Every Organization Needs A Superhero!

Our Team the faces that make it happen!

Stacey Efaw, MBA

Grant Writer

One of Stacey’s greatest joys in life is utilizing her twenty years of management and business experience to improve and grow tax- exempt businesses. For the past eleven years, Stacey Efaw, MBA, has served as the Executive Director of ECHO, a social service agency located in Tampa, Florida. During her tenure, Stacey successfully transformed a struggling charity into a thriving and growing pillar in the community. Under her leadership, ECHO has won numerous awards. By incorporating her business improvements and fundraising strategies, ECHO was able to quadruple their cash reserves while facing increasing client demand.

Stacey has experience in developing and implementing strategies for sound business and marketing plans. Her creative ideas involve:

o Developing social enterprise endeavors
o Increasing revenue streams
o Insuring financial stability
o Increasing media exposure

In 2012, Stacey developed and implemented a grass roots point of sale program that achieved better than expected results for both brand awareness and for the business’s bottom line.

Stacey is active in her community and involved in numerous civic and professional groups. A graduate of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay’s CEO Executive Think Tank, Stacey is also a member of The Presidents Council for Hillsborough Community College (HCC), Brandon Campus. In addition she serves on the Advisory Committee of HCC’s Human Services Program. Stacey is active in The Tampa Bay Network To End Hunger, The Blue Ridge Institute for Southern Community Service Executives as well as the Suncoast Social Enterprise Alliance.

To contact Stacey, you can email her at:

Ginna Stophel Kennedy, J.D.

Team Associate & Grant Writer

Ginna began her career as a community service professional 15 years ago as a counselor for victims of domestic violence. She has worked in non-profit organizations throughout the United States focusing primarily on domestic violence, drug addiction and at-risk youth. She served as the Director of the California Youth Crisis Line, a statewide hotline for teens in crisis.

Ginna graduated with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law. She ran a successful law practice for several years, handling a wide variety of cases in many areas of the law including domestic, criminal, corporate and non-profit. Ginna is most proud of her work in juvenile law including delinquency, abuse and neglect, and permanence for displaced children. She served as Guardian ad litem for over 100 children, giving them a much needed voice in the courtroom.

Prior to joining Arts In Action, Ginna served as Executive Director of Hands On! Regional Museum in Johnson City, Tennessee. During her tenure she implemented a plan that allowed the Museum to experience record growth in attendance and provide STEM-based educational programs to record numbers of children. Ginna’s focus on board development and community relations positioned Hands On! for significant growth in the coming years.

Ginna is active in her community and is involved in local civic groups and organizations. She has served on the Board of Directors for various organizations. Currently she serves on the Board of the Blue Ridge Institute for Southern Community Service Executives.

Ginna is currently available for grant writing, consulting, board development and public speaking. You may contact her at ginnakennedy.artsinaction@gmail.com.

Venita Garvin, MS

Team Associate & Grant Writer

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Venita holds a Master’s in Liberal Studies from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health from Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Venita’s career in the non-profit arena spans over twenty years in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Movement. During the course of her non-profit career she has honed the following competencies: Grant Writing, Resource Development, Management and Leadership, and Strategic Planning. Venita has a proven track record in securing Federal and State funding in excess of twenty million during her career. She also has a track record in her ability to cultivate and secure financial gifts ranging from $1,000 – $25,000. Additionally, Venita has had much success in securing capital improvement grants and funding.

Venita is certified in Cultural Diversity with an emphasis on Women’s Issues. She currently serves as a board member of the Health Council for South Florida, Inc. serving Miami and Monroe County, Florida. She is a board member of the Education Foundation of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Florida where she serves as Second Vice President and Chair of the Growth and Expansion Committee.

She is a co-author of two books: “Becoming Your Own Best Friend” and “Life is An Attitude, The Power of Positive Living”. Venita’s also contributed to other books; “When the Vows Break, How to Handle Divorce” and “Getting Through the Hurt Locker Years”.

You can reach Venita at: Venita.ArtsInAction@gmail.com

Erin Dalton

Grant Writer & Blog Contributor

With more than fifteen years of experience in research and writing, Erin is adept at assisting organizations with their strategic projects needs. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English from Loyola College, Erin honed her fact-checking skills as a research editor at Philadelphia Magazine. Her love of travel brought her to San Francisco, where she served as executive administrator in the finance office of the non-profit Daughters of Charity Health System. Moving back East to central New York, she worked in Cornell University’s Communications Office, where she drafted executive communications and coordinated the development of a university-wide marketing plan for the Ivy League institution.

She took some time to “off” to raise three wonderful kids. Now, she lives in beautiful Bucks County with her family, and her focus is on being a non-profit advocate by writing grants, managing communications, and content development for organizations such as Arts in Action and Central Bucks Athletic Association’s lacrosse program.

Erin is available for grant writing, blogging and other strategic communications projects. You can reach her at erincdalton@gmail.com.