Lynn Arsenault, Founder & CEO
Founder of LMA Grant Consulting, Lynn works with nonprofit and social impact organizations nationwide to secure the grant funding they need to succeed. Supported by a growing team of grant consultants, Lynn is proud to have led LMA Grant Consulting in its partnership with 30+ organizations since its founding with over $15,000,000 raised to date. With a background over the last decade as a nonprofit professional, educator, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Lynn takes a collaborative approach to her work with a focus on building strong relationships with clients, funders, and the nonprofit community at large.
Lynn holds an MBA in Nonprofit Leadership from New England College and a BA in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies with a focus in Psychology from Westfield State University. In her free time, Lynn enjoys traveling with her husband and has two fur babies that occasionally join her Zoom calls!
Allyson Cobbins, Executive Assistant
Allyson Cobbins is a dynamic curator of change. With over 12 plus years supporting companies and churches in the improvement of their infrastructure and environment, she has been able to achieve long lasting change and improvement. Allyson believes that healthy sustainability and communication are the key assets of any company and she rises to the occasion to assist with a targeted response to the issue. She has used different teaching, and technical strategies to improve an overall understanding of company policy, structure, and strategy.
Allyson has served in several different capacities such as logistics coordinator, strategist, and executive assistant. She is currently working on her degree for I/O Psych and is geared to assisting clients who want to see their vision achieved with stable, long lasting effects.
Michelle Veras, Grant Consultant
Michelle Veras is a native Rhode Islander, with over fifteen years of non-profit work experience. Currently, Michelle is the Projects Director at the National LGBT Cancer Network, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ cancer survivors and those at risk. Michelle manages the organization’s operations, including finance, human resources, grants, and contracts. She oversees a team of staff in delivering training, education, and technical assistance across the country. After more than a decade of work in community health, Michelle obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Brown University. As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Michelle is committed to using her skills and education towards improving the well-being of her community. Michelle is passionate about organizational development and systems change work. In her spare time, you can find her enjoying the Providence restaurant scene and spending time with her son.
Nanako Tamaru, Grant Consultant
Nanako Tamaru is a licensed attorney and international peacebuilding practitioner. Her expertise areas include grant writing, program development, gender equity and social inclusion, and training/facilitation.
As an independent consultant, Nanako serves as Executive Director of the Boston Network for International Development and Associate for Peacebuilding Effectiveness at CDA Collaborative Learning. She is also a faculty member at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management, where she teaches courses on program design and women, peace, and security. Nanako has managed peacebuilding programs in Syria and Somalia and has written on issues related to governance and conflict resolution for Inclusive Security, UN Women, United Nations Development Programme, International IDEA, and Conflict Dynamics International.
Nanako holds a Master's Degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Juris Doctor from Boston University. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Gender Studies from U.C. Berkeley.
Stephanie Nunes, Grant Consultant
Stephanie Nunes, born in Cape Verde and raised in Pawtucket, RI, has over 15 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, focused in the areas of youth development, program development and evaluation, and organizational strategy and management. Currently, Stephanie is the Deputy Director of Youth In Action in Providence, RI, an intergenerational organization where adults serve in the role of mentorship and allyship, amplifying the voices of youth and collaboratively cultivating a space for genuine, sustainable youth-led work. Stephanie manages the organization’s operations, including finance and human resources, and co-leads overall agency sustainability & growth. She holds a Master of Social Work from Washington University’s Brown School in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Social Work from Providence College.
"When we first started working with Lynn, we had zero grants activity. We needed a complete program from scratch. While nervous at first that a consultant could truly find our voice, that feeling was completely dispelled upon review of our first two submissions. Lynn and her team did their research and provided grant language that could have been written by our own Founders. The attention to our mission and vision for success was clear. Almost a year later and we are still seeing tremendous success in our grants program."
Jessica Pelletier, Executive Director
Boswell Family Charitable Foundation
"Lynn and her team are world class professionals in every sense. As a Nonprofit President and career military officer, I rarely see individuals with the level of dedication, organization and enthusiasm that Lynn exhibits in every single interaction. She has a wealth of knowledge in the grant writing environment and a wealth of contacts and an expansive network that has enabled our organizations success time and time again. I will never be able sing Lynn’s praises enough. If you are looking for a grant writer then look no further. Thanks Lynn for making the Boswell Family Charitable Foundation a success time and time again."
Michael Boswell, Founder & CEO
Ballers Softball Colorado Springs
"You are definitely great at what you do! Ballers Softball Colorado Springs appreciates your hard work and dedication! Keep up the great work!!!"
Tracy Martinez, Founder, President, & Coach
United Nations Association of Greater Boston
"Lynn is a phenomenal grant writer. She asks questions that get to the heart of the program and its impact and is able to explain what we do in easy-to-understand language. Her attention to detail is so high and I always have full trust in the quality of her work. It's a pleasure to work with Lynn on grants, any organization would be lucky to have this opportunity!"
Caitlin Moore, Executive Director
Bond Together, Inc.
"This was our company's first chance to work with Lynn and it was an amazing experience. Lynn is organized, efficient, and articulate. Her skills helped to guide us through the grant process and successfully connected us with a fiscal sponsor. Thank you, Lynn and the LMA team!"
The Bond Together, Inc. Team
"Lynn hosted a workshop for our nonprofit to teach our development team how to utilize databases to find government contracts that we may qualify for. This recorded workshop serves as a training for our staff to access government funding that is often difficult to find. Lynn's workshop was well prepared, organized, and engaging."
Kevin James, Institutional Giving Manager at Breaktime
Check out the podcast we were featured on!
LMA Grant Consulting was featured for the second time on Financing Solution's Nonprofit MBA Podcast with Stephen Halasnik. Read the press release below and listen to the podcast today: