Alumni Profiles

Mohamad G. Alkadry, Ph.D.

mohamad.alkadry@uconn.edu

Mohamad G. Alkadry graduated from FAU in 2000 with a Ph.D. in Public Administration.

Dr. Alkadry currently serves as a Professor Head of the Department of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut. He previously held academic and administrative appointments, and was tenured at Florida International University in Miami, FL, West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

Dr. Alkadry’s practitioner experience includes service as a senior research associate at the Center for Urban Redevelopment and Empowerment (Florida Atlantic University) and as a Value-for-Money (performance) Auditor with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (Ottawa). Dr. Alkadry has authored in excess of fifty community and professional studies in areas of governance and public management.


Jennifer O'Flannery Anderson

Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson

I graduated in the Spring of 2005 with a Ph.D. in Public Administration. During my time at FAU, I focused my research and study on public administration and public higher education.

In April of 2008 I was named President and CEO of United Way of Broward County. Currently, I am the Vice President for Advancement and Community Relations at NSU.  This has been an exciting change and given me the opportunity to apply the concepts and theories I studied at FAU. I am very grateful for the educational experience.


Jay Boodheshwah

Jay Boodheshwar was appointed to serve the Town of Palm Beach as the Deputy Town Manager in January 2015. He is responsible for the supervision of the Town Clerk’s Office, the Office of Information Technology, Risk Management, Emergency Management, and Communications, while providing staff leadership for a variety of Town-wide initiatives.  He is also responsible for providing on-going assistance to the Town Manager in running the day-to-day affairs of the Town.

Mr. Boodheshwar first began his service to the Town of Palm Beach as Director of Recreation in January 2006 and was promoted to Director of Recreation and Special Projects in April 2010. Previous to his service with the Town, Mr. Boodheshwar served as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Massillon, Ohio, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of East Chicago, Indiana, Youth Services Area Manager for the City of Bloomington, Indiana, and as Recreation Supervisor for the Town of Munster, Indiana.

Mr. Boodheshwar earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration from Bowling Green State University. He earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and currently serves on the board of the university’s Public Administration Alumni Society.

Mr. Boodheshwar has been very involved in professional associations throughout his career, holding several state-wide offices with the Indiana Parks and Recreation Association and the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, including service on the Board of Directors for both organizations. He currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Palm Beach County City Management Association, and is an active member of the Florida City and County Management Association, and the International City Management Association. He also serves on several Palm Beach County emergency management committees and work groups.


James Capp

jcapp1@fau.edu
James Capp works at Florida Atlantic University as the Assistant Provost for Academic Operations and Planning. As a member of FAU’s academic leadership team, he collaborates with executives on issues of strategic planning, space utilization, and the development, implementation, and assessment of academic initiatives. He also oversees the administration of the Provost’s Office daily operations and serves as the Provost’s communications officer. Prior to assuming his current position, James served as the FAU Provost office’s communications manager, in addition to serving in student affairs as a program manager for FAU’s Davie Student Union. He earned his bachelor’s degree, with a concentration in English literature, from FAU’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. James received his MPA from FAU’s School of Public Administration, where he is currently a PhD student.


Chris Cooper

I received my Bachelor’s or Health Science from Eastern Kentucky University in 2005.  I moved to Fort Lauderdale soon after. I began working for the City of Wilton Manors in 2006 as a a Recreation Coordinator.  I began my Masters of Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University in 2009.  I graduated from FAU in 2012 with my MPA.  My most recent position with the City of Wilton Manors is the Administrative Supervisor for the Leisure Services Department.  While with the City of Wilton Manors I have been involved in the Florida Recreation and Park Association, the National Recreation and Park Association, Association Society of Public Administration, National Notary Association, and Certified National Wildlife Steward.


Tansu Demir

Tansu Demir

Assistant Professor
Department of Public Administration
University of Texas – San Antonio

I am an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Texas – San Antonio. I have been working here since fall 2008. I received my Ph.D. in public administration in December of 2005 from Florida Atlantic University. After graduation, I worked at the University of Central Florida as a visiting assistant professor. Then, I moved to Illinois for my new job at the University of Illinois – Springfield, and worked there for two years.

