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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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2006MPAhttps://www.sppa.udel.edu/Images Profile Alumnus/Erin Kennedy.jpgManaging Director, Performance Technologies, The Advisory Board Company<p>When Erin Kennedy (MPA '06) received her MPA with a concentration in health policy, she had a pretty good idea how she could best serve the public. Through her internship at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, she discovered how the private sector is working to improve health care. Kennedy is now Director of Performance Technologies at The Advisory Board Company—a global research, technology, and consulting firm helping hospital and university executives to better serve patients and students—based in Washington, D.C.</p><p>Having taken a job right after graduation as a Senior Associate with The Advisory Board Company’s MedTech consulting group, which involved working with medical-device companies, Kennedy has steadily moved upward through the ranks with each position and set of experiences. </p><p>As a Consultant, Kennedy led many market research projects looking at competitors in the market and sales projections. She was then promoted to the syndicated research and insights department, where she worked on two large research studies—one for its Oncology Roundtable membership and the other for its Clinical Advisory Board membership. She then moved into the Performance Technology division as an Associate Director with its Crimson product. In October 2010, she was promoted to Director.</p><p>Kennedy talks about her current role with The Advisory Board Company. “I really enjoy the management aspect of my role. I currently oversee a team of seven Dedicated Advisors who work directly with more than 50 hospitals and health systems. In this capacity, I serve as an Executive Advisor to help manage the account and drive organizations to meaningful ROI [returns on investment] and quality improvements.”</p><p>Kennedy adds, “The most exciting and rewarding aspect of my job is the ability to help hospitals improve patient care and clinical outcomes.”</p><p>In the current technological and political climate within the field of health care, change can be tough. So many innovations, new procedures, and systematic practices place a lot of pressure on the industry.  Kennedy concurs. “The toughest aspect of my job is helping organizations through change management. It is often difficult to elicit change when you don’t work directly in or for a hospital,” she says. “We also have a challenge training and implementing a new technology into an already tech-heavy environment, especially with physicians, who have limited time to learn new systems. More broadly, the realm of health care and healthcare regulations is an ever-changing space,” she says, “so keeping current on all things relevant to hospitals and health systems is difficult.”</p><p>Kennedy’s experiences have prepared her well for her current position, however. She discusses how her on-the-job learning has made a difference.</p><p>“The consulting experience helped refine my relationship- and account-management skills. This work allowed me to gain better insight into the market drivers of new technologies.  The research experience provided me with a deeper understanding of the inpatient and ambulatory healthcare space. I was able to obtain a greater knowledge of hospital processes, government regulations, and clinical challenges. Both of these experiences positioned me well for a role in which I am required to not only help implement a new technology at a hospital but also set the strategic vision for that technology.” Concluding, she adds, “I provide hospitals guidance on how to work with physicians to improve quality and lower costs through change management, communication strategies, and data transparency.”</p><p>Of course, while working on her MPA and with IPA, her internship at AstraZeneca was critical.</p><p>“My internship at AstraZenica Pharmaceuticals helped to prepare me for the role I am in now by exposing me to the private sector. I was able to get a better understanding of the company’s reporting structure and dynamics and also learn what the expectations were of an employee.”</p><p>Continuing, Kennedy says of IPA, “My work with IPA helped set the foundation for my knowledge of the healthcare industry and how public policy influences and changes healthcare delivery. I also learned how to clearly articulate my thoughts and present them in a way that is concise and focuses on solutions, not just the problem.”</p><p>“I think the most important thing I learned [at IPA],” Kennedy says, “was to do your research and be prepared to answer tough questions. If you are working on something, spend the time to really learn it inside and out so that you can answer questions on your feet and be seen as an expert. This allows you to build credibility with your client and provide meaningful insights.”</p><p>Kennedy has learned these lessons well.</p><p>She came to the University of Delaware’s MPA program, having received her B.S. from Virginia Tech with a major in Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise and a minor in Biology.</p><p>And what of her future in the field of health care? Kennedy hopes to continue at The Advisory Board Company and take on a larger role within the organization as both the product and the team grows. “I am looking forward to integrating the multiple products we work with into a larger, unified platform and hope to have input into that design,” she says.</p><p>Change has crept into Kennedy’s personal life as well. She’s recently engaged and will be getting married in August on Bald Head Island in North Carolina.</p><p>Kennedy and her fiancé, Jay, like to take their dog, Molly, on hikes in Rock Creek Park and enjoy being outdoors. She enjoys spending time in D.C., taking advantage of all the city has to offer. She also travels whenever possible. “Last year we went to Puerto Rico, England, Ireland, and Scotland.”</p>https://www.sppa.udel.edu/Images Profile Alumnus/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=66

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