Susan T. Gooden
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Susan T. Gooden is professor of public administration and policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, president of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and fellow of the congressional chartered National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). She has been a member of ASPA since 1995, including previous service on ASPA's National Council (District II), section chair of the Section of Public Administration Research (SPAR) and long time member of the Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA).

Her books include: Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government (2014, Routledge) and Cultural Competency for Public Administrators (2012, Routledge), a co-edited volume. Her research on social equity has been published in Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Administrative Theory and Praxis, State and Local Government Review, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Review of Public Personnel Administration and other journals. Her research has been funded by several organizations including the Kellogg Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, MDRC and the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

Susan has received several awards and honors including the Jewel Prestage Pioneer Award, (2015); the Messick Scholar, University of Delaware (2015); Service Award,  VCU College of Humanities and Sciences (2011-12); co-recipient, Best Article of the Year Award, Journal of Public Affairs Education (2007).

She was appointed to the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, the accrediting arm of the Network of Associated Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). She has previously served as an elected member to the national policy council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). Susan is a faculty affiliate at Duke University’s Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality. She received a Fulbright Specialist Award to Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

A native of Martinsville & Henry County, Va., she earned her an A.S in natural science from Patrick Henry Community College, a B.A. in English from Virginia Tech and an M.A. in political science from Virginia Tech. She received her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1996.


Honorable Janice Lachance

An accomplished executive, widely experienced leader, and governance expert, Janice Lachance helps both expanding and stressed nonprofit enterprise leaders and boards with transformation and transitions, performance assessment, mission and strategy reformulation, organization re-engineering, new ventures, and executive transitions. With a collaborative style, Janice’s central focus is on how to protect and build value for stakeholders by applying best practices in the fields of  strategic thinking, technology advances, social media, marketing, media relations, public policy, human resources, financial planning, fundraising, and team building.

Janice’s career spans high-level work in the government, associations and executive volunteer activities. Prior to her recent work in not-for-profit enterprises, Janice was nominated by President William Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the federal government’s independent human resources agency, responsible for all policy and programs affecting the 2.1 million members of the nation’s civil service.

President Clinton charged Janice with the task of establishing and gaining recognition of the federal workforce as a national performance model. She is credited with many seminal achievements at OPM, including: reformulating the agency’s mission and strategy as well as re-engineering its 3,700 employee organizational structure and culture; expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act to permit the use of sick leave to care for a newborn or ailing family member; instituting affordable long-term care insurance for 20 million federal employees, members of the armed services, and retirees; making innovative and cost-effective improvements in health insurance and retirement programs; dramatically increasing outreach and recruitment efforts to first-job applicants from underrepresented populations; revitalizing the Presidential Management Fellows Program; and, establishing, the Federal Government's official source for federal job listings and employment opportunity information and which attracts more than 20 million visits annually.

During the past decade, Janice has served as the managing executive in not-for-profit membership associations. Most recent examples include Interim President of the Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust where she was responsible for innovative transformation of the BBB’s 501c3 foundation through the design and execution of comprehensive mission development, including communications, branding, staffing and fund development plans.   

Janice also served as CEO of the Special Libraries Association for more than 10 years, leading the global association of 8,000 credentialed librarians and scholars who devote more than 25 million hours annually to the operation and expansion of the global information and knowledge economies on behalf of private, academic and public sector enterprise in 75 countries. Among her many SLA accomplishments as chief executive, Janice guided the reformulation of association’s mission, vision and values statements and strategic plan; nurtured a positive culture of problem-solving, innovation and progression of volunteer members to leadership positions; implemented domestic and international public policy programs focused on intellectual property, the free flow of information, privacy, and internet governance.  She pioneered Click University, the first online learning and professional development member resource among library associations.  

