About HCC

Resource Development

The Resource Development Office is the centralized clearinghouse and source of support for grant activity throughout the Holyoke Community College campus.

About our Office

The Resource Development Office exists to:

  • Support the mission and vision of Holyoke Community College through the creation of innovative projects and partnerships that are funded by external grant-funding agencies.
  • Write and process proposals for the college and HCC Foundation.
  • Coordinate and support grant writing efforts initiated by faculty and staff.
  • Identify grant opportunities.
  • Track grant activity and regularly report to the President and Vice Presidents.
  • Coordinate partnership proposals with other higher education institutions, school districts, community-based organizations, and other entities.
  • Track reporting requirements and provide support as necessary.
  • Ensure quality and prevent misrepresentation to funders.
  • Act as the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) for all online submissions of grants through Grants.gov and other web-based portals.
  • Communicate professional development opportunities for faculty and staff offered by grant-funding agencies.
Roles & Responsibilities

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In the Works...
  • Links to external resources and funding agencies
  • Announcement s of professional development opportunities
  • Descriptions of grant-funded projects at HCC
  • Annual report of Resource Development activity

The Resource Development Office is located in Kittredge Center 201.

Headshot of Amy DoppAmy Dopp

Amy was appointed Dean of Resource Development at HCC in 2012. She was hired in December 2001 as the Grants Development Specialist and also served as the Interim Vice President for Institutional Development from July 2016 to October 2017.

Prior to moving to western Massachusetts, Amy worked at Generations Incorporated, a Boston-based nonprofit that specializes in building intergenerational relationships and life-long learning in youth and older adults. She began as an AmeriCorps member in 1997 and left in 2001 as the first full-time staff member dedicated to fundraising. During her tenure with Generations Incorporated, the organization grew from a small basement operation in Cambridge (literally) to becoming what is now a nationwide leader in providing intergenerational literacy programming for public schools.

Amy holds a Master's of Science in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path University; her capstone topic, "Improving the Capacity of Community College Strategic Planning & Fundraising: An Analysis of the Role of Resource Development," emulates her desire to ensure that fundraising efforts go hand-in-hand with organizational visioning and planning. She graduated in 1994 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology specializing in evolution, with the thought of becoming the next Jane Goodall. A year out west with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps taught her the values of community service, teamwork, and how to operate a chainsaw. In 2012, Amy joined the Board of Directors of Enchanted Circle Theater, a Holyoke-based nonprofit that uses theater arts as a dynamic teaching tool to engage, enhance, and inspire learning; she was appointed president in 2018.

Amy lives in Easthampton, MA with her partner, two sons, mother, and two kitties -- Smokey and Bandit. She misses the beaches, decent bagels, and pizza of her native land of Long Island, New York, but not the traffic, high taxes, or accent.

Headshot of Gina FontanillesGina Fontanilles

Virginia (Gina) Fontanilles works in the Resource Development Office as an Administrative Assistant. Gina provides valuable research on potential funders while working as the office support. She started at HCC in the Women in Transition program, graduating with an AS in Veterinary & Animal Science and an AS in Executive Secretarial. After working as a veterinary assistant, Gina came back to HCC to work part-time in the Women in Transition office, then within the Institutional (Development) Advancement office as an administrative assistant split between the Resource Development and Institutional Research offices, and finally to her current full-time position in the Resource Development Office. 

Gina lives in Westfield with her rottweiler Abby and is involved in her six grandchildren's lives, since they live close by. She also loves camping in the Berkshires every weekend, going four-wheeling with friends, making jewelry, and working on the renovation of her kitchen.

Headshot of Megan PereiraMegan Pereira

Megan Pereira joined HCC as the Grants Development Specialist in October of 2018. In her 15+ years of grant writing, Megan has had the opportunity to write and fundraise for a number of local organizations, including New England Public Radio, the Springfield Museums, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, Springfield Technical Community College, and the Windsor Public Schools' Family Resource Centers. She has her B.A. and M.A. from Elms College, and is currently pursuing a certificate in strategic fundraising at Bay Path University.

Megan loves working with staff, faculty, and community partners to create data-informed stories, and finds special joy in creating the perfect logic model. When she's not geeking out mapping outputs to outcomes, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, reading (or listening to) books of all types, binge-listening to podcasts, and cuddling on the couch with her six dogs to watch "The Great British Baking Show." Megan lives with her husband and furry TV companions in West Brookfield.