Initially, TASC meets with the new client to explore its goals and objectives, structure, services, and constituency. By reviewing the client’s literature and through discussions with the client, TASC determines the image the client wishes to project, the target audiences, and the most appropriate mechanisms for reaching them. TASC then develops a comprehensive strategy for meeting the client’s specific goals.
Throughout the consultation period, TASC provides frequent progress reports to ensure that all arrangements meet with the client’s approval and to respond to any changes in the client’s objectives. While TASC does not hesitate to advise the client, the preferences, opinions, and intuition of the client are given the utmost respect. All major decisions are ultimately made by the client.
All consulting work and client relations are overseen by TASC President and Senior Consultant Merlene Alicia Vassall. Associates are called upon when their particular expertise is required or when the work of more than one consultant is advisable to meet deadlines.
Merlene Alicia Vassall, JD, President & Senior Consultant
Merlene Vassall is skilled in a wide range of nonprofit management areas. Ms. Vassall has developed successful funding proposals which have secured more than $80 million in support of a variety of projects in the areas of elementary and secondary education, child care, child welfare, volunteer mobilization, housing rehabilitation, community economic development, foreign policy education, and legal education.
She has also written and edited annual reports, newsletters, press releases, testimony, and speeches as well as developed websites. Merlene has created comprehensive training manuals to assist volunteers in undertaking effective advocacy and service projects, has organized national training programs for volunteers, and has conducted grantsmanship and writing workshops.
Ms. Vassall’s other employment experience includes serving as Grants Developer for the District of Columbia Public Schools, Director of Development for TransAfrica and TransAfrica Forum, Director of Affiliate Programs for the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), Deputy Project Director for NBCDI’s Educational Equity for Black Girls Project, Membership Coordinator for NBCDI, and Writer/Editor for Cornell University’s Equity newsmagazine.
Merlene Vassall received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University in 1982. In 1987, Merlene earned her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center’s four-year evening program. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.
Ms. Vassall has served on the Boards of Directors of International Possibilities Unlimited and the Vegetarian Society of DC.