The PCC Grants Office Staff

Grants Office P.O. Box 19000 Portland, OR 97280-0990 | 971-722-4643 | FAX: 971-722-8390 |

Vanessa Wood, Interim Director of Grants Development

Vanessa is skilled in writing grants for social service programs focusing on education, health and children. She worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest as the Associate Director— Foundation Support from August 2006 through December 2007. While at BBBS, Vanessa wrote successful proposals to various public agencies such as the United Way of the Columbia Willamette, US Department of Education, and the US Department of Health and Human Services. She also secured grants from private and corporate foundations including US Bancorp Foundation, PGE Foundation, Spirit Mountain Community Fund and the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation. Prior to her work at BBBS, Vanessa was a grant writing and fundraising consultant for community non-profit organizations.

Vanessa has a B.A. in Communications and Global Studies from Pacific Lutheran University. She received certification as a Grants Specialist from the National Grant Writers Association in August 2003. Vanessa is an active member of her Northeast Portland neighborhood where she has worked with children’s programs and donated her time as a fundraising and grant writing consultant to local non-profit organizations.

Michelle DuBarry, Grants Officer

Michelle has been writing, researching and fundraising for Portland nonprofits since 2002. Prior to joining Portland Community College in 2009, she worked on a variety of grant-funded health research projects supported by public and private sources including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund and several government agencies. Her experience also includes 2 years writing grants for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, the pediatric arm of Oregon Health and Science University, where she led the development of more than $1.3 million in funded proposals from private foundations.

Michelle has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Portland State University and a B.A. in Political Science from Montana State University.

Bonnie Hester, Grants Officer

Prior to joining Portland Community College in 2010, Bonnie worked as a grants consultant for large non-profit organizations and school districts as a writer, researcher and fundraiser. She is skilled in writing grant proposals for social service and education programs for youth and adults. Bonnie has written successful grant proposals to numerous private and corporate foundations such as the Alcoa Foundation, Aspen Institute, Bank of America, and the Gray Family Fund. She has also secured grants from public agencies such as the US Department of Education, US Department of Health and Human Services, and the US Department of Labor, as well as from local and state agencies in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Oregon, and Washington. Previously Bonnie was a high school teacher and administrator and a part-time faculty at Seattle Community College in Washington.

Bonnie has a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from the University of Washington and a B.S in Special Education from the University of Tulsa.

Suzanne Lewis Ship, Interim Grants Officer

Suzanne Lewis Ship has worked in fundraising and grant writing since 1999. Starting as an affordable housing and social services grant writer for the Commonwealth Land Trust, she moved into university fundraising as a Development Officer for Boston University and a Senior Foundation Relations Officer for Boston Medical Center, where she focused on pediatric services, oncology, and gerontology research grants. Since coming to Portland, she has written grants for PCC and Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as for the Commonwealth Land Trust. She is most proud of her involvement in funding a housing project that houses 120 formerly homeless disabled veterans and special needs men and women in a very high-end neighborhood in sight of Beacon Hill in Boston, as well as helping obtain funding for the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children. She has also served as a Board Member for the Family to Family Project, which helped supply homeless families in shelters with small grants for security deposits which allowed them to move into permanent housing.

Suzanne has a B.A. from University of California, Santa Cruz and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

Laura Sanders, Interim Grants Officer

Laura has over 20 years of experience serving educational nonprofits as both writing instructor and fund raiser, including positions as corporate relations manager at PUENTE Learning Center in Los Angeles and director of development at Tucker-Maxon Oral School in Portland. Her passion for PCC extends to her roles as assessment coach and community-based learning faculty coordinator at the Southeast Center. Laura wears many hats at the college. In her position as English instructor for Sylvania and Southeast, she sees firsthand the positive impact grant-funded programs and resources make in the lives of PCC students.

Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Loyola University, New Orleans, as well as a master’s degree and doctorate in English Literature from the University of Southern California.

Nikko Baraquio, Post Award Grant Officer

Nikko joined the Grants Office in April 2012. Prior to joining Portland Community College she worked for over 2 years at the City of Gresham as the city-wide Grant Coordinator. In Hawaii, Nikko worked for Pacific Health Research Institute as the Director of Proposal Preparation Division. Nikko has experience in all phases of the grant process. She has been involved in researching grant opportunities, completing and submitting federal, state and foundation proposals, grant administration and grant close-out.

Nikko has a Master's Degree and B.A. in Sociology from Central Missouri State University.

Shannan Cox, Grants Specialist

Shannan joined the department as Grants Specialist in August 2006. She has been with the College since 2000, starting in Accounts Receivable and spending several years as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Instruction on the Sylvania campus. Shannan brings a strong background in budget work, administrative support and understanding of the college organization. She is an active member of the American Association for Women in Community College (AAWCC).

Shannan has a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Riverside, a D.C. degree from Western States Chiropractic College and an AA in Management & Supervisory Development from PCC.


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What others are saying about us:

"Whether it is your first grant or your 10th, PCC's Grants Office support is invaluable. Working with Grants Office is the most effective way to prepare a proposal and it will certainly provide the greatest likely hood for success. They are a very intelligent and very professional group."

Todd Sanders, Mechanical Engineering Faculty, NSF Grant Principal Investigator