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South Florida Administrator SPRING-Summer 2014

Newsletter of the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. Arnold H. Glasgow, author, 1905-1998


Notes from the Editor CONTENTS

By Keven Mayo

President’s Message. ................................ District 3 Representative Notes Upcoming Events ................................................................ Local/Regional/Natl Events ................................ Past Events ................................................................ FY Wrap-up Local/Regional Events ................................ National Events................................ Dear Members, Get in Touch ................................................................ The Board was very active in a large number of events since Job Listings, Internships & Diane Benitez took over as Chapter President last summer! Scholarships ................................................................ We hope you were able to attend many of the events and Member Benefits ................................................................ appreciate the opportunities your South Florida Chapter New Ideas………………………… offered. We always try to bring you events related to public How to Join……………………… administration, to provide networking opportunities, and Boards of Directors 2013-2015 ................................ to recognize those who stood out in the public administration field at the Awards Ceremonies. A new Board of Directors was elected this summer which will take over in August and is noted near the end of this newsletter. The current and newly-elected board members met in July to draft a calendar of events for the upcoming year with at least one event scheduled monthly beginning in August and going through June 2015! We plan to invite interesting speakers who are big names in the public administration arena to headline at least a couple of lunch and evening events, so stay tuned to the ASPA South Florida Chapter website to update your calendar. We also have plans to partner with other organizations to get big name speakers and increase networking capabilities. We thank you for your support, especially everyone who volunteered during the FY 2013-14 activities and those who attended the events we prepared, and look forward to seeing you again this year. And a warm welcome to all new Chapter members!

President’s Message by Diane Benitez

My Term as President Greetings from the 2013-14 President of the ASPA South Florida Chapter! The year has been a whirlwind from the July 2013 ASPA Retreat at my home, through the June 2014 Annual Awards Ceremony at Jungle Island. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with a great Chapter Board and some general members to make the year a success. I truly appreciate the desire of all members who stepped up during the year and contributed to the professionalism of our organization and the mission it has to advance excellence in public service. Getting involved in events as they come up throughout the year helps us all build a better community of Public Service Professionals. Please get engaged with your local ASPA organization as we all benefit from the collaborative efforts. I look forward to the upcoming events in the next year under our new President, Glenn Joseph, and hope to see you all there.

Notes from Ines by Ines Beecher, ASPA District III National Council Representative Here is some news from various sources to entertain and enlighten: National Council Update:  Majority of the National Council (including me) attended the Mid-Year meeting in Washington D.C. to discuss the business of our organization (leadership reports, committee and task force appointments, finance and audit reports, ethics update, and report on the Public Service Academy under the auspice of the Rhode Island Chapter). We discussed the IRS tax exemption and it is now a 3-page form however, with a $400 application fee still attached. Contact Lisa Sidletsky in the National Office for further information.  We also met with Section and Chapter leaders to facilitate discussion on items of concern. Vice President Susan Gooden led the meeting and it was very productive. We learned that membership attrition and growth is of primary concern. The National Office has been sending monthly lists to the Chapter and Section leaders to ensure the latest contact information is available. The list will be expanded in the future to indicate Section memberships which could assist in chapter event development. In addition, the National Office can provide a website host for Chapters and Section - for more information contact Concepcion Morris at There will be a report on the meetings (we met together and in break-out sessions) in the upcoming Bridge e-newsletter. Interesting Facts:  Executive Director William (Bill) Shields shared the following statistics: There are 53 Chapters, 28 Sections, and 1 International Chapter. The Chapters have awards programs and newsletters.


