Panel Presenters & Authors

Inter-organizational Networks in Emergency Management and City Planning

thumbnail_DamianoLauren Damiano

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stockton University in New Jersey, focusing on sustainability and environmental policy. Lauren moved to Florida four years ago and she is in my third year of the MSURP program. She works as a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Christopher Hawkins and as a server at Durango Steakhouse in Titusville. Lauren has recently been focusing her studies on transportation planning and in particular, corridor revitalization.

christopherhawkins2008Christopher V. Hawkins, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida, School of Public Administration

To view Christopher Hawkins CV click here



Topic: Intra-City Planning Policy Implementation Networks

jungwon-yeo_webJungwon Yeo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida, School of Public Administration

Jungwon Yeo is an Assistant Professor in UCF’s School of Public Administration. Her research interests include emergency & crisis management, disaster response, migrant resettlement & integration, refugee crisis, collaborative governance, organizational behavior, complex adaptive systems, accountability & responsibility, decision analysis, and social network analysis.

Dr. Yeo has published in International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, and Safety Science. She has obtained internal and external grants.

Additionally, she has presented research at international, national, and regional conferences, including American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM), American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, and Southwest Political Science Association. In 2016 December, she was awarded The IMC Award for #DISC2016 Best Conference Paper at Daegu Gyeongbuk International Social Network Conference, endorsed by the International Network for Social Network Analysis.

thumbnail_Dr. KapucuNaim Kapucu, Ph.D.

Dr. Naim Kapucu is Professor of public policy and administration and Director of the School of Public Administration at the UCF. Dr. Kapucu has published widely in areas of public policy and administration, network governance, emergency management, and crisis leadership. Dr. Kapucu has published nine books, more than one hundred refereed journal articles and more than thirty book chapters, and presented at conferences. He teaches network governance, leadership in public service, emergency and crisis management, and network analysis in public policy and management courses. Dr. Kapucu received his Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2003. Prior to that, he earned a Master of Public Policy and Management degree from Heinz College’s School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1997. His detailed bio and CV are available at

Boo-Hyun-Nam_oBoohyun Nam,

To read more on Dr. Nam please click here To read more on Dr. Nam please click here



Brie Haupt    

Yongjea Kim

Topic: Aligning Communication with Practice: Florida Hurricane Response Network in Matthew 2016

Christine Bevc, Ph.D., MA, RTI International

qian-hu-cohpaQian Hu, Ph.D.

Dr. Qian Hu joined UCF in fall 2011 after receiving her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. She specializes in collaborative governance, network studies, policy informatics, and strategic and performance management. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in academic journals such as Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, American Review of Public Administration, Public ManagementReview, Administration & Society, American Behavioral Scientist, Research Policy, and Journal of Public Affairs Education. She teaches public organization management, research methods, and strategicplanning and management courses.

Naim Kapucu, Ph.D., Professor, University of Central Florida, School of Public Administration

Fernando Rivera, Ph.D.

Topic: Shifting from Routine to Non-Routine: Identifying the Influence of the Everyday in Crises and Extreme Events

Understanding Network Performance and Management: National Youth Programs, Public Procurement and USAID Innovation Labs

thumbnail_rand_dbarnes_LThumbDionee Barnes-Proby, D.P.A., MSW, Senior Research Project Associate, RAND Corporation

She is a Senior Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation who studied multi-sector partnerships in her doctoral program in Public Administration. In addition, she has been a child welfare social worker for many years. Her experience includes direct clinical practice with at-risk children as a foster care caseworker. Dr. Barnes-Proby has also been the lead project manager for several research projects at RAND focused on welfare reform, child welfare, education, mental health, health, and substance abuse. Specific projects includes the current evaluation of the CalWORKs SB 1041 reforms, the prior Statewide evaluation of CalWORKs (1998-2002),  an evaluation of correctional education programs, an implementation and evaluation of CBITS for youth in foster care, an assessment of juvenile justice programs in Los Angeles County, and an assessment of young homeless women transitioning into adulthood. Dr. Barnes-Proby’s responsibilities on these projects included designing and implementing qualitative studies, in which she developed data collection instruments and protocols; conducted in-depth field and phone interviews; facilitated focus groups; coordinated and conducted case studies; coded, analyzed, and synthesized data; and managed field operations. For additional information, please see Dr. Barnes-Proby’s RAND professional page: HERE.

