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South Florida Administrator SUMMER SUMM ER 2015

Newsletter of the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration "Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter" –Francis Chan, American preacher

CONTENTS President’s Message………….…2 District 3 Message…… 3 Upcoming Events………………...3 LocalEvents……………………..3 Regional/National Events…3 Past Events…………………………4 Local Events……………………4 Get in Touch………………...11 Job Listings, Internships & Scholarships………………..12 Member Benefits…………..12 Board of Directors 20152016………………………………..13 How to Join………………...13

Editor’s Corner By Keven Mayo


Dear Members, The Chapter Annual Awards ceremony honored some wonderful people, including a couple of big hitters in our community: Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime was named our Elected Official of the Year, and Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso was Public Administrator of the Year! These gentlemen stayed after the ceremony to network with the crowd of students and other public administrators, who were happy to meet them. Speaking of networking, at an earlier ASPA event in March, Public Administration students were introduced to potential employers with local cities and one of them, Gabriel Vergara, landed an internship position for next summer with North Miami Beach!!! So students, NOW you know what to do! The new South Florida Chapter Board held a retreat in late June at Soyka’s restaurant in Miami. Dr. Terry Murphy, the incoming president, conducted a lively meeting. He wants to make our events even more successful by having sponsors and improving the attendance and participation of Chapter members. The sponsored President’s Reception was held in late August where the new Board was sworn in; please read more under Past Events below. Check and our social media for details on upcoming events. It has been my pleasure to work with the newsletter and ASPA Chapter Board during the last few years. This is my last newsletter as I am turning over the editor position to Sheryl St. Pierre, who has assisted me in the past.

New President’s Message By Terry Murphy, President, South Florida Chapter Thank you for the great work you do as a public employee. Has anyone said that to you lately? Do your neighbors hold you in high regard because they know you work for government? Do your friends, associates, or in-laws beam with pride when they say you work for the government? If you chuckled, or even snorted a bit, while considering those questions, you are not alone. Professionals in the field of public administration have often been maligned and ridiculed simply for being government employees. The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) wants to change the public perception of the public service. We believe public employees in government, and those who serve in not-for-profit organizations, are essential to the quality of life we enjoy in America. We believe the tremendous contributions public servants make every day should be properly recognized. A national goal for ASPA is to “bring together a wide community of organizations and individuals committed to advancing the public service and the public interest.” Here in South Florida, our Chapter is dedicated to fulfilling that goal. We are actively engaged in the policy discussions about the future of our community. We collaborate with a number of civic organizations. And, we recognize the vitality of our community relies on a vibrant and healthy public sector. To change the public perception of public administrators, we are encouraging more public administrators to actively engage in the civic arena. Public employees are often the most informed individuals in society and the best source for practical solutions to difficult problems. Don’t hide your light under a basket. Through our organization, we can advance your ideas. ASPA can be your voice. Let us trumpet your ideas and advocate for change. Whether it is a human resource issue in a department, or a housing policy for the metropolitan region, share with us your suggestions. The problems we face in South Florida require all hands on deck. Income inequality, sea-level rise, affordable housing, voting rights, transportation and the “brain drain” of talent from our area are all complex issues. Share your public sector expertise with your neighbors, friends and relatives. But make sure your ideas are heard. Attend one of our board meetings or events and share your thoughts. I am inviting everyone who has chosen a public sector career in South Florida to check out our website and get involved. Make a difference by making ASPA your home organization.


Notes from Ines By Ines Beecher, ASPA District III National Council Representative Happy Summer! It certainly is beach weather here in South Florida! I am a member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and I thought it would be a good idea to have a joint webinar. Our Executive Director Bill Shields, and his wonderful staff have worked with GFOA to present an upcoming free webinar. I am happy to report the joint webinar will be Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at 1pm on federal efforts to require online retails to collect and remit sales taxes to state and local governments. If any of you have any webinar/book talk ideas, please share it with the National office; I think it is a great membership service! The SECoPA 2015 conference host and volunteers are real busy getting ready for the event! The conference, in Charleston, South Carolina, is from September 30-October 3, 2015, titled "Research & Application Promoting Effective Public Service." Registration is open! Hope to see you all soon!

