The CoSo Team
Karma Crawford founded CoSo in 2000 to help non-profits and community health centers improve the impact of their grants programs. She holds a master of science in public health degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and specializes in community-based program development, grants management and program evaluation. Her experience as a grant writer, grants manager for municipal government and grant review panel member for federal grants have helped her gain a unique skill set that helps organizations develop successful grant applications, improve the quality of services and increase effectiveness at managing grant funds. She has extensive experience in the fields of primary health care, behavioral health care, aging services, education, early childhood development, parent education, workforce development, criminal justice, environmental education, refugee services and disaster relief. Karma lives in Portland, ME.
Alison Aucoin holds a master’s degree in public health, with an emphasis in international health, from Tulane University (2007). She specializes in community needs assessments, prospect research, grants program planning, and program evaluation for programs that address maternal and child health, HIV, education, housing, behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse), juvenile justice, health disparities in developing countries, the arts, and historic preservation. She has developed successful proposals for numerous Federal agencies, large and small foundations, corporations, and European development agencies. Alison lives in Durham, NC.
Dee Perez, MFA
Dee Perez has more than 20 years experience as a project developer, program manager and grant writer in higher education, municipal government and animal welfare. She has developed projects and successfully competed for grants with such agencies as USDA, CDC, HRSA, HUD, NSF, NEH, NASA, DofEd as well as numerous state agencies and foundations. Dee has particular expertise in setting up new grant programs, implementing newly funded projects, and “rescuing” troubled or struggling grant-funded programs, helping bring them back on track to meet commitments and maintain funding. She has worked with colleges, universities, businesses, nonprofits and k-12 in New Mexico, Washington, New Jersey, and Oregon. Dee holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and has done extensive course work in business administration, marketing and management. Dee lives in Medford, OR.
Lori Fabian has over thirty years of experience working with non-profit organizations, and twenty as President of Fabian Consulting, Inc. A specialist in outcome measurement and program evaluation since 1997, she has provided external evaluation for federal, state, and major foundation-funded programs and projects in LA, NJ, and NY, including programs as diverse as school performance improvement, substance abuse treatment, after-school programs, health literacy, youth mentoring, marriage strengthening, family literacy, and primary and behavioral healthcare integration. She and her team have provided consultation to nonprofits implementing electronic health records and health information exchanges, and to organizations seeking to improve and streamline their data collection and evaluation systems. Lori was principal investigator for a county-wide assessment of food insecurity in Passaic County, NJ in 2012, and for a national evaluation of a long-standing program for the Foundation Center in 2005. A frequent provider of training and technical assistance in both grantsmanship and program evaluation, Lori was the inaugural recipient of the New Jersey/New York Girl Scout Training Cluster’s annual Compass Award for Excellence and Leadership in Learning Facilitation. Lori lives in Hightstown, NJ.
Jeffrey Lischin holds an MA in Teaching and is a grantwriter and education consultant with extensive charter school experience in many states. In the last four years he wrote over $60 million in approved grants and has written or co-written over 15 approved charter school applications in five states. Jeffrey developed a Charter School Founders’ Manual that has been published in two editions specific to NJ and MD. As a consultant, Jeffrey writes charter school applications; provides design, development and technical assistance for charter schools; prepares grant applications; provides evaluation services; does funding opportunity research, project planning, and program design/development services. Areas of concentration include education, medical care, employment training, at-risk youth, social services, daycare, after-school programs, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, services for the homeless, community-based non-profit organizations, charter schools, YouthBuild, AmeriCorps, school-to-work, and welfare-to-work. Jeffrey is a founding member and Treasurer of the Nonprofit Consultants Collaborative and a member in good standing of the Grant Professionals Association. Jeffrey lives in Passaic, NJ.