2013 2012

2013

November 2013

Louis DeAnda, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, recently chaired the Counter-Narcoterrorism and Drug Interdiction Summit organized by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement, a think tank based in New York. He also completed a six-month advisory position in Afghanistan as part of the Department of Defense Counter Narco-Terrorism Program Office initiative and authored six articles for the London-based publication Defence IQ about developments in the Afghan conflict, the emerging hybrid threat of conventional and unconventional warfare, and the enterprise theory of investigation as a strategic approach to counterterrorism. DeAnda operates a strategic security consultancy firm in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

September 2013

Haris Alibašić, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, wrote the article “Local Governments Must Take Charge of Building Resilient Communities” on Triple Pundit on July 29. Alibašić directs the City of Grand Rapids’ Office of Energy and Sustainability and is an adjunct faculty member at Grand Valley State University in Allendale.

August 2013

Mark Maxwell, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, and his partner, Timothy Young, were featured in The Guardian, The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., and the Kansas City Star, among other outlets, about their family’s response to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. Maxwell is a real estate broker, the vice president of the North Carolina Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, and a therapeutic foster/adoptive parent.

July 2013

Mark Maxwell, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, and his partner Timothy Young participated in a press tour led by CNBC host and author Suze Orman about the tax burdens shared by gay and lesbian married couples in the United States. The coverage was picked up by the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Blade on April 15. Maxwell is a real estate broker, the vice president of the North Carolina Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, and a therapeutic foster/adoptive parent.

May 2013

Roger Singh, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, was recently appointed to lieutenant of the Suffolk County Auxiliary Police, a volunteer civil defense force equipped and trained to assist the Suffolk County Police Department in New York. Singh has volunteered with the auxiliary police force for more than 13 years.

April 2013

Mark Maxwell, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, was recently featured in an article on the Freedom to Marry website about his January wedding to longtime partner Timothy Young in Washington, D.C. Their wedding signaled the close of stage four of the Campaign for Southern Equality’s “We Do” campaign, where committed same-sex couples across the South applied for marriage licenses. Maxwell is a real estate broker and the vice president of the North Carolina Foster and Adoptive Parent Association and a therapeutic foster/adoptive parent. He is currently writing his dissertation on North Carolina’s position on adoption.

February 2013

Bessie DiDomenica, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, presented “Urban Food Policy: Exploring Small-Scale Gardens for Local Food Production” at the Northeast Conference on Public Administration in November 2012. Learn more about her experience on the Career Services Blog.

LaSheka Hollingsworth, a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) student, wrote What If? (Outskirts Press, 2012), a book about how readers can define their future.

2012

December 2012

Abiola Inniss, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, published “International Intellectual Property Law and Policy: Can the Caribbean Region Capitalize on Current Global Developmental Trends in Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation Policies?” in The WIPO Journal (Vol. 3, Issue 2) to address Caribbean intellectual property law and policy. She is the author of Copying, Copyright and the Internet: The Issue of Internet Regulation With Regard to Copying and Copyright (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011).

November 2012

Camille R. Bash, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, was recently promoted to chief financial officer and vice president of finance at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Md., where she will oversee all financial operations. She previously served as the hospital’s director of financial services.

Maxwell Chikuta, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, was featured in a column by Bill Nemitz, “It takes a New American Citizen to Raise a Village,” in the Portland Press Herald on Sept. 23, to explain why volunteerism needs to be a community value.

October 2012

Haris Alibašic, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, wrote the article “How Energy Efficiency Strategy Pays Off in Grand Rapids” on Triple Pundit on Aug. 30. In the article, he discusses the energy-efficiency savings of the local government in Grand Rapids, Mich. Alibašic directs the City of Grand Rapids’ Office of Energy and Sustainability and is an adjunct faculty member at Grand Valley State University in Allendale.

June 2012

Darlene Williams, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, was promoted within the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from the deputy director of the Brooklyn District Public Health Office to the executive director of the Primary Care Information Project. As the executive director, she heads a staff of 100 and is responsible for the transition to electronic health records by 2015.

May 2012

Roger Singh, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, gave a lecture titled “From Guyana to Wall Street,” detailing his experiences as an immigrant, student, and community advocate, for the students and faculty members of the social science department at Northern Virginia Community College on Feb. 21.

March 2012

Darlene Williams, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, was promoted to lead the administration, operations, and community engagement functions for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Primary Care Information Project. As executive director, Williams will help direct a program to encourage medical providers to move to electronic health records by 2015.

