Meet some of our talented D.P.A. students...
Mai Abuali is currently a doctoral student in the public administration program. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Girls College of Education in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. She is from Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Mai is a King Abduallah Scholarship recipient for her work on her master’s and doctoral degrees. Her research interest focuses on the “glass ceiling” phenomenon and women in the public sector, particularly Saudi women. Mai hopes for better opportunities for all Saudi women as a result of the Saudi Vision 2030 initiative.
Lyndsay Bates is a student in the Doctor of Public Administration program with a research focus on structural inequality and re-development efforts in Baltimore City. Lyndsay is also a full-time administrative professional for the University of Baltimore, balancing scholarship and practice in the real world. Lyndsay has been awarded three competitive awards over the past year including the ASPA Founders Fellowship, a research fellowship for her doctoral scholarship, and a distinguished staff award for her professional work. Lyndsay's leadership is exemplified by her support of several social justice initiatives at the University of Baltimore, including: the Court Navigator Program , an access to justice project supporting tenants seeking legal action against landlords; the Maryland Equity and Inclusion Leadership Program , a professional development program aimed at making the workplace equitable and inclusive; as well as co-chairing the 2018 Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA) annual conference, with a theme that explores blind spots in public administration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from James Madison University and a Master of Arts in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore. In her spare time, Lyndsay enjoys traveling to National Parks, playing with her two goldendoodles, and sewing.
Shane Chung was born in Kingston Jamaica. He earned a Diploma in Architectural Technology from the College of Arts Science and Technology (now the University of Technology) in 1984. After immigrating to the United States, Shane worked at the North American Reassurance Company in New York where he completed the Life Office Management Association Certification Parts I and II.
In 1986, Shane enlisted in the United States Navy where he completed Basic Training, Hospital Corps Class “A” School, Field Medical Service School, Advanced Laboratory Technician and Independent Duty Hospital corpsman class “C” schools. He also earned a Bachelor’s Degree (Cum Laude) in Healthcare Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (concentration in Healthcare Administration). Shane is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha (International Academic Honor Society: Public Affairs and Administration) and the American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA).
On active duty Shane served on isolated duty in the Comoros (Africa), Guantanamo Bay Cuba and Diego Garcia. He has also served two combat tours as a member of the Multi-National Training and Transition Team (Iraq) and as a Laboratory Technician with 2 FSSG that deployed to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Additionally, he completed a tour with the Fleet Marine Force as an 8404/8506 in Okinawa, and two tours aboard ship as an Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman. Shane retired from Active Duty as a Chief Hospital Corpsman with the ESWS, EAWS and FMF warfare designations after 24 years of Naval Service in May 2010. Soon after he was employed as a Healthcare Administrator at the Joint Task Force NCR Medical (JTF CapMed).
His civil service career allowed him to provide recommendations regarding the development, coordination, and monitoring of clinical operations within the National Capital Region (NCR) under JTF CapMed, NCR Medical Directorate’s (NCR MD) and NCR Market Office’s (NCR MO’s) purview. He prepared business proposal analysis to determine the feasibility of development, implementation, and monitoring of short-term Military Healthcare System (MHS) and NCR MO’s capabilities and establishment of new clinical services available to beneficiaries. He developed several Business Case Analysis (BCAs), these documents facilitated the establishment a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) treatment center and a Residential Treatment Center to care for beneficiaries diagnosed with Substance Abuse Disorder at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. His analysis justified the acquisition of a MRI scanner and personnel to reduce beneficiary reliance on the purchased care network for MRI studies, and the establishment of the Department of Defense’s only Child and Adolescent inpatient Behavioral Health unit. His work demonstrated that employing nurse practitioners in WRNMMC’s Neurology Clinic would increase patient access and reduce cost to provide neurology specialty services. He is currently involved in the establishment of a DoD VA joint venture in Fredericksburg to create an enrollment site for 10,000 enrollees and another that will establish WRNMMC as a Maryland EMS trauma center and allow non-DoD patients to receive trauma care under Section 717 of NDAA 2017 in support of clinician readiness.
In his off time, Shane is completing a Doctorate in Public Administration (Healthcare Administration Concentration), has served as a Member of the Board of Directors CALMRA Inc. (Dec 2016 – 2017) to provide housing to Maryland Residents with cognitive challenges. Shane was an English Tutor in the Union of The Comoros, Africa (2008 – 2009). He tutored children enrolled in the I have a Dream Foundation (1991 – 1993) in Washington D.C. His daughter Shannon, will complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration at the University of Colorado in 2021.
luiz octavio coimbra
Luiz Ocatvio Coimbra is a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Public Administration Program at The University of Baltimore with plans to graduate in March 2022. For the last two years he has been doing research on anti-money laundering (AML) policies in Brazil. In his dissertation, "Conditioning Factors of AML implementation in Brazil," he will assess and discuss the determinants that act upon the implementation of the transnational AML regime in Brazil – mainly the influence of the US external policy, political domestic interest and a network of judicial, criminal, and public safety agencies.