While serving as global spokesperson and champion of the librarian profession and the association, the U.S. State Department appointed Janice to be a delegate to the World Summit on the Information Society, which led to the creation of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the multi-national/multi-stakeholder platform for Internet policy discussions and governance.  Separately, the State Department appointed her as a Subject Matter Expert Speaker on the future of the information industry and librarians in the global knowledge economy and the Internet. Engagements included Germany, Egypt, Italy and Japan.

Although not a librarian, Janice was uniquely awarded SLA’s prestigious Member Achievement Award during SLA’s Centennial Conference to acknowledge her leadership on “moving the association to unprecedented success and international presence in the 21st century.” In recognition of sustained outstanding contributions to the association, the profession, and the information industry, Janice was awarded the CEO Emeritus title at the end of her SLA tenure.

A leader in her profession, dedicated volunteer, popular speaker, and trusted advisor, Janice is the President-Elect of the American Society for Public Administration (President in 2017); a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives, an honor awarded to less than one percent of its membership; an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration where she served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. At the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in The Hague—the international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users worldwide, Janice was elected chairperson of the library association management section and served on IFLA’s governing board.

Among numerous awards, Janice was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Southern Vermont College in 2013 and Vice President Al Gore’s Reinventing Government Hammer Award for advances in government-wide labor-management partnerships. Janice was born and raised in Biddeford, Maine, graduated from Manhattanville College, and earned her law degree from Tulane University. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Maine, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court. 

Vice President

Jane Pisano
Senior Fellow
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Jane Pisano, Ph.D., joined USC in 1991 as dean of the School of Public Administration. During her nearly seven-year tenure as dean, she led a major effort to strengthen the school academically at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Annual gifts and grants more than doubled (from $1.7 to $3.6 million) and the endowment increased four-fold (from $7.5 to $31 million). In 1994, Dr. Pisano was appointed vice president of external relations at the university and was promoted to senior vice president in 1998. In this role, Dr. Pisano not only worked with the USC’s chief management team, but also was responsible for establishing and maintaining communal, public, governmental and alumni connections and relations. She and four other senior officers worked with and assisted the president of the university in essentially all significant decisions.

She also served as president and director of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum for 14 years. Her top priority was to oversee the transformation of the Museum into an indoor and outdoor institution for the 21st century. This includes renovations to the 1913 Building (the Museum's original home) and the adjacent 1920s Building, a slate of new visitor amenities, five new permanant exhibitions and the Nature Gardens. In all, the transformation has improved more than 60 percent of the Museum's interior and with the Nature Gardens, doubled its programming space.

Jane holds a B.A. in political science from Stanford University and an M.A. and Ph.D.s in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University.

Immediate Past President

Dr. Maria P. Aristigueta
Professor and Director
University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Maria Aristigueta is the Charles P. Messick Professor of Public Administration and associate director of the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Administration. She is currently on leave from the directorship which she has held for six years. Her teaching and research interests are primarily in the areas of performance management and organizational behavior. She has served on the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, the accrediting arm of the Network of Associated Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

She is the author of numerous publications, including Managing for Results in State Government and Civil Society in Cuba, and coauthor of Managing and Measuring Performance in Public and Nonprofit Organizations: An Integrated Approach, Organizational Behavior in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors, and Practice-Based Performance Management: An International Handbook. She is as a Senior Fellow with the UD’s Institute for Public Administration, which addresses policy, planning and management through the integration of applied research, professional development and education.

Aristigueta hosted the first Transatlantic Dialogue in the United States with European colleagues at the University of Delaware after serving as a Visiting Professor at KU Leuven in Belgium. She was a Fulbright Specialist to the University of Salerno in Italy in 2013 and served on the Fulbright commission’s review team the following year. Prior to joining the University of Delaware, she was on the faculty at the University of Central Florida. Her doctorate is from the University of Southern California.

