Master of Public Administration

Travis Barnes, Elton Daniels, and Ameet Doshi

Alumni News

June 2015
Congratulations to Andrew Neylon, Class of 2013, on his new position as Town Planner I at the Town of Leland, North Carolina. Best wishes, Andrew!

Congratulations to Sarah Gilliam, Class of 2009, on her new position as Communications Coordinator with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

We know you'll both contribute greatly and flourish in your new positions.

January 2015
New alum, Fidias Reyes (Fall 2014) accepted the position of Tradeshow Coordinator for Live Oak Bank in Wilmington NC. Great public opportunity in the private sector! Way to go, Fidias!

Congratulations to Michelle Shepard Daniels, class of 2009, on her new position as Assistant Finance Director for the City of Henderson, North Carolina. Best wishes, Michelle!

December 2014
Congratulations to MPA alumnus Carin Faulkner who has been promoted to Assistant Town Manager/Town Clerk for the Town of North Topsail Beach!

October 2014
Congratulations Jessica Cowles (Spring 2009) on her new position as Town Administrator for the Town of Berwyn Heights, MD. Way to go, Jessica!

Congratulations MPA Alumnus Austin Scott for securing a position as a fiscal analyst with the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency in the Michigan House of Representatives.

September 2014
Elton Daniels (S'09) was recently selected to become the next Assistant County Manager for Franklin County NC, starting December 1. He currently works as the Town Manager for Sharpsburg NC. Read more about his career move here: Franklin County News Online. Way to go, Elton!

Congratulations to Megan Oakes (Su '14) on your new position as Talent Acquisition Coordinator for PPD at its Wilmington NC headquarters.

August 2014
Congratulations, Tate Johnson ('06) on your new position as Assistant to the Director at Craven Community College Small Business Center in New Bern, NC.

Congratulations to James Harder (S'10) for being appointed to the VA Board of Forestry by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Great public service, Seahawk!

July 2014
Nicholas Swartz, Ph.D. (UNCW MPA '03), associate professor of public policy and administration at James Madison University has a new gig! He is now the director of the new Madison Center for Community Development, a resource for local governments and community organizations in Virginia. Read more in the press release:

Congratulations, Lashana Marshburn (F'13) her new position as planner for Catawba County Government.

May 2014
Join us in congratulating Shane Fernando (F'08) on being selected as Director of Cape Fear Community College's Humanities and Fine Arts Center. Read more about Shane's new endeavor on WilmintonBiz.

April 2014
Please join us in congratulating Uche Iheadindu (F'11) on being selected as Outstanding MS CSIS Graduate of 2014. We are proud of your accomplishments and look forward to hearing more about your promising future! Great job!!

The faculty of the Computer Science and Information Systems & Operations Management Departments have chosen Mr. Uche Iheadindu as their Outstanding graduate for the 2013-2014 academic year. Uche entered the MS CSIS program in Spring of 2012. He came with very little technical background, but adapted very quickly and excelled in the program. During his time here, he excelled academically, and was respected and liked by his peers and the faculty. He helped start the MSCSIS Graduate Student Association, and was a leader among the students. Uche gave his time to others and helped when he could. "He went out of his way to help me in my first year in the program. He not only made me feel welcome in the program, but he took the time to help with some classwork." Rich Mautz, MSCSIS 2015.

March 2014
Please join us in congratulating Madelene Brooks on her new position as Financial Controller at Cape Fear Community College. Congrats Madelene!

September 2013
Congratulations, Conor Finnerty! He will be taking a position at KPMG where he will be working as an Associate Advisor, Regulatory Risk in Risk Consulting.

August 2013
Logan White
(Fall 2012) is now the Director of Development and Marketing for The Children's Museum of Wilmington. Congratulations, Logan!

July 2013
Charles Blanton
(Spring 2013) recently accepted a position with the budget department at New Hanover County. Congratulations Charles!

Tufanna Bradley Thomas (Spring 2004) recently started in a new position with the ResCare Workforces Services. ResCare Workforce Services, a division of ResCare, a national human services company that offers services to people of all ages and abilities to help make their lives more independent. The company serves more than a million people each year with its nearly 50,000 employees at thousands of locations. Tufanna is the Project Director for the Cape Fear area, serving Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties through a contract with the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board to provide Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services to adults and dislocated workers. She has a staff of 12 individuals to help her in this role. For the past five years, Tufanna was the Strategic Director forthe New Hanover County Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence. And before that, she served as Executive Director for Girls Inc.of Wilmington. Congratulations, Tufanna! We wish you all the best and thank you for your loyal service to the area!

May 2013

Michelle Shepard (Spring 2009) recently accepted the Justice and Public Safety/Natural & Economic Resources Budget Analyst position with the N.C. Office of State Budget & Management. We wish you all the best in your new endeavor!

Newly graduated, Megan O'Hare (Spring 2013) has accepted a Planner I position with Pender County. Congratulations, Megan!

James Harder (Spring 2010) announced that he is running for political office in an attempt to reclaim his grandmother's seat in the Virginia State House of Delegates. Check out the story!

April 2013

Lori (Davis) Kropp (Fall 2008) has accepted a position with Education Management Systems in Wilmington. She will be doing training and support for their software development team. Congratulations, Lori!

Jennifer Sullivan (Spring 2005) has accepted a position as consultant with the McChrystal Group, a leadership consulting firm led by retired General Stanley McChrystal, in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Congratulations, Jennifer!

March 2013

Congratulations to Dana McKoy (Fall 2010) on her new position as the Director of Annual Giving at the Cape Fear Community College Foundation. In the position, McKoy will serve as a primary contact for annual scholarship donors and direct annual giving initiatives for college alumni, faculty and staff, as well as individuals and businesses in the community, according to a news release.

February 2013

Recent graduate, Valanda Nelson (Fall 2012) is the new Executive Director of the North Carolina Pharmacist Recovery Network, in Apex, NC. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Sarah Nix (Fall 2012), on her new position as the Human Resources Technician for Brunswick County.

January 11, 2013

Please read this article about an MPA Alumni, Elton Daniels (Spring 2009) regarding his efforts to attract business to Sharpsburg NC.

October 2012

Join us in congratulating Adrienne McTigue (Fall 2009) for her new position as the Project Manager for the Lower Cape Fear Sustainable Communities Consortium.

Congratulations Matt Kunic (Fall 2006). He recently landed the position of Trival and Regional Coordination Team Supervisor, Transportation Planning Specialist with the Washington State Department of Transportation in their Transportation Planning Office (TPO).

September 2012

Adam Ferguson (MPA '04) passed the Florida Bar Exam. He is currently working for a Maritime Law Firm in Miami, but would like to parlay that experience back into the public sector or port authority at some point in the future.

Suzanne Gooding accepted a position with the City of Wilmington as Sustainability Project Manager. The position will involve analyzing data and researching best practices and processes in order to advance the City towards becoming more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

August 29, 2012

Dana McKoy (Fall 2010) was promoted to Director of Annual Giving at Cape Fear Community College.