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South Florida Administrator WINTER 2013 Newsletter of the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration “Make education a continuing, never-ending process.” —Nido Qubein

Notes from the Editor By Keven Mayo CONTENTS President’s Message. ................................ Dear Members! Upcoming Events ................................ The Board hopes you were able to attend the events and Local Events ................................................................ appreciate the opportunities your South Florida Chapter Past Events ................................................................ offered in the fall. A new Board of Directors was elected at Local Events ................................................................ the end of the summer and is noted near the end of this Regional/National Events ................................ newsletter. Perhaps most importantly, our President is Get in Touch ................................................................ now Charles Scurr and Bill Solomon continues his Job Listings, Internships & seemingly tireless work for ASPA as our Immediate Past Scholarships ................................................................ President. As a team with new members-in-training, we Member Benefits ................................ worked hard to bring you events related to public New Members ................................................................ administration, to provide networking opportunities, and Board of Directors 2012-2013 ................................ to recognize those who stood out in the public New Ideas ................................................................ administration field this year at the ASPA Awards How to Join ................................................................ Ceremony. We owe a special thanks to Steve Bobes and Bill Solomon for their work in making us look great hosting the successful October SECoPA Conference (be sure to see Bill’s article about the event in this issue). You will also find an article about the Annual Holiday Networking Event and Toy Drive hosted by Allan and Judy Rosenbaum in this edition of the newsletter. We received good fortune at the end of the year when our many-times Chapter Past President Ines Beecher was elected to represent ASPA District 3. We have a few upcoming events for you to note: Black History Month celebration in February (organized by Seraphin Bernard), Women’s History Month reception in March (organized by Roslyn Alic-Batson) and finally, our Best Practices Conference will be held on April 19th at the FIU Brickell campus (Glenn Joseph is the organizer). Please see these articles in the following pages to find out how you can assist with and/or attend any of these events. We thank you for your support, especially everyone who volunteered during the 2012 activities and those who attended our events we prepared.

President’s Message By Charles Scurr

2012: A Remarkable Year for ASPA South Florida I have always found it helpful to reflect at the end of each year as a way not only of gauging the past but also to set goals for the future. This past year has been a remarkable year for ASPA South Florida. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Board of Directors and our Members we have achieved new heights and levels of distinction. Let me highlight a few: •

Distinguished Luncheon Speaker Series – The luncheon format was modified and hopefully enhanced this past year. The new format focused on a more personal, interactive and informal motif in order to stimulate and engage our professional, academic and student members. The highlight of the year was our “conversation” with Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Women’s History Month – The 2012 Women’s History Month Award Ceremony at Jungle Island was a wonderful success. ASPA continued its annual reception and was able to recognize true community leaders from the governmental, non-profit and educational sectors. Annual Awards Ceremony – Similarly, the 2012 Annual Awards ceremony set a new standard. ASPA South Florida enhanced this prestigious award by recognizing a number of our most distinguished leaders. Best Practices Conference – The 2012 Conference continued its strong tradition of showcasing the best practices in the field. This past year we broadened our reach holding this successful event at NOVA Southeastern. SECoPA – And they said it couldn’t be done. Our Chapter hosted an incredibly successful SECoPA Conference. This event, attended by leading educators, practitioners and students throughout the Southeast United States was a great success. Member Recognition – ASPA South Florida Members continue to excel regionally and nationally. This past year Allan Rosenbaum was elected Vice-Chair of ASPA National, Steven Bobes was elected President of SECoPA and Ines Falo-Beecher was elected to be the District 3 Representative. Membership Growth – ASPA South Florida launched an innovative campaign to recruit new student members. This effort far exceeded expectations with 137 new student members.

This past year has been remarkable. I am confident that, with your support, hard work and dedication, that 2013 will set yet another standard as we continue to improve the field of public administration.


Upcoming Events Local Events Remember that our events are open to everyone interested in public service, so please feel free to share the calendar of events with your colleagues, students, and professors. Visit our website: for additional information. The ASPA Board of Directors is preparing an interesting agenda for the 2013 year. We would love for all of you to participate in the events that we organize and to take advantage of the learning and networking opportunities ASPA has to offer. Whether you want to volunteer or have any ideas that you would like us to implement, please feel free to contact us by sending an e-mail to More information about upcoming events will be posted on the Chapter’s website or in the next edition of our South Florida Administrator Newsletter.

