Class Notes -- Spring 2016

Updates from Trachtenberg School Alumni

May 08, 2016

Buenafe Alinio, PhD ’08, joined Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas after graduation from GWU. After being Manager of the Selection & Placement Div. of HRD Dept., Dr. Alinio was promoted to Deputy Director thereat shortly. Dr. Alinio then moved to Branch operations in 2012, and is now Branch Head of BSP-Batac Branch.

Kiri Anderer (Kroner), MPP   ’10, currently serves as Acting Team Leader for the EPA's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, a $900 million grant program. In April, Ms. Anderer headed to Bulgaria on a two month State Department Embassy Exchange program, to work on disaster preparedness training.

Theresa Anderson, MPP ’12, is a researcher at the Urban Institute, focusing on education, workforce, and other social programs. She is pursuing her PhD at Trachtenberg. She was elected Vice President of the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS).

Ken Anderssohn, MPA ’82, recently moved to San Diego and is currently working for the City of San Diego as a Right of Way Agent. His department buys land for City purposes, manages leased City property and works with utilities, developers and other public agencies.

Christina Avgerinos, MPP ’06, is current serving as Partner at Ascendant Program Services, a consulting firm providing advisory services in international trade and infrastructure development.

Brian Bezio, MPA ’02, was selected to be the Federal Highway Administration's Chief Financial Officer in October 2015.

Eric Boyer, PhD ’12, is an Assistant Professor at UTEP, and recently coauthored two articles, one in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and one in the Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation.

Jason Briggs, MPP ’13, is at the State Department, working on the Pakistan Desk. After the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Jason TDY'd that summer to Embassy Kathmandu to coordinate assistance. He works with best friends Luke Principato ('13) and Daniel Larson (ESIA '13)

Amber Brooks, MPA ’02, is currently posted to Bangladesh as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Ms. Brooks is the director of the Office of Democracy, Rights and Governance in USAID/Bangladesh. After four years in Bangladesh, she will start her new tour in DC in August.

Kirsten Broschinsky, MPA ’06, currently lives in Albany, NY surrounded by the beauty of the northeast. She is the Director of Annual Giving at Make-A-Wish Northeast New York and loves her job with all her heart!

Andrea Brown (Wamstad), MPA ’77, is enjoying retirement after a 34 federal career, mostly with the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She spends her time playing tennis and traveling, and enjoyed serving on Kappa Kappa Gamma Advisory Board at GW for several years.

Jennifer Browne, MPA ’02, is currently the Strategic Planning Lead for GSA's Office of Assisted Acquisition Service, where she is evaluating their business model to drive greater service for customer agencies, and will be getting married in May 2016.

Mariela Buonomo (Rama), PhD ’07, has been working at UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning in France, supporting Ministries of Education in Africa and Asia to improve their M&E and financial capacities for more effective policymaking since June 2015.

Emmanuel Caudillo, MPP ’08, was recognized as a "40 under 40 Honoree" by Leadership Arlington in December 2015. The event recognizes emerging leaders who demonstrate impact personally and/or professionally through their exceptional leadership in the DC region.

Daniela Chacon, MPA ’11, has been a City Council Member in Quito, the capital of Ecuador since May 2014. Her term is up in May 2019. She is also the Deputy Mayor, as that is a post to be elected amongst the City Council Members, and works on gender, transportation and public spaces.

Katrina Connolly, PhD ’13, is a Senior Policy Consultant at Blue Sky Consulting Group in Oakland, CA, and research state and local policy issues in California for government entities and foundations.

Larry Curtis, MPA ’89, is currently enrolled in the Business Analytics Certification Program at UNC-Greensboro. In 2010, he earned a certification as a mediator for NC Superior Court civil actions.  From 2003-2008, Mr. Curtis was a Guardian ad Litem for maltreated children.

Daryl Dedwylder, MPP ’03 recently graduated from Mississippi State University with a doctorate degree in Community College Leadership.  Darryl is currently serving at the Dean of Career and Technical Education at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi.

Tom Dermody, MPP ’09, moved to Denver several years ago and is now working for the Colorado State Legislature's Joint Budget Committee as a legislative analyst.  Last year, Mr. Dermody got married and now is enjoying life with his wife, two cats, and a dog.

