Get to know some of our accomplished alumni...
Fred Banks, D.P.A. ’20, was born and raised in Washington, DC. Fred graduated from Bishop McNamara HS in Forestville, MD and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland. Fred began his career with Maryland’s state government as a program manager with the Department of Parole and Public Safety. He transferred to become a program monitor with the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families, identifying obstacles for child wellness and monitoring statewide programs geared towards providing services to youth across Maryland.
Fred returned to Morgan State as the Associate Director of Admissions to focus on data to identify and recruit youth as potential college students. He also worked with several community and national partners to increase access to higher education for youth with limited resources and guidance.
In 2009, Fred Banks joined the Maryland Park Service (MD Department of Natural Resources) to become the Program Director for the Civic Justice Corps (currently known as the Conservation Jobs Corps / CJC) where his focus is providing experiential learning and environmental service opportunities for youth across Maryland. In 2014 Maryland Park Service expanded the program director’s role to include supervision of the Maryland Conservation Corps and the Veteran’s Conservation Corps. Working with several state, county and national partners Conservation Corps have grown to serve youth, young adults and veterans to continue to be an integral part of improving conditions of the Chesapeake Bay and state parks and other public lands.
Fred hopes to continue to utilize data to provide insight for obstacles facing young adults in identifying access and opportunities to improved quality of life.
Antonio L. Borrego
Antonio Borrego, D.P.A. '20, was born in California and has lived across the United States, however, he considers Raleigh, North Carolina his home. He received his undergraduate degree in business management from North Carolina State University in 2002 and was awarded a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 2007.
Antonio commissioned into the Marine Corps in 2002 and has served eleven years of active duty and five years in the reserves. While in the Reserves, Antonio worked in human resources for the State of North Carolina in the Departments of Juvenile Justice and Agriculture. Antonio is a logistics officer by trade and deployed as a strategic planning officer managing procurement for the Afghan Security Forces in 2009. During this deployment, he was tasked to determine the cost to increase the size of the Afghan Forces to 240,000 from 120,000. His work resulted in the Secretary of Defense and President of the United States allocating an additional $20 billion to the growth of the Afghan forces; helping to lay the foundation for the 2011 exit of US forces from Afghanistan.
In Antonio’s most recent work he was responsible for managing the manpower needs for the Marine Corps’ Active Reserve Program. His work there and career successes resulted in his selection to attend Naval Postgraduate School to earn a master’s degree in manpower systems, an econometrics focused curriculum, with follow on orders to serve as the senior reserve manpower plans officer for Reserve Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps.
Antonio’s research interests include military manpower, national budget issues, and public policy. He is a member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).
Lorena DeLeon, D.P.A. '20, is vice president, Digital Strategy and Operations for United Healthcare. In her role, Lorena is responsible for managing the clinical and digital pathways to support the health and wellness to the most critical health-care challenges for our population. Lorena has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry including clinical, managerial, regulatory and consultative. She has worked for various healthcare organizations both in Maryland and California including Johns Hopkins Health Systems, Kaiser Permanente and the State of Maryland. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration, an MBA in Healthcare Management, and is also a Six Sigma Green Belt and is Lean certified. In her spare time, Lorena enjoys spending time with her family, attending culinary and wine festivals, and running.
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 UBalt'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 UBalt's School of Public and International Affairs.
Diane Flint, D.P.A. '19, also holds an A.A. degree from Carroll Community College, a B.A. in English from the University of Baltimore, and an M.S in Emergency Health Services (EHS) with a concentration in Administration, Policy, and Planning from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
Diane is an active paramedic and emergency medical services (EMS) instructor for basic life support, advanced life support and critical care disciplines, including pediatric and advanced cardiac life support. She is also the EHS undergraduate program director and clinical assistant professor of EHS management and an EHS academic adviser at UMBC in addition to serving as adjunct faculty at the Community College of Baltimore County in their paramedic education programs. She is a site evaluator for the Committee on Accreditation of EMS Programs (CoAEMSP) and is a member of the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE), where she serves on several committees.
Diane’s research interests are grounded in EMS and public health, specifically how proper policy administration can play a key role in healthcare cost reduction and how International EMS systems can be integrated to provide greater cost effective care. Her dissertation was titled, "The Systemic Impact of Integrated Mobile Healthcare in a State-Wide Emergency Medical Services System."
Ashley Gavin, D.P.A. '20, is a public servant who works to bring evidence and research to life by testing new policies to improve the health and well-being of children and families at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. In her role as program lead of the Innovation Center’s first pediatric Medicaid model, she became interested in how the interactions between two types of public servants—political appointees/politicians and administrators/bureaucrats—influence the implementation of public policy. Her desire to understand the institutions and norms by which governing takes place led her to focus on the impact of governance dimensions on international development as a doctoral student of public administration.
Ashley’s experience teaching English in a public school in South Korea and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia prepared her to study issues through multiple paradigms influenced by culture and language. She is interested in comparative studies across countries’ governance systems that can yield evidence to strengthen governance through context-specific problem solving.
Ashley holds a Master of Public Health in Global Health from Boston University and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Spanish from Norwich University.
Jasmine Greene , D.P.A.' 20, has lived in several states but calls South Dakota home. While earning her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Emporia State University (Emporia, KS), Jasmine was awarded a grant and used the funds to launch and coordinate a community service organization, Getting Involved in Volunteering in Emporia (G.I.V.E.), geared toward international students interested in exploring American volunteerism. She coordinated teams of up to 35 diverse volunteers and managed project budgets. G.I.V.E. is still operating with a ten-year track record of community impact.