COMTO and ASPA Celebrate Black History Month By Seraphin Bernard, ASPA Board of Directors and Past COMTO President As part of our joint celebration of Black History Month in February 2013, the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administrators (ASPA) and the Miami Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) will recognize the important contributions of labor unions, colleges and universities to the civil rights movement and the ongoing struggle to ensure equality at all levels of society. The celebration will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Sheila Winitzer Central Administration Building auditorium at 3300 NW 32nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33142. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. A number of educational and labor organizations will be recognized for highlighting the black community’s many cultural and literary contributions and for embracing diversity in American society and the workforce, consistent with COMTO’s mission “to ensure a level playing field and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, businesses and communities of color through advocacy, information sharing, training, education and professional development.” COMTO has thirty-nine (39) chapters throughout the United States. Members include individuals, transportation agencies, academic institutions, industry non-profits and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs). From highways and roads to mass transit systems; from subways to rail systems; and from port authorities to airports, COMTO members represent every facet of the transportation industry. They are the presidents and chief executive officers who determine the direction of major transportation systems and the mechanics and operators who ensure the safe passage of millions of transportation riders everyday.

ASPA has long fought for diversity and minority representation among public administrators here in America and around the globe, through its advocacy of fair employment practices as well as its professional development programs designed to enhance its members’ knowledge, skills and abilities. By hosting its seventh annual best practices conference this year in collaboration with Florida International University’s Brickell campus, ASPA also looks forward to sharing information with other professionals from around the state and country that will further benefit our members. As public administrators and transportation officials, we recognize the value that the public sector’s increasingly diverse workforce brings to it, as well as the growing need for mutual understanding and respect within the workplace that such diversity entails. One sign of the progress American society has made toward the dream of equality is the fact that most employers and employees, regardless of skin color, now celebrate Black History Month in one way or another. Here in Miami-Dade County, the partnership with ASPA and COMTO in this year’s Black History Month celebrations is just one example of this positive phenomenon. Such partnerships will help ensure that the progress made toward greater opportunities and equality continues. Our annual celebration of Black History Month helps us remember the incredible sacrifices and gains realized thus far and fuels optimism for the future. ASPA and COMTO look forward to this year’s commemoration of Black History Month.

10th ASPA Annual Women’s History Month Reception By Roslyn Alic-Batson On March 28, 2013 ASPA will host the 10th Annual Women’s History Month reception at Jungle Island. The event is scheduled from 6pm-8pm and will honor outstanding community servants who have made a great impact in South Florida. ASPA will award the Natasha Seijas “Women in Public Service” scholarship in recognition of academic excellence and commitment to public service.

7th Annual ASPA South Florida Chapter Best Practices Conference Our Best Practices Conference is scheduled on Friday, April 19, 2013, 8am – 5pm. It will be held at FIU Brickell Downtown at 1101 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131. The Conference Theme this year is “COLLABORATION IN THE SPIRIT OF THE NEW PUBLIC SERVICE”. It is designed by and for Professional Practitioners and hosted by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) South Florida Chapter & the Florida International University (FIU) Department Of Public Administration. The 2013 Seventh Annual Best Practices Conference will provide a forum for practitioners, academics, and students to learn about “Collaboration in the Spirit of the New Public Service”.


Proposals for panel presentations are solicited that address this conference theme with a focus on: *Unions/Right to Work *Public Service Employment *Diversity & Inclusion *Citizen Engagement *Competencies for New Public Service

*Emergency Management *International/ Comparative *Technology/ Social Media

The list of panel topics noted above is final. We would like to present "best practices" that will stimulate discussion and provide value to conference participants. Papers presented elsewhere that relate to the topics listed above are also encouraged. For further details please consult: or send an email to, or Contact: Glenn Joseph at or 754-224-8150 by phone.

National Events ASPA National Conference The 2013 National Conference will be held in New Orleans, La from March 15 through March 19. It will take place at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside. Please go to for further information. Many local chapter board members are planning to attend. Attending a National Conference is a wonderful experience and if you have the opportunity to go, don’t pass it up. ASPA has done a good job assisting first-time attendees in learning how to navigate through the many panels and events so you can get the most out of the conference. If you are unable to attend a National conference, then you should consider attending the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) in October in Charlotte, N. C. (we will be providing details on this conference as the time draws nearer). This will be a fantastic opportunity to network with colleagues from ASPA District 3 which encompasses the Southeastern United States.

Past Events Local Events ASPA Awards Ceremony By Roslyn Alic-Batson The ASPA South Florida Chapter Annual Awards to honor outstanding community servants was held on September 13, 2012 at Jungle Island. Special honorees for this event included:

Public Administrator of the Year: William Johnson – Port Director, Port of Miami

Bill Johnson receiving Public Administrator of the Year Award Photo by Bill Solomon

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Public Organization of the Year: The Downtown Development Authority and The Children’s Services Council of Broward County Public Administration Educator of the Year: Dr. Sukumar Ganapati Carol Donald-Glassman Chapter Member of the Year: Jimmy Aycart

Left to Right: Jimmy Aycart, awarded Chapter Member of the Year; Glenn Joseph, Chapter Past President; and Charles Scurr, Chapter President Photo by Bill Solomon

In addition, Donna Comrie was awarded the ASPA South Florida Chapter Public Service Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Ms. Comrie is an FIU Public Affairs Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Public Administration, a Graduate Research Assistant at the FIU Metropolitan Center in Downtown Miami, and an Instructor of Applied Statistics for Management & Policy (undergraduate course). Donna Comrie

Congratulations to all of the Awardees!

