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Stephanie Dolamore, D.P.A. '18, also holds a master's degree in nonprofit management. Her research focuses on the intersection of public service values and organizational culture, and her dissertation included an extensive content analysis of archival materials from 1936-2006 at the Housing Authority of Baltimore City to examine the connection between the artifacts of organizational culture and empathy, an important public service value. Stephanie's research has been published in academic, peer-reviewed journals and she has presented at national and international conferences. Recent projects includes a national investigation into the philanthropic priorities of police foundations in the United States and how these priorities impact relationships with communities where these organizations serve.
Professionally, Stephanie is a research analyst with the Schaefer Center for Public Policy, the applied research and public service division of UB's College of Public Affairs. At the Center, Stephanie is involved with designing research protocols for program and policy evaluations for local, state, and federal public and nonprofit organizations. She has conducted program evaluations, case studies, as well as strategic planning and organizational culture analyses involving focus groups, interviews, archival analysis, surveys, and large-scale statistical analyses on national data sets. Before coming to the Schaefer Center, Stephanie worked with faculty across the College of Public Affairs on research of the nonprofit sector in Baltimore City. Her previous work experience includes conducting program evaluation at the University of Maryland, College Park as well as several nonprofit organizations in South Florida. Stephanie teaches American Government in UB's School of Public and International Affairs.
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Cassandra R. Henson, D.P.A. '16, also holds an MBA in Finance from Morgan State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from West Virginia University. Henson has held leadership positions in the corporate finance, local government, healthcare and defense contracting industries. Her areas of specialization are financial analysis, budgeting, project management, contract pricing and negotiation, auditing, compliance and strategic planning.
Henson is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Towson University. She teaches a myriad of courses including Healthcare Ethics and Law, Healthcare Financial Management and Healthcare Organization Management. She discovered her love for teaching while instructing clinical and other non-financial managers on how to properly prepare budgets and financial reports. Now she conducts and presents in-depth research, as well as teaches students the practical applications of these techniques as they apply to healthcare policy and the industries impacted.
Henson has been active with the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) since 2012, her second semester of doctoral study. She is the president of the ASPA Maryland Chapter, chair elect for the Section on Health and Human Services Administration and general member for the Section on Public Administration Education. Her research interests include: local government performance measurement and management, healthcare administration pedagogy, public administration pedagogy and health economics.
David Juppe, M.P.A. '88, D.P.A. '11, has worked 29 years for the Maryland General Assembly’s Department of Legislative Services. As a senior operating budget manager, he coordinates analysis of the Maryland budget. He holds a bachelor’s in political science from Towson University, and Master and Doctor of Public Administration degrees from the University of Baltimore. Juppe is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Baltimore and Penn State University.
He was president of the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices and received a Legislative Staff Achievement Award. He presented papers on public budgeting at various conferences and co-authored an article in Public Budgeting and Finance. Juppe trained the national parliamentary staff on budget analysis and fiscal note preparation in Maputo, Mozambique, testified before a congressional subcommittee and the Canadian Parliament on Social Impact Bonds, and visited Amman, Jordan to recommend improvements to the Parliament’s review of the national budget.
Meghan K. Norris, D.P.A. '18, holds a master's degree in Public Administration and Athletic Coaching Education from West Virginia University and an undergraduate degree from Wheeling Jesuit University. Her research focuses on the impact of varying leader culture types on organizational change initiatives. Meghan is a Project Manager and an Organizational Change Management (OCM) with Leidos in Bethesda, Maryland. At Leidos, Meghan manages 10 projects for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) OCM program, which delivers custom Information Technology (IT) software applications for federal scientific and administrative personnel. Meghan and her team conduct organizational change management methods using the Kotter process and support end user system adoption through various communication and training mechanisms. Adoption and system effectiveness are measured through quantitative surveys and semi-structured interviews. Instructor-Led Training, Over-the-Shoulder training, desk-side support, user guides and computer-based videos are developed to help end users learn and adopt the new applications. Meghan looks forward to expanding her customer base and sharing her organizational change management and culture knowledge to other federal and non-federal organizations.
Yinglee Tseng, D.P.A. '18, is the founder and chief operating officer of Citizens Power Social Enterprise, established in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and is an advisor at the Open Knowledge Foundation, Taiwan Chapter. Tseng also serves as the managing director of Grassroots Diplomacy Council (GDC), a nonprofit organization registered in Maryland, and is the program manager at Institute of Taiwan-American Studies (ITAS). Tseng has abundant experience in strategic management for government, businesses, civil society organizations and non-profit or non-government organizations internationally. She specialized in managing political and public participation projects and facilitating international relations exchanges between Taiwan and the United States. She has devoted herself to grassroots/citizen participation activities and urged the Taiwanese government to join the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2010.
In addition to her D.P.A., Tseng holds dual master’s degrees in economics and law as well as international trade policy from George Mason University. Tseng is a multi-linguist who speaks English and Japanese fluently as well as her native languages of Mandarin and Taiwanese.
Sahar Zafar, D.P.A. '17, also holds a master's degree in biotechnology with a concentration in biodefense, and has over 15 years of experience regulating federal and Department of Defense (DoD) human subjects research (HSR) policies and HSR operations. Zafar's focus area is health and research policy, and she currently manages the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) human subjects research protection program by ensuring that all federal and DoD policies and regulations are followed. She regularly participates as a subject matter expert on Under Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering Directorate (USD R&E) panels for federal and defense human subjects research policies, ensuring DoD policies are developed at the highest bioethical standards.
Previously, she worked as a human subjects protection scientist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), where she demonstrated deep knowledge of current HSR and DoD policies and their application. Zafar has assisted multiple Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), Headquarters Level Review IRBs, and other domestic and international research ethical committees in obtaining approval and maintaining regulatory compliance for a variety of research activities. Her ethical and regulatory experience is further complimented by her certifications, work experience, and educational background. Zafar’s doctoral dissertation was titled, “Agency Assessment of Ethical, Legal, and Societal Implications of Neuroscience and Technology Research and Its Relationship to the Presidential BRAIN Initiative,” and was completed in 2017.
Zafar has been a member of the Neuroethics Women Leaders since October 2016. She wants to focus on developing and analyzing policies and strategies in the field of research, science, health, and ethics with a specific concentration on bioethics and neuroethics.