Topic: Understanding Network Performance: A Case Study of an Inter-organizational Network for Adult Foster Youth

Tammie Clary, Ph.D. Candidate, Florida Atlantic University

Tammy Clary received a BA in 2005 from Florida Atlantic University. She then continued her educational career earning a Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center in 2009, and her MA in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University. Her interests in public procurement led Tammie back to FAU to pursue her PhD in Public Administration. She is particularly interested in sustainability, public purchasing, contracting, and procurement.

Topic: Standardizing Cooperative Purchasing: What is an Ideal Cooperative?

View More: Sicilano, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago

Michael Sicilano is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administratoin at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests are interdisciplinary and center on the policymaking and administrative implications of human and inter-organizational networks. His work investigates the factors influencing network formation as well as the effect of social structure on individual and collective behavior, decision-making, and performance. Substantive fields of interest include education policy, disaster management, and science policy. For additional information, please see Michael Sicilano’s CV here: Siciliano bio

welch-eric-headshots34Eric W. Welch, Ph.D.

Eric W. Welch is Professor and director of C-STEPS, ASU. His research interests include genetic resources for food and agriculture, information technology in government, environment policy, and public management. His current projects are, among others, working with Bioversity International to examine and assess the facilitators and barriers to germplasm flows, NSF work analyzing the different roles that network structure and resources play in the career success of men and women scientists, and exploring the use of social media technologies in public and private organizations. Dr. Welch is also currently an Agropolis Foundation research fellow working on genetic resources for food and agriculture with colleagues at CIRAD in Montpellier, France. Welch is the author of over 50 articles and book chapters.

feeney-mary-headshotsv3Mary K. Feeney

Mary K. Feeney is Associate Professor and Lincoln Professor of Public Affairs, ASU. She is interested in public and nonprofit management, sector distinctions, and science and technology policy. She is currently working on research investigating technology use in local governments and mentoring in ST&E fields. Feeney’s work on mentoring can be found in Human RelationsReview of Public Personnel Administration, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, Administration & Society, and the International Journal of Learning and Change. Feeney has also published in ScientometricsScience & Public Policy, Public Performance & Management ReviewPublic Integrity, and Research Evaluation

Topic: Network Exploration and Exploitation: Professional Network Churn and Science Production

Anti-Poverty Networks and Partnerships

Thomas_Bryer_Thomas Bryer, Ph.D., University of Central Florida, School of Public Administration

Dr. Bryer is highly published and conducts extensive research in the areas of public participation and collaboration across segments of society, including government, nonprofit, private, faith-based, and voluntary sectors. He has won multiple awards for his research, teaching, and service. In 2015, he was granted a Fulbright Core Scholar award to conduct research in Lithuania from 2015-2017. He is the author or editor of three books: Higher Education beyond Job Creation: Universities, Citizenship, and Community, National Service and Volunteerism: Achieving Impact in Our Communities, and Social Media for Government: Theory and Practice.

Topic: Poor Citizenship: Strategies for Enhancing Active Citizenship and Developing Programs to Fight Poverty

5_111x111Ramazan Tas, Ph.D.

Ramazan Tas is a research scholar at the School of Public Administration and was the head of the economics department faculty at Turgut Ozal University. He was also the Director of the HESA Economic Research Center in Ankara, Turkey. He received his degrees in economics and finance from Ankara University in Turkey. He has conducted research on Chinese economic development in Beijing, China, and on efficiency of public expenditures in Oxford, England. Tas’ recent research interests are innovative global governance, sustainable, inclusive, and green development, innovative anti-poverty and anti-unemployment networks, innovative economic diplomacy, i-economy (economics of innovation) and n-economy (economics of nanotechnology revolution).

