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South Florida

Administrator Newsletter of the South Florida Chapter American Society for Public Administration

Editor’s Corner

Special points of interest:

Summer 2016

· Member Satisfaction Survey Results are In..……….pp. 4-5 · Dr. Mohamad Alkadry Receives Spirit Award…pg. 7

· See What a Great Summer It’s Been!......................pp. 8-11 · Agatha Caraballo recognized as one of Legacy Magazine’s 40 under 40………… 9

· Job Announcement for Procurement Pros...….pg. 10

Inside this issue: 2015-2016 President’s Message


Student Representative Spot


Nonprofit Matters


Greetings from Incoming Chapter President


Upcoming Events


ASPA Chapter History


Member Benefits

About ASPA 2015 - 2016 Board of Directors, How to Join Get in Touch

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Sheryl St. Pierre, MPA Newsletter Editor, ASPA South Florida Chapter

Happy South Florida summer! The chapter has elected a new board of directors, and has great things planned for members this 20162017 year. Dr. Terry Murphy reflects on a very productive year serving as Chapter President. Incoming President, Dr. Agatha Caraballo greets ASPA members.

Rody Veras, 2015-2016 Student Representative, presents the results of our member satisfaction survey, and hands the baton to her successor, Andrea Headley, doctoral student at

Florida International University (FIU). Two new contributors, Melissa Dynan and Rina Gomez, make their debut with interesting and relevant features for nonprofit sector and history enthusiasts. FIU’s Dr. Mohamad Alkadry receives national recognition from the premier public purchasing professionals’ organization. Also, Bill Solomon reaches out to future student members at the University of Miami. SECoPA regional and ASPA national conferences are right around the corner! Have you registered yet?

Visit our new website and follow us on social media for details on upcoming events. Becoming a member of the ASPA South Florida Chapter makes you a part of the leading professional association for public administrators in Florida. Join today!

Summer 2016

It has been an honor…

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Serving as the President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration during the past year has been an honor and a privilege. Though we successfully completed much of the agenda we developed at our 2015 retreat, there is one proposal that remains incomplete. And I intend to pursue it with gusto now that I am the Immediate-Past President.

Dr. Terry Murphy

Immediate-Past President, ASPA South Florida Chapter

“I thank all of you for the

privilege of

having served as your



and I wish

everyone a great year ahead in

service to the people of South


We did have a great “Best Practices” conference built around the theme of our changing climate. The 18th Floor of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center proved to be a fine forum for our sessions. Our keynote speaker, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Chairman Jean Monestime, seemed right at home when he spoke to the attendees in the Commission chambers. And we had a great interactive closing session led by local activist and civics educator David McDougal. Throughout the year we had many great events. The Miami Dolphins game and tailgate, the luncheon with Senator Anitere Flores, the holiday party at R House in Wynwood, and the Parrot Jungle Award Reception were all special gatherings to remember. I want to thank all the members of the ASPA South Florida Chapter Board of Directors for contributing so much of your time and energy to make all of our events special. As a member of the National Council of ASPA, I can tell you the South Florida Chapter is considered a standard bearer for active involvement of the members and is recognized for always maintaining an exciting calendar of events. We are fortunate to have so many talented administrators and academics committed to furthering the public sector career service. In the year ahead, Dr. Agatha Caraballo, my dear friend and colleague, will take our chapter to new heights as our President.

As for that unfinished business…it is time for our local governments to enter into an official relationship with the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration in the nation. The mission of ASPA is “to advance the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration.” Further, we provide networking opportunities for everyone who is committed to public service values. As such, we believe Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and the respective municipalities should officially recognize the South Florida Chapter of ASPA as the professional organization for its employees. With the support of Dr. Caraballo and all of the current board members, I am sure we can have ASPA officially recognized by our local governments. I want to especially thank board member Jessica Jones for suggesting this initiative, and look forward to working with her to make it a reality. Once again, I thank all of you for the privilege of having served as your Chapter President, and I wish everyone a great year ahead in service to the people of South Florida. Sincerely,

Terry Murphy, PhD ASPA South Florida Chapter President, 2015-2016

Summer 2016

Greetings from the Incoming Chapter President

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Hello! My name is Agatha Caraballo, and I am thrilled to serve as the new President of the ASPA South Florida Chapter for the 2016-2017 term! On Friday, August 26th I had the honor of being sworn in by Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts Harvey Ruvin, along with my amazing fellow board members, at the President’s Reception at La Loggia Restaurant.

