Our Team

 Christopher Semler, MBA, PMP

Christopher Semler

Christopher Semler

Chris has degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Ithaca College and an MBA from St. John Fisher College.  He is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Manager Professional.   Since creating Organizational Harmony, he has helped raise over $254 million in funds for schools, hospitals, non-profits, and businesses.   Chris has an award rate of 73%, and has created the highest scoring application for several competitions to include the US Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation, the US Health and Human Resources Telehealth Network Grant Program, the NYS Department of Education’s Mission Transition Program, and the NYS Department of Education Response to Intervention Program.  Chris wrote three Race to the Top – District grants which all placed in the top 20 out of 392 applications and resulted in over $47 million in funding.

As an officer in the US Army, Chris served ten years active duty and 14 years in the National Guard and Army Reserve.  His tours included Company, Battery, and Battalion command.  He also served in combat as General Petraeus’ project planner for the Iraqi Army, and on the Army’s Crisis Action Team 3 at the Pentagon, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. As the Chief of Force Generation was responsible for the successful development of the Multi-National Forces Project Plan which planned, integrated, and synchronized $5.7 Billion in resources to ensure the Iraqi Security Forces were prepared to secure their nation during the December 2005 elections and capable of independent operations in all provinces by 2007.

Chris worked as a non-profit director and vice president for agencies supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.  In these roles, Chris developed many new employment opportunities, clinical programs, and homes for people with developmental disabilities. In one organization, he raised more than $13 million in additional revenues and was key to increasing customer growth by 42%. In these roles, Chris managed up to six facilities and led as many as 200 people.

 Lynne Paeno

Lynne Paeno

Lynne Paeno i s a grant writer, evaluator, and researcher with deep knowledge of grant and RFP/proposal writing for state, local, and federal opportunities and extensive experience in grant research, fund development, project management, and program design. Her expertise spans a variety of verticals including education, law enforcement, defense, homeland security, IT, transit, and economic/community development. Lynne has worked with more than 70 K-12 school districts creating proposals for a variety of topics, including unique programs such as such as Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Public Sector Electric Efficiency. Sample funded proposals include Elementary and Secondary School Counseling, NYS Teaching is the CORE, NYS Universal Pre-K, Supportive Integrated Services for Veterans, Basic Center, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. She has excellent writing skills with an ability to quickly adapt and develop high-quality content about client needs, products/services. One of her key assets is her ability to defuse the tensions of clients and end staffers working to tight deadlines.

Lynne’s experience includes:

  • 21+ years’ experience as a grant writer
  • Leadership Training Certificate
  • Strong editing and writing skills, and ability to analyze and integrate disparate data/information into a cohesive narrative
  • 10+ years of experience in developing fund development/strategic planning, prospect research
  • Supercharge Your Search Training
  • Searching For and Finding RFPs Training
  • Author, ” The Professional Grant Writer,” 2007

 K. Dixon Zorovich

KDZDixon is an independent grant writer and project manager, providing writing, research, and management services to not-for-profit organizations.  She received her Master’s of Public Policy from the Bloustein School of Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she specialized in environmental policy.  Dixon worked at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development for seven years, where she was responsible for all aspects of program development and management, including research, data analysis, grant writing, and project administration.  As Senior Project Manager, she coordinated the center’s work on brownfields, producing one of the nation’s first in-depth analyses of the role of brownfields redevelopment in job creation.  In addition, Dixon was the co-author on the seminal Work Trends survey, a quarterly series that queries American workers on a wide range of workforce development issues, and a contributor to the Natural Assets Project, which examined the scope for reducing poverty through asset building in the form of environmental capital.  Following her tenure at the Heldrich Center, Dixon first served as the Director of the LaGuardia Workforce1 Center for the City of New York, and then worked for the National Audubon Society.  As the Center Director of Audubon Greenwich, Audubon’s oldest nature education center in the country, Dixon helped fulfill the Audubon mission of protecting birds, other wildlife, and their habitats by managing 650 acres of open space and delivering nature education programs to thousands of children and adults.  By connecting people to nature and encouraging a culture of conservation, Dixon, and her staff built the capacity of local residents to engage in community-based conservation and create healthy, sustainable bird-friendly communities.

Lisa Semler

DSC01886_cropLisa Semler, provides customer relations, data management, and administrative supports to Organizational Harmony.   Lisa has experience as a Human Resource Generalist and Data Analyst. Lisa also is a voice model for many telecommunications companies to include AT&T and other national directory services.