Just Managing… Notes From the Chair There is no doubt about 2020 being a challenging year for public service managers, and university department chairs were not exempt from the trials and tribulations. All said and done, however, I must say that the faculty and staff of the Department of Public Administration were incredibly resilient, dedicated and persistent in our goal of providing the nationally ranked, excellent MPA courses that our students and alumni expect of us. We pivoted quickly and almost seamlessly from classrooms to virtual, synchronous Zoom classrooms. We benefited greatly from almost every core MPA course already having been developed for a fully online (asynchronous) modality. The rigorous standards and excellent course designs were readily available for the shift to virtual sessions. Student course evaluations were filled with positive feedback about how well our faculty adjusted to the COVID-19-imposed environment.
Our challenges were compounded by two of our staff members taking NIU’s early retirement incentive, leaving Denise Burchard and me to manage the office processes on top of our existing commitments. We are very pleased that Dory Stipetic started as our new office administrator Thanksgiving week, with her first major project managing our December request for alumni support. She has proven to be a quick learner and we love her public service ethic: she is the first vice president and major fundraising manager for the Elburn Lions Club! If she hasn’t sold you a drive-thru dinner ticket yet… While some of our students have really struggled with the disruptions COVID-19 has wreaked with their families and work/life/school balance, there is solidarity and understanding among their fellow students. And our faculty have focused on grace and flexibility. When we admit someone to our MPA program, it is because they are committed to pursuing a public service career that will improve our communities for generations to come. Our commitment is to help them succeed in this academic leg of their journey. I am grateful for all of the alumni who help by hosting interns, serving on the board of advisors, appearing as guest speakers and donating to our foundation accounts that help improve the program for all students. I look forward to actually seeing you — in person — in the near future to learn how you are doing, what you are doing and what the future holds. You don’t have to wait that long of course. Just email me and schedule a time in my Fourth Wednesday Engagement Hours. We can talk about any issues or topics, career progress updates, family highlights or whatever is on your mind. Thank you for your public service. Peace, Kurt Thurmaier
Meet the MPA Faculty Eunju Rho, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
I look back over my life, a young Korean girl who dreamed of becoming an influential public management scholar, who now sees the reality that she teaches MPA students at Northern Illinois University, one of the best MPA programs for local government management in the U.S. What drove my life to chase a dream across 6,000 miles? Yesterday, in my leadership class, the lesson I taught my students was: “Leaders have to create an environment that embraces change, not as a threat but as an opportunity.” I received my Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and my MPA degree from Texas A&M University, in addition to an MPA and B.A. from Korea University. Prior to joining NIU in 2017, I was an assistant professor at the University of Akron. From South Korea to Texas, to Georgia, to Ohio, finally to Illinois, I have confronted numerous tough changes and challenges. In order to thrive in challenging times, I have tried to seize the opportunity of moments and keep moving and producing the expected results. This mindset gave me a sense of control in dealing with changes and in building capacity to thrive in a new reality. As a result, I have developed a strong commitment to research in public performance management, yielding more than 15 publications and delivering more than 30 conference presentations.
stressed to find balance between my roles as a professor and parent. To address this, I created my own “favorite” workspace with all the equipment and devices, established routines and schedules, and communicated my needs and struggles with my family. I also tried to be kind to myself! I hope your resilience and passions take you to the windows of your opportunities; to the corners of chances to meet mentors, colleagues and people who will influence each other; to the highest of your hopes to make your organization, your society and your government better; and to the most special places your heart has ever known.
Eunju resides in Munster, Indiana, with her husband, Ilwoo Ju, and son, Daniel Ju.
The COVID-19 crisis has allowed me to identify new research opportunities regarding governments’ efforts to embrace the performance management system as a systematic way of using data to inform decisions and respond to challenges. My role as an educator is a professional priority focused on both versatility and quality. Moving to all remote instruction has led me to broaden my perspective and accelerate innovative teaching and new initiatives for better student engagement in the online setting. Moreover, the crisis has significantly altered my personal life and left me feeling overworked and
Meet the MPA Faculty Alicia Schatteman, Ph.D., Associate Professor Director of the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies My path to becoming a professor was neither straight nor intentional. I am a first-generation college student and the first time I stepped onto a university campus was to register for classes. I started my career in government service, at the county level in my hometown of Ontario, Canada. I earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa and a master’s degree in Canadian Studies from Trent University. I made the jump to the United States doing a summer internship with a nonprofit cultural heritage organization in Altoona, Pennsylvania. From there I moved to New Jersey, first working for a county cultural and heritage preservation commission, then a state nonprofit cultural organization, followed by serving as an executive director of a local historical society. I continued my education with a master’s degree in communications management from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in public administration from Rutgers University. I discovered I loved teaching young adults. Being a professor suits my interests and passions very well, especially at a public university. I want to help students realize their dreams regardless of where they start in life. Along my educational path, I married my Jersey boy husband and we have six children. I came to NIU as an assistant professor in 2010 and became the director of the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies in 2020.
