The GrantProse Team
William Carruthers, Ph.D.
William (Bill) is president/CEO of GrantProse, Inc. After serving in the United States Air Force, Bill got his start in education as a school psychologist in Kansas. In 1980, he and his family moved to North Carolina, where he was employed as a school psychologist in the Wake County Public School System located in Raleigh. In 1998, he was named senior director for grants administration for the school district. He helped school district personnel secure more than $60 million in grant funding until retiring in 2008. In his “retirement,” Bill has begun his second career and keeps busy with GrantProse, Inc. providing agencies, organizations, and institutions with proposal writing and program evaluation services. Bill has a Ph.D. in psychology from North Carolina State University, an M.Ed. in guidance from Wichita State University, an M.S. in sociology from Purdue University, and a B.S. in astronautical/aeronautical engineering from Purdue University. Bill has a beautiful wife Barbara, wonderful children Seth and Celeste and their spouses Erin and Pete, and four grandsons—Jack, Luke, Emmett, and Silas—who make it all worthwhile. He dabbles in genealogy and has yet to master Facebook.
Barbara Carruthers, Ed.D.
Barbara is secretary and treasurer with GrantProse, Inc. Barbara began her teaching career in 1969, retiring in December 2010. In her career, Barbara has been a reading specialist and a special educator instructing learning disabled, educably mentally handicapped, emotionally disabled, and autistic students, among others. She has taught and tutored students in grades K-12. She has been the learning disability consultant for the state in North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction and has been an assistant professor at Campbell University in the School of Education. Barbara achieved National Board Certified Teacher status and was a certified trainer of the University of Kansas Strategic Instructional Model. Barbara’s Ed.D. is from North Carolina State University, M.Ed. from Purdue University, and B.A. from Russell Sage College.
Eleanor Hasse, Ph.D.
Eleanor is the Director of Research and Development with GrantProse, Inc. Prior to joining GrantProse, Eleanor was a science consultant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In that position, she coordinated committees charged with developing state standards, developed curriculum support materials, reviewed state assessments for curriculum alignment and scientific accuracy, provided analysis of various student and teacher data, and provided teacher professional development. She also presented to a wide variety of stakeholders to develop their understanding of North Carolina’s science curriculum and science education initiatives, assisted with the management of state math and science partnership grants, and developed partnerships with other institutions to promote science education. She has taught high school and middle school math and science in North Carolina and California and served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Belize and Nepal. Eleanor’s Ph.D. in science education is from North Carolina State University. She holds an M.Ed. from Stanford University and a B.A. in biology from Harvard.
Janey McMillen, Ph.D.
Janey is Director of Program Evaluation with GrantProse, Inc. She has over 25 years of research and evaluation experience, serving as principal investigator of more than 20 federally-funded studies, a frequent panel member for NIH study sections, and chair of the Institutional Review Boards for three different entities. Prior to joining GrantProse, she was the Chief Scientific Officer for 3C Institute, a research and development firm in Research Triangle Park NC, leading the company’s research division for over 13 years. Janey is a former research investigator for the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and continues to serve as a clinical Assistant Professor in the school of education. She has been a faculty member and program director for undergraduate and graduate programs in education and served as a member of the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health Prevention Advisory Committee, North Carolina Birth through Kindergarten Higher Education Consortium, and the North Carolina State Resource Planning Team for Early Childhood. Her recent work has focused on the application of implementation science to support effective adoption, broad-scale implementation, and sustainability of evidence-based programs. She served as co-chair of the Triangle Implementation Group, a regional implementation collaborative for advancing implementation science, practice, and policy within North Carolina and is a founding member of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration. Janey holds a Ph.D. in early childhood special education with an emphasis in early childhood intervention and a minor in school psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a B.A. in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
Sharon Schulze, Ph.D.
Sharon is a project coordinator at GrantProse, Inc. Prior to joining GrantProse, Sharon served as associate dean for research advancement at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, where she helped faculty find promising research grant opportunities and write proposals to major federal agencies. Sharon came to Duke after serving as director of The Science House at North Carolina State University, where she led a statewide network of teacher professional developers working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Sharon received her Ph.D. in cognitive studies in education (learning sciences) at the University of Pittsburgh, working with researchers at the renowned Learning Research and Development Center. She also has a B.A. in physics, a B.S. in curriculum and instruction (mathematics education), and an M.S. in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University. Presently, she is enrolled in the Duke University Divinity School working toward a master of divinity degree.
Pamela Lovin, B.S.
Pamela is a project coordinator with GrantProse, Inc. Prior to joining GrantProse, Pamela taught high school science throughout North Carolina. Pamela received National Board Certified Teacher status and was named Outstanding Young Educator by the North Carolina Jaycees. For the past 12 years, she has worked as a science consultant for various organizations developing and evaluating curriculum and conducting professional development. Pamela currently serves on the board of the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair. She holds a B.S. in science education and a B.S. in chemistry from Western Carolina University.
Erin is a Project Coordinator and the Director of Communications for GrantProse, Inc. In addition to managing evaluation projects and assisting with grant-writing, Erin is responsible for all company communications including publications, public relations, digital media, and social networking. Prior to joining GrantProse, Erin worked for a small research firm managing their funding acquisitions and IRB processes, as well as coordinating research projects focused on the development and testing of software platforms. In her spare time, Erin tutors local middle & high school students in a range of subjects in order to encourage their academic success. Erin holds a B.A. in Psychology from East Carolina University and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology.
Rita provides support to GrantProse clients with proposal development, composing text, and researching resources associated with grant projects. Rita has 20+ years of experience as a writer and editor for nonprofits, corporations, publishers, and consulting firms. Prior to joining GrantProse, Rita worked for an educational evaluator, editing and writing reports on grant-funded programs and learning to spot the story behind the data. She gained a clear perspective of the responsibility involved in receiving a grant—accountability to the funding source—which also informs the process of writing a grant proposal. Rita holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in music performance.