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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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2007MPAhttps://www.sppa.udel.edu/Images Profile Alumnus/Tom Friedman.jpgDirector of Policy, Planning, and Analysis, State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees<p>Tom Friedman (MPA ’07) serves as the Director of Policy, Planning, and Analysis for the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees. He is responsible for managing government relations for the plan, managing the strategic plan, leading health policy analysis, and overseeing plan financial analysis.</p><p>Before joining the State Health Plan in January 2013, Friedman led data analytics as an Associate at the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Health Law and Economics (CHLE). CHLE consults states throughout New England on health policy issues ranging from long-term-care financing to the integration of care for dually eligible members to developing a home-health model. In addition, it provides support on several Medicaid challenges, including regulatory, financial, and program development.</p><p> </p><p>Prior to working at CHLE, Friedman worked at resources consulting firm Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson) in Boston. “My responsibility was to develop health-insurance-premium and -contribution strategies for large employers. I learned how utilization and plan design affected the prices people pay for health care,” Friedman says, “and the most critical skill I gained was a solid analytical approach to working in the health care/policy finance space.” He also mentions he was actually recruited for this position by another IPA alumnus, so it pays to keep in touch with IPA.</p><p>What challenges are unique to Friedman?</p><p>“Massachusetts is very progressive when it comes to health policy,” Friedman says, “so I often find myself working on the ‘first’ national programs for a lot of Medicaid-related initiatives. This, for better or worse, means there aren’t national resources to leverage or knowledge to be learned from previous experience. I also work with four states, which means four governments, which means four administrations, each of which have different goals and political leanings!”  Friedman says that these challenges are what excite him most about his job. “Everyday is different, and everyday there could be a new fire to put out.”</p><p>Friedman credits the University of Delaware, IPA, and the IPA-managed Legislative Fellows Program for leading him down this career path. “I am pretty confident that I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing now if it wasn’t for my time at IPA. Prior to UD and IPA, I wanted to get into nonprofit management; however, after being a Legislative Fellow and doing my internship with the National Governors’ Association, I knew I wanted to work in the political arena. I learned how fast things can move and how you can impact ‘the process.’” Specifically, he noted that Eric Jacobson’s Health Policy class changed his life by helping him decide to work in healthcare policy.</p><p>Friedman’s future aspirations relate to his experience as a Legislative Fellow as well as the class mentioned above. With tongue in cheek, Friedman says he hopes to take over Jacobson’s job when Jacobson retires or become a state/federal Medicaid director.</p><p>In his free time Friedman enjoys traveling the world and is also an avid Red Sox and Celtics fan.</p>https://www.sppa.udel.edu/Images Profile Alumnus/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=90

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