Most have 4-6 events a year. The ASPA website receives 30,000 page views and 12,000 visits monthly, we have 20,000 followers on the ASPA LinkedIn site, GovManagement Daily is delivered to 12,174 subscribers, and the Bridge to 10,677 associates. The National Office has added Book Talk to its webinar series. I think this is a great benefit and remember the webinars are free to ASPA members. 2015 Conference  The annual call for proposals for the 2015 National Conference deadline is September 19, 2014. Currently on the ASPA website, you can review the conference tracks for ideas and submission guidelines. The website link is below: erence/Home2015.aspx Keep in touch, and tell me your ideas, thoughts and comments. I am only an e-mail away at Until next time, Ines Beecher National Council Representative District 3

Upcoming Events Local/Regional Events 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:

SECoPA The Southeast Conference of Public Administrators will be held September 17-20 in Atlanta GA this year. Please check our website for more details

Luncheon Our first luncheon is scheduled on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at City Hall Restaurant, 2004 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Our guest speaker is John Rivera, President of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association. The cost of the luncheon is $15 and the restaurant is accessible from Downtown Miami via the Miami Trolley - Biscayne/Brickell

route. Valet and complimentary self-parking are also available onsite. Please click HERE to purchase tickets in advance or visit We’ll keep you updated via email as new events are finalized.

National Events The National ASPA Annual Conference will be held in Chicago IL next year. The event is scheduled March 6-10, 2015 and some Chapter members are already making plans to attend. Check for updates.

Year in Review Local & Regional Events 2013 ASPA South Florida Chapter Retreat by Diane Benitez, President My first meeting as Chapter President was the 2013 ASPA Retreat on July 13, which was well attended and allowed great interaction. Both board and general members attended and created an extremely productive get together. I extend my gratitude for the support as well as a pat on the back for those who got up early on a Saturday morning to attend. This meeting took place at my humble abode in South West Kendall which, as many can attest, is a major accomplishment to locate if you are not familiar with the area. Some traveled from as far as Boca Raton and have my heart-felt thanks. Committees were formed and chairs and co-chairs determined for them.

2013 President’s Reception The Reception was held on August 29 at the Twin Spires Tavern at Calder Casino in Miami Gardens. Corresponding Secretary Shellie Ransom-Jackson was instrumental in organizing the venue and greeted attendees upon arrival. The new Chapter President, Diane Benitez, was introduced to the members and each member introduced themselves to the group. Presidentelect Glenn Joseph awarded ASPA South Florida Chapter pins to new members. It was a great networking event and a good time was had by all!


(l to r) Seraphin Bernard (board member) and wife Marie, ASPA member, President Diane Benitez, Terry Murphy (board member) and wife Maribel Balbin enjoy the festivities at the President’s Reception in the Twin Spires Tavern. Photo by Glenn Joseph

2013 SECoPA The Southeast Conference for Public Administration was held September 25-28 in Charlotte, NC. Several local Chapter members attended including of course Steven Bobes (our SECoPA President and former long-time Chapter Treasurer), Ines Beecher, Bill Solomon, Claire Mostel, Glenn Joseph, Jonathan West, and Agatha Caraballo.

Sponsored Events Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society at FIU The South Florida Chapter of ASPA sponsored the receptions for the Fall and Spring Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremonies on November 15, 2013 and February 27, 2014. The receptions allow networking opportunities for the students with the speakers and ASPA members, primarily those in academia. Regional South Florida Seminar ASPA cohosted a seminar titled “The New Public Service: Public Administration in a Multicultural Environment” on November 22, 2013 in West Miami. The event brought awareness of the cultural and ethical challenges faced by local government public administrators working in a diverse metro area and inspired current and future public servants to focus on career advancement opportunities arising from anticipated attrition of government managers. 2nd Annual Florida Corporate Responsibility Summit By Dr. Agatha Caraballo On August 22, 2014, the ASPA South Florida Chapter was a proud sponsor of the 2nd Annual Florida Corporate Responsibility Summit hosted by the Florida Diversity Council and the Council for Corporate Responsibility for the second year at Florida International University. ASPA South Florida Chapter Board Member, Dr. Agatha Caraballo, a Digital Instructor for the FIU Department of Public Administration and the Director of The Council for Corporate Responsibility, served as the event Co-Chair, along with Mary Martinéz, D&I Practice Leader for APTMetrics, Inc.