Naim Kapucu, Ph.D., Professor, University of Central Florida, School of Public Administration

Topic: Innovative and Collaborative Anti-Poverty Network with Optimal Matching Model

IMG_9266Eric Gray, Executive Director, United Against Poverty, Discussant

Eric Gray serves as Executive Director for United Against Poverty in Orlando. UP Orlando, as it is known, is a cutting edge non profit organization known for its cost-share grocery program and crisis, clinic and counseling center. UP Orlando is one of the most highly regarded empowerment non-profits in Florida offering not a hand out, but a hand up daily to over 500 families, clients and citizens in need.

He holds a masters in public administration and non profit management from the University of Kentucky and is also a graduate of the University of Florida where he was head drum major for the Gator Marching Band and chairman for the 1997 UF Dance Marathon benefitting the Children’s Miracle Network. Eric was named to the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list in 2006.  Eric is a youth soccer coach and is a member of the Florida Citrus Sports Pageantry and Presentation Committee where he is responsible for the 10 college marching bands that visit Orlando each year during one of our bowl or championship games.   Eric serves on The UCF Nonprofit Management Program advisory board. He launched both the John Young History Maker Celebration at the History Center in Orlando and the Fight for Air Stair Climb. Eric is married to his high school sweetheart Heather and they have four above average children

Topic: Perspectives from the practitioner in the field

Nonprofit Collaboration and the Role of Social Media

thumbnail_Jameson, Jorene2 (2).jpgJorene Jameson, Ph.D. Candidate, Florida Atlantic University

Jorene Jameson is a Ph.D. Candidate in public administration at Florida Atlantic University. She expects to complete her Ph.D. in summer, 2017 and her dissertation topic is: Charter school failures in Florida, 2006-2016: A population ecology approach. As a graduate teaching assistant, Ms. Jameson has taught courses in nonprofit management, volunteer management and ethics.

Prior to entering the Ph.D. program in 2013, Ms. Jameson served as the President and CEO of the Broward Education Foundation. She has also held executive positions with the YMCA, Girl Scouts and Public Television.   Ms. Jameson is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).

Topic: From Competition to Co-opetition:  A new model for Nonprofit-Government relations?

cohpa_170112_005-3.jpgWanzhu Shi, Ph.D. Student, University of Central Florida, Public Affairs

Dr. Wanzhu Shi is an innovative social media analyst, who is passionate about doing research on nonprofit management, social media, stakeholders’ relationship. She recently successfully defended her dissertation, “Social Media and Stakeholders’ Relationship in Nonprofit Organizations” in the School of Public Administration at University of Central Florida. Her previous work, “Understanding Nonprofit Organizations’ Use of Social Networking Sites: An Examination of Management Factors,” has been published in The International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IRPADA). Dr. Shi will continue her research on social media usage in public sectors.

Topic: Nonprofit Organizations, Show Your Compassion On Social Media

thumbnail_headshot.largeKimberly Wilmot Voss, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Central Florida

Dr. Voss is a tenured associate professor of journalism at the University of Central Florida. She is the author of “The Food Section: Newspaper Women and the Culinary Community” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) and a co-author of “Mad Men & Working Women: Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance and Otherness” (Peter Lang, 2014). She was the 2014 Winner of the Carol DeMasters Service to Food Journalism Award for my book and research blog about food journalism history. she is currently under contract to write the book, “Politicking Politely: Well-Behaved Women Making a Difference in the 1960s and 1970s.” Dr. Voss recently had the article “New York Culinary Community of Jane Nickerson, Cecily Brownstone & James Beard,” published in the journal NYFoodStory. She has upcoming publications for 2015 in the Middle West Review, published by the University of Nebraska Press and in the Columbia Magazine of Northwest History. She has published more than 30 articles about women and journalism history. Until recently, she was the Vintage Cocktail columnist for OKRA, the magazine of the Southern Food and Beverage Institute. Dr. Voss continues to write about the history of cocktails for Edible New Orleans magazine. In the summer of 2014, the Poynter Institute featured the research that instructor Lance Speere and she published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.

