates the grant proposal development and submission process. Her goal is to assist and monitor RA’s grant writing process and ensure that all grants are of the highest quality and have the highest likelihood of award. With a multi-million dollar grant award track record, she is able to ensure clients receive the best grant writing services available in today’s market. She utilizes her experience working with community based organizations and government entities and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Journalism from one of the west coast’s most prestigious universities, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.



Rachel brings over 17 years of administrative and project management experience to Resource Associates Research Department. With expertise in many areas of nonprofit development and capacity building, Rachel sifts through funding announcements for hundreds of grant programs each month, assessing competitiveness, compatibility and capacity, and provides this information to our clients using our Grant Alerts System. Ms. Nawrocki creates both one-time, customized research reports, as well as monthly research reports for retainer-based clients. Rachel also travels to training events centered on grants research and identification, and provides invaluable support to Resource Associates Outreach Team. She further acts as our in-house nonprofit development specialist, assisting organizations across the country in securing their Federal Tax Exempt status. She has served as the Vice President and Director of Cultural Resources Management Consultants and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science and Biology.



John leads Resource Associates consulting team and responds to RFPs and RFQs for grant related services. He works with many of our new clients to advise them of the best course of action to achieve their funding goals and acts as the clients point of contact throughout their relationship with Resource Associates. John honestly and realistically assesses our clients suitability for various funding opportunities, makes recommendations and provides guidance throughout the grant writing process. Since starting with RA in 2009, John has been directly involved in over 70 funded grants totaling over $68 million in funding for nonprofit and public agencies. John taught classes in Composition Fundamentals and College Composition at Colorado State University where he holds a Bachelors Degree in English. He further completed the coursework for a Masters in Literature at the university. After a successful term in the US Army, John spent a number of years as a Publications Manager at Integrity Publishing, a publisher of custom client-driven magazines showcasing Charitable Foundations, Chambers of Commerce, and Visitors Bureaus and has extensive corporate and major account management experience working with companies such as the Avis/Budget Group, Cingular Wireless and Canon Business Solutions



As a member of the Resource Associates’ Outreach Team, Jessica works in the New Mexico office consulting with clients and locating the correct grants to fulfill their funding needs. She also assists in coordinating capacity building conferences, seminars and trainings and has done a great deal of work with tribal entities. In addition she has assisted in writing several Health and Human Services grants and is currently the primary contact for all fire, police, and FEMA related funding opportunities. Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and in English from New Mexico State University where she has worked with the University as a mentor for students in need of financial assistance, locating and assisting with grant applications and loans.



Julie Merryman has been working at Resource Associates’ New Mexico headquarters for more than two years now and will typically be one of your first points of contact. She serves as an important outreach liaison who helps potential clients find out what opportunities are available to them. Julie is an expert at all services offered by Resource Associates and will help guide you on the most efficient path to obtain financial assistance for your organization. Julie also leads our individual and for profit development department, helping these entities with their search for start up, capital, and expansion funding. Whether you are with a business or a nonprofit, let Julie know if you would like to be added to her database of potential clients so she can keep you updated on important funding opportunities as they become available.



Kristen S. Rivas has a Bachelors degree in Health Education and Promotion, with a minor in addiction counseling. In addition, she has a Masters degree in Substance Abuse Counseling and Education and is licensed by the State of Nevada as a Substance Abuse Counselor. She has over 18 years of experience working in the health field, with a special focus on the mental health, substance abuse treatment and prevention service area. For the past ten years she has worked at both the state level and within the business community planning, implementing and evaluating projects at all levels to include the grassroots, state and federal levels. More specifically, Kristen specializes in program planning, strategic planning, fund development, quality assurance, grant writing and evaluation.