January 2012

Walden awarded Commitment to Social Change Scholarships to incoming Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student Lydia Asana and M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership student Karyn Cole in December 2011. Asana hopes to establish the nonprofit she co-founded as an influential, exemplary organization that educates, engages, and empowers Africans worldwide. Cole aims to restore and rehabilitate female victims of human trafficking and commercial exploitation.

Frederick M. Sahakian, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, presented, “Harnessing the Power of Non-Technical Staff: Improving Operations with Self-Service Tools” at the Northeast Conference on Public Administration in October in New York City.

December 2011

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.

Michael Oziegbe Onolememen, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, was appointed the Nigerian federal minister of works in July. As an architect and professional construction manager for more than 25 years, he aims to improve road infrastructure in this position.

August 2011

Gregory Jackson, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student and executive director of the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention, was elected to the Executive Council of the American Society for Public Administration, Chicago Chapter, in June.

July 2011

Michael Bull, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, launched his first gospel album, Liberia Shall Rise Again.

June 2011

David Church, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, authored Back to Basics: God, Family and Country (Tennessee Publishing House, 2011).

April 2011

Marlo Thigpen, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, presented “Summer Institute: Reinforcing Student Awareness, Readiness, and Disposition Towards STEM” at the American Society for Public Administration’s March 2011 conference in Baltimore, Md.

March 2011

Jasmine Anderson, a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) student, and her husband and two sons were named the city of Maple Heights (Ohio) Citizens of the Year for 2010. Anderson, who is legally blind, facilitates a low-vision support group for the city and founded “This” Ability Awareness Center, which promotes disability awareness and sensitivity.

February 2011

Gregory G. Jackson, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, was named executive director of the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention.

Kieanna S. Childs-Alexander, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, was inaugurated the youngest-ever president of the Trenton chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

December 2010

Kortnay Woods, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, presented “Understanding and Using Organizational Culture and Change Theory to Implement Process Change for the Grant Development Shop” at the 44th Annual Council for Resource Development Conference in November.

November 2010

Ingrid Jackson, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, is currently serving as attaché to the Organization of American States (OAS) at the Permanent Mission of Grenada to the OAS in Washington, D.C.

Janet Fashakin, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, was elected president of her community-of-origin association, Egbe Omo Obokun of Ijesaland, N.Y./N.J./Conn. She was elected national general secretary of the organization for North America, for which she has initiated fundraising efforts to provide a sustainable water supply and prevent typhoid, cholera, and malaria in this region of Nigeria, as well as supervised the printing of 6,000 exercise books for local high school students there.

June 2010

Lyell S. Collins, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for public affairs and administration.

February 2010

Vanessa S. O’Neal, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, has started a new magazine that highlights nonprofit businesses, and provides tips for fundraising and grant writing, as well as training information. The first issue of Crystal Spirit Magazine will be released in April 2010.

David Kenneth Waldman, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, is scheduled to present “Break the Cycle of Poverty: Sustainable Educational Development Opportunities for the Girl Child” at the American Society for Public Administration’s 71st Annual Conference on April 9–13 in San Jose, Calif. Waldman is the founder, president and CEO of To Love Children Educational Foundation.

October 2009

Erikson Daniel Conkling, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student with a specialization in Public Policy, has begun a faculty professor of social and behavioral sciences position at the Logansport, Ind., campus of Ivy Tech Community College.

Arthur Greenwood, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student with a specialization in Health Services, published “Health Care Reform: An Administrator’s Viewpoint” in the August 2009 issue of PA Times, the American Society for Public Administration’s monthly newspaper.

August 2009

Trina George, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, has been named Mississippi state director for Rural Development at the United States Department of Agriculture.

Sharon Jumper, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, has accepted a visiting faculty appointment from Wenzhou University in Zhejiang, China, for the fall 2009 term.

Jarrod Simmons, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration student, has been selected to speak at the 2009 Southeastern Conference on Public Administration from Sept. 30–Oct. 3 in Louisville, Ky., on the topic “The Role of State Government in Fostering Economic Policies for Minority Businesses in Distressed Communities in Florida.” In addition, Simmons will be a guest speaker at Georgia College & State University on the topic “Pursuing a Career in Public Service” on Oct. 19.

Toni Smirniw, an M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership student, has been named head librarian at the Tuckerton branch of the Ocean County Library in New Jersey.