Alicia lives in Sugar Grove, Illinois, with her husband, Matt, and their six children.
My research brings together my experiences and training in local government as well as the nonprofit sector. In particular, I like examining how these two sectors are mutually dependent yet also independent. I am especially interested in the financial relationship between government and nonprofits, with funding going in both directions such as the creation of nonprofits to support government and nonprofits supported by government to directly provide services to the public. The pandemic significantly impacted this local government/nonprofit relationship. Some nonprofits such as arts organizations had to immediately shut down. Other nonprofits such as behavioral health services and food pantries had significant increases in demand for services. As unemployment increased, nonprofits partnered with government to meet demands. Nonprofits and local governments collaborated to serve residents in safe and innovative ways.
Meet the MPA Faculty Julie Langer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
I started my higher education journey at a community college and loved it. I chose to major in communications and conflict transformation upon transferring to a four-year university. What a gift it was to dive into the language of social movements, the rhetorical genius of Frederick Douglass and narratives of conflict. With the help of my professors, I had the opportunity to transcribe interviews with Palestinians and Israelis seeking peace and reconciliation following the second intifada. I also traveled across the U.S. with the American Friends Service Committee’s “Eyes Wide Open” campaign, which sought to bring attention to the human cost of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. These early experiences cemented for me a desire to pursue a career that could somehow help make the world a better, more peaceful place. After graduation I worked with a small local magazine and publishing house where I wrote content for various partners and also co-led the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. Working with nonprofits to raise awareness of and resources for their missions motivated me to return for my MPA. Following my MPA I went to work in the nonprofit sector, leading collaborative workforce development initiatives in Chicago around issues such as transportation, distribution and logistics, education and health care. This experience allowed me insight into the people and complex systems, public, private and nonprofit, working toward equity, justice and empowerment in society. I was motivated to pursue these ideas through a Ph.D. in public administration.
individualistic, are related to outcomes such as voter mobilization and citizen engagement. My experiences have provided me with a deep appreciation for education and its ability to change a person’s life. With continued perseverance and curiosity, I hope to help make the opportunity of education and research accessible to all those who desire it, and I’m glad to have chosen NIU’s Department of Public Administration as the place to pursue these efforts.
Julie Langer lives in Oak Park with her husband, Tim, and two children, Ava and Mason.
While pursuing my Ph.D. I continued my nonprofit work and had two children. My current research is focused on systems and how the design of these systems can both create and destroy value in society. More specifically, I examine how organizations are used as vehicles for the expression of identity and how these identities, whether relational, collectivistic or
Meet the MPA Faculty Tom Skuzinski, Ph.D., Associate Professor I was excited to join the NIU Department of Public Administration in August 2020 as an associate professor. I spent the last five years at Virginia Tech as an assistant professor of urban planning in the School of Public and International Affairs. My roots are in the Midwest — northern rural Michigan — and I’m happy to report that my upbringing helped me survive my first Illinois winter. I decided to live in DeKalb to be close to the NIU campus, and I moved here with my husband, Michael, and my mom and sister. I earned a Juris Doctor degree at Michigan State University and hold master’s and doctoral degrees in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan. Growing up in a small town, as I did, gives one insight into the importance of local governments, which sparked my interest and motivates my career. Surviving the crises of the past year would not have been possible without the innovation and endurance of local governments. How local government leaders make decisions, especially in highly fragmented, highly decentralized settings, is at the heart of my research. I use surveys and interviews to probe the preferences and behaviors of the individuals within these. What does it mean to rationally pursue the public good in times of uncertainty and resource scarcity? Why and how do local government leaders reach across jurisdictional boundaries to solve regional problems? How can regional organizations work toward solutions in and among the local governments they serve? These are the questions that intrigue me, and my efforts to answer them have been funded by the Department of Transportation and the Regional Studies Association (and, I hope soon, by the National Science Foundation). I typically focus on land use planning and regulation and infrastructure systems such as public transportation or stormwater management. In the wake of COVID-19 and with my arrival to northern Illinois, I have turned my attention toward broadband accessibility and availability. Tom lives in DeKalb with his husband, Michael.