"I am grateful to the faculty and colleagues of the doctoral program for the extraordinary learning experience and the academic environment that I had the opportunity to enjoy during my years as a student," said Luiz. "I always had a strong personal and professional interest in public policies and social issues, and my academic experience in Baltimore strengthened my skills to understand, assess, and implement public policies to achieve the objectives of social development."
Luiz has an academic background in sociology, a master’s degree in history and a doctorate (ABT) in public health. He has worked for over 28 years in the Organization of American States (OAS) where he participated in projects such as demobilization of former guerrillas in Central America, and Observatories of Violence in the Caribbean. Since 2020, he has served as representative of the OAS in Belize. "I have been fortunate to have added the deep academic background provided by The University of Baltimore to a wide range of experiences at the national, regional, and international levels."
Dylan Hayden is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Public Administration program, working on his dissertation examining the complex factors that influence the performance of public housing agencies. He serves as a Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. Originally a New Yorker, his career in public service began in the U.S. Navy, where he served for six years as a cryptologist and Naval Aircrewman, earning an associate degree in Arabic from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and being awarded the Air Medal for reconnaissance flight operations in Afghanistan.
After receiving his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, he served for two years in the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, taking leading roles in various policy initiatives, including the development of NYPerforms—a statewide performance management system, coordinating a workforce program for recent parolees, and serving on the Regional Economic Development Council assessment team. After concluding this appointment, Dylan entered the federal government as an Administrative Officer with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at the Palo Alto medical center in California. There, he orchestrated the Lean transformation of the prosthetics service, improving workload scheduling and purchasing contract compliance. Since joining HUD in November of 2014, Dylan has worked to assist high risk and troubled housing authorities to improve their performance and now works to ensure fair and equitable housing opportunities for all. Dylan has been awarded multiple merit scholarships from the University of Baltimore, The Universities at Shady Grove, and the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, as well as the Fels Institutional Service Award. He lives in Towson, Maryland with his wife, Emily, and their two daughters, Madeline and Eliza.
Fun facts: Dylan is a certified private pilot, SCUBA diver and mixologist.
Shermaine Malcolm, B.A. '11, M.A. '13, is a student in the Doctor of Public Administration program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence and a Master of Arts in Legal and Ethical Studies, both from The University of Baltimore. Shermaine also serves as a board member for a nonprofit organization. She is a public servant who currently works as the human resources director for the State Board of Elections. The agency is responsible for promoting free and equitable elections in Maryland. Shermaine’s research interest focuses on emotional intelligence in the public sector, particularly the role of emotional intelligence on job performance. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and trying new cuisines.
Joel Nantais is a student in the Doctor of Public Administration program with a research focus on applied data science in the public sector to increase efficacy and efficiency of government policies and programs. He is also a public servant, currently serving as the Operations Director in the office of American Citizen Services and Crisis Management at the Department of State which is responsible for the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. It is in this role and others where he has seen the need for the government to leverage data and machine learning techniques to more nimbly and accurately provide services to citizens. In many cases when the government is the main or sole provider of important services, reducing the applications process and processing times for eligibility determinations can have outsized impacts, and can quite literally save lives.
Joel holds a Master of Science in Public Policy and Analysis from the University of Central Florida, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Graduate Certificate in Data Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Joel also volunteers with Code for America and DataKind, two nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the public sector through data science.
Elson Nash is a student in the Doctor of Public Administration program, with a research focus on the impact of community organizing on the creation of community benefits agreements for large-scale real estate development. He is a long term public servant, currently serving as the director of the School Choice and Improvement Programs Division in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education. For the last nine years Elson has focused his attention on the impact of wrap-around supports on schools and neighborhoods to close the achievement gap. During this time he also supported community capacity building using results based accountability and data systems to target services for those in greatest need. As the director he supervises the following portfolio of programs affecting thousands of children across the nation: Statewide Family Engagement Centers, Magnet Schools Assistance Programs, Full-Service Community Schools, Promise Neighborhoods, and Opportunity Scholarships.
Elson holds a Master of Public Health from Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He also is an Excellence in Government Fellow from the Partnership for Public Service and is a Real Estate Fellow from the University of Baltimore.