District Representatives

District I

Electoral District I includes: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont
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Dr. Michael J. Ahn

Assistant Professor
University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

Michael Ahn is an assistant professor in the department of public policy and public affairs at University of Massachusetts Boston. Michael received his Ph.D. in public administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Michael’s research focuses on digital government, public management and international comparative public administration. He served as the president of Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECOPA), Massachusetts Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (MassASPA) and is currently serving as the District I council representative for ASPA's National Council and as an executive committee member of the Section of Science and Technology in Government (SSTIG). He is an editorial board member of journals such as American Review of Public Administration, Public Organization Review and International Journal of Public Administration. Michael has published in journals such as Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration and Government Information Quarterly, and is an occasional contributor to Brookings Institution’s TechTank.

Josh Osowski

Superintendent, NJ State Park Service
Rutgers University-Newark, Newark, NJ

Josh Osowski is a superintendent in the New Jersey State Park Service and a doctoral student at Rutger’s School of Public Affairs and Administration. During his 17 years as a practitioner in state government, Josh implemented change management at Liberty State Park by taking a park that was fraught with problems and turning it into the team driven success that it is today. Josh has made significant improvements to the parks at which he works and has been able to make difficult things happen through collaboration. Josh is also finishing his coursework for a Ph.D. in public administration. Eager to improve the connection between practitioners and academics, Josh has been integral in reestablishing ASPA's New Jersey chapter.

Stephen Rolandi

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, New York

Stephen Rolandi is a full-time Lecturer of Public Administration, Department of Public Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

From 2008-13, he was deputy commissioner for Finance and Administration for the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR), the oldest civil rights agency in the USA. At DHR, Steve managed human resources, finance, IT, training and facilities.

Steve served with the NYC Office of Management and Budget, City Planning Commission and Department of Records and Information Services. He was director of finance and administration for CUNY’s Baruch College (SPA); adjunct lecturer at John Jay College; budget manager for AFS Intercultural Programs and consultant to the New York Historical Society. Steve holds BA and MPA degrees from New York University.

District II

Electoral District II includes: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and West Virginia.
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Dr. Michael Brintnall

Independent Consultant
Cabin John, MD

Michael Brintnall is the former executive director of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and has headed the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). He was vice president for academic affairs at Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C., and directed a program evaluation office at the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has held faculty appointments in political science at Brown University and Mount Vernon College. Michael is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and has served as president of the National Humanities Alliance and chair of the Board of the Consortium of Social Science Associations and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Fulbright Scholar Program, Council for International Exchange of Scholars. He serves on boards for the American Society for Public Administration, Environmental Investigation Agency and the National Humanities Association Foundation, and is secretary/treasurer of Tango Mercurio. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Donald Kettl

University of Maryland

Donald F. Kettl is a professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and is its former dean. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Volcker Alliance and at the Brookings Institution. Don is the author of, among other books, Escaping Jurassic Government: How to Recover America's Lost Commitment to Competence, The Next Government of the United States and The Politics of the Administrative Process.

Dr. Tonya T. Neaves

Managing Director, Centers on the Public Service
George Mason University, Winchester, VA

Tonya Neaves is the managing director of the Center on the Public Service at George Mason University’s School of Policy, Government and International Affairs. She earned her Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University, where she is still an active Research Fellow at its Social Science Research Center. As an active member of the American Society for Public Administration, Neaves currently serves as treasurer for the Section on Emergency and Crisis Management and a Trustee for the Northeastern Conference for Public Administration (NECOPA). Formerly, she has served as an executive organizer for the International Young Scholars Workshop and Student Representative to ASPA's National Council. As a self-proclaimed pracademic, Neaves’ portfolio includes conducting impact-driven research and developing executive education programs, including administering Virginia’s Certified Public Manager® Program.

District III

Electoral District III includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
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Dan Lasseter

Public Service Assistant
University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Dan Lasseter is a Public Service Assistant with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. He has served on ASPA's Founders' Fellows Mentoring Committee and was instrumental in coordinating ASPA's executive search for a new executive director in 2013. He is well recognized among the human resource management community from across the country as a leader in conducting key executive search functions and developing sound operating procedures for personnel promotion testing. Dan has been a member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) for more than 10 years.

