L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs


Doctoral students

Devin Bowers

Knowledgeable in the areas of public health, aging and disability with demonstrated experience in developing, writing and submitting grant proposals, and grant administration.  Excels in environments requiring the acquisition of new skills, organization and attention to detail.  

  • Ability to plan and execute projects, leading to the achievement of goals.  Exhibits advanced capacity in the areas of writing and research.  
  • Possesses effective communication skills when interacting with diverse individuals and groups.  
  • Demonstrates aptitude for working independently and as a member of a team. 



Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Henrico, VA 

Grants Specialist (August 2021 – present) 

As a grants specialist in the Division of Policy and Legislative Affairs, providing comprehensive agency-wide grant program direction including grant identification for agency priorities and projects, and assistance with grant writing. Providing guidance to all DARS divisions on grant applications and grant management activities, and ensuring compliance with applicable grant conditions, guidelines, and regulations. Improving consistency in the discretionary grant process throughout the agency by offering support, coordination between program managers and related divisions, to ensure that grant proposals meet agency requirements and strategic priorities. Responsibilities include identifying potential funding opportunities, helping with grant development activities (editing, evaluating the practicality of deliverables, developing budget proposals and work plans), and use of the federal grant submission portal. Additional support is also being provided in completing grant proposal development forms, collaborating with external partners, and concept development. 

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 

School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

CERSE Associate Director of Research Development (February 2020 – August 2021) Oversaw the grant proposal development and support process for the Center for Rehabilitative  Science and Engineering (CERSE). Provided management and oversight for internal funds awarded to support pilot research projects. Facilitated research career development including dissemination of training resources and funding opportunities. Assisted faculty in navigating institutional and Veterans Administration research-related administrative structures, providing guidance and problem-solving expertise to meet institutional and regulatory requirements efficiently. Collaborated with finance and research administration team on budget development and research-related procurement. Managed a team of Clinical Research Coordinators supported by sponsored funds. Contributed to the development of research infrastructure at the Sheltering Arms Institute (secondary appointment as Sponsored Programs Coordinator).  Served on the CERSE Senior Leadership Committee, participated in strategic planning, and facilitated communication of CERSE accomplishments, e.g. monthly email newsletters, and webpage development and updates. 

College of Humanities and Sciences, Dean’s Office – Sponsored Programs Office 

Grant Writer/Developer (May 2018 – February 2020) 

Assisted faculty with funding searches and developing research ideas, in addition to drafting non-technical portions of proposals. Assisted with coordinating competitive, internal funding for  faculty-driven research and scholarship. Created and maintained proposal development resources and tools. Led grant writing and proposal development workshops. Assisted in the final editing and layout of grant proposal sections. Worked closely and in conjunction with other pre-award team members to identify and prioritize grant and proposal opportunities in support of faculty interests, and the College’s strategic initiatives, objectives, and goals.  

Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Henrico, VA  

Dementia Services Coordinator (September 2015 – May 2018) 

Oversaw Virginia’s dementia-capability by recommending policy and coordinating statewide data collection, research and analysis, and training and awareness efforts in conjunction with the  Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) Commission. Served as the project director and administrator for $1.5 million in federal and required matching funds. Executed and monitored sub-awards with community partners across various regions of the  Commonwealth, tracked expenditures, completed grant reporting and closeout requirements,  handled no-cost extension requests and budget re-allocations, and was responsible for ensuring all deliverables were met. Authored and developed a portfolio of grants totaling $2.7 million that provided federal funds to the department and other stakeholders. 

Facilitated, supported, and started many initiatives including care coordination for dementia patients; counseling, education, and respite for caregivers; education for physicians; training for law enforcement and area agency on aging (AAA) staff; improvements to Medicaid and enhancements to AAA services to better support persons living with dementia and their caregivers; awareness around supporting brain health across the lifespan; and grassroots efforts to address dementia at the community-level.  

