Our Team

Writers And Researchers

Arts In Action has a demonstrated track record for delivering both enterprise and “a la carte” research and writing services. Each project is overseen by our Founder,  Grace Anne Alfiero, so you can communicate with her as she sets your brand’s tone, voice, requirements, keywords, and more. She hand-selects the best researchers, writers, editors, and proofers for you.

Our writers are experienced, vetted, and specialized within their specific areas of expertise. All work, edits, and proofs are checked by Grace Anne before being delivered to you for your review. All in all, it’s a fast and effective way to add talented writers to your team so that you can get the project to the finish line with precision and speed!

Should you have an endeavor that’s too large or complex to manage through your in-house team of copywriters, Arts In Action is the way to go.  Our superior quality and proven comprehensive grant writing and content development service is an outstanding way to add revenue to your agency’s bottom line.

Additionally, Arts In Action takes on freelance journalism opportunities and seeks out support for our team projects from foundations and media outlets.

Tatiana Bacchus

Tatiana Bacchus, Owner/Senior Producer of Teaspoon & Pound Media, is an emerging independent film and media maker who curates and amplifies the ancestral wisdom of subjects and characters rendered virtually invisible in mainstream media. Her current slate of projects include a children’s web series and Ulrick Jean-Pierre documentary in post-production. She uses her storytelling expertise to help her clients share their stories with online and live audiences.

Tatiana works with Grace Anne Alfiero at Arts In Action as a freelance journalist and photographer. A working actress for over two decades, Tatiana can be seen in the recently released feature films The Upside and Glass. Tatiana is a 2018 Flaherty Seminar Fellow, 2020 Scribe Film Scholar and has received three Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grants (2009, 2014, 2019.) for her Film Project in addition to a Small But Mighty Arts and Lucius and Eva Eastman grant.

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Amy Venn, LMSW

Amy Venn is a Writer for Arts In Action. Her passion for helping others can be traced back to her days as a Girl Scout and spending time volunteering with people with disabilities. Being an “accidental” Social Worker, became one of the best choices of her life over ten years ago when she lived with young adults with disabilities as a housing mentor. Amy has had many adventures as a Grant Writer, Project Manager, Researcher, and Medical Social Worker including managing several Self-Determination and Self Advocacy projects for adults with disabilities.

Working in academic, state government, nonprofit, and health care industries has given Amy the opportunity to gain perspective and provide solutions for a variety of organizations. Detail-oriented, hard-working, and personable, Amy has a knack for problem-solving and effectively communicating in verbal and written forms.

Amy lives in Austin, Texas where she serves as Patient and Family Services Manager at a Pediatric Outpatient Clinic for children with multiple disabilities, also providing counseling within the clinic and in a Private Practice Setting. Amy spends her free time with her adorable son Jackson and sweet pug “Bella.”

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Shandra Stringer, MNM

Shandra Stringer is the embodiment of someone who works at the grassroots level to make a difference with individuals and organizations. Shandra is the President and CEO of Grassroots Consulting, Inc. which is a holistic business service center providing services to for-profit & nonprofit companies to develop, grow, & sustain as businesses. Shandra develops and leads corporate trainings, capacity building services to community-based organizations and churches. Shandra brings to the Arts In Action team her deep love of research and communication for the development of policies & procedures, financial controls, & fund development.

Her financial subsidiary business of Stringer & Associates Financial Services includes budget & credit counseling services, and tax preparation. Shandra is also a licensed Insurance Agent and develops individualized policies including life, health, lifetime income, homeowners, auto, business, worker’s compensation insurance, and retirement planning.

Having overcome many life challenges has allowed Shandra to be a living transparent story and to ignite hope in others. Her story from homelessness to hope is one she shares to let others know “You Can Make It!”

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Danielle Sangita Rottenberg, M.Ed.

Immediately upon meeting Danielle, you’ll notice that she has a great passion for holistic healing and health. Danielle Sangita absolutely loves what she does! She carries with her a multitude of experiences and education weaved together beautifully on topics encompassing body, mind, and spirit. With extensive knowledge as an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, Bodyworker, Reiki Practitioner, and Vedic Counselor, Danielle has been able to continue a thriving private practice after 11 years in the Asheville, NC area.

As a published Author, Danielle has successfully launched two Amazon Bestselling books entitled Activate Your Life where she collaborated with experts from around the world on teachings and coaching exercises to transform one’s life. She is currently working on a third book collaboration. In 2015, Danielle created a nonprofit organization entitled The Yoga Service Movement where she brings free yoga, wellness lectures, and mindfulness classes to those experiencing economic hardships. After 16 years in the business, she is more excited than ever to continue her mission to help bring others to their fullest potential, balance, and happiness.

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Richard Chapman

Richard Chapman Is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. At the present time, he is finishing his Ph.D. in counseling education at the University of South Florida.

Beginning August 2020, he will be affiliated with the University of Kansas Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities. His area of research is in the promotion of self-advocacy and self-determination for individuals with disabilities. He also specializes in alternatives to guardianship for individuals with disabilities. He has a secondary research interest in psychotherapy for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Richard has written book chapters and academic articles as it relates to these topics. Richard was on AIA’s original Route to Self-Determination team from 2013-2016 and is part of the curriculum designer team as a content expert in 2020.

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Our Team

From Our Clients

Grace Anne is the real deal. Prompt. Dependable. Outstanding product. Highly recommended!

- Carl R. Lavender, Jr.

Consultant to Nonprofit & Government Organizations

Grace Anne is one of the most dynamic, persuasive and intelligent nonprofit professionals I have worked with in fifteen years. She is a natural and caring leader and consistently models excellence, bringing out the same in others. Her observations and strategies are always on-target and I have not met a more successful grant/proposal writer or fundraiser. Her passionate efforts on behalf of others achieve measurable successes and I would eagerly work with Grace anytime.

-George Kripner, Esq.

Senior Strategic Advisor to the President of Catawba Valley Community College

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