Mark Dooley, MPA ’96, spent the last five years supporting Accenture's Federal business, serving as a technology lead and directing custom system delivery across multiple initiatives focusing on emerging technologies and cloud strategy. Prior to this, Mr. Dooley spent 10 years at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Todd Dorny, MPA ’96, is living the dream on the Island of Kauai Hawaii.  He is a developer and is glad he has an advance degree from The George Washington University!

Eva DuGoff, MPP ’09, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Population Health Sciences. Last year, she received an AcademyHealth New Investigator Award to study pay for performance in Medicare Advantage.

Natalie Eisenbarth, MPP ’09, works on the policy and advocacy team of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) - advocating more effective humanitarian assistance and civilian protection approaches in the countries in sub-Saharan Africa where the IRC has programming.

Aryn Ehlow, MPP ’12, is a Senior Analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), conducting program evaluations of various homeland security and defense acquisition programs to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively.

Matt Fall, MA ’11, worked for Secretary Foxx and Deputy Secretary John Porcari at USDOT, and is currently working in Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.

Michael Fucci, MPA ’13, is an Analyst at Gryphon Scientific. He provides support to FEMA by writing emergency response plans and conducting exercises. He also conducts data analysis studies on a range of issues to help improve FEMA's emergency management effectiveness.

Molly Giammarco, MPP ’12, currently works for SmithBucklin as a healthcare Government Relations Senior Manager in Washington, D.C. after spending a year in Ohio setting up an accountable care organization for a group of independent hospitals.

Sarah Goan (Krichels), MPP ’04, has worked at an evaluation and research firm in Maine since 2006. Now manager, Ms. Goan helps clients across the country use data to inform program improvements. She is still happily married to Alex and has two sweet children, Leila (8) and Miles (3).

Gwen Gordon, MPP ’09, and her husband Bension Dworkin welcomed our son Noah Dworkin on June 21, 2015.  They love having him in our family!

Ryan Gottschall, MPA ’07, continues to work at the Government Accountability Office in the Natural Resources and Environment area; and has been on a Congressional detail with the House Committee on Energy and Commerce since May 2015.

Giovanni Gutierrez, MPA ’07, started a new position in the Department of Defense as a Senior Budget Analyst serving on the Joint Staff J8 - Force Structure, Resources and Assessments supporting the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Michele Grasso, MPA ’82, has been living and working in the Allentown, Pennsylvania area since 2005. Since 2009, she has been working as Development Director at Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County handling fundraising, marketing, advocacy, and social media.

Maxine Griffin Somerville, MPA ’97, was recently elected as chair of the Charles County (MD) Commission for Women. She is also serving as interim director of human resources with the Urban Institute.

Christine Hamp, MPA ’93, has been employed by Spokane County Fire District 9 in Spokane, WA for the past ten years as the Division Chief of Administrative Services and is also an EMT and certified fire investigator. I also compete as a member of the U.S. Powerlifting Team.

Colleen Heller-Stein, MPA ’10, spent her time since graduation working at Treasury as an HR Business Partner for the Troubled Asset Relief Program and organizations created by Dodd-Frank, and was recently promoted to Director of Human Resources at Treasury Headquarters.

Thomas Herndon, MPA ’12, is currently working for the Department of Justice for the Department's Budget Staff.  Mr. Herndon focus on executing the Department's ~$30 billion budget, ensuring compliance with federal spending protocol and congressional directives.

Diana Hincapie, PhD ’14, has been working in the Inter-American Development Bank since 2012, first at the Research Department and then at the Education Division, where she leads and collaborates in research projects related to the quality of education in Latin America.

Andrew Hoffman, MPP ’98, currently works for US Citizenship and Immigration Services, a component of DHS, in the national security and information sharing field. He spends his free time mostly chasing after his increasingly mobile 3-year old son, and lives in stellar Alexandria, VA.

Abby Jones, BA ’97, has been serving as the Director of the Communication Program at Philadelphia Univ. for two years. Next year she will be a Visiting Scholar at the Univ. of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication. The city is really starting to grow on her.

Abigail Jones, PhD ’13, has been serving as the Director of the Communication Program at Philadelphia Univ. for two years. Next year she will be a Visiting Scholar at the Univ. of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication. The city is really starting to grow on her.

Jason Juffras, PhD ’15, serves as director of program evaluation in the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor and is teaching public budgeting at the Trachtenberg School.  TSPPPA coursework has proven invaluable.

Julia Kalloz, MPP ’12, is currently managing energy projects and evaluating program performance for the Office of Sustainable Energy in the Baltimore City Department of Public Works.