First, I would like to acknowledge my predecessor, Dr. Terry Murphy, for his exemplary service as Chapter President, and to thank him for encouraging, mentoring, and reassuring me that I was indeed ready to assume this leadership position. A lot has changed since I first learned about ASPA from Terry in a doctoral class at FIU that we shared back in 2009. That same year, ASPA held its national conference in downtown Miami, so I took advantage of the opportunity to volunteer as a graduate student and to learn about the local chapter. ASPA welcomed me with open arms, and I have been a part of the family ever since. ASPA became my professional home and has provided me with incredible insight, connections, and exposure to the public administration community in South Florida and beyond. In 2010, I was fortunate to be the recipient of the chapter’s general scholarship, and was then able to pay it forward by serving as the Chair of the Scholarship Committee several years later.

Throughout my experience with ASPA – initially, as a student member, and later as an officer and board member at the local and national levels – I have been given invaluable opportunities to learn about public service delivery, nonprofit management, public-private partnerships, cross-sector collaboration, professional development, networking, and much more. I am proud to share that we have a fantastic program scheduled for this year. The chapter will be hosting and supporting a diverse mix of events including speaker luncheons, breakfast conversations, student meet-and-greets, and evening networking receptions. Please be sure to follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn) to receive updates and share us with friends and colleagues. As always, we welcome your ideas and suggestions on how to provide increased value to our members and the South Florida community. In the next issue of our newsletter, I will resume my advice column, “Ask Dr. Agatha” and am currently soliciting career questions and other topics for consideration. Please email me at, and feel free to contact me directly regarding any other questions, concerns, or suggestions that you may have. Lastly, please check out our current calendar of events in this newsletter issue (pg. 5) and save the dates! We hope you can join us often, and please bring a friend! On behalf of the ASPA South Florida Chapter, we appreciate your continued support, and your individual and collective contributions to the advancement of excellence in the public service. Thank you! Sincerely,

Agatha S. Caraballo, PhD ASPA South Florida Chapter President, 2016-2017

Dr. Agatha Caraballo President 2016-2017, ASPA South Florida Chapter

“I would like to

acknowledge my predecessor, Dr. Terry Murphy,

for his exemplary service as Chapter

President, and to thank him for encouraging,

mentoring, and reassuring me

that I was indeed ready to assume this leadership position.”

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Student Representative Spot: ASPA Member Survey Results

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Greetings! I hope everyone enjoyed their summer vacation. Thanks to our members, local leaders, and Board of Directors, the South Florida Chapter has been positively impacting communities in South Florida. Rody Tamara Veras Chapter Student Representative, ASPA South Florida Chapter

To assist the chapter in creating a new and improved year, a member survey was conducted from April to mid-May. Data was collected from members regarding their satisfaction with ASPA South Florida’s programs and services. There were a total of 44 respondents. This is just a small fraction of the chapter’s member body. With the data collected from the respondents, the chapter will utilize respondent’s feedback to create programs to attract potential members, and learn what professional development areas and engagement opportunities are most important to our members. We will use the suggestions to be responsive to issues our members are most passionate about, increase participation in events, create more programming for pre-service members and those transitioning into the public sector from other sectors.

