La Shawn Boston

Finance & Administrative Assistant
lboston@ aspanet.org
202-585-4319

La Shawn joined ASPA in August 2012. Prior to joining ASPA, she served as an Finance Assistant for the non-profit organization Government Accountability Project for almost four years. She has worked in the non-profit field for at least 9 years with a background in finance and administration. La Shawn has completed classes at Strayer University focusing on Business Management.

As the Finance Administrative Assistant she is responsible for the office inventory and assisting the Director of Administrative Services with day-to-day operations related to the financial and administrative aspect of the organization.


Phillip Carlisle

Director of Strategic Development and Advancement
pcarlisle@ aspanet.org
202-585-4310

Phillip Carlisle joined ASPA in 2017 as its membership coordinator and was promoted to membership manager, where he provided excellent customer service to ASPA members while helping the organization reach its recruitment and retention goals. In his current position, Carlisle now works to cultivate relationships with donors and partners in relation to ASPA’s fundraising efforts. He provides logistical support to ASPA’s executive director and oversees some of the Society’s most exciting programs—the International Young Scholars Workshop and the Founders’ Fellows Program. Prior to joining ASPA, Carlisle served in administrative roles at Albion College, Columbia University and Brandeis University. In those positions, he provided logistical and fundraising support for graduate conferences at Brandeis and served as chairman of the budget committee for two consecutive years. Carlisle received his MA in english and women’s, gender and sexuality studies from Brandeis University; and his BA from Albion College.


Karen E. T. Garrett, CAE

Chief of Communications, Marketing and Membership
PA TIMES Managing Editor
kgarrett@ aspanet.org
202-585-4313

Karen E. T. Garrett began working for the American Society for Public Administration, the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration, in October 2015, where she serves as the Chief of Membership, Communications and Marketing. She brings to the position more than 10 years of association management expertise, most recently serving as Senior Director of Marketing for the Direct Selling Association, a 105-year-old trade association representing companies that distribute products away from a fixed retail location. Ms. Garrett is responsible for all of ASPA’s communications and marketing activities, membership recruitment/retention, Chapters and Sections and website administration, as well as serving as the managing editor of PA TIMES magazine and PA Times Online.

Her career began at the Direct Selling Association in 2001, where she served in administrative capacities before being promoted to a variety of management roles within the communications department. Her primary duties included database and website management and administration, message strategy and delivery, product sales and graphic design. During her time there she promoted and supported more than 10 annual conferences, each attracting more than 1,200 attendees, and transformed the association’s annual Capitol Hill fly-in event from less than 100 participants to more than 450.

Ms. Garrett graduated from American University with her BA in literature in 2001. She received her CAE from ASAE: The Learning Center in 2019.

LaVonda Humphries

Chapter and Section Coordinator
lhumphries@ aspanet.org
202-585-4312

LaVonda Humphries joined ASPA in August 2018 as the Chapter and Section Coordinator, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience in administrative support services with a variety of skill sets, ranging from community planning and housing development to marketing, specifically as it relates to communications. LaVonda is also a Street Wise Partners Alumni and mentor, where she mentors for individuals seeking professional development training and career advancement. She is also a community activist, advocating for children with learning disabilities and families requiring food assistance in conjunction with organizations such as the DC Central Kitchen and the Coalition for the Homeless WDC, organizing annual charity events in low income communities throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. She has completed classes at The George Washington University and University of Maryland University College.

“There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.”
Woodrow Wilson


Amy Omang

Conference Manager and Member Services Specialist
aomang@ aspanet.org
703-517-4215 

As Conference Manager, Amy is primarily responsible for the management, coordination, and logistical aspects of the annual conference education sessions, and works as the liaison with the program committee in the selection of conference sessions. She also works with the ASPA Director of Professional Development in providing general conference support, and works with the development and execution of ASPA’s webinar sessions.  She previously worked as a consultant to ASPA for nine years.

Before coming to ASPA, she worked as the Director of Meetings and Education with the American Staffing Association. She has worked for and with various trade and non-profit associations, as well as state government projects. She brings seventeen years of conference, education and nonprofit experience to ASPA.

As the Member Services Specialist, Amy provides chapter and section administrative support, event registration, database quality control and reporting, and assists with committee and leadership assignments.

Amy has a B.B.A. degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Portland. She is a board member of Komen Montana, and is active with various community organizations including Family Promise, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.


William P. Shields, Jr.

Executive Director
wpshieldsjr@ aspanet.org
202-585-4307

Bill Shields became Executive Director of the American Society for Public Administration, the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration, in January 2014. During his tenure, he has significantly broadened the Society’s professional development programming, strengthened its 60 local chapters and 30 subject matter sections, revitalized its operations and enhanced the quality of its communications. He has recommitted the Society to its core mission of advancing excellence in public service and made considerable inroads in partnering with like-minded organizations on a wide range of activities.

Shields brings to his position more than 15 years of executive and management experience in the nonprofit sector, most recently as Vice President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the nation's leading public policy organization dedicated to ensuring that people with the lowest incomes have affordable and decent homes. In this role, he was responsible for the organization’s operational, financial, membership and outreach functions.

For more than a decade, Shields held senior management and research positions at the National Academy of Public Administration, a congressionally chartered organization established to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient and accountable organizations. As Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Communications, he worked extensively with the Academy’s elected Fellows, the nation’s top leaders in the practice and study of public administration. He served on research teams studying organization and management issues at the U.S. Departments of Defense, Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation. He edited more than 50 Academy panel reports on issues ranging from federal compensation issues to FBI reorganization.

Shields served as Director at the Chief Executives Organization, a nonprofit organization of 2,000 chief executives around the world, and in the Executive Office of the Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island. He earned his MA in government and BA in journalism from American University, where he has been an Adjunct Professor since 2000. In 2015, he received the School of Public Affairs’ Award for Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Position. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the governing board of NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, DC.

Asmait Tewelde

Professional Development & Events Director
atewelde@ aspanet.org
202-585-4306

Asmait Tewelde joined ASPA in September 2015 as the Professional Development and Events Manager. She brings with her seven years of experience in meeting coordination, online training and professional development. Prior to joining ASPA, Asmait was at the International Economic Development Council, coordinating numerous professional development training forums, as well as four conferences, annually. Prior to IEDC, she was a contractor at the Department of Labor and in the education nonprofit sector. Ms. Tewelde also served as an AmeriCorps Member from 2008-2009, teaching English as a second language to adult learners. Asmait holds a BA in English Literature from Michigan State University.