Upcoming Events Local 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 or Facebook for additional information. We’re planning a cocktail reception for the budget office at La Loggia after the 2nd County budget hearing on September 22 to learn about new staff positions that were approved, and plan a luncheon in late September, so stay tuned for details.

National/Regional Events 2015 SECoPA The SECoPA 2015 will be held in Charleston, SC on September 30-October 3, 2015, hosted by The College of Charleston. The conference hotel is the Embassy Suites located at 5055 International Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29418. The SECoPA 2015 theme emphasizes the importance of bridging theory and practice as public administration practitioners and scholars explore lessons learned and new ideas and innovations in

addressing public problems. This theme is also meant to reflect the importance of the relationship between academics and practitioners, a distinguishing feature of public administration and SECoPA.

Past Events Local Events Annual Awards By Keven Mayo, editor The South Florida Chapter held its Annual Awards ceremony on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Jungle Island in Miami. Honorees included: • • • • • • •

Chapter Member of the Year - Melissa Dynan, South Florida Community Development Coalition Non-Profit of the Year – Honey Shine, Inc., Marla Wilson, Executive Director (Organization develops girls and young women into leaders) Organization of the Year – South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Jack Stephens, Executive Director Elected Official of the Year – Jean Monestime, Chairman, Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners Student Member of the Year – Rody Veras, pursuing BA in Public Administration at FIU Educator of the Year – Dr. Olivia Jackson, Florida Memorial University, Associate professor of Political Science and Public Administration Public Administrator of the Year – Daniel Alfonso, City Manager, City of Miami Chapter President-Elect Terry Murphy warming up the audience at the Annual Awards ceremony. Photo by Agatha Caraballo


Elected Official of the Year, Jean Monestime (center) who is the Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners,

poses with League of Women Voters members including ASPA board member Terry Murphy (far left), Chapter Member of the Year, Melissa Dynan (purple dress), and board member Nicki Frazier (2nd from right). Photo by Agatha Caraballo

Danny Alfonso, City Manager of the City of Miami, holds a plaque he was awarded as Public Administrator of the Year from ASPA board member Roslyn Alic-Batson (standing next to him in striped jacket). Mr. Alfonso is surrounded by City of Miami staff and other admirers who came to support him in receiving this honor. Photo by Bill Solomon

ASPA South Florida Chapter Board Retreat By Keven Mayo, editor The retreat was scheduled by incoming President Terry Murphy, Ph.D. on June 27, 2015. All new and returning board members and any interested Chapter members were invited to attend the retreat held at Stroyka’s off Biscayne Blvd and 55th Street in Miami. Terry introduced the board members for the new fiscal year and gave an overview of how the South Florida Chapter of ASPA fits in with the Regional and National ASPA organizations. He also introduced Dr. Allan Rosenbaum, Immediate Past-President of National ASPA who was present, to those who may not know him. Terry then asked each person in attendance to write down and then express their passion to the rest of the group, as they introduced themselves and explained why they joined ASPA. Nicki Frazier wrote down responses on a flip chart and posted the pages on the walls at the front of the room. Terry discussed the Chapter’s finances and mentioned the need for sponsorship for events. He wants our events to have media coverage. Rody Veras, the new Student Representative on the board, indicated that she and some of her fellow FIU students who were present would like to be involved in increasing our use of social media for events; this was welcomed by all on the board. When Terry asked about the success of the previous year’s events, Nicki asked Terry and the group to define what makes a “successful event”, and listed a string of responses on another page and posted it on a wall. Dr. Murphy said he would like to see ASPA South Florida advocate a position on issues in the area. He then led the board through a SWOT analysis. Terry discussed the need for Board and other Chapter members to serve on the ASPA Committees which include the Program Committee, Chapter Membership, Bylaws & Chapter History, Communications, and Advocacy.

Board and interested ASPA Chapter members at Retreat.


