College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Public Administration

MPA Newsletter Fall 2014

  • From the Director, Larry Hubbell

     Hubbell, LarryI 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 new requirement.

    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.

    Alumni & Student News

    RyanRyan 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 and tools 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 possible.

    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 For information about becoming a volunteer, go to

    Ryan 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 Voices Initiative.

    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 RoaFelipe 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. DammannF.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 HarrisKarinda Harris (’12) is a Program Manager, Economic Opportunity at Women's Funding Alliance (WFA).





      Kate PaisleyKate 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.

    NicoleNicole 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.

     KristineKristine 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. 



    JorjiJorji 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 LennonStephanie 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 NguyenPhung 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 2Kara Preas (‘15) is a Project Manager at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.




    Jennifer BeatyJennifer 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 StoneMelanie 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.

    Program and Faculty Highlights

    Tanya and FelipeProfessors Tanya 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.


    Olha Krupa 2Dr. 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).




    Nafziger, RichRich 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.


    Pierce, JonathanDr. 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.  


    Kevin WardDr. 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 Activity.

    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.  

    Now accepting papers for the upcoming Policy Incubator Competition 2015

    Interested in submitting an innovative solution to a policy problem? Learn more and apply here ...

    Get a glimpse of the competition. Watch the 2014 Policy Incubator Video here ...