ASPA Holiday Networking Reception and Toy Drive By Keven Mayo


Our host and hostess the Rosenbaums with Chapter President Charles Scurr welcome guests to the Holiday Networking Reception. Photo by Bill Solomon

On December 7, Dr. Allan and Judy Rosenbaum invited our ASPA Chapter members and guests to a holiday networking and toy drive event at their stunning home in Coral Gables. There was a large, decorative and delicious assortment of eats and drinks that served as gathering areas for networking. Guests included a good variety of Public Administration students, professors and practitioners and all seemed to enjoy the event. The striking interior of the Rosenbaum home is decorated with intriguing souvenirs from their world-wide travels that grabbed the interest of many guests. These include such items as masks, spears/arrows, and all sorts of curious knickknacks. Additionally, a number of toys were collected to donate to the Center for Family and Child Enrichment.

Toys were donated by ASPA members to the Center for Family and Child Enrichment for needy children. Photo by Bill Solomon

Regional/National Events Highlights of SECoPA 2012 Conference hosted by our South Florida Chapter By William E. Solomon, Past President of SECoPA and Local Host Co-Chair

William Solomon speaks at the SECoPA luncheon before introducing Merrett Stierheim as the luncheon speaker. At dais left to right: Judy Cannon and Mr. Stierheim, Steven Bobes and Charles Scurr (our Board Members), and James Ward, Ph.D. (District 3 National Council Member)

The SECoPA 2012 conference was held in Coral Springs, Florida from October 3-6, 2012 at the Ft. Lauderdale Coral Springs Marriott Hotel. Steven Bobes and I served as the Local Host Co-Chairs, so we were kept very busy planning and ultimately working the event over a two year period. The Program Committee Chairs, Dr. Jonathan West and Dr. Allan Rosenbaum put together 56 panels over the 2 ½ days of the conference. Attendees were also treated to five coffee breaks, two luncheons and two evening receptions with plenty of food, so nobody went hungry. We hosted 260 participants of which 42% were students. Students submitted papers enabling them to compete for a best paper award for MPA (Kline Award) and Ph.D. (Collins Award) categories. As a member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), South Florida Chapter since 1980, I am glad to have been able to have hosted SECoPA twice (1996, 2012). The annual Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) provides a fantastic opportunity for students to present their papers in front of a collegial audience of practitioners, students and academics, in an environment that is less intimidating that that of the ASPA national conference and at a half the cost. This conference is very student-friendly and it offers a great way to network with professors, practitioners and fellow students. SECoPA conferences are hosted in a different city each year within the southeast, which offers attendees a chance to meet fellow ASPA members from different areas and to network with potential employers.


Left to right: SECoPA CoChair William Solomon; James Ward, chair of the Klein Committee; JuYing Yang of Florida State University, winner of the MPA Klein Award; Dr. Jonathan West; Zhiwei Zhang and Longjin Chen (not shown) from the University of Kentucky, winners of the Ph.D. Collins Award; and Sharon Wrubel, chair of the Collins Committee.

The next SECoPA Conference will be in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 26-28, 2013. The new SECoPA President is our own Steven Bobes and he is looking for members who are interested in serving on SECoPA Committees. Steven can be reached at

National Council Representative District 3 Election The South Florida Chapter purchased an ad in the PA Times to support Ines Beecher, a multiple-time Past President and long-time very active member in the ASPA South Florida Chapter, as the National Council Representative for District 3. In addition, Ines served on the SECoPA Board and chaired the National Finance Committee. Ines won the position in the recent election and can represent our interests on National Council. Congratulations Ines!

Get in Touch Do you have comments or questions for ASPA and the Board Members? Would you like to share your public administration experience? Please join us in the following sites: a. Twitter b. Facebook c. LinkedIn

d. Govloop (must become a member to view page)

Job Listings, Internships & Scholarships ASPA's online career center at aids members' career development at all levels and offers the most comprehensive and useful information about careers in the field. Another source of information for local jobs and possible internships is the chapter’s Facebook page. There are also internship opportunities through a program at Miami-Dade County to get a firsthand look at operations in the public sector. They are directed to undergraduate or graduate college students (click here for further information).

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 In each newsletter we welcome our new and renewed members. This group is from September1 through December 31, 2012.

