Kristen Barlow

Chief Operations Magician

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Kristen is Get Fully Funded’s “behind the scenes expert,” keeping everything running smoothly.

Kristen plans and manages all the marketing and daily operations for Get Fully Funded, plus keeps Sandy in line. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Maryville College where she received an exemplary honor for her senior project, which is now part of a permanent collection in the Maryville College library. Kristen’s broad range of volunteer experience includes the Knox Area Rescue Ministries, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Loudon County Animal Shelter, S.T.A.R. Therapeutic Academy of Riding, and PetSafe, where she helped set up a grant application process for the company. She currently volunteers at Horse Haven of Tennessee as an evening barn shift team member.

Kristen has a special interest in organizations that serve our furry companions. She lives with three cats, including a 16-year old lovable, cuddly calico cat named Sadie who practically runs the whole household! She also takes horseback riding lessons at a local stable, studying Dressage.


Susan Caldwell, CFRE, CGW

Grant Whiz



Susan is Get Fully Funded’s resident grant researcher and writer, helping clients raise funds through successful grant applications.

Susan has worked as a nonprofit manager and professional fundraiser for 23 years. She has an extensive background in grant research, program development, and private and public sector grant writing. Her experience ranges from small family foundations to major federal grants. She is a Certified Grant Writer by the American Grant Writers Association, has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 1997, and serves on the Grant Professionals Association Board of Directors.

Susan practically lives on the computer, sifting through grant opportunities and figuring out strategies that give nonprofits the edge in the grant-seeking world. She loves a challenge and thrives on the passion of nonprofit leaders who are enthusiastic about their cause. Her spare time is devoted to caring for her mother, spoiling her four grandchildren, and snuggling with Lucy, four-pound feisty mix of Chihuahua and Jack Russell Terrier.



Emily Barlow

Marketing and Video Guru



Emily is Get Fully Funded’s Marketing Specialist, helping serve clients through video, graphic design, and social media.

Emily brings the Millenial point of view to the Get Fully Funded team, with her keen insight into the latest tools and trends. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from Tennessee Tech University, with a concentration in Merchandising and Design. Her minor in Business provides her with essential skills in Marketing and Advertising, which makes her a valuable member of the team, serving internal needs as well as client needs. While at Tech, Emily was involved in the Merchandising Association and served as a Fundraiser for their annual fashion show. Her recent volunteer experience includes Boys & Girls Clubs, Tennessee School for the Blind, and the Vision Walk in Nashville, TN.

Emily is an animal lover, and loves nonprofits that serve our furry companions. She is owned by two rambunctious and loving kitties who rule the roost. She loves spending time outside with her family and her soon-to-be hubby Austin. In her free time, she enjoys making crafts, playing with her kitties, and planning her wedding.