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Michele Dziadik-Willingham

Michele Dziadik-Willingham, Research Coordinator in the College of Health Professions has a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Texas Lutheran University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. A self-described interconnected thinker, she has over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit, government and higher education communities. Her passion is to utilize her skills in fundraising, program development and grants management to address “the gaps” in our society.

She has managed all aspects of the grant lifecycle and has generated over fifteen million dollars in grant funding through government (city, county, state and federal), corporate and private foundations. In addition, Michele managed $2.5 million of USDA and DOT monies for an external research grant funding process for an eight-state region of land-grant institutions for the South Central Sun Grant Initiative at Oklahoma State University. She has also served as an external reviewer for a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care grant panel.

Michele has worked with diverse populations in rural and urban settings of Texas, Oklahoma and Minnesota on many collaborative issues related to the arts, biofuels and alternate energy, children, disaster response, education, the elderly, the environment, mental and physical health, homelessness/housing, at-risk youth, teen pregnancy, unemployment/workforce development, substance abuse, service-learning/mentoring, volunteerism and national service.  Her mantra is relationships matter.

She has successfully secured over $15 million in funding on behalf of others from the following sources:

Government Awards:
Administration for Native Americans-Social and Economic Development
Administration for Native Americans-Language Preservation
Alamo Area Council of Governments
City of San Antonio, multiple funds
Bexar County, multiple funds
Department of Transportation
Governor’s Office of the State of Texas
            Victims of Crime – Department of Justice
            Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention – Department of Justice
Housing and Urban Development- Supportive Housing Program
Nation Endowment for the Arts
National Parks Service - Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation
 Act Grant
Office of Refugee Resettlement - Unaccompanied Alien Children
Oklahoma Department of Human Services- Capital Assistance Grant Federal
 Transit Administration
USDA –Farm Security and Rural Investment Act
USDA-Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Private Foundation Awards:
Archbishop’s Appeal – Archdiocese of San Antonio
Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio
Charity Ball of San Antonio
Christus Foundation for HealthCare
Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation
Goldsbury Foundation
Kenedy Memorial Foundation
Kronkosky Charitable Foundation
Najim Family Foundation
San Antonio Area Foundation, multiple funds
Scanlan Foundation
Shield-Ayres Foundation
Soules Foundation
St. Luke’s Lutheran Healthcare Ministries
St. Susie Healthcare Foundation
Texas Cavaliers
United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, multiple funds
Rachael and Ben Vaughan Foundation

Corporate Awards:
Bank of America, multiple funds
Broadway Bank, multiple funds
Frost Bank, multiple funds