Kraig Kennedy, MPA ’92, retired from the Navy and retired from a company in Honolulu where he was President and General Manager.  Mr. Kennedy currently resides in Seattle Washington.

Traci Kraus, MPA ’14, leads Government Relations for Cummins Inc. Power Systems, Technology and Military business units. She serves on the board of the JWI Young Women's Leadership Network. She lives in D.C. with her husband, Aaron and 1 year old son, Liam.

Chris Kvam, MPP ’04, is living in Rochester, NY and is working as an Assistant District Attorney for Monroe County.

Michael Jarrett, MPP ’14, is currently working as a Local Policy Research Analyst at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Roger Justice, MPA ’72, is currently retired, doing consultant work, in Louisville, KY, after working in the plastic industry as plant manager, VP Operations for 36 years.

Natalie Levine (Wasserman), MPA ’14, was been working as a Senior Analyst in the Government Affairs department of the National Parks Conservation Association since graduating. She's been lucky enough to travel to Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon National Parks, for work!

Jing (Sarah) Liang, MPP ’15, will find a new job in Beijing, China where her families live.

Erin Lockett, MPA ’14, is currently in Washington, DC. working in Education Policy.

Tara Lovrich, MPA ’99, is the Township Administrator in Manalapan Township, New Jersey, a community of 40,000 residents in Monmouth County.  She recently served as the President of the New Jersey Municipal Managers Association.

Adrianne Malasky (Berman), BA ’08, MPP ‘09, married Mitch Malasky, Media Center Director for the Democratic National Committee, on October 24, 2015 at the National Press Club. Adrianne recently started a new job as a Transit Safety Policy Analyst for the Federal Transit Administration.

Tess Marstaller, MPA ’10, is in nursing school in Oakland, CA, hoping to combine my MPA with an RN to do public health work.

Christine Maulhardt, MPA ’05, is at Blue Shield of California Foundation serving as Director of Communications and Public Affairs, and is thrilled to be working with a School of Public Health alum - Joycelyn Macbeth (MPH, 2009). Colonials representing on the west coast!

Rob McCrimmon, MPA ’99, is in transition after retiring as a captain in the Coast Guard. He is living in the San Francisco Bay Area and helping build a 100' wooden tall ship ( while looking for senior manager work.

Zeita Merchant, MPA ’10, is currently serving at the Special Assistant to the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard was recently selected as the Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Chicago, and is the first African-American woman to command a MSU.

Zachary Miller, MPA ’09, is a Research Associate at IMPAQ International where  conducts program evaluations and provides technical assistance for federally funded grant programs. He also serves as Advisory Board Chair at YMCA Youth & Family Services in Silver Spring, MD.

Laura Minnichelli, MPP ’13, continues to work as a consultant at LMI in the Civilian Health division. She supports CCIIO in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At GW, Ms. Minnichelli concentrated in Health Policy, and it is very rewarding to do this work.

Veronica Moss (Cole), MPA ’85, is a Contracting Officer in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development.  They purchase IT hardware, software and services for headquarters and over 80 missions around the world.

Anya Olsen (Parker), MPP ’04, was recently promoted to the Deputy Director of the Office of Policy Research in the Office of Retirement Policy at the Social Security Administration in Washington, DC.

Ray Oman, PhD ’83, presented a paper on "Economic, Debt, and Bankruptcy Shortfalls in Government:  The Case of Puerto Rico" at the annual Northeast Conference on Public Administration held at George Mason University in November.

Katrina Overland’s, BA ’09, MPP ’11, essay, "Passing as Homo Superior," was recently published as a chapter in Rowman & Littlefield's The X-Men Films: A Cultural Analysis.

Whitney Owen (Setzer), MPA ’06, is currently Director of Civilian Health at LMI, a not-for-profit government consulting firm. She oversees a team supporting CMS in implementing the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace. She is also the mother of two young boys, ages 4 and 15 months.

Vincent Pacileo, MPP ’13, is Deputy Director at the American Psychiatric Association advocating for comprehensive mental health reform.

Holly Padgett, MPA ’13, is currently working as a communicator and program analyst for the U.S. Geological Survey in a program focused on climate change and wildlife. Her work includes communicating scientific research, and designing and developing communications products.

Susan Randolph, MPA ’07, has the good fortune to contribute to the welfare of U.S. citizens living and traveling overseas and the security of U.S. borders as a management analyst with the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Emily Remington, MPP ’06,  became the first Executive Director of the French Quarter Management District, a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana dedicated to improving public safety, infrastructure, sanitation, and quality of life in the French Quarter in March of 2015.