In-depth presentations provided specific examples of best practices for the CSR pillars of Governance, Supply Chain Integrity, Global Enrichment, and Diversity and Inclusion, while an energized roundtable session allowed participants to join in lively discussions on these and other CSR areas. Corporate speakers included Jose Giuliani, Director of Supply Chain Operations for Starbucks’ Latin American region, who addressed the supply chain topic by talking about his company’s culture and operations, and Mary Jo Eaton, Executive Managing Director for Florida for CBRE who discussed her organization’s recent but rapid development of its D&I initiative. Speaking on Governance, Charles Scurr, Executive Director of Miami-Dade County’s Citizens Independent Transportation Trust, demonstrated how a socially responsible government agency can make a difference by seeking perspectives from diverse stakeholders and creating solid accountability and transparency. The keynote speaker during lunch was Dr. Pedro J. Greer, who is a Professor, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, and Chair of the Department of Humanities, Health and Society at Florida International University. He spoke from his heart and shared personal experiences during his lifetime of work, expanding access to quality healthcare services for lowincome, mentally ill, and homeless members of society. Dr. Greer, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor, the national highest civilian honor, delivered a poignant and engaging speech on Global Enrichment that brought forth both laughs and tears from the audience. His inspiring call to action sent attendees forth with renewed commitment to inclusion and social responsibility.

Event Co-Chairs Mary Martinez (l) and Agatha Caraballo (r) with luncheon speaker Dr. Pedro Greer

Holiday Reception The South Florida Chapter Holiday Reception was held on December 14, 2013 at the Blue Martini in Fort Lauderdale. President Diane Benitez welcomed and introduced attendees. We had a cozy area with a bar and a buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres which kept us happy and sated. Members were generous in bringing unwrapped toys for donation to children in Haiti, and this year we received photos of the children receiving and enjoying the gifts. A few are shown below…heartwarming for both the givers and receivers!


11th ASPA Annual Women’s History Month Reception On March 27, 2014 our ASPA Chapter hosted the 11th Annual Women’s History Month reception at Jungle Island. The event honored outstanding community servants who have made a great impact in South Florida. The 2014 Honorees included: • • • •

Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney Audrey Edmondson, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Betty T. Ferguson, Former Dade County Commissioner & Community Activist Jane E. Cross, Director of Caribbean Law Programs and Associate Law Professor at Nova Southeastern University

Daniella Levine Cava, Former Executive Director of Catalyst Miami

The Natacha Sejas “Women in Public Service Award” was presented to Megan O’Brien in recognition of academic excellence and commitment to public service. Ms O’Brien is working on her Executive MPA at FIU.

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle receiving her Women’s History Month Award from Bill Solomon. Photo by Steven Bobes

8th Annual ASPA South Florida Chapter Best Practices Conference The Best Practices Conference was held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Miami-Dade College, North Campus. The Conference Theme this year was “Defending and Celebrating the Public Sector”. It was designed by and for professional practitioners, academics and students, and hosted by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) South Florida Chapter and Miami-Dade College North Campus. Dr. Terry Murphy presented the Opening Plenary titled “The Vanishing Middle Class, Economic Inequality and the Career Prospects for Public Administrators. Congressman Joe Garcia, Florida District 26 presented his perspective on top issues during the lunch period. Panel presentations focused on: *International Trade * Tourist Economy * Emotional Labor

*Business Regulation *Public Health Providers *Collective Bargaining

*Emergency Management *Public Private Partnerships

The Closing Plenary was a panel discussion on “Merging Politics, Public and Private Transportation Interests to Keep Our Trade and Tourism Economy Rolling”. The moderator was George Burgess, Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., and panel members included (from left to right in photo below) Ysela Llort, Miami-Dade Transit; Ken Pruitt, Miami International Airport; Juan Flores, Florida Department of Transportation; and Felix Ferrer, PortMiami.


