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Ruth (Stough) Hagan and Mercedes Angerman, both born and raised in Wrangell, have joined forces and started Sound Grant Writing and Consulting, based in Sitka.
After more than 20 years in the dental hygiene field, Hagan retired and had been seeking a new profession that would afford her more flexibility. Noticing a strong need for independent grant writers, Hagan has been taking courses in grant writing for the past year.
After 17 years with the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, Angerman left her position as liaison, program and marketing coordinator in Anchorage to relocate back to Southeast. Her move to Sitka in August of 2001 connected the two former Wrangell residents.
"Ruth researched the idea of professional grant writing and approached me to join her as a partner," said Angerman. "She has been in Sitka for many years and has many positive connections. With her training and skills and my background with the state of Alaska, we felt we would be the perfect team."
Both women have lived throughout the state, from the end of the road in Homer up to Anchorage and throughout most of Southeast. They have been busy from the start and both enjoy the work.
"We have the ability to write grants for any organization throughout the state," Hagan said. "We have our laptops and are ready to work."