Allison Becker
B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
 
 
Alex Greer
M.S. '12 and Ph.D. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
 
 
Andrew Haines
MPA '03 – An accomplished local government leader and appointed official.
 
 
Angela Gladwell
M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
 
 
Elizabeth Burland
M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
 
 
Chunjing Liu
M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
 
 
Cimone Philpotts
MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
 
 
Savannah Edwards
MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
 
 
Scott Murphy Eisenhart
MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
 
 
Taylor Hawk
MPA '17 - Graduate oversees every stage of policy development for Senate Majority Caucus.
 
 
Gwen Angalet
Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
 
 
Hira Rashid
M.A. '15, Ph.D. '20 – Fulbright scholar who studied global health economics and urbanization.
 
 
Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)
MPA '16 - Research assistant and Legislative Fellow experience help inform grad's career trajectory.
 
 
Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
 
 
James B. Goetschius
Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
 
 
Jenna Ahner
B.A. '12 and MPA '14 - Manages strategic priorities and provides legislative analysis
 
 
Jissell Martinez
MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
 
 
John Carney
MPA '86 – Governor of the State of Delaware
 
 
Kelsey Edmond
B.S. '14, M.P.A. '18 - OCL program prepared her for success in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
 
 
Kirsten Jones
M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
 
 
Laura Keeley
Laura Keeley found success working as an Architectural Historian after graduating from the Public Planning and
 
 
Lindsey Interlante
MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
 
 
Mark D Stevens
MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
 
 
Matthew Garlipp
B.A. '13 - Enabling organizational accountability via performance metrics, evaluation, and strategic planning
 
 
Megan Wakelee
B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
 
 
Meredith Rubin
B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
 
 
Merritt Burke IV
MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
 
 
Evan Miller
MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career.
 
 
Natasha R. Nau
MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
 
 
Emma Odren
MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to nonprofit manager, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.
 
 
Paige Gugerty
B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections between healthcare providers and resources.
 
 
Paul Ruiz
B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
 
 
Ryan Burke
Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
 
 
Scott Beale
MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
 
 
Serita Porter
M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
 
 
Stephanie Ottino
B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
 
 
Fratern Masika Tarimo
MPA '09 - Supports nonprofit efforts to help communities in many African countries.
 
 
Thomas Martin
Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
 
 
Elizabeth Lockman
M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
 
 
Tom DeWire
MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
 
 
Vitaly Lee
MPA '97 - energy industry project development, regulatory and asset management
 
 
Yuliya Brel
M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
 
 
Zack Adinoff
M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
 
 
Mary Kuna
M.A. '12 - Among the youngest women in PA governement to hold her level position
 
 
Dan Henne
MPA, ’19 – Anticipates and analyzes critical events that could impact worldwide operations
 
 
Wanja Thuku
MPA, ’19 – Expanding the reach of the BDT across the nation through strategic partnerships
 
 
Noah Toly
M.A. '05, Ph.D. '06 - Now provost with a career of scholarship and service that engages a broader public.
 
 
Madison Cann
B.A. '19 - Continuing her education to work in domestic policy for social justice.
 
 
Kohei Akiba
B.A. '20 - Advancing public health research using skills he learned as a student
 
 
Betsey Suchanic
MPA '19 – Supporting public libraries as an essential community resource
 
 
Lauren Camp Gates
MPA '17 - Advocacating for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families
 
 
Ellen Schenk
MPP '21 – Applies analytical skills to reproductive health and behavioral health projects
 
 
Frank Mieczkowski
MPA '03 – Experience as Legislative Fellow led to passion for public service and committment to justice
 
 
Dabney Brice
MPA '20 - Advocating for equitable investment in social entrepreneurs
 
 
Roger Huston
Ph.D. '19 - Applying organizational theory and management in higher education
 
 
Allie Foster
MPA ’22 – Overseeing the distribution of nearly $102 million in relief funding
 
 
Alexandra Tarantino
Alexandra Tarantino is a University of Delaware Alumni who graduated from the Historic Preservation Master's p
 