ASPA Annual Awards Ceremony On June 12, 2014, the chapter paid tribute to outstanding public servants who had made significant contributions to our community throughout the year at the Annual ASPA South Florida Awards. The event was held at Jungle Island where guests enjoyed a complimentary drink, hors d'oeuvres and a carving station, in a comfortable informal setting that was conducive to networking. After the awards were made, Mr. Talbert announced that he would add $100 to the ASPA scholarships received by Gabriel Vergara and Vanessa Radice! What a wonderful ending to the ceremony! Award Recipients  Public Administrator of the Year: Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools  Organization of the Year: William D. Talbert III, President and CEO, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau  Non-Profit of the Year: Lucia Davis-Raiford, Director, Miami-Dade Community Action Agency Community Board

Pictured (l to r) Diane Benitez - Chapter President, Rosalyn Alic-Batson – member. Awardees Lucia Davis-Raiford, Alberto Carvalho, Vanessa Radice, William D. Talbert III, Glenn Joseph – President-elect, Gabriel Vergara with his proud mother, and Magaly JeantyBashir.

 Chapter Member of the Year: Magaly Jeanty-Bashir  Student Member of the Year: Gabriel Vergara  Scholarship Recipient: Vanessa Radice

Photos below show Rosalyn Alic-Batson registering students for the awards ceremony, and Bill Solomon networking with a new acquaintance.

National Event ASPA National Conference The ASPA National Conference celebrated 75 years since ASPA began! The conference was held on March 14-18 in Washington, D.C. for the occasion. The snow was falling and the South Florida Chapter attendees were chilly, but enjoyed the conference and venue just the same. Our national liaison, Dr. Allen Rosenbaum, was sworn in as President of the National ASPA, which made us extremely proud!

Swearing in of the new National ASPA Officers in March. (l to r): - Bill Shields, ASPA Executive Director; Steven Condrey, ASPA Past President; Susan Gooden, ASPA Vice President; Maria Aristigueta, ASPA PresidentElect; and Allan Rosenbaum, ASPA President

In addition, our past Chapter President and National District Representative, Ines Beecher, was awarded the Chester Newland Presidential Citation of Merit for her work with President Steve Condrey at the ASPA National level! Another source of great pride was that South Florida Chapter member Jonathan West received the Paul Van Riper Award for Excellence and Service to Public Administration!


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:

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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 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.


Board of Directors 2013-2014 President: Diane Benitez President-Elect: Glenn C. Joseph Recording Secretary: Bridgette Cram Corresponding Secretary: Shellie Ransom-Jackson Treasurer: Julie Ann Smith Immediate-Past President: Charles Scurr

Roslyn Alic-Batson Mohammed Alkadry Seraphin W. Bernard Agatha Caraballo Nicki Fraser Keven Mayo Terry Murphy William Solomon Lauren Villalba

Student Representative: Michele Tantardini

Regional Liaison: Steven Bobes National Liaisons: Ines Beecher, Allan Rosenbaum

Incoming Board of Directors 2014-2015 President: Glenn C. Joseph President-Elect: Terry Murphy Recording Secretary: Magaly Jeanty-Bashir Corresponding Secretary: Carolyn Francis-Royer Treasurer: Julie Ann Smith Immediate-Past President: Diane Benitez Student Representative: Michele Tantardini

Regional Liaison: Steven Bobes National Liaisons: Ines Beecher, Allan Rosenbaum

Roslyn Alic-Batson Seraphin W. Bernard Agatha Caraballo Rina Gomez Keven Mayo Valerie Patterson William Solomon


2014 ASPA newsletter spring summer  

2014 ASPA newsletter spring summer

2014 ASPA newsletter spring summer  

2014 ASPA newsletter spring summer