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SPPA ALUMNI IN ACTION
  • Alex Greer
    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local governmental leader and elected official.
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  • Chunjing Liu
    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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  • Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Experience in assistantships and Legislative Fellows supports career growth assisting legislators.
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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  • Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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  • James B. Goetschius
    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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  • Jenna Bucsak
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • Kelsey Edmond
    M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
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  • Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Mark Rucci
    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • Paul Ruiz
    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's depencdence on oil.
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  • Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • Yuliya Brel
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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  • Megan Wakelee
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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  • Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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  • Jissell Martinez
    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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  • Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Measuring perfomance and running analyses for a federal government agency.
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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  • Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.e
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  • Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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  • Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Education policy and equity in the urban landscape; improving advocacy efforts in Wilmington.
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  • Thomas Martin
    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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  • Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • Melanie Ross Levin
    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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  • Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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  • Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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  • Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • Emily Gonce
    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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  • Bill Clark
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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  • Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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2002MPAhttps://www.sppa.udel.edu/Images Profile Alumnus/Anastasia Kuzmina.jpgHuman Resources Manager, General Electric Company (GE) Consumer & Industrial Business units in Europe, Asia, and Africa<p>Russian native Anastasia Kuzmina (MPA '02), who studied at the University of Delaware on an Edmund Muskie Graduate Fellowship and received her MPA in May 2002, has gone far indeed.</p><p>Kuzmina is currently based in Barcelona, Spain, and works as the human resources (HR) manager for two profit-and-loss units of the General Electric Company (GE) Consumer & Industrial Business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. This $14 billion business consists of lighting and power protection, as well as appliances sub-businesses.</p><p>In her role as HR manager, Kuzmina provides support to two general managers of lighting and power protection businesses and their product management and pricing employees in 14 countries. Her responsibilities are very diverse—from organizational design and staffing to employee development and performance appraisals, as well as compensation and benefits, salary planning, and dealing with various employee issues.</p><p>Kuzmina speaks about her experience at GE. “At the mid-career level, it’s all about performance—being able to deliver in your role and showing aspiration to grow and deliver, which will allow you to be promoted to a higher position of responsibility. I had a diverse experience prior to working for GE, so it better positioned me to be considered for this role.”</p><p>Kuzmina’s is an important and challenging position within this corporate giant. Some of the unique challenges in her position are due to the organization’s matrix structure and the spread of employees throughout 14 countries.</p><p>“I spend a lot of time on the phone, not only interviewing but also providing coaching and resolving employee issues,” Kuzmina says. “Unfortunately, I haven’t actually met some of my client group employees, and it’s always a challenge to help someone grow within the organization when you don’t interact with them on a daily basis. Another challenge is diversity. I need to work to increase the number of women in product management, as it’s uncommon for women to study electrical engineering in Europe.”</p><p>Kuzmina is stimulated working with and helping people within the company. “I love my role; the ability to hire new professionals and help them grow and develop in GE and realize their career aspirations is the most rewarding experience. To see the person whom you hired get promoted gives me great satisfaction.” She adds, “I also try to connect with most of the employees one-on-one; it makes a big difference to them and motivates them to do their job better, which in the end is a win-win, for the company and the employee.”</p><p>After she graduated from University of Delaware, Kuzmina returned to Russia, where she worked for two years for the International Republican Institute (IRI), an American nonprofit organization. At IRI she was a program officer in charge of youth program, political party–building, and other training programs. It was there that Kuzmina started to develop a passion for human-resources management.</p><p>In 2005 Kuzmina was selected for GE’s Human Resources Leadership Program (HRLP), a two-year accelerated management-development program. She was the first HRLP candidate from Russia in the 20-year program’s history at GE. The program consisted of three eight-month assignments, which provided her an opportunity to work for a GE Security unit in Brussels, Belgium. There she was an HR specialist responsible for the Organization & Development and Compensation & Benefits units. This was followed by an eight-month assignment in Finance as a Financial Planning Analyst. Kuzmina then moved to Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands, to work for a GE Plastics unit, where she supported six functional groups (Finance, Sourcing, IT, Legal, EHS, and Technology). After completing the HRLP program, she was offered a position as HR Manager for the Customer Response Center & Pricing in Budapest, Hungary, where she lived for the past two years, before moving to Barcelona to take on her new post.</p><p>What does the future hold for this bright, young star? Kuzmina sees a continuing career path at GE. “I’m planning to stay in my current role for another couple of years and will then be looking for a role of expanded responsibility supporting a bigger client group, either with GE’s Healthcare or Oil & Gas unit.”</p><p>Much of Kuzmina’s early success she credits to her experience as an international student at the University of Delaware, and specifically as an IPA research assistant. While at IPA, she worked with the Women’s Leadership Development Program and Conflict Resolution Program.</p><p>“The two-year MPA program at the University of Delaware was a great learning and maturing experience for me. There were courses that were relevant to my current role—Management Decision Making, an HR class, as well as Finance and Economics,” Kuzmina says.</p><p>“Working in IPA was a great learning experience as well. It gave me an opportunity to work and participate in activities in the Women’s Leadership Development Program, during which I learned about leadership concepts and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Having worked with the Conflict Resolution Program doing mediation, facilitation, and networking helps me tremendously in my everyday work.</p><p>“I enjoyed working with a very international team, and I made lots of friends with whom I continue to stay in touch. I also truly believe that the master’s program at UD was my first big step to an international career. It was my first experience living in the United States, and I’m still enjoying my international working/living lifestyle that started at UD.”</p><p>Moreover, Kuzmina says, “I also developed friendships for life. Even seven years after graduation, I continue to stay in touch with Myrna Bair and Kathy Wian, who have become close personal friends.”</p><p>Kuzmina continues to have a very active schedule and lifestyle. Sports allow her to stay more focused on work and achieve more. In the summer she enjoys playing golf and tennis, and in the winter she skis. She’s also trying to improve on her Spanish by taking regular classes.</p><p>Kuzmina continues to be passionate about traveling; she insists that “discovering different countries and learning about new cultures is an amazing experience. I recently counted the number of countries I’ve visited, and the count is now at 30—a lot more to go!”</p>https://www.sppa.udel.edu/Images Profile Alumnus/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=52

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