As the founder and chief FQHC Strategist of The Write Choice Network, Monica Niess brings extensive experience in federal proposal development and grants management services to Tribes, health centers, educational institutions, foundations, and non-profit organizations to support sustainable community development efforts through a health and wellness lens, securing $1 billion in funding. Monica is one of the foremost experts in anchoring a Federally Qualified Health Center in a community to employ economic development strategies that address social determinants of health and result in a healthy community and local, thriving economy. Before launching WCN, Monica was responsible for securing approximately $40 million annually in grant funds as the Planning and Development Manager for one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers in the nation. In that role, she gained valuable experience building relationships in Washington D.C. with federal agencies and national associations that significantly enhances the Network’s ability to develop competitive applications that align with national and federal priorities, Healthy People 2020, and recent legislative initiatives. In addition, the Network has affiliate members in Impact Investing to leverage investments into social enterprises in the communities we serve. Monica brings these relationships to all Network clients to build their capacity to be successful in designing a sustainable funding model. Monica has a Masters Certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership at Green Mountain College and was selected as a Professional Fellow in Food Security by the U.S. State Department to study food systems in east Africa.
English brings 10 years of experience writing and managing federal and private foundation grants in the nonprofit sector, with many projects focused on supporting rural and underserved communities. She has expertise with nonprofit management, fundraising, grant compliance, technical writing, project development and implementation, budgeting, preparing and hosting workshops / trainings / conferences, public policy, economic development initiatives and event coordination. She has served as an Executive Director for a statewide nonprofit that provided advocacy, technical assistance and training, was a Technical Writer for the software development sector and managed her own event planning business. Currently she is working with The Write Choice Network as a Grant Writer, assisting WCN clients with funding proposal development, community health needs assessments, grant opportunity research and project management assistance. She has a Masters of Arts degree in Anthropology from New Mexico State University, a Bachelors of Science in Journalism and a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Florida.
Mercedes brings a wealth of background in community health centers, data management / analysis, federal grants management, and compliance to our work improving the health of underserved populations. She was raised in rural southern New Mexico along the U.S. / Mexico border and intimately understands the needs and challenges of providing quality health care to vulnerable populations. She comes from a family dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all people in her community through social justice. Her mother has been a strong leader in the FQHC movement for over 20 years and her father has dedicated himself to improving housing conditions of low-income people throughout the entire Southwest. Mercedes understands the value of measuring and evaluating indicators of community health improvement that document our successes and build a case for support for an organization. Mercedes has worked and volunteered at several Federally Qualified Health Center's (urban, rural, tribal) in New Mexico in all different capacities including administrative, dental front office, accounting, as well as shadowing both medical and dental providers. Mercedes brings years of experience in administrative support and a strong budget and accounting background in both the non-profit and for-profit industries to The Write Choice Network.
Randi brings many years of experience in client services and business management to the WCN team. Over the past 7 years, Randi was in charge of multiple fitness centers in the St. Louis area, ensuring safe and quality exercise and nutrition services were available in her community. She has expertise in business and facilities management, human resources, small business marketing & sales, and she completed the certified personal trainer program through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Randi works with Ms. Niess and the WCN team to manage federal and private grant applications, federal registrations, EHB tasks, Change in Scope applications, HRSA Site Visits, grants management and compliance work, as well as helping to build the administrative capacity of WCN to respond to HRSA funding opportunities.