Survey Summary · 47.73% of respondents have been members with the chapter for over five years · 56.82% belong to other professional associations · 72.73% are currently employed in the public sector · 43.18% chose PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT as their most important activity, program and service · 27.27% chose PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING as their most important activity, program and service · 61.36% attended the Annual Best Practices conference in the last 12 months · 38.64% chose CHAPTER AND SECTION MEMBERSHIP as their most important benefit when considering renewal When asked to rate their likelihood of recommending ASPA to a friend or colleague, 75% of respondents indicated that they would recommend ASPA. The Chapter is continually looking for innovative ways to further engage and develop existing and prospective members. No Neutral


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Continued from pg. 4 Student Representative Spot

The survey also gave respondents an opportunity to type-in comments. Nine respondents provided additional feedback and actionable recommendations including: “Develop position papers on local and regional issues that directly impact the local community.” “Challenge local leaders and stakeholders to adopt performance metrics to gauge civic engagement and service delivery.” “Proffer constructive and practical ideas to address regional issues such as homelessness and youth gun violence.” “I recommend ASPA membership to graduate students, especially, since the rates are extremely reasonable, and it does offer career opportunities.” “Some chapter and section memberships are a waste of money and fraud because members don't get anything (e.g. newsletters, journals, meetings, conferences, etc.) from them as a return on their investment.” “More offerings for members with a concentration in nonprofit.”

As outgoing Student Representative, I encourage my fellow students to be more active in chapter activities, and hope that you continue to support an organization that is working passionately for you. Quarterly newsletters are sent via email to our members, and are also accessible to everyone on the chapter’s website at In addition to email announcements sent by the chapter’s Corresponding Secretary, our website also lists upcoming events. Farewell My time as Student Representative has come to an end, but I am proud to have been part of such a prominent organization. I would like to thank the Board of Directors for their example and dedication in advancing ASPA’s mission. As I move northeast and join a chapter in New York, know that the ASPA South Florida Chapter will be my forever family. During my membership with the chapter, I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience that I can take with me throughout my public service career. I will continue to follow ASPA’s vision. As we enter a new year, the new Student Representative, Andrea Headley, will contribute her talents, fervor, and hard work to add to the chapter’s success. Thank you profoundly for the opportunity to serve. Rody Tamara Veras Student Representative, 2015-2016

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Melissa Dynan, MPA Board Member, ASPA South Florida Chapter

“It should be no surprise that nonprofit


play a crucial role in public policy as

advocates for the


they serve…”

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Nonprofit Matters: Advocacy, the Core of the Third Sector

In ASPA South Florida Chapter’s effort to be more inclusive in its coverage of public administration and good governance topics, we are introducing a newsletter segment to highlight the nonprofit sector. I obtained my MPA with a nonprofit concentration, and spent more than a decade working for a leading organization in Boston providing services to address homelessness. Four years ago, I relocated to South Florida to continue my advocacy efforts on behalf of the nonprofit sector.

It should be no surprise that nonprofit organizations play a crucial role in public policy as advocates for the communities they serve, and as key players in the implementation of public policy. A recent report by the Independent Sector indicates that the total number of nonprofit organizations in the state of Florida is 69,310. The sector employs 429,800 people, 7% of the state’s workforce, and generates more than $86 billion in annual revenues. As such, the nonprofit sector has an enormous responsibility in terms of promoting civic engagement. As government outsources services or the nonprofit sector simply seeks to fill a void, the role of advocacy remains at its core. Whether advocating for funding at the local and state level or for a change in policy at the national level, these advocacy efforts are not just for the people/ places/things receiving services. They extend to the employees who work in the sector – who are typically much lower paid, and receive less benefits than employees in other sectors. With the upcoming General Election, in which every seat in the Florida Senate is open due to redistricting, our vote speaks volumes. It is not just to voice what is important to us as individuals. Our vote is a tool with which we can advocate for change. Local city and county budget hearings are also upon us. Taking the initiative to speak before the commission at public hearings is equally imperative. Voting locally for city commissioners, judges, and state legislators has a bigger and more direct impact on our communities. Your community needs you to make your voice heard, your vote really does matter.

