Micki Vandeloo, GPC

I am an Illinois girl, born and bred! Happily married to Dave and I’m extremely proud of my two grown sons, Nathan and Alex! I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Go Illini!) in Industrial Engineering and from Webster University in St. Louis, MO with my MBA. I worked in various manufacturing roles for over 25 years before starting Lakeview Consulting, Inc, in 2013. My love for writing, combined with my technical and project management expertise has provided the foundation for my company’s success. Lakeview Consulting, Inc, is a team of grant professionals providing grant research, writing and coaching services to organizations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. We serve clients in the manufacturing, education, and human services sectors, as well as other clients needing the expertise to find and acquire grants. We have secured over $160 million in funding for our clients and our clients experience a return on investment of over $100 for every dollar invested in our services.

I met my Coachwell Coach, Greg, at a lunch seminar hosted by my financial advisor. Greg gave a great presentation and afterward I mentioned that I was longing for coaching to help provide a fresh perspective on my business and help me achieve greater work/life balance. At the time, I was the chief cook and bottle washer. I performed most of the administrative functions for the business, did all the grant research, writing and coaching work for my clients, in addition to being the only salesperson for the company. That combined with personal commitments was making my life pretty crazy. Shortly after the seminar, I contracted with Greg for coaching services. At the very first coaching session, Greg helped me realize that I could not continue to do it all myself. He got me to acknowledge that the grant work wasn’t exciting me anymore and helped me concentrate on my personal and professional goals. Encouraging me to focus on what I love, client management and business development. Since our first call less than six months ago, I have created a business plan to take my company into the future and subcontracted a team of three grant professionals to perform the grant services for my clients. We will have a record year in 2017 due to the added expertise of my team members and increased time I now devote to building my business!