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Advancement Ink, llc is a small woman-owned business based in Virginia.  The company was founded by the mother-daughter team Bethany J. Piersol and Katherine M. Johnston in 2006 to respond to the increasing need for contracted technical writing services, especially in the areas of grant and proposal preparation. We combine our experiences as a financial administration professional and a communications and public relations professional to provide first-rate services to institutions and individuals who need assistance in obtaining resources for their organizations. Both partners have an extensive portfolio of grant writing projects, resource proposal preparation, and technical writing experience.
Bethany Johnston Piersol has over 15 years of experience in grant writing as well as promotional writing and public relations.  Before forming Advancement Ink with her mother Katherine Johnston, Bethany served as Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of Georgia (UGA) - a position she was promoted to after working as a grant writer in the office for three years.   Prior to joining UGA, Bethany worked for Serendipity Communications, an advertising and public relations firm serving small and large businesses, higher education, and the non-profit worlds.  Bethany was also a regular contributing writer to several magazines, including  The Works (Mechanical Engineering Department at Virginia Tech), Elements (Chemistry Department at Virginia Tech) and Lake Oconee Living (a lifestyle magazine covering this upscale resort community in Georgia). Bethany earned an undergraduate degree in communications and technical writing from Virginia Tech. She is currently a graduate student in Virginia Tech's Masters of Public Administration program.

Bethany was awarded the Certified Grant Writer Credential from the American Grant Writers Association in the Summer of 2009. AGWA awards the Certified Grant Writer™ Credential to members who have passed a proficiency exam in grant researching and writing for foundation, corporate and government grants.
Katherine Moriarty Johnston has over 40 years of financial management experience, both in private industry and higher education, to the Advancement Ink team.   Her background in corporate financial management was gained at the Ford Motor Company, where she held a variety of positions in profit and investment analysis in the company’s headquarters.  Over a 25-year span, she held financial positions at three universities:  Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, the University of Minnesota, and Georgia State University.  She served as the Chief Financial Officer at the Academic Health Center at Minnesota and Vice President for Finance and Administration at Georgia State University.   While at Virginia Tech, she taught analytical methods courses to undergraduates in the Pamplin College of Business.  At the University of Minnesota, she held a faculty position in the School of Public Health.  She taught corporate finance classes at the New River Community College from 2007 to 2013. She has extensive consulting experience in a variety of areas, including resource management analysis, strategic planning and the creation of technology solutions for managing resources in universities.  Katherine earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics education and a Masters in Business Administration, with a concentration in management science.