First Meeting of 2015-16 Board By Keven Mayo, editor The first board meeting of the fiscal year was held on July 29, 2015 in the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Chairman’s conference room. Our Chapter President, Terry Murphy, announced that he is now ASPA District 3 Representative and on the National Finance Committee! Sounds like a busy year ahead for Dr. Murphy. Committee Chairs were introduced, Chapter finances were reviewed and upcoming events were discussed. Please review the list of committees below and find at least one that interests you. Then notify the Chair how you would like to assist. The Communications Committee includes working with the Chapter website, social media and newsletter; distributing the PA Times at events; managing the Speakers Bureau for high school students; and advocating for positions in public sector conflicts. The Communications Committee Chair is Roslyn Alic-Batson. The Program Committee coordinates and cohosts events such as luncheons, celebrations and awards ceremonies, including pricing and getting sponsorships. The Program Committee Chair is Nicki Frazier. The Bylaws and Chapter History Committee handles amendments and the Chair is Rina Gomez. The Membership Development Committee defines the budget and increases membership; the Chair is Glenn Joseph. See meeting photos below with President Murphy at the head of the table.

President’s Reception By Keven Mayo, editor La Loggia was the site for the President’s Reception, where the new and continuing South Florida Chapter board members were sworn in by the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts, Harvey Ruvin! The event was held on August 27, 2015 and was well attended by chapter members and guests. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks were served, and a raffle was held for 2 tickets to the Dolphin game on August 29th. Our South Florida Chapter photographer, Bill Solomon (left), makes a rare appearance in front of the camera, with board member Seraphin Bernard. Seraphin is sporting his new magnetic name tag that President Terry Murphy bestowed upon each board member.


Swearing in of FY16 South Florida ASPA Board (l to r): Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin, President Terry Murphy, Immediate Past President Glenn Joseph, Recording Secretary Angela Miller, President-Elect Agatha Caraballo, Seraphin Bernard, Corresponding Secretary Carolyn Francis-Royer, Keven Mayo, Student Representative Rody Veras, Nicki Frazier, Melissa Dynan, Estephanie Escobar and Rina Gomez. Photo by Bill Solomon

Miami Dolphins Fundraiser By Sheryl St. Pierre, editor-in-training The ASPA South Florida Chapter sold tickets to the Miami Dolphins vs Atlanta Falcons exhibition home game on Saturday, August 29, 2015. This was the second such Dolphins game that the Chapter participated in, last December the Chapter hosted our first tailgate and game and everyone that attended had such a good time we decided to do it again. Everyone had a great time and the Dolphins won. If you have ideas on how the chapter can make a little money and members can have fun in the process, send us an email with your ideas at

ASPA tailgaters model their Dolfan attire before the Miami-Atlanta Falcons exhibition game at SunLife Stadium. The South Florida Chapter sold game tickets as a fundraiser. Photo by Bill Solomon


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 at the following sites:

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Volunteer Needed The South Florida Chapter of ASPA is in need of an assistant for the newsletter editor and Communications Committee. Our current editor is being replaced by Chapter member Sheryl St. Pierre. Requirements include a working knowledge of MS Word and good grammar/editing skills. Attendance at most ASPA events preferred. If interested, please contact Keven Mayo at .

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 sometimes internship opportunities through Miami-Dade County and municipalities to get a first-hand look at operations in the public sector. They are directed to undergraduate or graduate college students. ASPA South Florida offers several scholarships for Public Administration students throughout the year. Please contact Dr. Agatha Caraballo at FIU for 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.

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New Board of Directors 2015-2016 President: Terry Murphy President-Elect: Agatha Caraballo Recording Secretary: Angela Miller Corresponding Secretary: Carolyn Francis-Royer Treasurer: Julie Ann Smith Immediate-Past President: Glenn C. Joseph

Other Board Members: Seraphin W. Bernard Melissa Dynan Estaphanie Escobar Nicki Frazier Rina Gomez Keven Mayo Valerie Patterson Jaeisson Rodriguez Michele Tantardini

Student Representative: Rody Veras

Southeast Conference Liaison: Roslyn Alic-Batson National Liaisons: Allan Rosenbaum, Ines Beecher, Terry Murphy

Perpetual Board Members: Roslyn Alic-Batson 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 email 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.

2015 ASPA newsletter summer  

2015 ASPA newsletter summer

2015 ASPA newsletter summer  

2015 ASPA newsletter summer