School of Public Administration Advisory Board
George Brown, a native of Baltimore, is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and Classics, and he was a Doctoral Fellow in English at George Washington University. He has lived full-time in the Boca Raton area since 1976. George began employment with the City of Boca Raton Building Inspection Division in 1977. During the next 10 years, he established the City’s Code Enforcement Division and served as Assistant City Manager and as Public Services Administrator with responsibility for Public Works operations, as well as undertaking other special projects, programs, and policy initiatives.
George is currently the Deputy City Manager with the City of Boca Raton, where he has had the opportunity to use his experience, knowledge, and expertise to oversee Public Safety, Development Services, Human Resources, General Administration, and Financial Services, among other functions. Mr. Brown facilitates inter-governmental and institutional relations, and he is responsible for legislative review, the City’s lobbying efforts, and complex policy analysis, development, and implementation. He has also several times served concurrently as Boca Raton’s Development Services Director.
PETER L. CRUISE, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Public Ethics Academy and Affiliate Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University. Both his academic and professional careers have been focused on improving the ethical climate in public sector programs and organizations. Since graduating with his Ph.D. in Public Administration from FAU in 1995, he taught ethics and organizational behavior in both undergraduate and graduate students in universities such as California State University-Chico, Golden Gate University, Louisiana State University and Mary Baldwin University. Before beginning his academic life, his professional career started in West Palm Beach in the early 1980s, working at St. Mary’s Hospital, and the Palm Beach Blood Bank, and later at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart. In addition to many published articles, he is the co-editor of the Handbook of Organization Theory and Management: The Philosophical Approach (2nd Edition, 2006). In April 2015, he was selected by the faculty the College of Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University as a Distinguished Alumnus.
Maylee De Jesús
Maylee De Jesús is a full-time worker and part-time student at Florida Atlantic University, working towards her Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Maylee is a mother of two girls, Marializ and Veronica. Maylee is the Town Clerk and Assistant to the Town Manager for the Town of South Palm Beach. Maylee has worked at the Town of South Palm Beach over 2 years, and prior to this Town, she worked at the Village of Palm Springs for almost 9 years. She is very active in both Municipal Managers and Municipal Clerks Associations locally, statewide, and internationally. Maylee held the position of President of the Palm Beach County Municipal Clerks Association from October 2016-October 2017. She has been in the Clerk’s Department throughout her entire career in government and aspires to be a Municipal Manager in Florida. Maylee is a Certified Municipal Clerk and is working towards her Masters Municipal Clerk Designation. She started the International City Managers Association Student Chapter at FAU in the Spring of 2017, in hopes of closing the gap between the outgoing MPA students who want to work for local government, and the municipalities in Florida.
Brian R. Moree, a native of Florida, graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Nova Southeastern University with a Master of Public Administration. He continued his education with professional certifications from Cornell University in Executive Leadership and Villanova University in Project Management. He is a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.
Brian began his career in municipal government in 1991. He has held increasingly responsible positions with city and county governments, ranging in population from 12,000 to 350,000. Most recently serving as Assistant County Administrator for Marion County, he has had the responsibility to oversee eleven (11) departments, which include Fleet Management, Solid Waste, Facilities Management, Public Utilities, Planning Growth Services, Building Services, MSTU, Airport Operations, IFAS Extension Services, Parks and Recreation, and Office of the County Engineer.
He is a member of the International City/County Management Association, the Florida City and County Management Association, and currently serves as a member of the FAU School of Public Administration Advisory Board.
Russell Muniz was appointed Town Clerk of the Town of Southwest Ranches in March 2014. In January 2015, he was appointed Assistant Town Administrator. He has been serving South Florida municipalities since 1995. Russell served as the president of the Broward County Municipal Clerks Association, the Vice President of the South Florida Government Finance Officers and City Clerks Association, and a member of the Broward County City Managers Association. Russell earned his MPA at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in 2009 and he currently serves as a member of the FAU School of Public Administration Advisory Board.
Dale Pazdra joined the City of Coral Springs in 2006 as the Director of Human Resources. Dale has held increasingly responsible positions in the field of Human Resources serving in a leadership/management capacity for the last two decades. He has extensive experience in compensation, human resource systems, employee relations, benefits, recruitment, leadership development, compliance and policy administration making him a well-rounded generalist. He has served on multiple cross-functional teams and lead quality initiatives to improve the delivery of HR services focusing on service excellence and high levels of employee satisfaction. He has served on the South Florida IPMA-HR executive board since 2012 and has been teaching undergraduate Human Resource courses at a local university since 2011. He graduated from Barry University with a MPA degree in 2010 and Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Science (Management) degree in 1990. He currently serves as a member of the FAU School of Public Administration Advisory Board.
Charlotte Presensky is a native of Michigan and a graduate of Central Michigan University with a B.A. in Commercial Recreation and Facility Management and a minor in Business Administration. She began her public service career with Martin County and has local, county and special district management experience. Currently, with the City of Palm Beach Gardens, Charlotte has served in the capacity of Recreation Director, Parks and Public Facilities Director, Unified Services Director (Building & Code Enforcement Divisions) and Projects Director, Administration. She currently serves as the Department Head for Leisure Services.
An innovative, entrepreneurial Public Administrator, her project management skills and ability to conduct organizational efficiency reviews has helped her implement pro-active change in the divisions and departments managed. Additionally, her aptitude for forecasting revenue and expenditure trends has transformed certain city services into revenue sustainable operations that have reduced reliance on tax dollars for operations.
Charlotte holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University. She is an active member of the Florida City County Management Association and has a passion for volunteering to develop educational seminars. She is also a member of the International City/County Management Association and the National Parks & Recreation Association. Charlotte currently serves as a member of the FAU School of Public Administration Advisory Board.
Sarah Shannon has been with the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government since 1983, serving as Director since 1995. As the Institute’s Director, she coordinates a variety of training programs and professional development activities for over 10,000 local and state government employees on an annual basis. Sarah has also served as the Associate Dean for the FAU Division of Continuing Education and Interim Director of the FAU Davie Campus. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and her Masters in Public Administration from FAU. Sarah currently serves as a member of the FAU School of Public Administration Advisory Board.
Kathy Shurte has served in the public sector for almost two decades, working in local and state government. She is currently the District Four Organizational Development Manager for the Florida Department of Transportation, and primarily functions as an internal consultant, helping people and offices work better. Kathy, a Pioneer Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) and a Certified Public Manager (CPM), graduated from Nova Southeastern University and holds certificates in Training, OD, and HRD. She earned Florida Davis Productivity Awards for design and cost efficiencies gained with the FDOT Management Academy, and for Improved Accessibility to Specialized Training. She is active in ATD’s professional organization, having served both locally and nationally. Kathy has presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences, and has been published in several books. She also chaired the committee that developed the American National Standard for Certificate Programs for ASTM International. Kathy currently serves as a member of the FAU School of Public Administration Advisory Board.
Karen Sweeting is a Ph.D. student and graduate assistant in the School of Public Administration at FAU. Karen earned her MPA in 2015 and is currently working on her Ph.D. With a background in human resources, Karen’s research interests include cultural intelligence, multiculturalism, diversity, equality in public policy, and organization learning and behavior. Karen is passionate about public service and pursues a deeper understanding of the intricate layers of government to enhance her role as a public service practitioner. Karen is the president of the Association of Doctoral Students in Public Administration (ADSPA) and currently serves as a member of the FAU School of Public Administration Advisory Board.