She has published more than 30 articles about women and journalism history. Until recently, she was the Vintage Cocktail columnist for OKRA, the magazine of the Southern Food and Beverage Institute. Dr. Voss continues to write about the history of cocktails for Edible New Orleans magazine. In the summer of 2014, the Poynter Institute featured the research that instructor Lance Speere and I published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.

Dr. Voss is currently the vice head/research chair of the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She will head the division beginning in the fall of 2015. She is also a member of the Publications Board for the American Journalism Historians Association.

In 2014, she spoke at the Food + Tech conference in New York City, at the Association of Food Journalists in Memphis and at the SPJ-sponsored Excellence In Journalism in Nashville about my research.

My 7-year-old blog, “WomensPageHistory”, was cited in the Columbia Journalism Review and the NPR food blog, The Salt. The blog has more than 266,000 page views. I also blog for We’re History and Ms Magazine about my research.

Peggy Macdonald, PhD

Topic: Opportunities and Challenges in Using Social Media to Manage in Local Government and Non-Profits

Accountability and Ethics in Public Management Networks

Smith thumbnail_IMG_3243bobscreenRobert W. Smith, Ph.D., Professor, Savannah State University

Dr. Robert W. Smith is a Full Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Savannah State University. He has previously served as an MPA Program Director, Chair of Political Science & International Affairs and Dean of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences at several universities. His research and publications are in the areas of government ethics, public budgeting, citizen engagement and American government and politics.

Topic: Inter-Organizational Ethics Networks for Good Governance

david-mitchellDavid Mitchell, Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida, School of Public Administration

Dr. David Mitchell is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF) School of Public Administration. Originally from Kansas, he has seven years of experience working in the city manager’s offices in Kansas City, Missouri and Highland Park, Illinois; starting off as a Cookingham Fellow in Kansas City. During that time, Dr. Mitchell served in a number of roles including management of an organization-wide consolidation and reorganization effort, implementing an employee suggestion/gainsharing program, serving as a budget analyst for most city departments, assisting in the planning and implementation of a 311 call center, serving as the organizational customer service ombudsman, coordinating the city special events program, producing city communication documents, staffing numerous citizen committees, and overseeing an organizational performance management program. His work as a practitioner has been recognized by the National League of Cities and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

Dr. Mitchell has continued his focus on local government management and budgeting throughout his doctoral study at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and as a visiting assistant professor at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) prior to his appointment at UCF in 2014. His research examines implementation at the local level through the vehicles of strategy, budgeting, and collaboration. His dissertation examined factors leading to the successful implementation of municipal strategic initiatives. He has also worked on a number of local government consulting projects on behalf of the NIU Center for Governmental Studies.

ThurmaierKurt Thurmaier, Ph.D.

Kurt Thurmaier received his B.A. and M.P.P.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ph.D. from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. He held assistant and associate professor positions at the University of Kansas before becoming MPA director at Iowa State University, 2002-2005. His research and teaching interests include budgetary decision making at the local and state levels in the U.S. and other countries, comparative public administration (especially fiscal decentralization),and intergovernmental relations (especially interlocal collaboration). His most recent work has focused on city-county consolidations and interlocal agreements among cities and counties, especially fiscal accountability in public management networks. He leads a month-long study abroad course for graduate and undergraduate students to Musoma, Tanzania every other year to study the role of NGOs in developing countries. He and has served as a consultant and researcher with ICMA, HIID, and several local governments. He is a lifetime member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and has served as chair of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM). He is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association (including the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association), the International City/County Management Association (including the Illinois and Wisconsin associations), and has served as chapter president at KU, Iowa State, and NIU in their chapters of Phi Beta Delta, The National Honor Society for International Studies.

