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  • Alex Greer
    Alex Greer
    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local governmental leader and elected official.
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  • Chunjing Liu
    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
    Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • Hira Rashid
    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
    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
    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 Ahner
    Jenna Ahner
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • Kelsey Edmond
    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
    Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Mark Rucci
    Mark Rucci
    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • Paul Ruiz
    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
    Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • Yuliya Brel
    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
    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
    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
    Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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  • Kirsten Jones
    Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
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  • Elizabeth Burland
    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
    Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
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  • Thomas Martin
    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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  • Savannah Edwards
    Savannah Edwards
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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  • Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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  • Taylor Hawk
    Taylor Hawk
    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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  • Evan Miller
    Evan Miller
    MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career
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  • Natasha R. Nau
    Natasha R. Nau
    MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
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  • Jeremy Rothwell
    Jeremy Rothwell
    M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
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  • Mark D. Stevens
    Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Angela Gladwell
    Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • Janet Sheridan
    Janet Sheridan
    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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  • Melanie Ross Levin
    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
    Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Johnson
    Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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  • Albert Shields
    Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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  • Erika Farris
    Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    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
    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
    Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Sade-Bruce-Cape-Gazette.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Promoting Disaster Preparedness for Delaware's Aging Population<h4>Introduction</h4><p>Through a partnership between the School of Public Policy and Administration's Institute for Public Administration (IPA) and the Sustainable Coastal Communities Initiative, Delaware's Cape Region residents had the opportunity to learn about area disaster relief and emergency planning initiatives.</p><p>IPA staff members Julia O’Hanlon and Nicole Minni helped plan and facilitate the event. Julia facilitated a participant polling session during the event related to emergency planning and her work on aging friendly communities. Several undergraduate and graduate students provided technical assistance to individuals interested in signing up for the City of Lewes’ CodeRED and/or Sussex County’s Smart911 systems. The event was highlighted in the October 15, 2018 edition of the <em>Cape Gazette</em> featured below.</p><h4>Cape Region officials urge disaster preparedness</h4><p>Delaware may be the luckiest state on the Eastern Seaboard. For the last 100 years, the lowest-lying state in the country has been spared a direct hit by a hurricane. But luck will run out one day, and state and local officials want the Cape Region’s residents to be ready. </p><p>“You’ve built a life for yourself here,” said Danielle Swallow, a coastal hazard specialist with Delaware Sea Grant. “You’ve worked really hard to get into the place you are today, living in a community like Lewes. Now protect the life you’ve built.” </p><p>Swallow was one of several presenters at a Sept. 21 workshop about emergency planning for older adults and people with disabilities. Many of the tips and information presented apply to all area residents.</p><p>Lewes Mayor Ted Becker said there are a few simple steps to prepare. Lewes residents can sign up for CodeRED, an emergency notification system to alert property owners and residents of information you need to know in the event of local emergencies or disruptions in service. CodeRED is also available in Milton. All Sussex County residents can sign up for Smart911, a supplemental data service that allows you to create a safety profile that can be seen by emergency responders when you call 911. All information could be vital in the case of an emergency. </p><p>Swallow said it’s important to have a emergency plan in case disaster strikes suddenly. That often involves a plan for pets, Becker said.</p><p>“Your animals are a big part of being prepared for an emergency,” he said. “Animals are a very big part of our lives, especially those of us who live alone.” </p><p>Becker said many people affected by Hurricane Florence in September opted to stay because they didn’t want to leave their pets. Others decided to leave them behind. Hundreds of pets were rescued in the Carolinas, including several dozen that were transported to Delaware. </p><p>The state hazard mitigation plan’s top two potential hazards are coastal flooding and storms, both tropical storms and nor’easters. For those who live along the coast, the people most likely affected by coastal storms, Swallow said, it’s extremely important to be prepared. </p><p>Sometimes you can’t avoid the disruption, like a hurricane, she said, but being prepared can make it manageable and speed up the time to recover.</p><p>Tips include having an emergency kit, setting up a safety plan to contact loved ones, establishing a plan for pets and protecting valuables. </p><p>For residents in flood-prone areas, she said, it is very important to have flood insurance.</p><p>“I know it can be costly, but it’s an important safety net,” Swallow said. </p><p>After Hurricane Harvey in Houston, she said the people who had federal flood insurance received an average of $113,000, while those who did not received just $4,000 on average. </p><p>“Consider 1 inch of water in your house can cause $25,000 worth of damage,” she said. “It’s important to plan ahead and have insurance.”</p><p>Chatham Marsch, a Lewes police officer and Rehoboth firefighter, urged people to heed the warnings of emergency officials and evacuate when asked. Officials typically give 48- to 72-hour notice of evacuation, he said.</p><p>“We ask you to leave, but we can’t make you,” he said. “Don’t get offended when I ask for your nearest relative and a phone number.” </p><p>Joe Thomas, director of Sussex County Emergency Operations Center for the last 21 years, said the county has more than 40 potential shelter locations, typically high schools. However, he said, people want to avoid going to shelters. </p><p>“If you have the ability and you’ve got the time, you should have a plan in place,” he said. “Go to friends or family outside the area. Go to a hotel. You don’t want to wait until the last minute and think you’re going to get out on the road and out of harm’s way because I guarantee you won’t be the only one out there.”</p><p>Originally featured in the <em><a href="https://www.capegazette.com/article/cape-region-officials-urge-disaster-preparedness/166962" target="_blank"><strong>Cape Gazette</strong></a></em>. <em>Cape Gazette</em> article by Nick Roth.</p><p><strong></strong></p><h4><strong>About the Institute for Public Administration </strong></h4><p></p><p>The University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration (IPA) addresses the policy, planning, and management needs of its partners through the integration of applied research, professional development, and the education of tomorrow’s leaders.</p><img align="right" alt="Several event attendees are guided through the technical details of Sussex County's Smart911 systems with the help of IPA student Sade Bruce." src="/news/PublishingImages/Sade-Bruce-Cape-Gazette.jpg?RenditionID=5" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><img alt="IPA staff member Julia O'Hanlon speaks with a microphone to the crowd during the Smart911 registration event." src="/news/PublishingImages/Cape-Gazette-Feature.jpg?RenditionID=5" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Sade Bruce (right), a graduate public administration fellow at the Institute for Public Administration, guides event attendees through the technical aspects of registering for the City of Lewes' CodeRED and Sussex County's Smart911 systems. Photo by Danielle Swallow.<br></p><p>IPA Policy Scientist Julia O'Hanlon (left) conducted a live poll of participants to gauge the emergency readiness of event attendees. Danielle Swallow (right), a coastal hazard specialist with Delaware Sea Grant, presented on the importance of emergency planning for older adults and people with disabilities especially. Photo by Nick Roth/<em>Cape Gazette</em>.<br></p><p>​<span aria-hidden="true"></span><span>Through a partnership between the School of Public Policy and Administration's Institute for Public Administration (IPA) and the Sustainable Coastal Communities Initiative, Delaware's Cape Region residents had the opportunity to learn about area disaster relief and emergency planning initiatives.</span><span aria-hidden="true"></span></p>https://www.sppa.udel.edu/news/Pages/IPA-disaster-preparedness.aspx

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