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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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    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 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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    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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    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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    Jenna Ahner
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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    Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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    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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    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
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    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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    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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    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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    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
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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 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
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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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    Savannah Edwards
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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    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
    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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    Evan Miller
    MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career
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    MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
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    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
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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    Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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    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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    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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    MEEP'16 - Research and consulting on market trends in solar photvoltaics markets in Africa and the Middle East
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    PHDUAPP'14 - Promoting innovation and technology through mentoring and investing technology startups
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<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/ohanlon-minni-apa.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Helping Sussex County Communities<h4>UD educates residents on emergency preparedness, aging in place</h4><p>When people consider retiring in southern Delaware, often they think about the proximity to the beach and being able to soak up the summer sun with their toes in the sand. What they might not consider, however, are things like the closeness of medical facilities or even family members who might be able to assist in an emergency.</p><p>With help from professionals from the University of Delaware, residents of Sussex County are getting an education on just that: disaster preparedness and tools for aging in place.</p><p>Earlier this fall, the University’s Institute for Public Administration (IPA) and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program held an Emergency Planning for Older Adults or People with Disabilities workshop for residents of Lewes, Delaware. Officials discussed aging in place and communicating risks at the Regional Conference of the American Planning Association, which was held in Rehoboth.</p><h4>Emergency Planning</h4><p>Danielle Swallow, coastal hazards specialist for the Delaware Sea Grant, said that with more than 30 percent of the Sussex County population projected to be over the age of 65 by the year 2030, and with that number increasing dramatically along the coast, it is imperative to have citizens prepared in the case of an emergency.  </p><p>Lewes has an even greater percentage of aging adults, many of whom live away from close relatives, and so Swallow said it made sense to have a workshop there that focused on preparing aging adults and those with disabilities for storms and other emergencies. Plus, the City of Lewes has an active hazard mitigation committee and the mayor was interested in  more public outreach.</p><p>“The idea was to connect them to information that is specifically tailored to their unique situation and help them grow their support network and come up with contingencies for any health and mobility needs in an emergency,” said Swallow.</p><p>Workshop participants heard from the emergency managers for Sussex County and the City of Lewes, as well as the director of the Greater Lewes Community Village, a non-profit that helps older adults maintain their ability to live independently.  </p><p>UD students from IPA were on hand to help the older adults use laptops to sign up for Smart 9-1-1, a service that helps first responders protect individuals by providing them with more personal information such as medications an individual takes and emergency contact numbers.</p><p>They also helped the Lewes residents sign up for CodeRED, an emergency notification system to alert property owners and residents of information they need in the event of a local emergency or disruption in service.</p><p>Lewes Mayor Ted Becker said that it was great to have Swallow discuss sea level rise, storm surge, the importance of understanding risks for residents living in or near a floodplain and the importance of having an emergency plan in place, as well as having UD students and members of IPA on hand to help the residents sign up for the emergency alert programs.</p><p>Becker added that having University members inform the community brought a level of expertise and credibility to the topic.</p><p>“Many people have come here and they are not totally familiar with how vulnerable they can be,” said Becker. “This gave them a baseline understanding that as great as it is to live here and as wonderful and as desirable as it is to be close to the ocean, there are risks and there are things that they can do to be better prepared to deal with it.”</p><p>Becker noted that having Joe Thomas, the director of Sussex County’s Emergency Operations Center, on hand also added a level of importance to the workshop.</p><p>The workshop was co-sponsored by the City of Lewes and the Greater Lewes Foundation. In addition, support was provided by Sussex County, Beebe Hospital, and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency.</p><h4>Aging in Place</h4><p>In addition to the Emergency Planning for Older Adults or People with Disabilities Workshop in Lewes, Swallow and Julia O’Hanlon and Nicole Minni of IPA presented at the Regional Conference of the American Planning Association.</p><p>Swallow gave a presentation on risk communication, highlighting the strategies she used during the Lewes workshop to communicate risks with a vulnerable population. O’Hanlon and Minni gave a presentation on an aging in place study they are working on, which is supported by the Sustainable Coastal Communities Initiative (SCCI), a joint project of IPA, Delaware Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension, in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.</p><p>O’Hanlon, a policy scientist at IPA, said that she started working on a study of Sussex County’s growing senior population, 65 years and older, a few years ago with a doctoral student.</p><p>“We put together what I was calling an environmental scan,” said O’Hanlon. “It focused on different quality of life indicators that the county is facing because of the area’s increasing 65 and older population.”  </p><p>Over the past year, she has been looking specifically at the greater Lewes area using an AARP aging-friendly model, which has eight domains of livability: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information and community and health services.</p><p>For the APA presentation, O’Hanlon and Minni, who specializes in GIS mapping and spatial analysis for IPA, showcased those eight domains and why they are important to an aging-friendly community as well as proximity to healthcare facilities, bike routes and bus routes.</p><p>O’Hanlon said that it’s important for people who are retiring and moving to Sussex County to keep these things in mind, since their mobility and health could change as they get older.</p><p>“I don’t know if people are thinking about the importance of what they might need in the future,” said O’Hanlon. “It’s something that the local community should be thinking about when they’re doing their land use and comprehensive plans — that’s the connectivity among housing options, transportation and mobility services, and healthcare providers.”</p><p>Article by Adam Thomas. Photo by Sarah Pragg. Originally published by <strong><em><a href="https://www.udel.edu/udaily/2018/december/sussex-county-residents-emergency-planning-community-help/">UDaily</a></em></strong>.<br></p><img align="right" alt="Julia O'Hanlon and Nicole Minni pose in front of their PowerPoint presentation focused on aging in place at the Regional Conference of the American Planning Association." src="/news/PublishingImages/ohanlon-minni-apa.jpg?RenditionID=5" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Julia O’Hanlon (left) and Nicole Minni (right) of UD’s Institute for Public Administration discuss aging in place at the Regional Conference of the American Planning Association.</p><p>​<span aria-hidden="true"></span>With help from professionals from the University of Delaware, residents of Sussex County are getting an education on disaster preparedness and tools for aging in place.<span aria-hidden="true"></span></p>https://www.bidenschool.udel.edu/news/Pages/helping-sussex-co.aspx

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