Alumni Updates | Spring 2015

May 27, 2015

Richard Beinecke, PhD ’83, a current Professor of Public and Healthcare Administration at Suffolk University, recently published a three-volume set of books on change leadership. The volumes outline the parameters of the field and offer readers an understanding of the key philosophic and practical questions in change leadership. Titles include:

  • Volume 1: The History and Theoretical Foundations of Change Leadership
  • Volume 2: Change Leadership: Research and Theory
  • Volume 3: Leading Organizational Change: Now and in the Future

Carl Christensen, PhD ’90, recently celebrated 15 years as the founding dean of the Buntain School of Nursing at Northwest University in Washington state. He is setting up a master’s degree program in nursing, which will engage students on issues of health public policy in attention to vital nursing skills. He is also a newly appointed member of the Washington State Board of Nursing Home Administrators, serves on a taskforce for the Council on Nursing Education in Washington State, is a member of the Government Relations Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and is an accreditation site visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Michael Tyler, MPA ’93, temporarily left his Supervisory Budget Analyst position in the FBI budget section at the Government Accountability Office approximately two years ago to help with the Division's strategic and performance planning. He became a Management and Program Analyst last spring. In this role, he focuses on strategic planning for a variety of programs within the division. 

Monika Suarez, MPA ’97, has been a public finance professional for more than 17 years, specializing in debt and financial management for local governments. She has been involved with hundreds of financings for local governments and not-for-profit organizations as an independent financial advisor, rating agency analyst, investment banker and issuer. Most recently, she had primary responsibility for planning future debt insurances and developing innovative financing solutions for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She also serves as Vice President of Programming for Women in Public Finance Los Angeles Chapter. Recently, Monika received the “She’s Our Hero” Award from Women in Public Finance, given to women who manage career, self-development, family issues, and civil involvement all at the same time. She is currently employed as Vice President-Municipal Investment Officer at the Western Alliance Bank in Los Angeles, Calif.

Thomas A. Bryer, MPA ’03, is the Director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management and an Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Bryer implemented an innovative new professional development program with a consortium of local governments throughout Romania. Additionally, he edited the book, National Service and Volunteerism: Achieving Impact in Our Communities, published with Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield). The description of the book states: National service and volunteerism enjoy a rich history in the United States and an emergent future in other parts of the world. However, there remains relatively scant evidence of overall impact of national service programs and volunteer effectiveness. This condition continues to threaten national service and volunteer programs with the risk of defunding and/or the risk of not investing sufficiently from the start. This book brings together a selection of diverse chapters written by a combination of academicians, students and practitioners from three countries and across multiple states in the United States. Each chapter approaches its topic uniquely but links with all others in identifying the impacts of service and volunteerism for volunteers, for beneficiaries of service, for the institution of volunteering, and/or for whole communities.

Michael Stinziano, MPA ’04, was re-elected to his third term in the Ohio House in November 2014. State Representative Stinziano serves as the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee and also on the House Insurance and the House Public Utilities Committees.  In addition, he serves on the Energy Mandates Study Committee and is a Board Member of the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority.

Cynthia Pierre, PhD ’06, was named the new Chief Operating Office for the Equal Employment Commission (EEOC). She had spent 26 years in many roles at the EEOC, from Systematic Investigator in Houston, to District Director in Birmingham, Ala., to Director of Field Management Programs in D.C. From 2010 until her EEOC appointment, Cynthia served as the Region IV Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and before that as Enforcement Director at the Office for Civil Rights from 2008 to 2010.

Emily Remington, MPP ’06, was recently named Executive Director of the French Quarter Management District (FQMD) in New Orleans, a political subdivision created by the Louisiana legislature in 2007 and which has been run by a volunteer board of commissioners until now. The goals of the FQMD are to improve the French Quarter through better infrastructure; better relationships among visitors, business owners and residents; and reduced crime.

Hernán Charosky, MPP ’07, is in Argentina advocating for the country’s first presidential debate of candidates for the national election. He is leading a cause for having this year’s candidates engage in a public debate and has already received support from the most important nongovernmental actors in the country.

Jonathan Rogers, MPP ’11, is influencing transportation policy at the local level as an analyst in the policy branch of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). He also recently served a stint on Muriel Bowser’s transition team, helping her analyze the District budget and brief new appointees. Having helped the new mayor adjust into her new role, he is now eager to tackle new policy challenges facing D.C., including setting up the much-anticipated H Street streetcar service.

Jacoby Lawrence, MPA ’14, Was promoted to Director of Program Services at Capitol Hill Partners in July 2014. He provides policy, grant and association management assistance to clients on issues related to higher education, health care and social services.

Welcome Future Public Servants

May 27, 2015

It’s a baby boom for the class of 2012! Welcome to all these future Tbergers!

Kabir Green, MPA '12, and his wife, Ani, welcomed their second boy, Kai, in October. At seven months old he's an incredibly happy baby - and a talented roller and regurgitator. Kabir has been working for the Natural Resources Defense Council as a senior legislative advocate for three years and loves it.

Kai Green

Melanie Chamberlain Stanford, MPA ’12, and her husband, Shawn, welcomed baby girl, Naomi Joy, on October 31.  Melanie moved to Denver after completing her degree at the Trachtenberg School and married Shawn in 2013.  The family currently lives in Aurora, CO where Shawn works for Pepsico. Melanie most recently worked for the Air Force but is taking a few years to stay at home with Naomi.

Vanessa Forsberg, MPP ’12, and her husband, Mark, welcomed baby boy, Malcolm Mark, into the world on December 17.  He is a wonderful little boy who keeps mom and dad on their toes, and they are loving every minute. Vanessa works at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center as a Research Associate and Mark is a Senior Statistical Analyst at Vanda Pharmaceuticals. They live in Arlington, Virginia.

Malcolm Forsberg

Kasper Statz, MPA ’12, and Christine Statz, MPA ’12, welcomed their first child, Kasper Bennet Statz, Jr. (who goes by Bennet), on April 21. Kasper is a government contractor with Catapult Consultants, LLC, and Christine most recently worked for the National Council on Teacher Quality. Kasper and Christine met during their time at the Trachtenberg School and married in 2013. The new family of three reside in the Glover Park area of Washington, D.C.

Bennet Statz

Special thanks for Vanessa Forsberg for organizing her classmates and sharing this information.

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