Meet Our Team

OVID Solutions is a woman-owned and operated consulting firm that specializes in helping communities plan for the future and secure dollars to implement large-scale visions. We assist organizations with initiatives from economic development to environmental protection and help implement major infrastructure projects. We seek to better the lives of others, be a part of something bigger and make a positive impact. We pride ourselves on:

  • Specializing in working with small communities that without support may never see these opportunities.
  • Getting to know an organization deeply so we can effectively tell their story.
  • Becoming a part of the organization’s team and building relationships with staff.
  • Coaching organizations to be the face of interactions with funding agencies to grow their internal capacity.

Whether it’s a small town looking to grow or a large city with plans for transformation, we promise to love a community like it is our own home.

Yes, we are grant writers and managers. And that’s just the beginning. Our team is so much more.

  • We are STRATEGISTS who know how to help your organization identify the right grant and build the right relationships and partnerships to increase your competitiveness.
  • We are URBAN PLANNERS who understand how communities work including their infrastructure, natural systems, and social structures.
  • We are PROJECT MANAGERS who can plan out milestones, meet deadlines, and drive a project across the finish line.
  • We are BUDGETING EXPERTS who know how to build strong project budgets.
  • We are COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONALS who get to know your mission and goals and tell your story in a way that appeals to funding agencies.

Our Team

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Julie Dennis


Julie earned her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, contributing to her passion for working with clients to secure funding to make their visions and plans come alive.

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Shawna Martin

Strategic Planning and Grants Development Director

Shawna has her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a love for leading a team of grant developers to great success for OVID’s clients

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Dornecia Allen

Grants Management Director

Dornecia earned her master’s degree in Public Administration and her bachelor’s degree in Political Science giving her a strong foundation to lead OVID’s team and clients in government and grant administration.

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Michele Brantley

Project and Business Coordinator

Michele earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Liberty University in Virginia and is the glue that holds Team OVID together in business coordination.

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Taryn Parazo-Morrow

Senior Project Manager

Taryn earned her bachelor’s degrees in English Writing & Rhetoric and Psychology at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and loves to tell the technical story of our clients to help them win grants.

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Nancy Rassmussen

Project Analyst III

Nancy has her master’s degree in professional development and her bachelor’s degree in social science interdisciplinary with a knack for research that she uses to explore grant opportunities for clients.

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Danielle Durrance

Grant Manager III

Danielle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from Florida State University and a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University and enjoys using her organizational and analytics skills to keep our clients moving forward to project completion

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Taylor Perkins

Project Analyst I

Taylor earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida State University in May of 2023 with a secondary major in English Literature, Media & Culture and a minor in Sociology, making her the perfect fit for telling the story of OVID clients.

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Christa Harris

Grant Manager III

Christa earned her master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in business administration bringing these skills to help OVID clients navigate complex grant administration requirements.