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So u t h F l o r id a A d m in ist r a t o r Sum m er 2010

Newsletter of the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration Notes from the Editor ................................................................................................................................ 1 President’s Final Message. ....................................................................................................................... 2 Upcoming Events ....................................................................................................................................... 2 Notes from the Editor Local Events ........................................................................................................................................... 2 By: Tatiana Escobar Past Events ................................................................................................................................................. 3 Local Events ........................................................................................................................................... 3 The American Society for Public Administration – South National Level Events ............................................................................................................................ 7 Florida Chapter would like to thank all who participated ASPA National Conference ........................................................................................................................ 7 throughout the year in the activities prepared for you. This Kudos .......................................................................................................................................................... 8 newsletter is a way to conclude a year of hard work putting Job Listings, Internships & together special events, luncheons, and conferences that Scholarships ............................................................................................................................................... 9 intended for all of you to stay up to date with the latest in ASPA Membership Benefits ...................................................................................................................... 9 Public Administration. This year was very exciting, not too Member Benefits ...................................................................................................................................... 11 long ago ASPA celebrated its Annual Conference in San Jose 11 New Members .......................................................................................................................................... California, and ASPA’s new national president, Dr. Meredith 12 Board Members........................................................................................................................................ Newman took office. Dr. Newman is also the National Liaison12 New Ideas ................................................................................................................................................. for the South Florida Chapter; we are really proud of her How to Join ............................................................................................................................................... 12 work and contribution to our chapter and wish her the best on her new role as the ASPA National President. ASPA’s South Florida Chapter also celebrated the Best Practices Conference at Florida Memorial University and once more provided an outlet for practitioners, students, and professors to share their questions, their concerns, and to brainstorm for a better practice of our profession. It has been a pleasure to serve in the board of Directors during this year and I hope that next year is as active and interesting like the one we are about to end. Once again, thank you and please continue your constant support to this great association. CONTENTS

Cordially Tatiana Escobar Co-Chair Marketing Committee


President’s Final Message. Fellow members, as we approach the end of what has been a very successful year considering the overwhelming economic conditions with which we have had to cope. We have been successful in attempting to reach out to our fellow members in the neighboring boroughs and as we move forward we will continue to reach out and encourage and embrace growth and development among those who are close to us. Our Best practices conference has continued to grow from strength to strength and our chapter has continued to provide leadership to the rest of the country in the operation and development of our chapter. Credit for this success has to be attributed to the dedication and commitment of the members of the Board of Directors and the membership of the chapter. The tireless contributions of our marketing and public relations efforts coordinated by Ms. Roslyn Alic-Batson and Mrs. Tatiana Escobar played a critical role in getting the news about the chapter and its programs. The steady contributions of our Conference committee, Mr. John Collins and Mr. Jonathan West have done yeoman service in producing our most recent conference and to them I say a special thank you. As we move towards the next session let me commit to you that our program next year will be the continuation of the building that has kept us vibrant. We will engage all of the members of the chapter in the activities that we all conduct. We will expand our membership to include as many students and youngsters who will continue in the leadership of this organization in the future. Our time will not last forever but the preparation we make for those who will follow will be the legacy that we leave to those whom we serve. Let us not be afraid of change but let us be wise about what we change. Have a wonderful summer and enjoy the recharge period so that when we return in September we will have renewed energy, renewed commitment and renewed resolve to produce the types of programs of which we can continue to be proud. I thank you all for your support and I look forward to continued success over the next year. God Bless you all. Respectfully Glenn Joseph President ASPA South Florida Chapter

Upcoming Events Local Events We want to remind all of our members that our events are open to everyone interested in public service, so please feel free to share this calendar of events with your colleagues, students, and professors. Visit our new and improved website: aspaonline.org/southfla for additional information.


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ASPA Awards Dinner Reception & Dinner Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown Miami 400 SE 2nd Street Miami, FL. 33131 When: June 4th , 2010 Cost: $55 per person. For More Information please click here.