Richard Rieder, MPA ’70, is enjoying retirement from Federal Government (US Navy Officer, NASA HQ, and NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center), and is celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year with a Rhine River cruise.

Tyler Rockey, MPP ’15, is working in the Office of Evaluation and Research with New York City's Human Resources Administration (the local government agency that administers safety net programs for NYC residents).

Jonathan M. Rogers, MPP ’11, has been the project manager for the District of Columbia's Vision Zero initiative to end all traffic fatalities and serious injuries:

George Penno, MPA ’76, is celebrating 28 years working for US Navy in Crystal city, Orlando, and Mechanicsburg

Liz Sablich, MPP ’13, serves as the Communications Director of the Brookings Institution's Governance Studies program. She manages all public outreach and promotion of Brookings' domestic policy and political process research.

Hector R. Santamaria, MPA ’14, continues to support the Federal Highway Administration's acquisition and financial assistance programs as a Contract Specialist. He was recently selected to the CXO Fellows Program sponsored by the Office of Executive Councils.

Kathryn Santo, MPA ’08, recently relocated from the DC Metro area to NYC to work as a training facilitator at NYU. At NYU she creates, coordinates, and leads all training for services offered by the Digital Communications Group within the Office of Information Technology.

Sara S. Staton, MPA ’91, is the Director for Special Services in Bedford County Public Schools where she has worked for over 20 years. GWU prepared Ms. Staton well for fiscal management, compliance with federal, state and local laws and especially for leadership!

Renae Steichen, MPP ’12, recently became the Senior Markets & Regulatory Analyst at Smart Wires, an electricity grid technology startup company in San Francisco. In this position, Renae will help the company understand the regulatory environment in states across the country.

Jeremy Stohs, MPP ’05, has directed government relations for H&R Block since 2012, based in Kansas City, MO, after almost a decade working on Capitol Hill. He and his wife Jill welcomed their first child in August 2015.

Robert Tansey, BA ’73, MPA ’81, had a 10-year government and consulting career focused on energy after graduation from GW.  He was in the State Department Foreign Service 1985-2009 and then worked in China for The Nature Conservancy.  He's now with TNC in Arlington, VA.

Morgan Taylor, MPP ’13, works as a research analyst for Excelencia in Education, a national nonprofit that focuses on using research and data to influence policy and increase Latino student success in higher education.

Ryan Taylor, MPP ’14, worked at the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy as a Regulatory Economist before accepting an offer from Uber to be an Operations & Logistics Manager on the East Coast Regional Expansion team.

Sadie Thimsen, MPA ’14, is currently living in Jakarta, Indonesia working as an Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer in the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy Jakarta, and is also a Foreign Affairs Officer based in Washington DC, but is out on rotation until May!

Richard Timme, MPA ’07, will serve as the Coast Guard Budget Officer at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC as of summer 2016. He will oversee the service's budget formulation process, and external coordination of the budget submission through DHS and OMB.

John Topinka, MPA ’83, served on Memphis Mayor elect Strickland's Financial Responsibility Team, making recommendations regarding the city's financial future for 2016 and beyond

Karen Trebon, MPA ’03, served as the Deputy Program Manager on from 2010 to 2014, and in January of that year, the program was one of two winners of the Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard's Kennedy School.

Peter Troedsson, MPA ’99, retired from a 30 year career in the Coast Guard, and started a second career in municipal management as Assistant City Manager in Bothell, Washington.

Sean Tucker, MPA ’94, works as Internal Controls Manager for NASA's John Glenn Center out of the office of Safety and Mission Assurance.

Travis Tucker, MPA ’15, is currently serving at the U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State. In March 2017, he will head to the Dominican Republic to serve at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.

Cynthia Uviedo (Cortinas), MPA ’99, was recently named the Associate Director of Reunion Giving for Trinity University, her undergraduate alma mater.

Yisrael Welcher, MPA ’14, is currently a Docs in Progress Fellow for his work producing KolHanashim, an exploration of the intersections of ethnicity, faith and gender in American Society. Learn more and receive updates on the film's progress on Instagram and Twitter.

Katie Willoughby, MPA ’11, completed first year in her new role as Canon for Administration/CFO for the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, and is designing new financial management training in 2016 to aid 68 congregations with non-profit accounting practices. Happy to have no winter again!