Jasmine’s love for volunteerism and community service blossomed into a passion for ethical public service. She was awarded a graduate assistantship for both years of her master’s and earned her Master of Public Administration from Kansas State University. She interned with the Deputy City Manager at the City of Manhattan, KS, and provided administrative research support for municipal government policies and Tax Increment Finance (TIF) districts. Jasmine was honored with the Kansas Association of City/County Management Scholarship in 2014. In addition to her scholarship, she organized professional panels of state and local government officials and assisted with the recruitment of future masters students.
After graduating from Kansas State University, Jasmine accepted a position with South Dakota State University in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. She was promoted in less than two years and competently managed a wide range of duties including managing ~$2.5M in state, federal, grant, indirect and revolving cash budgets; coordinating the USDA Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub sub-award program; developing and incorporating data collection and utilization processes to improve strategic planning for the department; substantially supporting faculty annual reviews and supervising full- and part-time employees; significantly improving alumni and donor relations; and advising approximately 200 graduate and undergraduate students across multiple degrees.
Determined to continue growing as an exceptional public servant, Jasmine began her Doctor of Public Administration program in the spring of 2018. She accepted a graduate fellowship with the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore in the fall of 2018 and was hired as a full-time research analyst at the Schaefer Center within six months because of her excellent performance and valuable skillset. As an analyst, Jasmine provided substantial research support for a variety of research projects. She developed and administered surveys and conducted secondary source reviews; analyzed data with advanced qualitative and quantitative techniques and software; managed project timelines, finances, and tasks for research teams; coordinated graduate fellow tasks and assignments; and facilitated the Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program.
Jasmine’s research interests include social and economic justice, urban agriculture, and public policy.
Cassandra r. Henson
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.
J. Howard "jim" Kucher
J. Howard "Jim" Kucher, MBA '01, D.P.A. '14, is an Associate Professor of Social Innovation in the Graduate School of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where he directs the groundbreaking Master of Science in Health and Social Innovation program. An internationally recognized thought leader in social entrepreneurship, Prof. Kucher previously led the Baltimore Social Enterprise Collaborative–a program that was nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum and helped over 60 area nonprofits develop new models for meeting the needs of their constituents while increasing the sustainability of their organizations. He has successfully secured over $70m in working capital on behalf of mission-oriented enterprises and assisted over 100 area nonprofits and social enterprises in developing new models for meeting the needs of their constituents while increasing the sustainability of their organizations. Prof. Kucher earned his MBA from the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business in 2001.
Awa Ndiaye, D.P.A. '20, is originally from Senegal (West Africa) where she grew up and left, after attaining her high school (Baccalaureat) diploma, to attend university in Nice and Aix-en-Provence (France). Awa holds an MBA with a concentration in management, and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from UMBC. She currently works for the Social Security Administration as a program/project manager in the Enterprise Program Management Office. Awa's doctoral research focused on evaluating the effects targeted International policies on indenture bear on minority citizens in Baltimore and Senegal, a former French colony.
Awa is the proud and recent founder of AwAction Network Inc. a non-profit organization that is focused on empowering youth and women. Awa’s care for public services and minorities’ welfare, her background in program administration, program management, and IT makes her versatile and fit to lead program initiatives that span across many domains. Her goals are to create and lead programs that are evidence-based to help shape the outcomes of the community she serves.
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.
Soyoung Park, D.P.A. '17, holds a master's in public policy analysis from American University and a bachelor's in environmental science from Korea University. Her research interests lie in public budgeting and finance.
She is from Korea. Currently, she works as an assistant professor at Inchon National University in Korea. Before starting the academic job, she worked as a research associate at the Korea Public Financial Information Service, which is an agency affiliated with the Ministry of Strategy and Finance in Korea. Prior to her studies in the United States, she served as a consultant at BearingPoint consulting firm.
Dissertation: Effects of Budgetary Priorities on State Fiscal Stability during Times of Boom and Bust.
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.
Cherry L. Wilcoxon
Cherry L. Wilcoxon, D.P.A. '19, holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from The University of Texas at El Paso, and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Jacksonville State University.
Cherry is currently a Defense Intelligence Senior Executive and serves as the senior advisor/chief financial officer for the Defense Security Service (DSS). In this capacity, she is the principal advisor to the Director of DSS in financial programming, programming, budgeting, regulatory compliance, and other enterprise-wide financial matters. She directs the financial management activities of the DSS enterprise and provides leadership across the spectrum of agency operations, integrating support elements into the overall mission planning, budgeting, and execution.
Cherry's research interests combine the fields of finance, organizational management and public policy. She plans to use her D.P.A. credentials to influence the advancement of the Department of Defense's efforts toward financial auditability and demonstrate accountability and good stewardship of taxpayer resources.
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.
Lauren M. Zyriek, D.P.A. '20, strongly believes that analyzing facts and evidence is the best approach to ensuring good government. She always strives to be part of the decision-making process to advance ideas and guarantee that forthcoming policies are mindful of the demographics they serve.
Her career has included representative to the United Nations, specialist at the U.S. Census Bureau, and deputy county clerk in Bergen County, New Jersey, where she had the distinction of being the first Latina in her position. Currently she is employed as the director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the New Jersey Department of State.
Lauren’s research interests are in social equity and ensuring constituents' full participation in the governmental process. Her dissertation focused on the impacts on voter turnout, specifically on voting rights, and voting restriction and expansion legislation.
She also holds a master's degree in administrative science, an Executive Education Certificate in Cybersecurity from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and she is a New Jersey registered municipal clerk.