Past Events Local Events ASPA Delivers Holiday Cheer By Bill Solomon In continuing the Chapter’s commitment to the community, in December 2009 the ASPA Elves once again loaded up the white F-150 sleigh and delivered toys collected at the annual Chapter Holiday Party. Steven Bobes and Bill Solomon delivered bags of gifts to The Lotus House, a quiet enclave in the heart of one of Miami's poorest neighborhoods offering a sanctuary from life on the streets - a place where the minds, bodies and spirits of women & infants most in need are supported and nurtured; and to the Miami Rescue Mission’s Center for Women and Children, a haven for homeless women and children. Both agencies were extremely grateful for our generosity. Each facility houses families with children so the gifts were most welcome. ASPA February Luncheon By Bill Solomon

The Chapter luncheon was held at the Mahogany Grill Restaurant in Miami Gardens on February 17. Lunch was a wonderful southern meal of corn bread, fried chicken, green beans, rice and beans and macaroni and cheese. Our speaker was Dr. Dorothy Fields who is affiliated with the Black Archives and the Lyric Theater. She presented a very interesting talk entitled, “Historical Perspective of the Miami area and Contributions of African Americans.” Dr. Fields told us stories about life in the 1940’s-1970. What was interesting was that she recalled events that actually happened to her. This provided a true understanding about life during that era in Miami. All attendees especially enjoyed her history contest for prizes which really tested everyone’s knowledge of Miami from 30 to 40 years ago. ASPA Annual Women’s History Month Reception By Suzanne Salichs The American Society for Public Administration South Florida Chapter celebrated their 7th Annual Women’s History Month on March 11, 2010, at the Miami-Dade Public Library Main Auditorium. During the festivities several women leaders were honored for their service to the


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community including the Honorable Maria M. Korvick, Circuit Judge; Honorable Katy Sorenson, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 8; Ms. Bertha Henry, Broward County Administrator; and Sister Linda Bevilacqua, President of Barry University. Ms. Patricia Ireland, former president of the National Organization for Women, served as guest speaker and shared different aspect of women’s achievements. The Natacha Seijas “Women in Public Administration” Scholarship Award was presented to Ms. Darcelle A. Skeeter of Florida International University. The event sponsor was Crystal Connor of the Connor Group. This was an exciting evening that celebrated local women who have made a difference in our community. ASPA Annual Black History Month Celebration By Tatiana Escobar On March 21st, ASPA’s South Florida Chapter met to celebrate Black History month at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. Members and their families brought dishes to share, and under the blue sky with the bay breeze blowing we celebrated. As part of the historic tour, we were reminded that not too long ago discrimination was so strong that even beach and park enjoyment required a separate place. This place was Virginia Key Beach. We have come a long way but there is still a lot of work to be done. Thank you for all of you who joined us in celebrating Black History Month. ASPA March Luncheon Lillian Rivera, RN, MSN, Ph.D. Administrator, Miami-Dade County Health Department Health Issues and Women in the Health Profession

ASPA 4th ANNUAL BEST PRACTICES CONFERENCE The South Florida Chapter of ASPA hosted its fourth annual Best Practices Conference at Florida Memorial University on April 23rd, 2010. This year’s theme, “Public Service in Transition,” drew attention to the constantly changing economic environment; both the public and private sectors are experiencing challenges in management, thus underscoring the need for examination and utilization of Best Practices. A series of breakout sessions covering significant areas of operational importance and criterion in the execution of governance were held throughout the conference. Below please find summaries of some of the sessions held during that day.