Jared Llorens

Associate Professor
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Jared Llorens’ teaching and research interests center on human resources management, public sector compensation, research methods and public policy. He earned his bachelor’s in English from Loyola University in New Orleans, his MPA from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Georgia.

Terry G. Murphy

Public Affairs Concepts, Inc., Miami, FL

Terry Murphy has been involved in ASPA leadership from the moment he became a member. While pursuing his MPA at Florida International University, Murphy joined ASPA's South Florida Chapter and served on the Programming Committee. As president of the Chapter, he initiated the "Best Practices" Conference, a popular annual event that continues to recognize the good works of public administrators. Terry is currently the Chair of the National Finance Committee for ASPA and the Vice President of the South Florida Chapter.

After a 23-year career as a policy advisor to elected county officials, Terry separated from government service and pursued his doctorate of public affairs. Terry is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, works as a government consultant and provides political commentary on local news programs. Terry was born in Greenville, S.C., and is a former resident of Savannah, Ga.

District IV

Electoral District IV includes: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
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J. Paul Blake

Director of Communications and External Relations
Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

After 14 years in municipal government, J. Paul is the director of media and external relations at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, at the University of Washington. His professional service includes three terms as president of the Evergreen Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). He is serving his third term on ASPA’s National Council and is a member of the Executive Committee. He has served on the Governance Committee and the Ethics Committee, which revised the Society’s Code of Ethics as well as the Ethics and Standards Implementation Committee. A recent recipient of the Donald C. Stone Service to ASPA Award, J. Paul received a Lifetime of Public Service Award from the Evergreen Chapter in 2013. As a member of ASPA delegations, he has presented papers in Japan and South Korea. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Washington Public Relations and Strategic Communications Certificate program. He is also a member of the International Association for Public Participation, the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, the Seattle Association of Black Journalists, Tabor 100 and Blacks in Government.

Dr. Suzanne Discenza

MHA Director and Professor
Park University, Kansas City, MO

Suzanne Discenza is a Professor and Past Director of the MHA Program at Park University, where she has also taught in the MPA program. She completed her Ph.D. in public affairs, with an emphasis in health policy, at the University of Colorado. A current District IV Representative to ASPA National Council, she is a Past President of both the Greater Kansas City and Colorado Chapters, is a Past Chair of the Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA), and is currently Chair of the Health Policy Forum for AUPHA. Suzanne serves on five nonprofit boards in the Kansas City area and is an HHS area trainer on the PPACA and Medicaid Expansion. A health care practitioner for more than 20 years, her research has focused on health care management, gender issues and social concerns for disadvantaged populations. She was recently honored by Ingram’s Magazine as one of Missouri’s and Kansas’ “Icons of Education 2015.”

Alfred Tat-Kei Ho

Associate Professor
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Dr. Alfred Tat-Kei Ho is an associate professor of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. He has been an ASPA member since the late 1990s when he was a graduate student. He served as the Secretary of the Association of Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM) from 1999 to 2000 and is currently a board member of the ASPA Section on Public Administration Research and an editorial board member of American Review of Public Administration and Public Performance & Management Review, respectively.

District V

Electoral District V includes: Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah
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Galia Cohen

Senior Lecturer and Associate Director, Justice Admin & Leadership Program
University of Texas At Dallas, Plano, TX

Galia Cohen is a senior lecturer and an associate director in the justice administration and leadership program at the University of Texas at Dallas. She received her B.A. in Psychology and her M.A. in Organizational Sociology from Bar-Ilan University, Israel. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Galia is an active member of ASPA and a former Founders’ Fellow. Her key roles have included serving as co-chair for the 2015 Young Scholars Workshop in Mexico City, Student Representative for ASPA’s National Council, editorial board member for PA TIMES, executive board member for the Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations and as a Founder’s Forum Selection committee member.