Mark your calendar for December 16th and 17th for the Greater Miami Civic Advance which seeks to strengthen Greater Miami’s civic infrastructure and identify and support civic solutions for compelling community issues. ASPA is a national membership organization. One of our goal’s is to increase membership in the South Florida Chapter with those who work in the nonprofit sector and/or serve on their boards - and who strive for good governance within the sector. We will continue to incorporate the sector throughout the Chapter’s work including our Annual Best Practices Conference, guest speakers at our luncheons, as well as our Annual Awards. Follow us on social media and share your experiences. Be sure to use hashtags #goodgovernance #nonprofitsector #ASPASoFla Twitter Facebook LinkedIn

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Rina Gomez Chair, By Laws and Chapter History Committee, ASPA South Florida Chapter

ASPA History, a Year at a Time: 1959, Chapter Beginnings and Advancing Excellence in Public Service

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In 1959, the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) was chartered 20 years after the establishment of the national society. With Mr. “Dutch” Williams as its first president and just a few supporters, the ASPA South Florida Chapter set out “to enhance public administration, promote the profession and preserve the public trust by providing expertise, direction, and leadership for all its members and other stakeholders.” In the 57 years to follow, the chapter would become ASPA’s model and standard-bearer for chapter level member and local leadership engagement. Since its original charter, the chapter has assisted its members in becoming better public servants and making local government more effective and efficient. Education, research, technical assistance and networking opportunities between practitioners, academics, and new public professionals have been, and will continue to be, the basis of a strong and growing membership. Today, the chapter welcomes Dr. Agatha Caraballo as its 60th President and has 245 members. Already, the future is upon us. In response to new and increasingly complex challenges, and the public’s changing expectations of public sector services, ASPA has evolved with the 21st century public sector to promote the adoption of best practices, processes, and technologies that increase efficiency, encourage greater accountability, improve transparency, and ensure citizen engagement. The ASPA South Florida Chapter hopes that you will continue to help us make history.

Congratulations to Dr. Mohamad Alkadry, FIU MPA Program Director, on receiving the National Institute of G ove rnm en ta l Purchasing Forum 2016 Spirit Award. <<< Announcement and Photo Credit:

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President’s Reception and Installation of Newly Elected Board Members

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Thanks to all who attended our President's Reception on August 26th. Our new chapter officers and board members were sworn in by the Honorable Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin. Photo credit: Bill Solomon.

Welcome 2016-2017 ASPA South Florida Chapter Board of Directors Officers

Dr. Agatha Caraballo, President Roslyn Alic-Batson, President-Elect Dr. Terry Murphy, Immediate Past-President Angela Miller, Recording Secretary Carolyn Francis-Royer, Corresponding Secretary Estephanie Escobar, Treasurer Andrea Marie Headley, Student Representative

Board Members

Glenn Joseph Jessica Jones Lorrie Kola Melissa Dynan Rina Gomez Seraphin Bernard Shenise Truesdell Sheryl St. Pierre Valerie Patterson

2016 Board Planning Retreat

July 23, 2016—The South Florida Chapter Board elects retreat to Miami’s popular Latin Café 2000 on 2501 Biscayne Blvd. to brainstorm on 20162017 annual goals and special events. Photo credit: Bill Solomon

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Our very own Agatha Caraballo, ASPA South Florida Chapter's incoming President, was selected as one of Legacy Magazine's Miami and South Florida "40 under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow for 2016." The issue appeared in the August 1st edition of The Miami Herald. Congratulations to Agatha and to the other Legacy Magazine honorees!

Miami Dolphins Pre-Season Game Tailgating Fundraiser at the Hard Rock Stadium

ASPA members, joined by family and friends, enjoy a fun evening to kick off Labor Day weekend. You havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tailgated until youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done it ASPA SoFla style!

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America’s Favorite Pastime

July 24th, Miami-Dade County Day at Marlins Park—As the Miami Marlins battled for a playoff spot against rivals New York Mets that Sunday, ASPA board took some time to enjoy America’s favorite pastime with friends and family. The first 5,000 kids received a Christian Yelich jersey, and all children 12 and under had a chance to run the bases after the game. Annual Conference Discount Early-Bird Registration!

The discount early-bird registration rate expires Oct. 31! If you know you'll be in Atlanta, make sure to register by the deadline and save!