Luz Agudelo

Laura Bohorquez

Michelle Cruz

Maria Alfonso

Joseph Briadus

Melissa Cruz

Alba Christina Alvarez

Danesha Burrows

Frank Edward Dati

Nikia Andrews

Gail Bush

Bryan Davis

Luis Arroyo

Javier Castro

Sonia M. Davis

George Atisa

Bianca Caviglia

Michelle De Avila

Brandon Bailey

Sonya Ceason

Adriana De Lap

Bertilia Belliard

Adrienne Chadwick

Louis DeAnda

Zarah Benitez Santiago

Jose Chiu

Alyia S. Deen

Kristan Best

Sandra Clerizer

Alvin Del Valle

Luis Oswaldo Bohorquez

Michael Colon

Marta De Leon

Veronica Delgado

Aldo D. Jansel

Lisa Powell

Gladys Diaz

Angela Jones

Marilyn Prieto

Carl Dick

Sharon Jumper

Edward R. Purchase IV

Alexandria Dominguez

Joseph Kavanagh

Juan Raigosa

Kimberly Douglas

Caryn Lavernia

Joanndra F. Ramdass

Susel Escalona

Christian Lopez

Naveeta Ramkissoon

Miguel Estevill

Jeanette Lopez

Daniel Rassi

Melissa Felice

Shaniece Louis

Chad Regis

Georges Final

Miguel Major

Gloria Rhodes

Leonardo Francis

Sergio Maldonado

Gloriama Richardson

Carolyn Francis-Royer

Gabriella Marino

Justin Derrick Rodriguez

Laura S. Gorman

Alex Mas

Jonathan Victor Rodriguez

Ana M. Garcia

Betry A. Matallana

Daniel Rodriguez

Alex Giberson

Irina Mocanu

Angelica M. Rodriguez

Rafael Gonzalez-Pratts

Russel Mohammed

Jennifer Rojo Suarez

Meghan Jae Grimsley

Anne Capucine Moise

Diana Ruiz

Arlette Gutierrez

Rachel Mondesir

Silvia Sandoval

Corey Hamilton

Roodney Mozard

Collen Saunders

Shantel Y. Hazori

Mirian Olarete

Adam Schachner

Patricia Henry

David C. Parrish

Christiane Schmidt

Patricia C. Hernandez

Jessica T. Pena

Diane Snow

Dwight D. Hudson

Mary Pendleton-Brown

Mellisa Soucy

Bronzlon Isaback

Vianca Peron

John Sullivan

Rebecca Janiak

Judney Pierre

Michelle Tantardini

Mariza Torres

Michael D. Wagener

Adam Matthew Williams

Sarah Usman

Jue Wang

Tatum Woolley

Nancy S. Vazquez

Karlisa Warthen

Ju-Ying Yang

Yadiel Vilato

Karen Washington -Everett

Sherry Zambrano

Elonde Vincent

Mark Webster

Alina Zamora-Ammavuta

Nancy Bigelin-Tannis

Reno Wells

Carlos Manuel Zepeda

Mirtha Viton

David A. White

Introducing a New Member Shellie Ransom-Jackson Building and Code Compliance Department Director-Building Official


Mrs. Shellie Ransom-Jackson joined the City of Miami Gardens family in 2009 as the Building Services Division Director-Building Official. She has the historic honor of being the first and currently the only African-American Female Building Official in Florida. In 2012, Mrs. RansomJackson was appointed as Building and Code Compliance Department Director-Building Official. Her primary responsibility is fiscal management of Building Services and Code Compliance. Mrs. Ransom-Jackson directs professional and technical staff in conducting aspects of their work relating to plans examination, permitting, licensing, and code enforcement, in addition to preparation and maintenance of records and reports. She also serves a technical resource for field inspectors in interpreting and making final determinations of the Florida Building Code. Mrs. Ransom-Jackson obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management. In addition to being a Certified Building Official, she is a Florida State licensed Building Inspector, Plans Examiner, and Certified General Contractor. Mrs. Ransom-Jackson is also certified as a LEEDŽ AP in Green Building Technology. She also holds a certificate in Level I Code Enforcement. She is a wife and the proud mother of one daughter, Shelene.

Board of Directors 2012-2013 President Charles Scurr President-Elect Diane Benitez Recording Secretary Agatha Caraballo Corresponding Secretary Roslyn Alic-Batson Treasurer Steven Bobes Immediate-Past President William Solomon National Liaisons Meredith Newman, Allan Rosenbaum

Martha Ayerdis Seraphin W. Bernard Adrianna A. Brown Nicki Fraser Glenn C. Joseph Keven Mayo Deborah Tavera John Topinka Jonathan P. West

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 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 and complete an application form onsite, or by filling out the online application posted at ASPA APPLICATION.


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2013 ASPA newsletter winter

2013 ASPA newsletter winter  

2013 ASPA newsletter winter