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Melissa Dynan, MPA : President

Melissa Dynan, MPA

President

Melissa Dynan is a public service professional with almost 20 years of experience in community development and the nonprofit sector. She embraces a holistic approach one that includes housing, education, workforce development, and health/wellness. Melissa currently serves as Chief of Staff to Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez. Active in civic and community engagement, she has consulted on numerous political campaigns and is passionate about supporting women in leadership and elected office. She strives to engage people in the process to shape their community, as well as build partnerships to identify and implement creative solutions to dynamic issues. Melissa's goal is to increase ASPA membership among the nonprofit sector, as well as raise the sector's profile by highlighting organizations achieving excellence. Melissa received her Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University, Boston.

Melissa.Dynan@miamidade.gov
Isidoro Lopez : President Elect

Isidoro Lopez

President Elect

Isidoro R. Lopez has built a reputation as a high energy public administrator and an effective problem solver, providing oversight for some of the County’s toughest projects during his 11-year career with Miami-Dade County government. Recruited as Customer Service Representative 2 for Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department in 2006, Mr. Lopez was entrenched in the eleventh largest Water and Sewer utility in the United States and third largest in the State of Florida.
In early 2014, Mr. Lopez was appointed to work under Director Bill Johnson and his administration overseeing the affairs of the Director’s office. He maintained the Water and Sewer Department’s leadership informed of the daily challenges associated with the Water and Wastewater operations and Customer Service initiatives. In late 2014, Mr. Lopez took on a position as the Architectural/Engineering ( A/E) Professional Services Manager and has undertaken the procurement and contractual drafting task of processing and meeting the consent decree’s goals set to expire in the year 2027, including but not limited to, the largest Capital Improvement budget weighing in at a measured 13.5 billion dollars.
Mr. Lopez holds a number of memberships in national and international organizations at the state, national and international level, including American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International City/Council Management Association (ICMA) and National Institute of Governmental Purchasing’s’ (NIGP) The Institute for Public Procurement.
Mr. Lopez is a native of Miami, Florida and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University as well as a Juris Doctorate Degree of Law from Nova Southeastern University and an LL.M. degree in International Commercial Arbitration from the University of Miami.
Mr. Lopez is honored and privileged to serve on the board of ASPA South Florida Chapter and assist the organization in its growth and local notoriety amongst South Florida’s Public Administration professionals.

Angela Miller, MPA : Recording Secretary, Membership Chapter Development Committee Chair

Angela Miller, MPA

Recording Secretary, Membership Chapter Development Committee Chair

Recently received a MSW from Florida International University and will be pursuing a MPA during the Fall 2016 semester. In obtaining this Master of Social Work degree she will able to mentor and empower upcoming social service staff desiring to work in either the public or private sector. She has been employed with Miami Dade County’s Community Action and Human Services Department for over 20 years. As an active ASPA member she was recently awarded the Special President’s Award during the Annual ASPA Awards Banquet. Her professional interests involve advocating for social service needs in the community and empowering underserved residents. She has also served over 10 years as a volunteer on the Financial Stability Impact Council with United Way. This organization has provided and continues to provide needed funding resources for a number of community based organizations serving disadvantaged residents of Miami Dade County.

Carolyn Francis-Royer, MPA : Corresponding Secretary, Marketing and Communication Committee Chair

Carolyn Francis-Royer, MPA

Corresponding Secretary, Marketing and Communication Committee Chair

Carolyn Francis-Royer serves as the Corresponding Secretary for our local chapter of ASPA. She has been a public servant for over 16 years and currently serve as the Community Development Block Grant Administrator for the City of North Miami. Many years ago, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management and International Business from Florida International University. After many years of service, she decided to enhance her skills as a public administrator and pursue a Master's degree. Carolyn is approaching the final months of this journey, and will be graduating from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in December 2014 with a Master of Public Administration and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Carolyn is the co-founder and current Vice President of the Master of Public Administration Student Association (MPASA) at FAU. Working full time, attending classes at night and on weekends, and caring for her family, especially her two children (a 21-year old college student and a 13-year old girl heading to high school), has borne many challenges. However, dedication to family, education and commitment to public service motivates her to strive for excellence. Her diligence has helped secure two graduate level scholarships at FAU. Carolyn’s experience as a public servant along with her educational journey will certainly help in her service to our local chapter. She is looking forward to the opportunity to serve.

