Dr. John Henry Felix ’75, a Ph.D. in Public Administration (now Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration) graduate, will serve as the national chair of the 75th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s founding of the March of Dimes Foundation in 2013. He is currently the chair and CEO of the Hawaii Medical Assurance Association, the state’s second-largest health insurer. Dr. Felix has a long history of service to his community, including a 16-year stint as a Honolulu City Council member; he is also active in the Boy Scouts and Red Cross.
Dr. Christina Spoons ’12, a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration graduate, and Dr. Mark Gordon, associate dean of the School of Public Policy and Administration, co-wrote “Lessons Learned From the 2011 Flooding in Thailand” in PA Times (July 19, 2012) about the serious challenges flooding presents in Thailand.
Dr. Irwin Harrington ’11, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration graduate, became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy in August. He is also a safety specialist with the Transportation Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in New York, where he provides leadership training for newly promoted staff and ensures screening areas are safe and free of hazards.
Dr. Royal DeLegge ’09, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration graduate who serves as the director of environmental health for the Salt Lake Valley Health Department in Utah, recently accepted the 2012 Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award on behalf of his department. The award is given to local environmental health jurisdictions that demonstrate unsurpassed achievement in providing outstanding food protection services to communities.
Dr. Joseph P. Murray ’11, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration graduate, was appointed the chief of the Dearborn Fire Department in Michigan in July. He previously served as a firefighter for the department, where he has worked for seven years. Dr. Murray also teaches fire science and emergency management courses for Madonna University in Livonia.
Dr. David Kenneth Waldman ’11, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration graduate, will present his paper “Democratic Governance: Understanding Democratic Governance and Its Effect on the Educational Development Policy” at the Association for Middle Eastern Public Policy and Administration’s “International Conference on Democratic Governance: Challenges in Africa and Asia” in August in Philadelphia.
Dr. Robert D. Boyden ’10, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration graduate, was recently named the chairman of the American Board of Registered Investigators, an executive advisory board for the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute.
Dr. David Kenneth Waldman ’11, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration graduate, is the founder and president of the nonprofit To Love Children Educational Foundation International Inc. His mission is to create sustainable educational opportunities for girls in the developing world. He launched the radio talk show “The Global Child” on WebTalkRadio.net in 2012 to further the goals of his nonprofit.
Dr. Ronald K. Hale ’11, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration graduate, was recently named chief knowledge officer of ISACA, a nonprofit association that undertakes large-scale research efforts to expand the knowledge of the information technology governance and control field. In his new role, Dr. Hale is responsible for leading research and product development initiatives that address topics that include cloud computing and cyber security.
Dr. John C. McCauley ’11, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration graduate, a full-time patrolman for the Eastlake Police Department in Ohio, and an adjunct faculty member at six colleges across the country, was featured in the article “John McCauley Finds Time to Patrol Eastlake While Teaching at Colleges” in The News-Herald (March 13). In the article, Dr. McCauley explains how he balances his work schedules.
Katie Houk ’12, an M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership graduate, was named the Ohio State University Extension’s newest educator and director in Columbiana County in March 2012. She previously served as 4-H program assistant. In her new role, Houk hopes to forge partnerships with businesses and organizations in Columbiana County and foster strong relationships with 4-H families and stakeholders.
Dr. Camilius Egeni ’10, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration graduate, recently published his third book, The Epistemology of Motivation: Harnessing the Art (Xlibris Corp., 2011), which analyzes and explains what motivates people in various contexts.
Dr. Robert D. Boyden ’10, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration graduate, wrote the book Police Stress in Small Town USA (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012) about the effects of the unique set of stressors on police officers who work in smaller communities.
Gretchen Buhlig ’10, an M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership graduate, was appointed the new vice president for leadership giving at the Arizona State University Foundation for a New American University in January 2012. Previously, Buhlig managed collegiate development and alumni relations programs for A.T. Still University’s Arizona campus and its three schools: Arizona School of Health Sciences, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.
Devon J. Noll ’07, a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) graduate and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, wrote After the Tea Party Is Over: Creating the Revolutionary Founding Father’s Vision of America (Alternative Paradigm Publishing, 2011), a guide to new programs and policies that are based on historical successes, new citizen engagement, and new programs or policies that support a new political paradigm.
Dr. Robert D. Boyden ’10, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration graduate, was selected to sit on the executive advisory board for the American Board of Registered Investigators (ABRI). ABRI is a credentialing board for investigators for the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI). Dr. Boyden is also a fellow and diplomat for ACFEI.
Dr. Sunday Olukoju ’08, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration graduate, presented “Synchronizing the Growing Immigrations With a Diversity of Indigenous Social Needs” at the 2011 International Congress of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, in July.
Dr. Rose M. Handon ’10, who earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, was selected for her poster presentation titled “Dangers in the Field: An Ethnographic Study on Client-Initiated Violence Affecting Child Welfare Workers” to be presented at the “Work, Stress and Health 2011: Work and Well-Being in an Economic Context,” conference held May 19–22, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. The conference is sponsored by the American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.
Rick D. Konrad ’06, who earned a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), accepted the position of city manager for Fruitland, Md.
Dr. Robert B. Fong Sr. ’09, who earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, is an adjunct faculty member at Vincennes University (Ind.), teaching classes in criminal justice and homeland security. Fong also works with Vincennes University’s Military Education Program, which allows military personnel to earn college degrees from remote locations.
Kimberley Williams ’08, who earned a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), is the vice president and program sponsor of a methadone and detoxification clinic in Los Angeles that provides primary and urgent care services to underserved members of the community.
Dr. Lydia Apori-Nkansah ’08, who earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, is a faculty member in the Graduate School of Governance at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. She recently authored two articles in the Legon Journal of International Affairs and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration Journal of Leadership, Management and Administration. In 2009, Apori-Nkansah presented papers at seminars in Ghana organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.