 
Jeremy Rothwell
M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
 
 
Courtney Mogavero
B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
 
 
Janet Sheridan
M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
 
 
Melanie Ross Levin
B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
 
 
Dená Brummer
MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
 
 
Eric Anthony Johnson
Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
 
 
David Rudder
Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
 
 
Erin Kennedy
MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
 
 
Tom Friedman
MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
 
 
Mike Morton
MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
 
 
Jonathan Kirch
MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
 
 
Albert Shields
MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
 
 
Kim Gomes
MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
 
 
Erika Farris
M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
 
 
Mike Fortner
MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
 
 
Emily Gonce
MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
 
 
Bill Clark
MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
 
 
Barrett Edwards
MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
 
 
Benjamin Attia
MEEP'16 - Research and consulting on market trends in solar photovoltaics in Africa and the Middle East
 
 
Anastasia Kuzmina
MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
 
 
Wei-Ming Chen
Conducting renewable energy and electricity market researches
 
 
Michelle Kung
PHDUAPP'14 - Promoting innovation and technology through mentoring and investing technology startups
 
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Meet the 2021-22 SNF Student Leaders

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​​Sarah Cullen

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Interpersonal communications and women and gender studies senior Sarah Cullen hopes to use her year as an SNF Ithaca Student Leader learning more about conducting academic research, growing as a leader and organizer, and creating opportunities for dialogue not just both among students but also between students and the University UD administration.

“Politics have always been something that I have been passionate about, but I have come to realize that most people find them to be an uncomfortable subject. I don’t think it has to be this way,” Cullen said. “When I was made aware of the opportunity to be an SNF Ithaca Student Leader, I saw it as a way to channel this passion for politics and civil discourse into a positive impact on the UD community.”

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Luke Halko

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As a junior majoring in computer science with a special interest in human-computer interactions, Luke Halko sees the SNF Ithaca Student Leaders program as the perfect way to put ideas into action. Working with faculty mentor Matthew Louis Mauriello, an assistant professor and human-computer interaction researcher in the College of Engineering, Halko has been developing a browser extension that tracks a user’s news-browsing behavior. The goal of the project is not to help users become more reflective and critical with respect to the content they consume—ultimately improving media literacy and allowing users to make their own decisions.​

“One of the many challenges we face in U.S. society is the spread of misinformation online and how to best mitigate this threat,” Halko said. “Whether we succeed or not will have serious social and political consequences. This is an issue that I feel strongly about, and the SNF Ithaca Initiative has given me a unique opportunity to contribute to solving it.”

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Moses Martinez​

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A junior political science major with minors in legal studies and philosophy, Moses Martinez plans to spend his time in the SNF Ithaca Student Leaders program learning more about bringing people of all backgrounds together to address pressing issues—particularly how politicians craft language to appeal to voters. A first-generation Latino student from Sussex County, Del., Martinez is interested in following themes of community and communication, and hopes to inspire others by serving as a role model through leadership.

“I believe that the program could fill the gaps found on campus when it comes to addressing students in a way that they feel that their voices are finally being heard by taking action, as well as bringing people together to address issues collectively,” Martinez said. “We do our work with the students in mind and hope to maintain that attitude throughout the rest of the process.”

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Katya Raskin

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Through the SNF Ithaca Initiative, Katya Raskin sees an opportunity to “cultivate an environment on campus that is more conducive to having open conversations about hard topics.” A junior double majoring in environmental studies and public policy with minors in geography and resource economics, Raskin hopes to raise awareness for such civil discourse while working on research focused on the Lenni Lenape tribe. Raskin spoke to Principal Chief Dennis Coker of the Lenni Lenape tribe at the cultural center in Dover, Del. after hearing him share the oral and environmental history of the tribe.

“Working on this project has shown me just how much I didn't know about the culture and history of the tribe that originally owned the land we live on today. ​I would encourage everyone to take some time to learn about the history of colonialism, indigenous ways of knowing and settler-indigenous relations.”

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Samiya Sherman

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​Following the death of George Floyd, junior public policy and political science major Samiya Sherman has been driven to answer the question: “How can we get everyone, not just the Black community, on the same page in finding a solution to racism and discrimination?” Conversations with faculty mentor Jorge Serrano, an assistant professor of Africana studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, led Sherman to realize that the answer is civil discourse. As an SNF Ithaca Student Leader, Sherman is more deeply pursuing this big question, working with Serrano and Biden School doctoral student and SNF Ithaca rogram coordinator Pablo McConnie-Saad on research around civil discourse and critical race theory.​

“It is important to understand that civil discourse is not just polite debating,” said Sherman, a junior majoring in public policy and political science. “Civil discourse makes it easier for both sides of an argument to get their points across, while also having each other actively listen to each other's points. Civil discourse is a tool for understanding differences.”

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