Glenn C. Joseph , MBA, MPA : Treasurer, Fiscal Policy Committee Chair

Glenn C. Joseph , MBA, MPA

Treasurer, Fiscal Policy Committee Chair

Glenn C. Joseph , MBA, MPA is Vice President/Director for Munro & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in government and public relations, political consulting and management. He has an extensive background in the Aviation Industry where he has worked extensively over the past twenty-five years in different capacities for; Eastern Airlines, Pan American Airways, Carnival Airlines, Flamingo Air International, Ltd., InterIsland Airways, Ltd., Sky King, Ltd., and Air Jamaica Holdings, Inc. He has also worked for eleven years in the Travel Industry. He has an MBA from the University of Phoenix in Business Administration, International Relations, and Public Administration and an MPA from Walden University. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Walden University. He did some graduate work at City University of New York in Management Information Systems, Financial Accounting, and Industrial Relations. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Financial Accounting from University of New Haven and an Associate of Arts degree from New York City College. Was a past president and currently serves on the board of ASPA South Florida Chapter. Glenn Joseph resides in Miramar, Florida.

glennjoseph5@gmail.com
Steven Inneh : Student Representative

Steven Inneh

Student Representative

Steven Inneh is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at Florida International University with a concentration in Public Finance Procurement and Contract Management, as well as a certificate in National Security studies. He was recently awarded the Intelligence Community-Center for Academic Excellence (IC-CAE) Intelligence Fellowship. Steven is passionate about public service and has previously worked with the YMCA, the City of Pembroke Pines, and the City of Sunny Isles Beach. He recently began working with the United States Department of Homeland Security. He has been a member of ASPA since October 2018, and volunteered at the 2019 Best Practices Conference at Nova Southeastern University. In addition, he serves on the board of the International City/County Management Association at Florida International University (ICMA @ FIU). He was recently awarded Student Member of Year for the ASPA South Florida Chapter’s Annual Awards.

Seraphin Bernard, MPA : Immediate Past President

Seraphin Bernard, MPA

Immediate Past President

Seraphin Bernard, MPA is a Special Administrator with the Budget and Finance Bureau of the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department. He previously worked in a number of different capacities with Miami-Dade Transit Department. Because of Mr. Bernard’s experience conducting outreach throughout the County, he was tapped by the Miami-Dade County Manager’s office to work on the Building Better Communities Bond Program in 2004. He was the North Central coordinator for the public education campaign, which won the County a National Association of Counties award. Mr. Bernard also worked as Central Coordinator for the People’s Transportation Plan referendum campaign, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2002. Mr. Bernard is actively involved in the civic life of the community. He is a member and past President of the Miami chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). Mr. Bernard holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and master's degree in Public Administration from Florida International University.

Melissa Dynan, MPA : President

Melissa Dynan, MPA

President

Melissa Dynan is a public service professional with almost 20 years of experience in community development and the nonprofit sector. She embraces a holistic approach one that includes housing, education, workforce development, and health/wellness. Melissa currently serves as Chief of Staff to Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez. Active in civic and community engagement, she has consulted on numerous political campaigns and is passionate about supporting women in leadership and elected office. She strives to engage people in the process to shape their community, as well as build partnerships to identify and implement creative solutions to dynamic issues. Melissa's goal is to increase ASPA membership among the nonprofit sector, as well as raise the sector's profile by highlighting organizations achieving excellence. Melissa received her Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University, Boston.

Melissa.Dynan@miamidade.gov
Benjamin Paley : Board Member (2021)

Benjamin Paley

Board Member (2021)

Ben has been a member of the ASPA for three years. Currently, he works as the Social Justice Fellow at Temple Beth Sholom. In that capacity, he helps organize events and network with outside organizations. He also assists the synagogue lay leadership with legislative analysis and community organizing. As a board member of the South Florida Chapter of the ASPA, he would help organize events and networkers with experts from across the public administration field so that members could learn about different areas of the profession of which they may not be familiar. He also wants to learn and grow as a new professional in public administration. Ben graduated with a Master of Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Jean M. Pierre : Board Member

Dr. Jean M. Pierre

Board Member

Dr. Jean M. Pierre was born and raised in Haiti where he graduated from Institution Saint Louis de Gonzague High school. He attended and graduated from Universite Sainte Anne in Nova
Scotia, Canada (1982-1984 Associate degree), the State University of New York College at Old Westbury (1984-1985 Bachelor degree in Management and Finance), Carnegie Mellon
University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1987-1989 Master degree in Public Policy and Management), Florida Atlantic University (2011 - 2016 Ph.D. in Public Administration).
Dr. Pierre is on the adjunct faculty pool at Florida Atlantic University and he teaches public administration courses. He is the Managing Principal at Haitian American Research Company, an advisory consulting firm. Dr. Pierre's research interest are politics, elections, government, non-governmental organizations, and economic development. Since 2008, Dr. Pierre participated in numerous political campaigns in South Florida. Dr. Pierre is a member of various organizations such as The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF), the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Dr. Pierre is married to Martine N. Pierre (R.N.; MSN Nursing Education). They have three
children attending college in Florida. Dr. Pierre can be reached at jpierr68@gmail.com (business), jpierr68@icloud.com (personal), jpierr68@fau.edu (education).

