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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Jonathan Del Collo
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Jonathan K. Del Collo was elected by the citizens of Berks County, Pennsylvania, as their 56th prothonotary in November 2017. Serving more than 420,000 residents, he leads the governmental entity responsible for the filing, recording and processing of all civil actions, family court matters, equity actions, judgments, federal, state and local tax liens, municipal liens, arbitrations, license suspension appeals and appeals to higher courts. Under his leadership, efficiencies created by staff cross training have resulted in more than $616,000 in taxpayer savings. He also has transformed the office into a truly 21st century operation, digitizing more than 350,000 historical and naturalization records and going completely paperless in 2019. Prior to his election, he served for more than 10 years as the county's chief deputy prothonotary and acting prothonotary, implementing an automated payment system and new case management system. He served on the Antietam School Board in the late 1990s, the Mount Penn Borough Council from 2001 to 2003 and the City of Reading Ethics Board. His public service career began as executive assistant to the mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania, under the city's new home-rule form of government. A graduate of American University in Washington, DC, Del Collo has actively supported ASPA's vision, mission and goals as a member of its Financial Management Committee and Audit Committee. He also is a committed member of ASPA's Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management.
Professor and Dean of Commonwealth College
Penn State University
A lifelong public servant, Diane Disney has worked at multiple levels for entities as diverse as the U.S. Department of Defense, the Urban Institute’s Nonprofit Sector Project and Penn State. She has successfully managed a 12-campus college, advised a governor on human resource and economic development issues, crafted legislative language to help Defense workers affected by budget cuts and developed housing for low-income, single-parent families. Her ability to generate collaboration across economic sectors and levels of government is exemplary. Disney has been a tenured management professor at Pennsylvania State University (where she has also been dean and chancellor) and the University of Rhode Island (where she headed the Research Center in Business and Economics), as well as a management consultant to numerous state and federal departments. Internationally she has worked with governments of Slovenia, Croatia, Chile and others to design executive development programs for civil servants to promote civilian control of the military.
Being a board or committee member for more than 40 nonprofits has made her aware of the importance of strengthening Chapters and Sections to foster sound working relationships and networks within ASPA. Her ASPA service has included membership on selection committees for the Founders’ Fellows and the Elmer B. Staats Lifetime Achievement Award. A member of the Central Pennsylvania chapter, she has been a conference session chair for NECoPA and most recently has served on the Governance Task Force, which has recommended updates to the organization’s bylaws. She has also accepted a three-year term on PAR’s Board of Editors.
A longtime fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, she has served two terms on its board, most recently as chair. She has also received the George Graham Award for outstanding service to the Academy. Her education includes degrees from Duke (MAT), URI (MBA) and Brandeis (Ph.D).
Associate Professor and Public Administration Program Chair
L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University
Myung Jin is an associate professor and chair of public administration program at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been serving as PAA faculty advisor for the last eight years and has been an integral part of a very successful and active Central Virginia Chapter of ASPA since its founding. Professor Jin serves currently as an associate editor at the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs and as a symposium editor for a special issue, “Public Administration Education in Asia,” which is being publicized currently at the Journal of Public Affairs Education. Jin is also very active in his research, publishing more than 17 articles since 2011, and has been awarded more than $330,000 in research funding as either Pi or Co-Pi since 2012. His publications focus on the development of public human resources and have appeared in such journals as Public Performance Management Review, International Review of Administrative Sciences,Review of Public Personnel Administration and American Review of Public Administration, among others. Before joining the Wilder School, Jin worked extensively as a systems project consultant for a number of state government agencies in Florida, including the Department of Financial Services, Department of Health and Department of Children and Families.