I am a native of Turkey. I am holding bachelor and master’s degrees in public administration from Hacettepe University, Ankara. I came to the United States in fall 2001 for my doctoral studies at Florida Atlantic University. Looking back, it was the best educational experience I have ever had. I worked under the direction of Dr. Hugh Miller and wrote a dissertation on the politics-administration dichotomy.

In my current job, I am teaching graduate courses such as public administration, public policy, administrative ethics, strategic planning and management, and Human Resource Management. My research focuses on politics-administration relationship. I have articles published in Public Administration Review, Administration & Society, and International Journal of Public Administration. My research interest include public administration theory, bureaucratic politics, and public policy process.


Kirk Englehardt

Kirk Englehardt earned his MPA from Florida Atlantic University in 2001. It immediately opened doors. Just months after graduating, he was hired as Director of Community Relations for Broward County Public Schools, the nation’s 6th largest school system. His supervisor said the MPA degree gave him an edge and helped him get the job. Kirk created a solid communication and media relations infrastructure that helped build stronger ties between the systems 240+ schools and the community.

It was the position in Broward that gave him the experience needed to take on the challenge of communicating on behalf of the Georgia Department of Education. He moved to Atlanta in 2005 and became the spokesperson for the state agency and Georgia’s State Superintendent of Schools. During his time at the state he led a major re-branding effort, built a solid relationship with media across the state, and played a key role in developing exit strategies for major crises. The communication plan he instituted for the 2004 release of statewide school accountability data/results won a Silver Anvil Award of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America and a Gold Medallion Award from the National School Public Relations Association.

Kirk currently serves as the Vice President for Marketing & Communications at Community Foundation of Broward.  Community Foundation of Broward provides leadership on community solutions, and fosters philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter.

He is also a communication consultant to public school systems and educational organizations, and a regular presenter at a variety of state and national conferences.


George L. Hanbury II

George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.

hanbury@nsu.nova.edu

I was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Public Administration from the faculty of FAU during its May commencement in 2001. Since I had been a city manager in four major cities for thirty years and at the time I entered the program, planned on remaining in that profession, my efforts to achieve the Ph.D. were not for employment reasons but solely for personal enrichment and a passionate desire to expand my knowledge of Public Administration theory.

Today, I am the the sixth president of Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and although I did not pursue the Ph.D. for employment reasons, acquiring the doctoral degree has enabled me to enter the classroom and teach students at a doctoral research university (NSU), combining my knowledge of public administration theory with practical experiences of administering large municipal organizations.

To me, the Ph.D. program has been one my most rewarding investments that has never diminished and continues to provide enriching dividends.


William T. Jackson

William T. Jackson received his Masters in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and was inducted into Phi Alpha Alpha Honor Society of the National Association of Schools for Public Affairs and Administration.

William currently serves as the Community Justice Division Manager for the Urban League of Broward County. In this capacity, William leads and manages the New Diversion Alternatives for Youth program, Healthy Youth Transitions program and Crime Prevention & Intervention/ Black-On-Black Crime Prevention programs. In addition, William serves on and with the Broward Diversion Coalition (Co-Chair 2013-2015); Southeast Florida Crime Prevention Association, Florida Crime Prevention Association, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Racial & Ethnic Disparities (RED) Committee, National Association for Community & Restorative Justice, and Chair for The Justice Project Taskforce Committee. William continues to expand and maintain services at the Urban League of Broward County that directly impacts the community when it concerns leadership, justice and advocacy. William believes in empowering others to act by developing cooperative and collaborative relationships that would benefit the community as a whole; along with challenging the process when it concerns the systemic changes that need to be made in order for the most vulnerable communities in South Florida to succeed and thrive; along with encouraging the heart for others to follow a shared vision of serving those that are in most need of assistance. William is committed to serving individuals, families and communities that have limited access and opportunity; and are in need of a second chance. One of William’s favorite quotes is, “Life is worth living, when one has the opportunity of giving.”


