Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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, BofA, 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.

Robert Muñoz, Jr., Grants Officer

Robert has experience in writing state, federal, and private grants in the area of health, education, and art. He has worked as project coordinator, project manager, and principal investigator on grants. He worked with the Latino Research and Policy Center as a research coordinator, which entailed overseeing federal and state grants. Many of the grants involved working with multiple partners that included community-based organizations, state and local health agencies, American Heart Association, hospitals, universities, Centers for Disease Control, the Colorado Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others. He has also worked with diverse partners in developing infrastructure and capacity surrounding different aspects of grant projects.

Robert has a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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.

Danielle Dennenberg, Grant Officer

A visionary leader with a creative spirit, Dani holds a 15-year history of work in non-profit settings. She has been a featured guest speaker for thousands of school kids and community organizations and specializes in service/civic engagement programming and grassroots fundraising.

Dani has a knack for envisioning and generating possibility with limited resources and pioneering ahead-of-the curve initiatives such as Seeds for Change, an organization she founded. She wrote grant proposals to a private foundation that helped the organization succeed from 2000-2008. While with HEART Portland, she co-wrote a successful proposal to the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, which gave her an opportunity to deliver an innovative environmental education program to Grant High School. She also managed a grant from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and a Master’s degree in Education from Cambridge College. She is the first person in the United States to graduate with a specialized degree in Humane Education.