Dr. Emeline Alexis-Schulz : Board Member (2021)

Dr. Emeline Alexis-Schulz

Board Member (2021)

Dr. Emeline Alexis-Schulz is known as the architect of the Haitian Cultural Month in Miami Dade County, under the leadership of Mayor Alex Penelas. She also has held several executive positions including: Food Department Manager of the Omni International Amusement Center in the 80s; Assistant Director of the Bankers Club in Miami; Executive Director of G.W carver Y.M.CA. She led “EMAL Consulting Group “a conglomerate that offered business development strategies and consultation to businesses seeking to market their products in Haiti, Dominican Republic, and the United States of America. Dr. Alexis-Schulz draws on over twenty years’ experience in business, management, marketing, sales, public relations, and community liaison to perform cross cultural projects in the community. She possesses a passion for helping others that both baffles and delights those who know her.

Now, a Public Administrator at Miami Dade County, she uses her perspicacity and real-world experience in all sectors of service-oriented businesses to administer projects, set and fusing creative solution thinking and strategic discipline in the County. In addition to her project acumen, Dr. Alexis-Schulz’s innate ability to understand and help provide solutions to either people in need of advice or business development ideas, makes her an invaluable resource to our community.

Dr. Alexis-Schulz is strongly grounded in her Faith. Her extraordinary “Serving all on Thanksgiving” is an initiative dear to her heart.

Dr. Alexis-Schulz is on the board of Young Patronesses of the Opera (YPO) an organization that cultivates and promotes a love and understanding of opera through vibrant community programs. She and her husband German-born Klaus enjoy fine dining, skiing, playing golf and traveling around the world.

Nzeribe “Zerry” Ihekwaba, PhD, P.E. : Board Member (2021)

Nzeribe “Zerry” Ihekwaba, PhD, P.E.

Board Member (2021)

Dr. Zerry Ihekwaba is a licensed Professional Engineer in several jurisdictions with over thirty years of practical experience in both the public and private sectors, spanning the broad spectrum of public administration, corporate/executive management, construction, and civil engineering. Dr. Ihekwaba is a 1985 graduate of civil engineering from the University of Nigeria, and a PhD in structural/materials engineering in 1996 from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He also attended an advanced course in microtunneling at the Colorado School of Mines at Golden, Colorado. An avid researcher, he has done extensive work in nondestructive evaluations, the use of advanced composites in structural strengthening and the electrochemical rehabilitation of reinforced concrete structures in marine and other harsh environments.

 

He has been part of the municipal leadership team at the City of Miami since 2010 and has directed and managed several professional tasks involving public outreach, engineering and infrastructure, resilience and sustainability, and the built environment. As an Assistant City Manager/ Chief of Infrastructure (and previously as Chief of Operations), his work requires a continuous demonstration of good leadership skills, overseeing the municipal departments involved in implementing capital and operating budgets. He had previously managed and directed diverse public works projects and operations that require reliance on process improvement and stakeholder engagement. In his current position, as an Assistant City Manager, he provides high quality and effective technical resource management for the City of Miami. As many would attest, he is extremely resourceful when seeking solutions that focus on public infrastructure renewal, resilience and sustainability.

 

Dr. Ihekwaba is a member of the Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class 38, charter member of ASCE Structural Engineering Institute, member of Education (previously Membership) Committee of Florida Stormwater Association, Board member of American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) South Florida Chapter, and a graduate of FIU’s Metropolitan Center’s Academy for Strategic Management (Academy XX, 2008). He is also a member of the Utilities, Natural Resources and Public Works Committee (previously the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy) of Florida League of Cities, and a member of the Steering Committee of Resilient Greater Miami and The Beaches Strategy Report (under the purview of The 100 Resilient Cities program).

