Michia Casebier, Senior Consultant
Areas of focus: Technical Assistance and Planning for Rural and Tribal Communities
Based in Cottonwood, Arizona
Ms. Michia Casebier is President of M.G. Tech-Writing, L.L.C. (MGT), a planning, grant and technical writing sole proprietorship, which has funded nearly $20 million dollars in grants. With offices in Fountain Valley, California; Cottonwood, Arizona; and Tolleson, Arizona, MGT provides services to for- and non-profit organizations, governments and government agencies focusing on multi-modal transportation; grant program development, training, and technical assistance for rural and tribal communities.
Ms. Casebier is a NeighborWorks America National Training Institute faculty member, a position she has held since November 2011. In this capacity, she alternates teaching the two-day “Walkability and Bikeability for Healthy, Vibrant Neighborhoods” and “Organizing Healthy and Active Communities for All” courses at NeighborWorks’ National Training Institutes (NTIs) held quarterly around the country. Casebier twice provided “It’s Not Just About the Money: Writing Grants for the End Gain” as 90-minute afternoon workshops at the February 2014 LA NTI and August 2014 Orlando NTI. In addition to her recent facilitation of ML170, “Laying a Foundation for Fundraising,” a two-day NeighborWorks Management and Leadership course; through MGT, Michia presents grant writing and grant administration workshops, and accepts public speaking invitations for writing instruction, project marketing, and dissemination of information on demonstration grant programs.
Michia has served as the Senior Planner on Safe Routes to School (SRTS) contracts and task assignments in four states. As such, she has successfully completed 20 Arizona SRTS School Route/Travel Plans and 28 SRTS site visit assessments (including seven in Indian Country). Considered a national expert in effective SRTS program information dissemination (particularly to federally-recognized Native American tribes), Ms. Casebier together with the civil and pavement engineering firm of NCE and the PedNet Coalition (PedNet), a nationally-renowned non-profit bicycle and pedestrian organization, assisted in the completion of the tribal toolkit, “Creating Safe Routes to School Programs for Tribal Communities in California” for the California SRTS Technical Assistance Resource Center (TARC), known currently as the Active Transportation Safety Program. On behalf of the TARC, the MGT, NCE, and PedNet team also were contracted to collaborate with Harder+Company to complete the Low-Income/Underserved Community Needs Assessment with which they were tasked under the same TARC SRTS Request for Qualifications.
Funded by a Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health grant, MGT, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA), and the Hualapai Police Department completed provision of four day-long, site-specific Bicycle Traffic Skills courses with helmet fittings and giveaways for 78 Native American youth from the: Hualapai Indian Tribe in Peach Springs, Arizona; Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians in Pipe Springs, Arizona; Duckwater Shoshone Tribe in Duckwater, Nevada, and Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone youth in Elko, Nevada.