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After the opening remarks given by ASPA’s South Florida Chapter- President Glenn Joseph reminding all attendees that today more than ever the actual use of best practices is needed throughout this profession, Dr. Sandra Thompson, Interim President, Florida Memorial University gave a warm welcome to all present and opened the doors for a day of learning and networking. Ms. Shirley Gibson, City of Miami Gardens - Mayor (host City for this event) thanked all for their participation and instructed us to take advantage of the facilities, the panelists, and the experience overall provided by this conference. The opening session speaker was Dr. Ramon De Arrigunaga, Faculty, Department of Political Science, University of Miami. Dr. De Arrigunaga prepared the ground for a very productive day at the Best Practices Conference. He spoke of the three components of public management: non-human resources (money), procedures, and human resources (leadership). He explained that clear communication about the financial status of the organization is critical and offered a list of questions needed for managers to ask when requesting the use of additional resources, especially in these times of budgetary constraints. Information must be shared throughout the organization. About procedures, Dr. De Arrigunaga, explained that they provide the limits under which employees work. He explained the importance of kai-zan or continuous improvement needed as the organization’s philosophy to improve service quality and customer service. Finally, there are human resources and that is where leadership plays a key component. Only people can be led, not money or procedures. As a result, there is a difference between leadership and management. Leadership is described by Dr. De Arrigunaga as the “ability to motivate others to do what needs to be done” and the best way to do it is to lead by example. Decision-Making and Allocation of Scarce Resources By Jennifer Glazer-Moon This session’s participants included three current/prior Budget Director panel members with extensive governmental experience. The session focused on three primary areas: how to prepare for the potential of scarce resources, how to communicate the problem, and what are possible solutions. Discussions focused on the need to develop a planning process with a strategic plan that sets priorities including community and organizational input, and that strengthens and aligns fiscal policies. When communicating issues, it is important to provide realistic and understandable information that clearly explains the situation and why resources are scarce. Possible solutions should focus on looking at revenue opportunities, such as enhancing existing revenues or implementing new revenue sources; and examining expenses, by identifying reductions that will not affect achieving the core mission and looking at alternative ways of delivering service. Strategic Planning for Better Days By Tatiana Escobar Panelists presented different approaches to strategic planning from management, politicians, local government, the County, newly established government, and finally from long standing governments. The panel proved to be very interesting. There was a very clear difference between management and politicians in reference to strategic management. Managers provided practical examples of how by using strategic management, local governments can achieve their goals while reducing the fiscal impact to their residents. The role of management is to plan and


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provide a clear path to make into reality the mandates created by council members. The political perspective on the other side provides challenges to strategic planning by opening the door to unfunded mandates in a need to please constituents vs. the established strategic plan. We were reminded that strategic planning is not an exact science, but it is a valuable tool especially when there is an economic downturn. The need to prioritize goals to determine how to distribute scare resources is more important than ever. Finally, the County provided examples of how to use networks, employees, and the community in general to maximize resources in case of emergencies. Luncheon speaker – Ms. Cynthia Curry. Ms. Curry is a Former Senior Assistant County Manager, Miami-Dade County. Ms. Curry talked about her personal experience while working for the County Manager and how important it is to motivate, encourage, and mentor students to become future leaders. She illustrated how to create, promote, and use teams to tackle problems within the organization. Finally, Ms. Curry addressed the need and importance of a strong leadership. Leaders don’t know it all and therefore, they must not be afraid to ask for answers outside the organization in the name of progress. Mitigating the Effects of the Economic Downturn Dr. Ramon De Arrigunaga, Faculty, Department of Political Science, University of Miami chaired a panel packed with experience; panelists presented the current situation of their particular governments and showed how to mitigate the effects of the economic downturn by going back to their residents. Their message was consistent: now it is the turn to go back to the communities we serve and explain the current state of the budget, the level of service provided, and the effects of more budgetary cuts. The managers must proceed and ask constituents directly how many more services are they willing to sacrifice? If the answer is no more than now, then it could be a time to explain how a small increase in taxes can have a big impact in the level of services provided in our communities. Nurturing Human Capital in an Era of Organizational Cutbacks Dr. Jonathan P. West, Professor & MPA Director, University of Miami chaired a panel that discussed the pros and cons of a 4-day week and how positive it has been for employees while there is a negative connotation from external users. The trend has stopped mainly because of lower gas prices that fueled the trend initially and because of the economic downturn, even though the reason for this trend was to save money. Panelists discussed ways to motivate employees other than salary and benefits. Even though there was disagreement about salary being the main motivator for employees, panelists agreed that recognition to the employees efforts, open communication, lead by example, and fairness in treating employees can all be used to motivate personnel in these hard times. Future trends that might help organizations save money could be the use of apprenticeship programs for entry-level positions and the outsourcing of noncore functions.