Roslyn Alic-Batson, MSM, CPPB : Board Member

Roslyn Alic-Batson, MSM, CPPB

Board Member

Ms. Roslyn Alic-Batson has been employed by Miami-Dade County for 23 years. Currently sheworks in the Internal Services Department, Procurement Management Services Division. Roslyn has a distinct track record of diverse community involvement. She Chaired for two termsof the Section for Women in Public Administration of the American Society for PublicAdministration (ASPA) and served as a board member. She is the chairperson of the MiramarCultural Arts Center Citizens Advisory Committee, Past President and Corresponding Secretaryfor the South Florida Chapter of ASPA, a member of the Greater Caribbean American Chamberof Commerce and a past president of the Grenada Cultural Association of South Florida, pastdirector on the Ancient Spanish Monastery Foundation Board of Directors. Roslyn is also amember of the Miramar Democratic Club and a Democratic Executive Committee Member forBroward County. Roslyn also has an interest in politics and has worked on over 30 politicalcampaigns over the years. Ms. Alic-Batson received her High School Diploma from North Miami Beach Senior HighSchool, an Associate in Arts Degree in Business Administration from Miami-Dade CommunityCollege, a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Management from Florida International Universityand a Master’s of Science in Management Degree from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida.Roslyn also hold the designation of Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB). She shares herlife with her two daughters Darcy and Jovana, her grandchildren Ava and Chase and her life partner Glenn Joseph.

Abdul Samad : Board Member (2020)

Abdul Samad

Board Member (2020)

Abdul Samad is a Doctoral Student at Florida International University (FIU) in the School of International and Public Affairs. He Works as a Teaching Assistant in the Public Policy and Administration department and has spent a substantial amount of time working in the non-profit sector and public sector organizations. Abdul has received a Masters Degree in Public Affairs and a Certificate in Organizational Leadership from Western Kentucky University. Abdul is a member of ASPA since 2015, and has served as the chapter officer of Metro Louisville ASPA Chapter. Abdul’s research interests include public participation, social inequity, and cultural competence in public administration. Abdul is the recipient of 2015 ASPA Founders’ fellow award, and 2018 ASPA International Young Scholar award. Abdul is also a Fellow of Muslim Public Service Network (MPSN) 2018 Cohort. Currently, Abdul serves as the President of International City/County Management Association (ICMA) at FIU. He is fascinated by language. Being fluent in English, Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi, can speak basic Arabic, and an enthusiastic beginner in Chinese and Farsi.

Jorene Jameson, Ph.D. : Board Member (2020)

Jorene Jameson, Ph.D.

Board Member (2020)

Jorene Jameson, Ph.D. was recently appointed as the Development Director for the
College of Education at Florida Atlantic University. In her position, Dr. Jameson is responsible
for securing additional financial resources for the College of Education in the furtherance of its
mission to provide quality undergraduate and graduate programs in the field of education and
provide programs that serve broader community needs.
Dr. Jameson received a BA in Political Science from East Stroudsburg State University in
Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in public administration from the Fels Institute of Government
at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in public administration from Florida Atlantic
University. Dr. Jameson is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).
Prior to entering the Ph.D. program at FAU in 2013, Dr. Jameson served as the President
and CEO of the Broward Education Foundation in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She has also held
executive positions in the nonprofit sector with the YMCA, Girl Scouts and Public Television. In
the government sector, Dr. Jameson held leadership positions in state and local government in
the state of Delaware.
Dr. Jameson and her husband, James Wylie reside in Deerfield Beach.

Agatha S. Caraballo, PhD : Board Member (2020)

Agatha S. Caraballo, PhD

Board Member (2020)

A Digital Instructor and the Director of the Bachelor of Public Administration program in the Department of Public Administration at Florida International University (FIU). She earned both her PhD in Public Affairs and Bachelor of Science in Communications degrees from FIU. Her research focuses on community development programs, diversity and inclusion, and corporate social responsibility. She presently serves as the Director of the Council for Corporate Responsibility and is a board member and committee chair for several other organizations, including the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the South Florida Diversity Council, ASPA’s Section for Women in Public Administration, and the Public Administration Theory Network 2014 Conference Host Committee. Dr. Caraballo is also a member of the United States Technical Advisory Group in Human Resource Management for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a committee spearheaded by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). As a former Financial Aid Advisor and Career Development Coordinator, she is proud to mentor several high school and college students. She is married with two children and resides in Miami.

acarabal@fiu.edu
Lorrie Kola : Board Member (2021), Women's History

Lorrie Kola

Board Member (2021), Women's History

Lorrie Kola is a government administrator possessing over twelve years of progressive experience in public administration with a strong focus in Procurement Management. She is currently a Senior Contracting Officer for Good and Services at Jackson Heath Systems and previously worked in different capacities for Miami-Dade County to include positions within the Community Action and Human Services Department, Water and Sewer Department, Transit Department and the Internal Services. She has an undergraduate degree in Management and Information Systems and a graduate degree in Human Resources Management from Florida International University. Her other professional affiliations outside of ASPA include National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP), NIGP-Southeast Florida Chapter, National Association of Professional Women (NAPAW), and the Nature Conservancy. She’s very passionate when it comes to professional growth and development and is the proud recipient of both designations provided by The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) - the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credentials.

