See how graduates of the School of Public Policy and Administration are making a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

June 2015

Ramona Bowser ’15, a Master of Publication Administration (MPA) graduate, was recently appointed health director at the Hertford County Public Health Authority (HCPHA) in North Carolina. Previously, Bowser served as the co-interim health director while in the role of chief finance officer. She joined HCPHA in 2004 as accounting manager.

Dr. Vivienne C. Meanger ’14, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration graduate, was named Worldwide Branding Professional of the Year in Health Care. Dr.Meanger is the director of Kindred Healthcare.

Tochukwu Okafor ’12, an MPA graduate, recently published Surviving in a Dangerous World.

Richard Scott Freeman ’11, ’08, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration and MPA graduate, was recently named police chief in the Athens-Clarke County Police Department in Georgia. He previously served as Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy.

May 2015

Darcy Clardy ’12, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate, has been named regional field director for Operation Homefront’s Region Two. Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit that provides emergency financial assistance to service members and their families. In this role, Clardy will oversee field operations in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Clardy is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and joined Operation Homefront as a volunteer in 2006.

April 2015

Dr. Thomas Schillinger ’14, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration graduate, recently published “Bystander Effect and Religious Group Affiliation: Terrorism and the Diffusion of Responsibility” in the International Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies (Vol. 2, No. 2).

Sharronda Blackman ’12, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate, was selected as the DeKalb County (Georgia) District Attorney’s Office Paralegal of the Year 2014.

November 2014

Alaba Omolaye-Ajileye ’14, an MS in Criminal Justice graduate, contributed an article to The Nation in Nigeria about the Boko Haram menace and suggested ways to defeat the insurgents. Omolaye-Ajileye is a judge of the High Court of Justice of Kogi State.

September 2014

Dr. Michael Johnston ’14, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration graduate, was promoted to associate professor in the sociology department at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Dr. Mark Maxwell ’14, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration graduate, recently published "The Voices of North Carolina’s Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents" on Freedomtomarry.org. The article explores how state law discriminates against same-sex parents and their adopted children with medical or developmental special needs and how this discrimination adversely affects them socially and financially.

Dr. Mauricio Meschoulam ’13, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration graduate, was a presenter at the Sarajevo Peace Event 2014 in Bosnia, where he spoke about conflict, security, and peace-building in Mexico.

Dr. Annette Padilla ’13, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration graduate, was recently hired as a visiting professor by Jiangnan University in Wuxi, China. She will teach communications and operations to undergraduate students.

Dr. Jeremy W. Francis ’12, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration graduate and a special agent at the FBI, was selected as a recipient of the 2014 Executive Office of United States Attorneys Director’s Award for Superior Performance. In addition, his article “Increasing Terrorism Preparedness of Law Enforcement Agencies Through Organizational Culture” was accepted for publication in a fall issue of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

July 2014

Dr. Annette Padilla ’10, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration graduate, was recently hired as a professor at the University of Phoenix’s San Diego School of Nursing. She is also a professor at California Miramar University in San Diego. Dr. Padilla also recently facilitated panels as a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families and the Administration of Native Americans. The reviews addressed language, and social and economic opportunities for federal grants.

April 2014

Marko Jones ’14, an MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management graduate, was recently promoted to the assistant special agent in charge within the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Colquitt. He formerly served as special agent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s field office in Sylvester.

Dr. Shayla McCullough ’12, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration graduate, wrote “Beyond QRC” in the April–June 2013 issue of Army AL&T magazine, about the long-term implications of the Army’s quick reaction capability protocol. Dr. McCullough is a logistician for the Department of Defense.

Laura Bulluck ’10, an MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership graduate, was featured on ABC 15 in Phoenix in February in honor of Black History Month for her work as the founder and CEO of Hope's Crossing, a team of professional mentors and coaches who support women transitioning back into life as civilians. Bulluck is also a senior associate at Open Minds, a market intelligence and management support firm that specializes in health and human service sectors.

Eric Barton ’06, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) student, launched a campaign through his business LexLin Gypsy Ranch to donate 30 registered gypsy horses while simultaneously finding eligible sponsors who will train them. Barton is the owner of Vanquish Worldwide.

March 2014

Terence Arrington ’12, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate, was recently named the assistant city administrator of Salisbury, Md.

Dr. Steven J. Golightly ’10, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration graduate, was elected president of the Los Angeles County Management Council in 2014. He also served as the treasurer of the National Child Support Enforcement Association in 2013. Dr. Golightly is the director of the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department, which has a staff of 1,500 that supports 300,000 cases. He is also a full-time faculty member at California State University, Northridge, and a part-time faculty member at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

February 2014

Dr. Andrew Brunhart ’13, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration graduate, was recently named the general manager of the South Coast Water District, the water management agency serving the Dana Point, Laguna Beach, and San Juan Capistrano area of California. A retired U.S. Navy captain, Dr. Brunhart previously served as the general manager of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in Laurel, Md., and most recently was involved in strategic management at the U.S. Department of the Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

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