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Leadership Challenges - Plenary session and closing Chaired by Glenn Joseph, President, ASPA South Florida Chapter. Panelists on the closing session presented the leadership challenges faced within organizations at the County levels, as well as private agencies. Motivation continues to be a leading factor for managers, to lead by example, to believe in the work that is being done and in the impact it can have can make the difference between employees who care and those who don’t. Believing in the mission and the vision of the organization is essential to explain the importance of the decisions taken by the administration. However, we were also reminded of the importance of face to face communication, in the era of the e-mailing “send and run” policy that is becoming a plague within organizations. Walk, talk, learn who your audience is, what is important to them, address their concerns, and most importantly look for a solution. This session left us with the idea that best practices are current and that everyone can learn or improve their current way of doing business. We would like to thank once more all the panelists, chairs, students, volunteers, and attendees who participated in making this conference areal success.

National Level Events

ASPA National Conference San Jose – California April 9-13 Please find some pictures shared with us by Conference attendees.

William Solomon receiving the ASPA Presidential Citation of Merit from Dr. Paul Posner, ASPA President in San Jose.

This is from the ASPA National in San Jose- Bill Solomon (left) with Erik Bergrud, ASPA President-Elect.


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ASPA’s South Florida Chapter Glenn Joseph and Communications Secretary Roslyn Alic-Batson

Dr. Arie Halachmi, South Florida Chapter member from Nashville and Steven Bobes, Treasurer, South Florida Chapter in San Jose.

Kudos Dr. Meredith Newman By: Sukumar Ganapati Dear all, As you may know already, Dr. Meredith Newman, our Chair, is now the President of the national American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). She was inducted formally in the 2010 ASPA conference held in San Jose. It was a proud moment for all of us.

Paul Pozner (Immediate past president); Meredith Newman (President); Erik Bergrud (President-Elect); Tom Liou Vice-President), sworn in by Harvey White (ASPA past president, 2008)

Dr. Newman giving speech after swearing in

Congratulations indeed, Dr. Newman, for keeping the FIU PA flag flying high!!!


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Seraphin W. Bernard

Seraphin W. Bernard, President of the Miami chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and Board member of the South Florida chapter of the American Society for Public Administrators (ASPA), has been appointed by the COMTO executive board to serve as liaison between the two chapters in light of the need for greater cooperation to achieve our mutual objectives of community and membership enrichment. ASPA is looking forward to the opportunity to share the knowledge, skills and abilities of both chapters' diverse membership to advance our common goal of developing the qualities and abilities of outstanding public

administrators. Julio Amoedo, M.P.A. ASPA Member Julio Amoede, recently got promoted to “Chief” of Construction Contracts Management Division at Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department. Another ASPA member climbing the ladder of success!

Job Listings, Internships & Scholarships ASPA's online career center at PublicServiceCareers.org aids members' career development at all levels, and offers the most comprehensive and useful information about careers in the field. The new site has been launched in partnership with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). It has been created to strengthen the visibility and identity of the public service career sector, and to provide a resource on the web, which will aid career development at all levels. There are also internship opportunities to get a first hand approach to the public sector. Miami-Dade County is offering these programs. They are directed to undergraduate or graduates college students. If you are interested or know someone who is please click here. ASPA’s South Florida Chapter is offering a $1,000 scholarship for students committed to public service through voluntary community work or other participation in community organizations or activities. The deadline to apply is May 28th and the award will be presented at the ASPA Awards Dinner on June 4th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown Miami. For more information or to complete an application please click here.

