Panel 4

Andrea Ortega
Ph.D. Candidate
UCF School of Public Administration
Presentation: “Engaging the Community in Transitional Housing Issues: The Work of Nonprofits in Central Florida”
Andrea Ortega is a current PhD student in Public Affairs Program – Public Administration Track at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include nonprofit management, volunteerism and capacity building in Central Florida.

Danielle Atkins
Assistant Professor
University of Central Florida
Presentation: “How Do We Get There From Here? Mapping Social Vulnerability and OBGYN Shortages”
Danielle Atkins received her Ph.D. (2013) and MPA (2009) at the University of Georgia. Before coming to UCF, she taught at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She studies health policy and focuses on issues related to maternal and child health, reproductive health, substance abuse and risky behaviors. She also studies representative bureaucracy and education policy. Atkins’ research has appeared in Health Services Research, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Management Review and Journal of Public Health Policy.

Christopher Emrich
Associate Professor
UCF School of Public Administration
Presentation: “How Do We Get There From Here? Mapping Social Vulnerability and OBGYN Shortages”
Emrich is an Endowed Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Public Administration within the School of Public Administration and a founding member of the newly formed National Center for Integrated Coastal Research at University of Central Florida. His research interests include the application of geospatial web-based technologies to emergency management planning and practice, long term recovery from disaster, and the intersection of social vulnerability and community resilience in the face of disaster. From 2004 – 2007 he provided geospatial support for response and long term recovery to the state of Florida and has since been actively involved in identifying trends in long term recovery for coastal Mississippi and supervising FEMA’s public assistance web-transparency initiative for the gulf coast. Emrich is a strong advocate of the transition of knowledge from academia and research into real-world applications. He has been a key player in the development of theory, data, metrics, methods, applications, and spatial analytical models for understanding the newly emergent field of hazard vulnerability science and the often very different pattern of disaster recovery across communities.

kathrynthompson_headshot1.jpgKathryn Thompson
Research Assistant

University of Central Florida
Presentation: “How Do We Get There From Here? Mapping Social Vulnerability and OBGYN Shortages”
Kathryn Thompson received her Bachelor of Science (2014) and Masters of Health Administration (2017) from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Also, during this time she worked as a Coordinator for Florida State University College of Medicine- Orlando Campus. Currently working as a research assistant at UCF, she is interested in women’s health policy, disparities, rural populations, and health outcomes. Starting Fall 2018, Kathryn will be pursing her Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Policy, and Practice at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Gaslande Fleurimont
Program Coordinator
The Elevation Foundation
Presentation: “Overcoming Undermatching in Central Florida – A Review of the Elevation Scholars Program”
Gaslande Fleurimont is a dynamic, detail-oriented, public service professional with experience in education services and nonprofit management. Raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, Gaslande relocated to Orlando to attend the University Central Florida. Early in her collegiate years, she developed a passion for serving others. Gaslande began her career in higher education as a peer financial aid specialist. After earning her B.S in Interdisciplinary Studies, Gaslande worked for Pearson Online Learning Services as an Enrollment Advisor. Gaslande went on to earn a Master’s in Public Administration and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management at UCF as well. Gaslande’s interest are education, social advocacy, and organization management. She is continually supplementing work and education experiences with active involvement in professional organizations.