Topic: Budget and Performance Accountability in Public Management Networks

Esteban Santis.pngEsteban Santis, Ph.D. Student, University of Central Florida, Public Affairs

Esteban is documented. He packs his cedula de identidad chilena in his wallet, wedged behind his Florida drivers’ license. As an infant, he was accepted by Chile’s Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificacion; and as a twenty-four-year-old, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America – for both, he received sanctioned certificates as proof. Conclusively, his being-in-the-world is a matter of public administration. He is an immigrant. By and large, immigrants venture forth upon the high seas of globalization only to discover that their being-in-the-world is predicated upon documentation. Up to this point, his academic and professional pursuits have challenged him to conceptualize the experiences of those living at the threshold of the public sphere, and to envisage their integration through public involvement. As Cornelia Grumman – a Pulitzer-winning expert in education policy advocacy and Director of Policy and Strategic Communications at the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute – phrased it: “I [want] to see more of the world and to understand the connection between individuals, particularly those with faint voices, and the government institutions designed to serve them.” Categorically, Esteban’s academic and professional trajectories converge upon a vision: to become an advocate for social change within his community by acquiring expertise in the field of public affairs and administration.”

Topic: Legitimate Accountability: Toward a Grammar of Accountability for Collaborative Governance

Understanding Inter-organizational Collaboration: Processes, Models and Outcomes

thumbnail_April Heyward MRA Headshot

April Heyward, MRA, Program Manager, SC Research Authority

April Heyward is the Program Manager for the SC EPSCoR/IDeA (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and Institutional Development Awards) Program at the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA). She develops, implements, and manages STEM funding programs and works with the K-12 sector, colleges and universities (e.g., technical and community colleges, predominately undergraduate institutions, historically black colleges and universities, comprehensive research universities), industry, and small businesses to increase research capacity, research competitiveness, and the STEM workforce pipeline in South Carolina. April has worked in state government since 2010 and her previous appointments include the Division of STD/HIV at the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) and the Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH) Office of Research at the University of South Carolina.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Benedict College and a Master of Research Administration (MRA) from the University of Central Florida where she serves on the UCF MRA Advisory Board. She is currently enrolled in the Spring 2017 Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) at the Richard W. Riley Institute at Furman University. April is a member of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), ASPA Section on Science and Technology in Government, ASPA South Carolina Chapter, South Carolina Academy of Science (SCAS), and the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). She has been published in multiple peer-reviewed publications and her research interests include evidence based approaches to STEM research infrastructure and STEM workforce development.

Topic: Designing and Implementing Service Delivery Models in Public Administration

thumbnail_Dimitrijevska-Markoski_photoTamara Dimitrijevska-Markoski, ABD, Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Central Florida, Public Affairs

Tamara Dimitrijevska-Markoski is Doctoral Candidate in the Governance and Policy Research Track of the Public Affairs doctoral program at the University of Central Florida. She a recipient of the Graduate Dean’s Fellowship and is scheduled to defend her dissertation in April 2017. Her current focus is on performance measurement and management, new public management, and local governments. She has published in the International Journal of Public Policy and has presented at Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA).

Topic: Network Outcomes: The Impact of Network Participation

Daniel StephensDaniel P. Stephens, MPA, Instructor, University of Central Florida, School of Public Administration

Dan Stephens is a doctoral student and full-time instructor of Public Administration at the UCF Valencia Osceola regional campus, in Kissimmee. Mr. Stephens earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Public Administration in 2007, and a Master’s of Public Administration degree as well as a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management in 2009. His doctoral dissertation exams the effect of thematic elements found in mass media on the perceived self-efficacy and the perception of time/distance to travel specific to pedestrians. Mr. Stephens is the Past-President of Central Florida ASPA, faculty adviser to the Organization for Public Administration, and is an honorary member of Pi Alpha Alpha. Over the last decade he has served as an appointee to the region’s metropolitan planning organization, Metroplan Orlando (including two years as Chair of its Bicycle / Pedestrian Advisory Committee); as an adviser to the City of Orlando’s Downtown South redevelopment team; as Chair of Osceola County’s Community Traffic Safety Team; and as a paid policy consultant to various city and county governments. All together he has over nine years of experience as an urban planner in the public sector; four years as a college instructor; and nearly nineteen years of private sector experience, having founded the international freight forwarding company

Topic: Modeling the collaborative policy-making processes of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) in Central Florida to foster stronger ties between healthcare systems and transportation policy