JoAnn Lorber

Jo-Ann Lorber is a Battalion Chief for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has been with Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue since January 1996. Chief Lorber holds Associates’ degrees in Liberal Arts and Fire Science Technology, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Management, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Chief Lorber is a 2006 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) and was an Outstanding Applied Research Award winner in 2004 for her paper on Drowning…The Silent Killer of Children. Jo-Ann has been awarded Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFOD) from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and Certified Emergency Manger (CEM) from the International association of Emergency Managers. Additionally, she is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA), International Association Fire Chief’s (IAFC), Florida Fire Chiefs Association (FFCA), American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA) and the South Florida Regional Domestic Task Force (RDSTF).


Nancy Meyer-Emericik, Ph.D.

Nancy Meyer-Emericik, Ph.D.

n.meyeremerick@csuohio.edu

Nancy Meyer-Emerick is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. She earned both her Ph.D. and MPA at Florida Atlantic University and a B.S. in Environmental Studies at Florida International University. She also holds a Master of Science in Positive Organizational Development and Change (MPOD) from Case Western Reserve University.

Prior to joining the Levin College faculty in 1999, she worked in local and state government, primarily in public works and environmental health. Dr. Meyer-Emerick’s research interests include democratic governance, organizational behavior, environmental health and emergency management. Her book, The Violence Against Women Act of 1994: An Analysis of Intent and Perception, was published in 2001. Other work has been published in Administration & Society, the International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Public Administration and Development, Administrative Theory & Praxis and the Journal American Water Works Association. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Prešov, Slovakia during the spring 2009 semester where she taught Organizational Behavior and Crisis Management.


Russell Muñiz

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.


Celeste Murphy Greene, Ph.D.

Celeste Murphy Greene, Ph.D.

cmg7u@virginia.edu

I graduated from FAU in 1997 with a Ph.D. in Public Administration. My research area was environmental justice. After graduating I worked as an Assistant Professor for two years at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). I then worked as an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University from 1999-2004. In 2004 my husband and I welcomed our first child into our family. That same year my husband took a new job in Newport New, VA and we moved to Virginia Beach, VA. I have taught part-time as an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University in the Department of Public Administration since 2005. In 2006 we welcomed our second child into our family. In the Fall of 2008 I took on a new role as Coordinator/Adjunct Professor for the University of Virginia’s Graduate Certificate in Public Administration, an online program. Teaching online courses has been an exciting learning experience. I am able to connect with students all over the world.

My experience as a Ph.D. student at FAU helped prepare me for my job as a professor of Public Administration. Working as a teaching assistant while working on my Ph.D. was excellent preparation for teaching at the university level. Also, I worked with the faculty at FAU on research that I was later able to publish. I am still friends with my dissertation advisor and several other faculty members. I would not be where I am today without FAU! Go Owls!!!


Sarah K. Saunders

Sarah K. Saunders is the Code Compliance Manager for the City of Miami Beach, Florida. In this capacity she works with city administration, elected officials, staff and the residents and businesses of the City of Miami Beach to ensure adherence to the City’s Code of Laws and Ordinances.  Sarah oversees the business processes of the Code Compliance Department, including the customer service center, payroll, budget, public records, training, fines and liens. Sarah previously held positions in the City of Fort Lauderdale and Tamarac where she successfully worked to build strategy and performance management capacity within these organizations. Sarah has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification which she uses to lead and assist in organizational process improvements. Sarah holds a Master degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida. She is a member of the Florida Association of Code Enforcement (FACE), the International City County Management Association (ICMA), Pi Alpha Alpha and Pi Sigma Alpha.


Paula S. Scott

Paula S. Scott

paula.scott@psyouth.org

Paula S. Scott is proud to be a two time FAU graduate. In 2002, Paula earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. While working at WorkForce One and the Urban League of Broward County as a Program Specialist, Paula returned to FAU to pursue a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA). Paula values the education she received from FAU and has definitely applied her knowledge to her mission to work to improve the lives of others.

Since graduating with her MPA in 2005, Paula has worked with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) as a Management Analyst/Transit Grants Coordinator. After working at FDOT for about two years, Paula decided to follow her true passion, which is to provide assistance to troubled youth. Paula founded PS Youth Outreach Center, Inc. in April, 2007.

PS Youth Outreach Center, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Broward County which offers a wide array of services to youth and their families. Since opening its doors in October, 2007, the organization has managed to secure contracts and partnerships with various entities, to include: Florida Department of Education, the School Board of Broward County, and Community Foundation of Broward County.