CDSME and Options Counseling Coordinator (November 2014 – September 2015) Conducted community technical assistance visits and monitored the fidelity of Chronic Disease  Self-Management Education (CDSME) offered at Area Agencies on Aging. Prepared monthly reimbursement reports, and tracked the certification of Options Counselors and associated staff. Contributed to sustainability planning including spearheading the submission of a federal grant proposal to the Administration for Community Living.  



Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration Anticipated 2022 Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 

Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies May 2015 Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 

Master of Public Health, Global and Community Health December 2013  George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 

Certificate in Nonprofit Management March 2013 University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 

Bachelor of Science in Biology, English Minor May 2012 Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA 



Recommendations for Improving Family Caregiver Support in Virginia 2018 (September 2018),  Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Contributor 

The Economic Impact of the Home Care and Hospice Industry on Virginia’s Economy (January  2015), Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Gerontology, Contributor  

Dementia Care Best Practices in the Commonwealth (October 2014), Virginia Department for  Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Co-Author 



Dementia is no obstacle to living well!, 2018 National Council on Aging Center for Healthy  Aging Annual Meeting, 4/22/18, Arlington, VA 

A Dementia-Capable Virginia: How the FAMILIES Program Supports Caregivers, 2018 Southern  Gerontological Society Annual Meeting, 4/13/18, Lake Lanier, GA 

Health Promotion and Prevention for Individuals Living with Dementia, 2018 Southern  Gerontological Society Annual Meeting, 4/12/18, Lake Lanier, GA 

The Future of Dementia Care in Virginia: Regional Memory Assessment Centers, 2017 Greater  Richmond Alzheimer’s Association Conference on Dementia, 9/14/17, Glen Allen, VA 

Virginia’s Care Coordination Program for Individuals with Dementia, 2017 Home and  Community Based Services Conference, 8/30/17, Baltimore, MD

Coordination of Dementia Services in Virginia, 2017 Aging in America: American Society on  Aging Conference, 3/22/17, Chicago, IL 

Innovations in Dementia Care and Training, 2017 Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging,  5/22/17, Roanoke, VA 

Virginia’s Dementia State Plan: Progress & Opportunities for Change, 2016 Annual Conference  on Aging, Beard Center on Aging at Lynchburg College, 6/7/16, Lynchburg, VA 

A Dementia-Capable Virginia: Implementing the FAMILIES Program to Support Caregivers,  2016 Southern Gerontological Society Annual Meeting, 4/2/16, Charlottesville, VA 

Overview of Dementia Care Best Practices in the Commonwealth, 2015 Virginia Assisted Living  Annual Fall Conference & Trade Show, 10/14/15, Portsmouth, VA 



Reviewer, 2021 National Information & Referral Support Center (HHS-2021-ACL-AOA-EESC 0075) 

Reviewer, 2021 Alzheimer's Disease Programs Initiative - Grants to States and Communities (HHS-2021-ACL-AOA-ADPI-0083) 

Reviewer, 2019 Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Grants (HHS-2019- ACL-AOA-CSSG-0311) 



Served as the primary grant writer on the following funded proposals: 

Sponsor: Administration for Community Living 

Grantee: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services 

Funding Amount: $900,000 

Project Period: 2016 - 2019 

Project Title: Expanding Virginia’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, “You Can! Live  Well, Virginia!” 


Sponsor: Administration for Community Living 

Grantee: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services 

Funding Amount: $276,127 (total budget including in-kind; $510,020) 

Project Period: 2016 - 2018 

Project Title: A Dementia-Capable Virginia: Expanding FAMILIES 


Sponsor: Administration for Community Living 

Grantee: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services 

Funding Amount: $554,561

Project Period: 2017 - 2020 

Project Title: The Commonwealth of Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative  Services (DARS) Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program 


Sponsor: Administration for Community Living 

Grantee: Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health Funding Amount: $999,032 (total budget including in-kind; $1,278,776) Project Period: 2018 - 2021 

Project Title: Enhancing Family-Centered Approaches to Dementia Care Through Wellness  and Training 

Total Funding: $3,243,357