Call for Proposals Deadline

All paper proposals are due by Sept. 23! You'll be notified in early November if your proposal has been accepted. Conference1

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Calling on Community Leaders for Ethical Governance Day 2016 Public officials, civic leaders and attorneys with significant civic involvement or government experience, share your knowledge and insight with the next generation of voters. Join in this annual community conversation. Become a volunteer speaker for Ethical Governance Day 2016, to be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, the Miami-Dade County School Board and Miami-Dade County Commission have endorsed and supported this project over the years. They have place hundreds of qualified speakers into Miami-Dade high school classrooms to address students on the importance of civic participation as an avenue to promoting more ethical government at all levels. We hope you'll join in this community-wide effort this year. For more information, visit: #EthicalGovernance

ASPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bill Solomon Reaches Out to Future Student Members

University of Miami Professor Jonathan West introduces Bill Solomon at a recruitment event. Photo credit: Bill Solomon.

On August 17th, Bill Solomon spoke to 35 new MPA students at the University of Miami discussing the importance of public service. Bill is a UM graduate, and also talked about his memories of joining ASPA. The South Florida Chapter in conjunction with the University of Miami will be paying for the attendeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; electronic student memberships. The attendees were very interested in attending meetings and receptions to network with future colleagues and fellow ASPA members.

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Responding to Job Postings

Miami-Dade County only accepts online applications for employment. One may be submitted in response to an announced vacancy. When responding to a print advertisement or online posting, your application will be linked to a specific vacancy (job opening number) and your qualifications will be screened against the announced job requirements. Apply online: jobs.asp

Applicants with Disabilities

If you have a disability and are seeking reasonable accommodation with our employment applications, examinations, or interviews, (including sign language translation) please call the Office of Reasonable Accommodation at 305-3755759 for assistance or email them at

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ASPA Member Benefits

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Wondering what ASPA can do for you? Here are just a few of the ways ASPA keeps its members informed, both in their careers and the world of public management and administration.

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. 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. News and Views - ASPA membership is one way to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening in your community.

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.

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. 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.

Community Service - Chapter efforts are designed to provide outreach and special assistance to needy segments of our community. Liaison with Educational Efforts - The chapter has established linkages with higher educational institutions to encourage students to consider careers in public service.

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.

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.

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About the American Society for Public Administration

The Society is the professional home for more than 9,000 PA practitioners, academics and students with its South Florida Chapter consisting of over 200 members. The Chapter embraces the society's original concept in finding ways of assisting its members to work better in their profession under the auspices of the national founder. The ASPA South Florida Chapter's mission is to enhance public administration, promote the profession and preserve the public trust by providing expertise, direction, and leadership for all its members and other stakeholders. For more information on ASPA, please visit

ASPA South Florida Chapter Board of Directors President Agatha Caraballo, PhD

President-Elect Roslyn Alic-Batson, MSM, CPPB



Immediate Past-President Terry Murphy, JD, PhD Recording Secretary Angela Miller, MSW

Corresponding Secretary Carolyn Francis-Royer, MPA Treasurer Estephanie Escobar, MPA

Student Representative Andrea Headley, PA Doctoral Student

Board Members Glenn Joseph, MBA, MPA Jessica Jones, MPA Lorrie Kola, MPA Melissa Dynan, MPA Rina Gomez, MPA, PHR Seraphin W. Bernard, MPA Shenise Truesdell, MPA Sheryl St. Pierre, MPA Valerie Patterson, PhD National Liaison Meredith Newman, PhD Allan Rosenbaum, PhD

District 3 Representative, ASPA National Council Jared J. Llorens, PhD

Thanks to This Issueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Contributors! Chairperson, Communications Committee: Roslyn Alic-Batson Staff Photographer: Bill Solomon Contributors - Event Photos: Dr. Agatha Caraballo, Roslyn Alic-Batson Writers - Regular Sections: Dr. Terry Murphy, Dr. Agatha Caraballo, Rody Veras, Melissa Dynan, Rina Gomez Writers - Event Highlights: Roslyn Alic-Batson, Dr. Agatha Caraballo, Bill Solomon, Melissa Dynan

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