Dragan Staniševski, Ph.D.

Dragan Staniševski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Mississippi State University

Dragan Staniševski received his Ph.D. in public administration from Florida Atlantic University in 2006. Upon graduation from Florida Atlantic University, Dragan assumed a position of assistant professor of political science and public administration at Mississippi State University. Mississippi State University is a land-grant, doctoral-degree granting academic institution. It is the largest university in the state of Mississippi.

His current research focuses primarily on issues of multiculturalism and diversity in public administration and public policy, public discourse and deliberative democracy, administrative and political theories, and public budgeting and finance. His present teaching includes doctoral and master’s seminars in public budgeting and financial management, graduate and undergraduate courses in diversity and civil rights issues in public administration and policy, a doctoral seminar in qualitative methods, a master’s seminar in research methods, and a graduate seminar in privatization and network governance. His research has been published in such peer-reviewed journals as Administrative Theory & Praxis, International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, and is forthcoming in Administration & Society. He has also authored or co-authored several book chapters and book reviews and has presented papers at numerous academic conferences.


Karen Sweeting

Karen received her masters in public administration from Florida Atlantic University in 2015.   Karen worked as a Human Resources Administrator and Recruitment Coordinator with Broward County Public Schools until August 2017 when she resigned her position to return to school full-time as a graduate assistant in the Ph.D. program at Florida Atlantic University.

With over of 15 years’ experience in human resources management, Karen stated that the master’s program equipped her with the skill set and body of knowledge needed to navigate the intricacies and complexities within the school system.  Karen’s work experience required an extensive knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, employee selection, on-boarding, and ability to effectively administer, direct, and review employment programs, to develop effective methods that improved employment policies, processes, and practices.


Leslie Taylor, Ph.D.

Leslie Taylor, Ph.D.

leslie_taylor@sheriff.org
Research and Development Coordinator
Broward Sheriff’s Office
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

I graduated from Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) School of Public Administration with a Ph.D. in Public Administration in 2007 specializing in policy and planning.  I was a BSO/FAU Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Organizational Development and Accreditation (ODA) at the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) from 2002 to 2003.  Prior to completing the doctoral program, I joined BSO as a Research and Development Coordinator in the Staff Services Division.  In this capacity, I perform professional supervisory administrative work in the coordination and administration of various activities, programs, and projects for the research, planning and development initiatives of the Sheriff’s Office.  Some of these include developing strategic plans, evaluating various project activities, analyzing crime and survey data and coordinating assigned projects.  I also coordinate and manage the planning, development, and production of various policy and research papers on public safety issues that impact BSO.  I have ten years combined experience conducting research and statistical analysis in public policy issues and several years experience planning and coordinating projects in the public sector.

I have always seen my role as trying to bridge the gap between theory and practice.  I believe that theory and research should inform practice but at the same time, the PA discipline still has a lot to learn from the field.  The Public Administration doctoral program at FAU has provided me with the theoretical and research foundation to continue to contribute to the discipline by being involved in various academic activities (presentations at ASPA, SECOPA conferences, publications, teaching) and a unique opportunity to develop advanced skills to change practice.  Some would call me a “pracademic” so I consider myself to have the best of both worlds.

One of my main interests outside of my work is teaching and I credit the FAU Public Administration doctoral program for helping to strengthen my teaching skills as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA).  Teaching has always been rewarding for me and my primary goal is to have a positive impact on the students’ professional career.  I have instructed several public administration and policy courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at FAU and currently teach social science courses at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale.  I also teach an executive leadership and critical issues course in the Executive Leadership Program at BSO.  My areas of teaching interests are in public policy, public budgeting and finance, program evaluation, and strategic planning; and my research agenda focuses on regional policy and planning, emergency management and state and local government planning.  I am a member of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), Pi Alpha Alpha, the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA), and the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP).  I am also a member of the Broward Sheriff’s Office/Nova Southeastern University Board of Advisors and the Coordinating Council of Broward (CCB) Quality of Life Committee.

My immediate goal is to continue to enhance my effectiveness as a practitioner, researcher, and a teacher by keeping up with developments in the discipline.  It is difficult to predict the future but I someday would like to do applied research in a university-based think tank and intend to teach until I am no longer physically able to do it.