She is the former president of Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society at the University of Texas at Dallas and the recipient of NASPAA’s Honorary Dissertation award for 2014. Galia lives with her husband and two daughters in Plano, Texas.

Dovie Dawson

Associate Faculty/Ph.D. Student
Ashford University, Fontana, CA

Dovie D. Dawson is currently an Associate Faculty member at Ashford University. She is also an ASPA National Council District V Representative and in her third term as the Chair for the Section on Public Law and Administration at ASPA. Also, Dovie is a Ph.D. student in the Public Policy and Administration program with a Law and Public Policy concentration at Walden University. She is currently writing her dissertation, which focuses on the role quality plays in implementing public policies as a proxy for measuring quality of service, with an anticipated completion shortly. Further, Dovie holds an MPA in public policy and budget analysis and a BA from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Dr. James Nordin

Senior Associate
Public Management Solutions, Rio Vista, CA

James Nordin was born and raised in Illinois. He moved to California in 1987. He retired after a 33-year career as a federal civil servant serving as a regional program director; three jobs as regional financial management director in two different departments and two different regions. He earned his MPA in 1972 from Roosevelt University (Chicago) and his DPA in Public Administration in 2004 from the University of Southern California. Nordin has made his living managing financial organizations, but remains passionate about social equity and improving access to justice and promoting ethical organizations.

International Director

Dr. M. Jae Moon
Underwood Distinguished Professor
Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Professor M. Jae Moon is Underwood Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at Yonsei University. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of International Review of Public Administration (IRPA). Dr. Moon is an elected Fellow of National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and International Director of American Society for Public Administration. He also chairs the Section of Korean Public Administration since 2012. Earning his Ph.D. from Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 1998, he previously taught at the University of Colorado at Denver, Texas A & M University and Korea University. His research interests include public management, information technology, and comparative public administration. He was Book Review Editor for Public Administration Review (2002-2005) as well as the Editor-in- Chief of International Review of Public Administration (2008-2010). He was the recipient of Mosher Award for the best Public Administration Review article as well as the Peter Boorsma Award for International Scholar in 2009.

Student Representative

Angie Kline
Ph.D. Student and Public Administration Fellow
University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Angie Kline is a doctoral student at the University of Delaware’s (UD) graduate program in urban affairs and public policy. She was a public administration Fellow at UD’s Institute for Public Administration and is currently a teaching assistant. Angie attended Villanova University, where she earned her MPA with a certificate in nonprofit management. Before her doctoral studies, Angie worked for several nonprofits doing resource development and evaluation. She is currently researching communities that adopt social indicator measurement plans.

Angie is an active member of ASPA, serving on the PA TIMES editorial board and as the Student Representative on the National Council. She was awarded the Founder’s Fellowship Award in 2015 and participated in the 2015 ASPA Young Scholars Workshop in Mexico. Angie serves as a council member for the Delaware Association for Public Administration.

COMPA Representative

Michael Orok
Professor and Dean
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA

Michael E. Orok presently serves as professor and dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va. He formerly served as dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Tennessee State University, associate provost for academic affairs and graduate studies and interim dean at Alabama A&M University, professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Albany State University. Dr. Orok is the founding president of the Southwest Georgia Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and president of the Conference of Minority Public Administrators. He was inducted into the Hall of Champions of the American Society for Public Administration in 2000. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. Michael has also received the key to the City of Columbus, Ga. He is in the 2016 class of the Senior Leadership Institute of the Council of Independent Colleges. His published work is widely circulated.

Michael holds a B.A. in political science from Central State University, an M.A. in management and supervision from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. in political science from Clark Atlanta University, as well as a doctorate in Biblical Studies from Bethany College and Theological Seminary. He is a 2005 graduate of the Millennium Leadership Institute of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.