The Center for Rural Outreach and Public Services, Inc. (CROPS) has assembled a team of directors, each of whom offers expert counsel and guidance in their specialized area. We create customized consulting plans and contracts to best serve each client’s individual and unique needs. CROPS Directors are listed below with their areas of expertise:

Grant Writing

Community Development

Youth Development


Beverly Santicola – public speaking, grant writing, grant writing training, grant management and grant consulting, project design and program development, Director of Technology Grants Community, author of $24 million in grant awards. Founder and CEO of US Government Grants, Houston, Texas.

Jan Mitchell Johnson – public speaking, book publishing, K-12 education, grant writing, coaching, consulting and review, program development, project design and author of $130 million in grant awards. President and CEO of Grantsformation, Houston, Texas.

Martina Coordes – drug prevention, community partnerships, board development, author of one of the highest scoring Drug Free Communities grants from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) in 2011. Associate Director for Technology Grants Community and Western Region Director for CROPS, Spokane Washington

Jodi Prout – grant writing, economic development planner, policy, systems, environmental sustainability, healthy communities, Brownfields, green infrastructure, food systems, community gardens, urban agriculture, coalition building, health impact assessments, quality improvement and evaluation, placemaking, heritage branding and tourism, social media for public involvement, author of $3.4 million in grants.

Dr. Susan Thomas – Dr. Susan Thomas is the Executive Director of Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG), a voluntary organization of local governments in the Texoma region that assists in the development and implementation of regional economic and community development planning projects and facilitates the efficient delivery of a variety of federal and state social support services.

Thomas Torsell – conservation, volunteer coordinator, community advocate, environmental sustainability, nonprofit leadership. Employed with Indiana Department of Natural Resources as Conservation Officer.

Eileen “Taffy” Lafferty – small business development, economic development, loan portfolio management, capitalization of revolving loan funds, youth entrepreneurship, individual development accounts, feasibility studies, market studies, and Native American tribes. Enrolled member of Rosebud Sioux Tribe in Rosebud South Dakota, employed at Native American Development Corporation in Billings, Montana.

Harry E. Cummins, III – youth development, youth coaching, team building, volunteer coordination, fundraising, event planning, youth fitness, urban gardens, project implementation and leadership. Founder of the International Boxing Club, Toledo, Ohio and co-founder of CROPS Growing Rural.

Lynn Olszewski – healthcare leadership, nursing, quality control, nonprofit business administration, budgets, operations, health education, coalition building and strategic planning. Director for the Northwest Indiana Area Health Education Center, a statewide network funded by the Indiana State Department of Health, US Department of Health & Human Services and Health Resources Services Administration.

Beth Wrobel – Beth Wrobel has been the CEO of HealthLinc, Inc. since 2002. She has moved the organization from a free medical clinic serving adults to a Federally Qualified Health Center providing a health care home to all life cycles, prenatal to seniors, with integrated medical, dental, optometry and behavioral health services at 6 locations and a mobile medical/dental van. HealthLinc has over 200 employees. Beth holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University. She is also a graduate of the Johnson and Johnson UCLA Health Care Executive Program.