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Disability Income Insurance Disability income insurance can help protect you and your family. NEW! Auto & Home Insurance - Group Savings PlusÂŽ Group Savings PlusÂŽ, provides real money savings with a superior combination of products, service and convenience. Accidental Death & Dismemberment An Accident Protection Insurance plan can help protect you from the unforeseen expenses caused by a covered accidental death or injury. Group Term Life Insurance: 10 year level premium ASPA is pleased to provide you with a term life insurance plan that will allow you to provide a safety net in the event of your untimely death. By planning ahead, you can provide for your family's future. Group Term Life Insurance: 5 year age-banded rate Carefully chosen life insurance coverage can help ease financial strain and provide money your spouse and dependents need for a secure future. Group Catastrophic Major Medical This plan is complemental coverage designed to cover additional medical expenses not normally covered by your regular health insurance. Hospital Income Insurance The benefits payable under this plan can help ease the financial difficulties of a hospital stay so you or your loved one may focus on getting well. Cancer Protection Cancer Protection Insurance is designed to help protect members and their families against potential financial losses associated with the treatment of cancer. Long Term Care Long Term Care Insurance allows you to remain independent of government assistance and from relying on loved ones to provide your care. Guaranteed Issue Term Life A new term life insurance program exclusively for our members 45-75 years of age. Contact: Selman & Company Address: 6110 Parkland Blvd Cleveland OH 44124-4187 Phone: 800-556-7614


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Member Benefits 1. Networking-Interactions with professional public managers not only provide the basis for lasting friendships, but offers opportunities for informal consultation with skilled professionals on matters of public concern. 2. Professional Development-A series of luncheon speakers and professional development seminars on cutting edge topics enable you to develop critical technical, ethical and leadership competencies. 3. News and Views-ASPA membership is one way to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening in your community. 4. Advancing Public Service-Learning about best practices provides the opportunity to better serve the citizenry of Miami-Dade County and other parts of South Florida 5. Conference Participation-Supplementing ASPA's national and state conferences on public administration is the inauguration of a South Florida conference with informative presentations from professional practitioners and academics. 6. Visibility Among Peers - ASPA's South Florida chapter rewards excellence in public service with annual awards, scholarships, internships and other forms of personal recognition for outstanding performance. 7. Community Service-Chapter efforts are designed to provide outreach and special assistance to needy segments of our community. 8. Liaison with Educational Efforts-The chapter has established linkages with higher educational institutions to encourage students to consider careers in public service. 9. Public-Private Partnerships-The ASPA chapter is cultivating close relationships with nonprofit and private sector service providers in recognition of the changing face of the public service profession.

New Members Every quarter we welcome our new members Emeline Alexis-Schultz

Jennifer Ramos

Javier A. Betancourt

Francys Crevier

Braulio Veras

Nicola DiGiallonardo

Shawki Haffar, MPA

Peyton Whitfield

David Johnson

Luz Medeiros

Steven Burgos

Angel GonzalezMalaxechevarria

Vernita Nelson


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Board Members President Glenn C. Joseph President-Elect Terry Murphy Recording Secretary Ingrid D. Stuart Corresponding Secretary Roslyn Alic-Batson Treasurer Steven Bobes Immediate-Past President Allan Rosenbaum National Liaison Meredith Newman

Board of Directors Seraphin W. Bernard John Collins Tatiana A. Escobar Suzanne Salichs Christian F. Schoepp Arthur M. Simon Heidi Jane Smith Jonathan P. West Bill Solomon

New Ideas As an organization that values interaction between academia and practitioners, ASPA South Florida Chapter would like to invite you to share your ideas to improve public administration either by e-mail at aspasouthfla@yahoo.com or by attending one of our programs and talking to any of the board members.

How to Join Future members can easily join by attending one of the many events planned at fill out an application form onsite or online by filling the application posted at ASPA APPLICATION

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