Grants Leadership & Development Employee List

Malinda Bryan-Smith

For most of her career, Malinda has developed or managed grants awarded by federal, state or local government agencies, as well as private foundations and financial institutions. Prior to joining the Grants Leadership and Development team, she was a Small Business Consultant and then Regional Director at the JCCC Kansas Small Business Development Center. As the marketing director and consultant at the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, Malinda marketed ECJC services and assisted entrepreneurs with their marketing needs. At Yellow Freight System, she conducted marketing research and gathered competitive intelligence in the strategic market planning department. Malinda earned a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas. In between degrees, she worked as a Recreation & Parks Director for the City of Brush, Colorado. A native Kansan, Malinda grew up in the southwest of the state on the family farm, which is now in its fifth generation. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Overland Park with their two dogs, Molly and Otto.

Anthony Funari, Ph.D.
Grant Professional
913-469-8500, ext. 4847

Anthony hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh, his M.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his Ph.D. from Lehigh University. After completing his dissertation, Anthony moved to Olathe and accepted an adjunct teaching position here at Johnson County Community College. His book, Francis Bacon and the Seventeen-Century Intellectual Discourse, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011. In addition to teaching, Anthony has worked with the grant writing firm Fabian Consulting Inc. He has been part of developing both federal and private grants for clients as diverse as the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome, the Catholic Diocese of Trenton, and El Centro Para Familia. Anthony currently lives in Lenexa with his wife, Kim, and their sons, William and Gabriel.

Selina Wu
Administrative Assistant
913-469-8500, ext. 3585

Selina Wu has been working at JCCC since 2004.  She holds a bachelor's degree from University of Missouri – Kansas City.