KO Consulting has equipped their team with the best and brightest minds in the Mahoning Valley. Each consultant has a diverse and equitable background that enables KO to have the ability to help any client that is interested in our services.


A Team Of Professionals


Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Kristen is a life-long Struthers resident who utilizes her background and experience to lead community and economic development projects across the Mahoning Valley. She founded KO Consulting in 2012 while working full-time as the Grants Coordinator for the Mahoning County Sanitary Engineering Department. In Fall 2020, Kristen left her job with the county to pursue serving her community full-time through KO Consulting.

Kristen is responsible for bringing millions of dollars to our community through her work at the county and through KO Consulting. She is actively developing multiple organizations aimed at bringing economic development and growth back to the Youngstown area.

In addition to KO Consulting, Kristen serves as Executive Director of Green Industrial Manufacturing, Inc (GIME), and is a Partner of Blue Phoenix Strategies. Kristen also serves as President of the Board for the YWCA, a board member of Youngstown Prosperity, and is a member of the Struthers Rotary Community Corps, among many other community serving roles.


A.j. elia

Associate Consultant

A.J. is an Associate Consultant with KO Consulting. In this role, A.J. assists senior consultants in pursuing grant opportunities, researching public policy issues, and identifying holistic solutions for clients. A.J. is a senior at Youngstown State University pursuing a Bachelor degree in political science and economics. 

Before joining KO Consulting in 2022, A.J. worked for 3 years in higher education in a variety of roles. In these roles, A.J. was responsible for mentoring and guiding first-year students on career development, educational advancement, and networking to help students navigate the high school to college transition. 

A.J. is also active in the community. He is a part of the Mahoning County Democratic Party’s leadership team in his role as Communications Director and President of the Mahoning County Young Democrats. 

These various experiences have equipped A.J. with the project development and leadership skills needed to successfully consultant government and non-profit organizations. 



Kelsey is a consultant in the nonprofit services department. She provides a variety of services to our nonprofit clients to help them reach their organizational and fundraising goals.  

Kelsey has over a decade of experience working with nonprofit agencies across Northeast Ohio and Appalachia. Recently she was instrumental in growing a grassroots Latinx organization into a 501c3 nonprofit with a $2 million community center. She is also involved in the arts, serving as associate concertmaster and member of the board of directors for the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. Kelsey draws upon her wealth of experience in nonprofit administration, fundraising and community organizing to assist clients.


Associate Consultant

Dylan’s bio is coming soon…



Pat’s bio is coming soon…

Proven Success

The Numbers Don’t Lie

In 2022, the team at KO Consulting secured over $2 million dollars in funding for our clients. 


Percentage of Funds Received (of total grants applied for)


Pending Grants (of Total Grants Applied for)

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