Sabreet kang rajeev
Sabreet Kang Rajeev is a full-time social science research analyst at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and an award-winning author of the book, Generation Zero: Reclaiming My Parents’ American Dream. Sabreet was born in New York and has been raised in Maryland her entire life. She has a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree in applied sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Sabreet began her career in the public sector at the U.S. Department of Labor where she researched, evaluated, and made recommendations toward the issuance of prevailing wage and fringe benefits for the nation. Her true passion for being a researcher began at her volunteer intern position at the White House, where she listened to the different concerns voiced by the American people to the Office of Presidential Correspondence. As a researcher for the federal government, Sabreet is responsible for independently planning, designing, and implementing research studies to assess the effectiveness of Medicare products, tools, and communication by using both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Her current research passions include understanding the interdisciplinary relationship between the federal and state government, health care services, and public policy. To learn more about her research passions, you can connect with her on LinkedIn. As a proud daughter of immigrant parents, Sabreet is also driven to raise awareness and empathy for a minority group of South Asian Americans who do not historically come from educational or economic privilege. To learn more about her book, please visit www.sabreetkangrajeev.com.
Mfon Usiere is a doctoral candidate in the School of Public and International Affairs at The University of Baltimore, specializing in healthcare systems administration. His dissertation is about equitable healthcare access in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Mfon is interested in investigating the relationships that exist between the region's telemedicine policies and access to telemedicine-based health services for the socially disadvantaged members of society in the aftermath of the pandemic.
He has a Master of Public Administration from The University of Baltimore with a concentration in healthcare administration, as well as a bachelor's degree in applied chemistry with a minor in pharmaceutics from the University of Uyo in Nigeria. In the fall of 2014, he was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow prior to graduating from the M.P.A. program.
Mfon has extensive professional experience in the United States healthcare industry, including managed care, care outcome research, policy/program development, and implementation. He is currently employed by Cigna Corporation, a global health insurance company. He is the regional program director for the Medicare Risk Adjustment Payment methodology. In his current position, he manages a variety of health programs and associated incentives, creates training materials, serves as a subject matter expert on RA-based coding, and helps Cigna-affiliated clinicians develop their medical documentation capacity in the northeast region of the United States.
Prior to his current position, he worked in a similar capacity for United Healthcare Group, the U.S. Veteran Affairs healthcare system, Medstar Healthcare System, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Institute of Human Virology. Mfon's greatest professional accomplishment was at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he oversaw the development of laboratory infrastructure and human manpower in support of HIV care and treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa under President George W. Bush's Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a key foreign policy initiative.
William Ward is currently a student in the Doctor of Public Administration program in The University of Baltimore's School of Public and International Affairs. William comes to UBalt with a Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California. Since 2012, William has been a dedicated civil servant for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Washington, D.C., working extensively in both immigration policy and information technology. Before coming to Washington, D.C. and UBalt, William had a varied and exciting history. He worked in Iraq as a senior governance advisor with the U.S. State Department's Provincial Reconstruction Team in Fallujah, Ramadi, and Baghdad from 2010-2011. Immediately before the U.S. State Department, William spent a career in the U.S. Army as both a non-commissioned officer in military intelligence and later as an officer in field artillery. He was deployed during the surge in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007-2009 in Mosul and the northern Iraqi region of Kurdistan.
William’s research interest involves work he has been doing over the past 20 years: U.S. foreign policy with an emphasis in the Indo-Pacific Asian region, public policy, U.S. immigration policy and organizational leadership. His dissertation will focus on the deliberate exclusion of Filipino Amerasians from the 1982 and 1987 Amerasian Immigration and Homecoming Acts.
Tou Xiong is a first generation Hmong-American doctoral student in the public administration program. His research interests are ethics, education, and organizational strategy. He earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from California State University, Fresno. As an undergraduate student, he participated in the Panetta Congressional Internship Program where he served on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Intern. This experience sparked a distinct interest in public policy and public service. More importantly, he was inspired to help other disadvantaged students in their pursuit of attaining a college degree and breakthrough the cultural stigma of minorities as practitioners and scholars in the field of public administration. Therefore, his professional and academic careers are dedicated to public service with over 11 years of progressive work in education. He has served different roles within the education system (K-12, community college, university) and was able to impact students at multiple levels from academic counseling at Fresno City College and admission advising at Fresno State, to proposing a (passed) policy on retrofitting classrooms for 4th graders; his passion to improve the educational experience of students is the driving force for his research and work as a practitioner.
Currently, Tou's dissertation is focused on exploring ways public universities, particularly universities within the California State University system, can improve in planning and strategically navigating through political, economic, demographic, and technological pressures. His aim is to enhance the strategic behavior and flexibility of university administrators by using empirical and contemporary research to make informed ethical decisions.