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I am happy to serve as the new Director of the Institute of
Public Service. I
recently relocated here, leaving behind my ranch in Wyoming. However, I did bring a little bit of that
ranch with me when we decided to bring along our 14 llamas. My wife and I moved to Vashon Island and all
concerned are finding those environs more hospitable than the windy and frigid
high plains of Wyoming.
Since arriving here, I have been learning about the
Institute and considering what new directions we might take. To date and with the consent of the Provost, we
already made some changes to our curriculum. A course in human resource management and
budgeting should be a central part of a MPA program, therefore we included those two
courses in our Specialization track. Students beginning the program in Fall 2015 will follow this
After meeting several alumni, I am impressed by
their energy. I am hoping that we can
utilize that energy, as other MPA programs have done, through the creation of
an alumni association. An alumni
association would serve several functions, including providing advice to me and
other faculty members and staff; serving as a forum for speakers, and providing an opportunity for networking and mentoring.
In keeping with Seattle University’s mission, the MPA
faculty should serve its community. In
that regard, we are considering the creation of a consulting group that would
provide consulting assistance and group facilitation to government and nonprofit
organizations in the areas of organization development, conflict resolution,
policy analysis and leadership training.
To reach a wider community, we may also expand our service
area by offering hybrid courses that would combine on-line instruction with
weekend classes. We are still in the
preliminary stages of offering some courses on-line, however such a development
would greatly increase our accessibility.
Thank you for your commitment to Seattle University’s MPA
program. I would like to hear from you
and I hope to meet more of you in the upcoming months.
Ryan Mielcarek (’13) is pictured (second from left) with his team of
ShelterBox response team candidates at a training and assessment course
in Mason, Texas. ShelterBox, an international
humanitarian relief organization, prepares volunteers with the knowledge
to deliver humanitarian aid safely and efficiently, ensuring the
supplies are delivered to those who need it most. Ryan assists with the delivery of emergency shelter and other
supplies to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes
and possessions following a natural disaster or other crisis.
Sited from a press release submitted by
ShelterBox, Ryan was interviewed about the four-day ShelterBox Response
Team course. Ryan stated, “The biggest challenge was assessing if I was mentally
ready to embody the mission of ShelterBox, which is to provide shelter,
warmth, and dignity for the most vulnerable survivors of disaster and
conflict worldwide. The wisdom, dedication, and
selflessness of the response team members and my fellow candidates
taught me that one cannot assist others without first taking care of
yourself and your team, a lesson that will be put in to everyday use in
my work and family life.”
ShelterBox continuously monitors natural disasters and humanitarian
crises occurring around the globe and prepares aid months in advance in
strategic locations, resulting in a more rapid disaster response,
allowing the organization to assist families in need as quickly as
Ryan will move on to the next round of training, a
nine-day course held at ShelterBox’s international headquarters in
Cornwall, England. To learn more about the aid ShelterBox delivers,
visit www.shelterboxusa.org/kit. For information about becoming a volunteer, go to www.shelterboxusa.org/beinvolved.
was recently promoted to Senior Management Analyst in the Office of
Field Policy and Management in Seattle. He also volunteers as a Housing
Team Lead for the Seattle Stand Down and recently collaborated with
Janet Pope ('13) at Compass Housing Alliance to capture the stories of
homeless or at risk military veterans in support of NPR's Military
Andre' Taybron (’00) is President and CEO of Broneist Consulting, specializing in urban planning, residential design and architecture. He recently teamed up with Windermere Real Estate to expand service offerings to current and future clients. Lorn Richey (‘09) is a Liquor Enforcement Officer for the Washington State Liquor Control Board. His agency was recognized by the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association as the Liquor Law Enforcement Agency of the Year for its effectiveness through model programs and practices. Jeffrey B. Thomas (’09) is the Director of Planning & Community Development for the City of Sammamish.Sherry Williams (’09) was promoted to Community Engagement Director at Swedish Medical Center. She will report to the Chief Executive of Swedish Health Systems. Sherry’s new responsibilities include high level special projects related to health, wellness and prevention, community outreach, administrator of the system wide community benefit data software, city and local government issues and community board development for Swedish senior leadership. Felipe Roa-Clavijo (‘10) and president of the MPASA 2009-2010 is starting his second year of the PhD programme in International Development at the University of Oxford. Felipe’s research focuses on the sustainability challenges for rural development and agriculture in Colombia. He is also collaborating on multidimensional poverty research at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). In October, Felipe ran the Oxford Half Marathon and set a new personal record.
F.L. Dammann (‘12) was promoted to the position of Special Assistant to the Executive Officer of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism after completing the two year Presidential Management Fellowship program. This role is akin to that of a Chief of Staff, working as the special projects lead for the Executive and the institute on a variety of subjects ranging from new initiatives to the roll out and implementation of business intelligence systems.
Lauren Hardin (’12) is a Program Officer in Scholarship Services at College Success Foundation. Karinda Harris (’12) is a Program Manager, Economic Opportunity at Women's Funding Alliance (WFA).
Kate Paisely ('12) is a now a full-time Research Analyst at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Cyndi Wilder (‘12) was promoted to Assistant Communications Director for the City of Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services.Frank Valdez (’13) is the Data and Communications Support Specialist with the Colorado Education Association in Denver, Colorado. Melissa Tribelhorn (‘13) was promoted to Deputy Director at Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.Andrew Chin (‘14) is the Acting District Manager at Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.Nicole Neiditz (‘14) is a Loaned Executive for the United Way King County’s Fall giving campaign. She hopes to gain valuable experience in community partnerships, and fundraising.
