grants team

The Morrison Grants team is highly experience in writing, analysis, and project management, all critical skills to a successful grant proposal.  In addition, they can help with grant administration as well as the management and execution of many types of grant funded projects.  Learn more about our Grant services here.  

Principal Toni Scott

Principal Toni Scott, M.S., directs our grant services and conducts research, provides project management, and writes competitive state and federal grant proposals for Morrison & Company clients in the areas of marketing, risk management, and alternative energy, serving clients in food, agribusiness, manufacturing, production agriculture, processing, and marketing. She also assists with executive recruitment on behalf of Morrison clients and directs Morrison & Company's external communications and industry outreach.

Toni holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and agriculture business from California State University, Chico, and a master’s degree in print journalism from Boston University. She worked for the Chico Enterprise-Record, a daily newspaper, for three years, covering city government and stories related to business, agriculture, education, and public safety.

Toni is the Chair of the City of Chico Planning Commission and past Chair of the Board for the Chico Chamber of Commerce. She is the past President of the Chico Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Organization, a member of the Butte County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, a founding director of the Butte Agriculture Foundation, past chair of the Butte County Young Farmers and Ranchers, a former appointed member of the City of Chico Sustainability Task Force and a former appointed member of the Butte County Library Advisory Board. She is a graduate of the California Farm Bureau Federation's Leadership Farm Bureau program and a contributing business columnist for the Chico News and Review.

Toni was named Chico's Rising Star in 2012 by the Chico Chamber of Commerce. Toni and her colleagues won the top ”Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism" honor from the national Association of Health Care Journalists for her work on a four-part investigative report in 2010.  She also received the 2009 Butte County Farm Bureau Media Partner of the Year award in recognition of her work covering agricultural issues.  In college, Toni was a member of Sigma Alpha, a national professional agriculture sorority, and worked for the CSU Chico College of Agriculture as a public information intern.

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Consultant Carissa Ryström

Consultant Carissa Ryström joined Morrison & Company after several years with the Strategy and Performance Group of SRA International, Inc., a consulting firm with over 5,500 professionals in the United States and Europe.  Carissa was based in the Washington D.C. office.

At Morrison, Carissa helps clients develop higher-functioning businesses and organizations, as well as build stronger leaders and leadership capabilities.  A talented writer who has written everything from corporate and governmental strategy reports to collaborating on a screenplay, Carissa is also an important part of our grants team.

While at SRA International, Carissa worked with clients in a wide array of industries including agribusiness, environmental councils, and governmental agencies.  Her service areas included organizational change management, strategic communications, and program implementation for clients including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Prior to SRA International, Carissa was Communications & Research Associate with Vertical55, an executive consulting firm, focused on coaching and leadership development.  She is Spanish-English bilingual and has experience in publishing work while previously living in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Carissa holds Bachelor's degrees in International Relations and Affairs and in Spanish Language and Literature from University of Colorado at Boulder.  

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Consultant Hilary Tricerri

Consultant Hilary Tricerri works with Morrison clients in the areas of grant writing, grant administration, and project management.  She brings her talent and background in writing and communications to serve our clients in seeking competitive grant funding through USDA, CDFA and other programs. 

Prior to her role at Morrison, Hilary’s experience includes seven years as Associate Director with The International Foundation in the Washington DC area, whose mission is to fund and support US-based non-profit organizations that partner with poor communities in the developing world.  Before joining The International Foundation she served as Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO at International Justice Mission (IJM) in Washington DC. 

Hilary has been responsible for correspondence with, and event planning for, members of the US Congress and other high ranking governmental officials, and has drafted testimony for Congressional hearings.  Hilary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.  She is active in the local community and has served as Director of Missions at Chico’s Bidwell Presbyterian Church where she managed communication (e.g., print, digital, video) regarding opportunities to engage locally and internationally, and as a ministry coordinator.