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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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Leadership Students' Testimonials

Anthony Catalano, Class of 2014

Some college students can go their entire four years without being confronted with an ethical dilemma in the classroom, but not a leadership major. The enormous amount of group activities paired with community projects has showed me what it means to make difficult decisions. It could be argued that taking exams and writing long research papers is what makes the college curriculum challenging, but I say its dealing with your peers and finding out how to effectively communicate with individuals to reach a common goal. The Organizational and Community Leadership program has allowed me to grow as a young man, developing my people skills and my decision-making ability when situations are not black and white, but extremely grey. These are not skills that I have always had, but they are skills I gained during the fall semester of 2012. 

Brendan Teeven, Class of 2015

Personally I want to take a closing paragraph to talk about the major personally.  I am so thankful to be a part of this major not only for the lessons learned but for the relationships built.  I was a 19 year old mess when I came to UD.  This campus and major has been my home for three years and has helped me grow and mature into the person I am today.  I know I have a lot more to get better at but I am confident in my foundation to move forward and be the best I can be in my future endeavors.  I would not be able to say that without the experiences I have had over the last 3 years. 

Alexander Zissman, Class of 2016

My experiences in the OCL major have been life changing and extraordinarily self-reflective. Each course and professor opens my eyes to new perspectives and increases my deepen understanding of the concepts within leadership. For this, I thank each of them for their support of my education. I am especially looking forward to my experience abroad this coming winter!

Natalie Pratta, Class of 2015

This major has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone tremendously and accept that change is good, and change is necessary. Being a Leadership major means learning outside of the text book but rather doing and putting things to practice. These past four years have taught me how to interconnect and innovate with anything that comes my way, two aspects that are both important for counseling and consulting.  Being an OCL major has given me confidence

Laura Maxant, Class of  2015

Throughout my entire college career as a leadership major, I have learned so much about myself and about how other people work that I feel that I am a better person than I was. Leadership has taken me out of this narrow thinking path and I have grown into an insightful person who thinks in different ways. My long-term career goal is to be a movie director. I direct a lot of shorts and I think that my leadership skills have really helped with that. I can communicate effectively with the crew and actors for the shorts. My leadership skills helped me take the scripts for the shorts and use my divergent thinking and creative skills to take the script to another level on camera. My leadership skills helped me communicate with people so they knew what I wanted for the shots. My leadership skills helped me become a director. If I didn't have those skills, I would have to rely more on my film making abilities and anyone can learn about filmmaking. Not everyone can have a leadership foundation as immense and solid as the one we have created from taking this major.

Shiva Davis, Class of 2015

My experiences with most of my leadership courses helped me to increase my creativity and innovation as well as my people skills. Learning how to reflect on my experiences throughout every course has increased my communication, verbal and motivation skills. The Capstone experience helped me to have a chance to motivate and teach people that were younger than me and for the first time with this major, I felt like an actual teacher. I'll never know how these Leadership professors have the passion to educate their students but I now have a newfound respect for the teachers in this major. 

Page Gugerty, Class of 2015

At the beginning of the Capstone experience I wasn't sure of my direction for next year.  About a month ago, I received an offer that I couldn't refuse from Athena Health, a healthcare tech company in Watertown, Massachusetts.  When I traveled to Boston for my onsite interview, I was extremely nervous leading up to the interview but felt incredibly comfortable as soon as I arrived in the visitor's center for my interview.  During the interviews, I shared my experiences in the leadership major.  Most people are curious about my major when I tell them about my new job.  Although the OCL major is not specifically geared towards developing the next crop of healthcare transactions associates, interface designers, and software engineers, the major opened up just about every door for me at UD to eventually land this position .

Ross Hyatt, Class of 2015

The thing I attribute the success of the leadership program to the most is the people in the major. We are forced to push each other to greater limits. We are forced to work with each other and further develop our leadership skills and knowledge. The connections we make with fellow students and our professors are strong. Without each other, without my fellow leadership students, and without my leadership professors, I would not have been able to become the effective leader I am today.

Jocelyn Moore, Class of 2015

When I first came to UD, I knew that I wanted to work in non-profit, so I became a business major. It wasn't necessarily my favorite area but I figured it was a track that would still take me to where I wanted to go. While I did well in my business classes, I realized that I wasn't really happy. The classes were interesting but not stimulating. I felt like the skills I was learning could only take me so far, and weren't as versatile as I was hoping. So I switched into the Leadership major, and I can honestly say it was the best academic decision I have made.

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