Angela Miller, MPA : Recording Secretary, Membership Chapter Development Committee Chair

Angela Miller, MPA

Recording Secretary, Membership Chapter Development Committee Chair

Recently received a MSW from Florida International University and will be pursuing a MPA during the Fall 2016 semester. In obtaining this Master of Social Work degree she will able to mentor and empower upcoming social service staff desiring to work in either the public or private sector. She has been employed with Miami Dade County’s Community Action and Human Services Department for over 20 years. As an active ASPA member she was recently awarded the Special President’s Award during the Annual ASPA Awards Banquet. Her professional interests involve advocating for social service needs in the community and empowering underserved residents. She has also served over 10 years as a volunteer on the Financial Stability Impact Council with United Way. This organization has provided and continues to provide needed funding resources for a number of community based organizations serving disadvantaged residents of Miami Dade County.

Glenn C. Joseph , MBA, MPA : Treasurer, Fiscal Policy Committee Chair

Glenn C. Joseph , MBA, MPA

Treasurer, Fiscal Policy Committee Chair

Glenn C. Joseph , MBA, MPA is Vice President/Director for Munro & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in government and public relations, political consulting and management. He has an extensive background in the Aviation Industry where he has worked extensively over the past twenty-five years in different capacities for; Eastern Airlines, Pan American Airways, Carnival Airlines, Flamingo Air International, Ltd., InterIsland Airways, Ltd., Sky King, Ltd., and Air Jamaica Holdings, Inc. He has also worked for eleven years in the Travel Industry. He has an MBA from the University of Phoenix in Business Administration, International Relations, and Public Administration and an MPA from Walden University. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Walden University. He did some graduate work at City University of New York in Management Information Systems, Financial Accounting, and Industrial Relations. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Financial Accounting from University of New Haven and an Associate of Arts degree from New York City College. Was a past president and currently serves on the board of ASPA South Florida Chapter. Glenn Joseph resides in Miramar, Florida.

glennjoseph5@gmail.com
Allan Rosenbaum, PhD : National Liaison

Allan Rosenbaum, PhD

National Liaison

Allan Rosenbaum is Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Institute for Public Management and Community Service and the Center for Democracy and Good Governance at
Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He previously served as Dean of the University's School of Public Affairs. Prior to that, he was on the faculties of the Universities of
Maryland, Connecticut and Wisconsin and held a research position at the University of Chicago. He has worked in national, state and local governments in the United States and has carried out numerous international projects for the United Nations, the US Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Swedish International Development Agency and various
governments around the world. He is a past President of the American Society for Public Administration and has served as President of the International Association of Schools and
Institutes of Administration in Brussels, Belgium. He has been Visiting Distinguished Professor at several universities in Europe and China, currently serves on numerous journal editorial boards and is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Based on nomination by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and approval by it's Economic and Social Council, he was a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration. Before assuming the Deanship at FIU, Professor Rosenbaum was actively involved in research and consulting activities with national, state and local government in the United States in the areas of higher education, employment and training policy, economic development, elementary and secondary education, social welfare and science and technology policy. More recently, he has written on governance reform, decentralization issues and legislative relations in various countries including Bolivia, Chile, China, Paraguay, Sierra Leone, and Ukraine. During the past 15 years, he has consulted, worked or spoken in over 80 countries around the world. He has had extensive experience working with the Ukrainian Parliament and as director or co-director of large USAID projects with numerous Latin American legislative bodies and local governments and with the Parliament and President in Sierra Leone. He has authored, co-authored or co-edited a number of publications for the United Nations, as well as prepared papers on issues of decentralization, democracy and civil society for major United Nations Conferences in Bucharest, Marrakech, New York, Windhoek, and Rio de Janeiro.

Terry Murphy, PhD : National Liaisons

Terry Murphy, PhD

National Liaisons

Currently the Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Commission, the Honorable Jean Monestime. A key function in this role is the coordination of the Chairman’s Council for Prosperity Initiatives, a policy board dedicated to reducing economic hardships for the working people of Miami-Dade County. He also works with a stellar team of legislative assistants in the Office of the Chairman to review and manage the agenda of the Miami-Dade County Commission. During his recent hiatus from county government service, Murphy successfully defended his public affairs dissertation. When time allows, Professor Murphy teaches at the local universities. Murphy is also a member of the Community Relations Board, Chair of the National Finance Committee of ASPA, a member of Friends of the Library, and is a District 3 representative to the ASPA National Council.

terrymurphy06@gmail.com