Becky Nictakis
Becky Nictakis

The Alpine Group, a government affairs consulting firm, launches a comprehensive competitive funding practice. The practice will assist clients with strategic positioning, drafting and submission of compelling funding proposals and applications to win competitive funds. The firm is partnering on the practice with Capitol Funding Solutions, which has a strong track record of identifying competitive funding opportunities, consulting for grant-readiness on the organizational and project level, and writing applications, proposals and concept papers. Capitol Funding Solutions CEO Becky Nictakis joins Alpine as its competitive funding team leader. “By bringing together lobbying expertise with competitive funding, the Alpine Group will bring new opportunities in order to help clients achieve their goals,” said Alpine Group CEO Les Spivey.


Matter Communications opens a Dallas office to further support the region’s global healthcare and high-tech presence, as well as recruit and retain diverse talent. Matter already works with companies in the Dallas area that include Catalyst Health Group, the creator of Texas’ largest clinically integrated network for primary care providers; software company symplr; Gainwell Technologies, a provider of tech solutions for health and human services programs; and LeadingReach, which helps care teams communicate more effectively. Matter has already hired six Texas-based professionals for full-time positions, with more than a dozen additional Dallas-based roles to be filled.


LaVoieHealthScience announces that the U.S. Patent and Trade Office has recognized LHS’ ongoing professional use of two proprietary service offerings and granted continued registered service marks for each for the next four years. The two service offerings, core elements of the agency’s strategic consulting services, are LHS Immersion® and The LHS Fifteen-Slide Presentation®. “We developed both processes many years ago and have found them, without exception, to provide tremendous value to our clients,” said LHS president and CEO Donna L. LaVoie. “We are gratified that the USPTO continues to view them as unique offerings in our industry by renewing our proprietary registration marks.”