Charles Wang (’14) was recently hired by the Department of Social and Health Services Central Budget Office as a senior budget analyst. Kristine Kleedehn (‘15) is an Administrative Intern for Tony Armada, CEO of Swedish Health Services. In addition to job shadowing, Kristine is helping Swedish manage transportation issues through commute reduction programs.
Jorji Knickrehm (‘15) received a fellowship from Seattle University this Fall to conduct MPA Capstone research and attend a graduate course in Sweden on citizenship, ethnic division and social exclusion. She will spend the first three weeks conducting interviews with nongovernmental organizations, policy makers and academics around Sweden, and the final week attending intensive classes at Linköping University’s Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society in Norrköping.
Stephanie Lennon (’15) is a Public Policy and Legislative intern at OneAmerica.
John Millan (‘16) completed an internship with the City of Sunnyside, and was hired as the Superintendent of Public Works with the City of Sunnyside.Phung Nguyen ('15) is the healthcare management intern for the CEO of Swedish Hospital. She works with project teams to develop and implement two pilot projects within Swedish Community Programs and Swedish Medical Group. As the project manager for the Ballard Teen Health project, she oversees project activities and helps create a texting program that can increase nutrition/exercise activities among Ballard high school students, especially those who have diabetes/obesity problems. She is also a project assistant for the Behavioral Health Services project that will be implemented in 24 Swedish primary-care/specialty clinics in order to improve quality of care to patients with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Kara Preas (‘15) is a Project Manager at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Jennifer Beaty (‘16) is interning with King County Department of Executive Services, Human Resource Division as a Workforce Planner. Since the Summer 2014, Jennifer helped King County create and market the 'Training and Development Institute' that brings King County trainings to its employees and community members at a low cost. Her job is to market the trainings through social media outreach and newsletters. Access the trainings here.
Sergiu Prisacari (‘16) started a new job with the Port of Seattle as a Financial Reporting and Controls Analyst.
Melanie Stone (’16) was voted onto the Fund for Women and Girls
(FFW&G) Advisory Board and also joined their Events Committee. The
FFW&G is part of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation that
focuses on empowering Pierce County females through philanthropy to help
them foster self-esteem, and self-reliance, so they can achieve their
dreams. Join Melanie at their annual Power of the Purse Luncheon on March 11, 2015 in Tacoma to learn more about it.
Veronica Wade (’16) recently became a board member of Orion Industries to help people with barriers to employment create opportunities with specialized training and education to be successful in business.
Hayes and Felipe Murtinho traveled to Ecuador with three SU students to
present the preliminary results of their National Science Foundation (SES #
1156271) research project that examines how payments for conservation influence
indigenous land management in the Ecuadorian Andes. In addition to presenting
their findings to the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment, the group spent a
month conducting ecotourism workshops with ten indigenous communities. Professor Hayes is pictured here with three SU students conducting an ecotourism workshop.
Dr. Olha Krupa, Assistant
Professor won the 2014 Distinguished Research and Development Award given
by the International Association of Assessing Officers. She was selected as the
2014 award recipient for her work related to her article “Housing Crisis and
Vertical Equity of the Property Tax in a Market Value Based Assessment System”
published in the Public Finance Review (August 2013).
Rich Nafziger, MPA Faculty was
awarded a grant from the Ikea Foundation, to assist with the development of Kepler Kigali in
Rwanda, a nonprofit university program designed
for the developing world. Kepler’s goal is to create a global network of
universities that deliver the skills that emerging economies need for a price students
can afford. Kepler's first pilot will be an AA in business in Kilgali
with the goal of expansion beyond Rwanda to other African countries and to
Bachelors and graduate degrees.
While in Seattle, Rich will research
best practices from similar programs, as well as an industry skills assessment
for different African markets. During Fall and Winter quarters, he will work on
expansion plans in Kigali.
Dr. Jonathan Pierce,
Assistant Professor was interviewed for CNBC
regarding Saudi Arabia’s response to oil prices and
production. Read the article here. He also published a section on Hydraulic Fracturing with Christopher M. Weible and Tanya Heikkila in Science and
Politics: An A to Z Guide to Issues and Controversies (294-299), by Brent
Steel, Editor. Los Angeles: Sage/CQ
Press. Access the section on Hydraulic Fracturing here.
Dr. Kevin Ward,
Assistant Professor and wife Jen, welcomed new baby Vera in June. He also
published: “Public Service Motivation Theory in a
Nonprofit Context: An Explanatory Study of Nonprofit
Board Member Motivations” with co-authors: Katrina Miller-Stevens,
Old Dominion University; Katharine A. Neill, Rice University. Journal of
Nonprofit Education and Leadership.
Dr. Ward presented four conference papers at ARNOVA
(Association for Research on Nonprofit Organization and Voluntary Action) in
November. These included: A Case Presentation of the FEMA Corps Model: A Federal
Agency Partnership from Inception to Implementation, FEMA Corps: One Year After
Implementation, FEMA Corps: How a Federal Partnership is Building Capacity at
the Local Level, and The Influence of Organizational Characteristics,
Managerial Capacity, Subsector Variation, and Regulation on Nonprofit Lobbying
During Winter quarter 2015, Dr. Ward will teach a new MPA elective course PUBM 5910-01 Networks in Public and Nonprofit Management. Students will be introduced to the PARTNER Tool, a social network analysis tool to collect, analyze, & interpret data to improve collaboration within community networks. Students will create a visual network and collaboration maps for their organization or agency, assess network metrics, outcomes and accountability, and identify gaps, vulnerabilities, and inefficiencies in collaboration.
Dr. Marie Wong, Associate Professor, wrote the introduction for Monica Sone’s memoir, Nisei Daughter published April 2014.
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