Who We Are
Grant Writing Mentors is a diverse and dynamic team of professionals with broad experience as research scientists, academics, successful grantees, reviewers, scientific review officers, program officers, federal policy makers, science writers, and teachers.
GWM takes great pride in the extensive experience and broad expertise of its mentors. Our mentors represent research scientists, academics, successful grantees, reviewers, scientific review officers, program officers, federal policy makers, science writers, and teachers. As a team, GWM offers numerous expert perspectives when working with researchers of all career stages, from pre-doctoral students to early career investigators who need detailed information about funding and support, to mid-career and senior investigators who need to stay current on recent changes in research and grant regulations and policies. The experience and expertise of our mentors is a defining feature of GWM and allows us to assist researchers in developing the necessary knowledge and skills to:
- Create Successful Grant Applications
- Present Science Effectively
- Fulfill Career Goals
Sherry Mills, M.D., MPH
Physician; Medical Epidemiologist; Served as Senior Policy Advisor to Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH and Director, Office of Extramural Programs, NIH; Responsible for the subject matter review of more than $80 million annually in grants and contracts; Vast experience developing and implementing NIH policies; Served multiple programmatic leadership roles at NIH; Published numerous articles and book chapters; Frequent invited speaker at conferences/symposia. Recipient of numerous awards for outstanding government service.
Elba Serrano, Ph.D.
Regents Professor, New Mexico State University; Successful grantee (NIH, NSF, NASA, CINT, Whitehall Foundation); Frequent review service for grants and journals; Member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (2013-2017); Numerous honors and awards including Distinguished Research Mentor Award, Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Ford Foundation Fellow, Manasse Endowed Scholar; Extensive teaching and mentoring experience including gender and ethnic equity in STEM disciplines; Published numerous peer review articles, abstracts, and book chapters; Frequently invited to speak at conferences, symposia, and public lectures; Chaired and/or organized numerous symposia/workshops including workshops on Professional Development.
Henry Khachaturian, Ph.D.
Research Scientist; Teacher; Associate Director for Research Training and Career Development (National Institute of Mental Health & National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke); NIH Research Training Program Policy Officer (2006-2017); Chair, NIH Grant Appeals Board (2006-2017); Published numerous peer review articles, book chapters, abstracts; Reviewer of grants and journals; Many invited lectures related to Grant Writing Skills and NIH Research Training and Career Development Programs; Authored 350+ NIH Program Announcements and Policy Notices; Recipient of numerous awards for outstanding government service.
David Everett, M.A.
Teacher; Journalist; Communicator; Writer; Editor; Directed graduate programs in creative writing and science writing (Johns Hopkins University); Contributing editor of A Field Guide for Science Writers from the Association of Science Writers; Managing Editor of The Outlier magazine; Editor of wide range of grant applications plus hundreds of scientific articles and essays. Recipient of numerous awards including from the National Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists.
Ann Hardy, Dr.P.H.
Senior health science policy analyst; Captain, US Public Health Service (Retired); Extensive experience in federal clinical research, grants policy development and implementation, research ethics and human subjects compliance; Served as Scientific Review Officer, NIH (Center for Scientific Review); NIH Extramural Human Research Protections Officer and Coordinator (2008-2017); Coordinator, NIH Certificates of Confidentiality; Published numerous peer review articles, book chapters, editorials, and government publications; Recipient of numerous awards for outstanding government service.
Maryann Martone, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, University of California, San Diego, Successful grantee (NIH, NSF, private foundations); Frequent review service for grants and journals; Published numerous peer review articles, book chapters, abstracts; Extensive teaching and mentoring experience; Past President of FORCE 11, the Future of Research Communications and e-scholarship; Editor-in-Chief of Brain and Behavior, an open access journal for Neuroscience; Former US representative to the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility and currently Chair of itsCouncil for Technology, Science, and Infrastructure.
David Armstrong, Ph.D.
Professor; Successful grantee (NIH, private foundations); Frequent review service for grants and journals; Published numerous peer review articles, book chapters, abstracts; Frequent invited lecturer related to peer review and navigating the NIH grant process; Served as Chief of Review, NIH (Center for Scientific Review and National Institute of Mental Health). Recipient of numerous awards for outstanding government service. Currently, President of Grant Writing Mentors, LLC and co-director of a graduate course in Grant Writing, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.