I teach courses in urban planning and zoning, public administration and law, new governance, and public service performance, and I’m the faculty adviser for the ICMA student chapter. I’ve felt fortunate to join a department that has a strong connection to and reputation in the region and the state, and have been able to collaborate with the Center for Governmental Studies, the Wisconsin City/County Manager Association, the Region 1 Planning Council, and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Meet the MPA Faculty Jaehee Jong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor I was born and raised in South Korea where I completed a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in public administration. I was looking to challenge myself and decided to study abroad in the United States. Many tried to discourage me from this path suggesting that I was too young to start a degree program in a country where English was my second language. However, I wanted to explore and experience American public administration and not just rely on learning through textbooks. In 2009 I started an MPA at the University of Albany, State University of New York and then continued to complete my Ph.D. Through my many accomplishments I also had to overcome frustrations and failures. At Albany I was interested in learning about various organization-related phenomena and eagerly studied managerial practices, leadership, human behaviors/ attitudes and the employee–organization relationship. Additionally, I explored research topics from different angles such as Western culture vs. non-Western culture; public sector vs. private sector; and local, state and federal levels of government. My interest in these diverse perspectives was partly developed during my work experiences in the U.S. and Korea.
The pandemic will be ending soon and I would like to explore what lessons we have learned from this experience, personally, professionally and socially/ nationally. I see it as an opportunity to think about cherishing things in my life that I have taken for granted. The past year has helped me realize that it is important to maintain stability and resilience in my personal as well as professional mindset. Like my journey to the U.S., this thinking takes courage.
Jaehee resides in Aurora, Illinois, with her dog, Billie, who she adopted from the Dog Patch shelter in Naperville in the summer of 2019.
Since joining the faculty at NIU in 2017, I’ve sought to expand my research areas and public service value perspectives to the local level. I am currently studying how local government employees evaluate telework practices during the pandemic in terms of their influence on productivity, workplace diversity and communication.
Meet the MPA Faculty Chris Goodman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Most professors likely won’t admit to being a lackluster student in college. For a time, I was. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I majored in political science and minored in economics, and I did so-so in early classes until two influential professors helped me figure things out. First, I concentrated in professional politics and my advisor pushed me to do a political internship in Washington, D.C. I spent five months on Capitol Hill and realized it wasn’t for me. When I returned to campus I was offered a job as a professor’s research assistant, and it opened my eyes to the world of academic research. The professor was writing a book on state politics and running a center doing projects for many local governments and nonprofits in the Atlanta suburbs. This experience led me to the MPA program at the University of Georgia. Securing a summer research internship with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia pushed me to pursue a Ph.D. I wanted to know more about how local governments made financial decisions. I stayed at the University of Georgia for my Ph.D. and specialized in public finance. My dissertation examined the influence of urban sprawl on local government financial decision-making. Through all of these twists and turns, I can’t imagine doing anything other than being a professor. As a byproduct of my dissertation work, I became interested in why local governments form and the potential issues associated with having too many or too few in an area. I became particularly enamored with special districts and have primarily focused my research on examining why they exist or dissolve, their influences on local government systems, and how local areas can better organize themselves. My research emphasis is what ultimately drew me to Illinois and NIU. With so many special districts in
the state, understanding the influence of these local governments is essential. Do we have too many special districts? Too few? What are the implications? As with many things in local governance, it depends. I hope to bring some nuance to the discussions of how to make the local public sector work better for Illinois residents. I currently reside in Glen Ellyn with my wife, Lindsey, and our two Labradoodles, Steve and Kevin. When I’m not working, I’m likely on a bike, hiking, taking pictures or enjoying the endless other things this great region has to offer.
Chris and his wife, Lindsey, are pictured here after being caught in an unexpected rain storm at Costello San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Meet the MPA Faculty Kurt Thurmaier, Ph.D. Distinguished Engagement Professor and Chair It is hard for me to believe that I have been on the NIU public administration faculty since 2006 and chair since 2009. The journey has been the proverbial “long and winding road” and I have enjoyed almost all of it! The challenge for me is that I always want to take both forks in the road at the same time! Hence, I find great satisfaction leading students through the course materials and watching them grow personally and professionally as public service professionals. I also find it deeply satisfying leading my nonprofit (tdsnfp.org), volunteering to improve the education of poor girls in rural Tanzania, and serving as a director on the Opportunity DeKalb board to lead efforts to improve the quality of life for residents of the Annie Glidden North neighborhood and the city of DeKalb. I have been fortunate to have terrific doctoral students at NIU. I have been working with my current student, Frankline Muthomi, in studies about citizen participation in county budgeting in Kenya and the lessons those counties can provide U.S. local governments. Underway since 2016, we have developed an engaged budgeting model that strengthens democratic accountability and improves allocative efficiency in local government budgeting. The findings from 15 focus group sessions of county citizens about their perspectives on participatory budgeting was recently published in Public Administration Review (PAR). As a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, I belong to the State and Local Government Working Group and the Africa Working Group of the International Affairs Panel. Muthomi and I accepted an invitation to present our Kenya results to a joint (virtual) session of these working groups in fall 2020. I am organizing a comparative field study of U.S. municipalities that use a range of engaged budgeting tools to gather citizen input. Finally, I am working on a research project using a local government budget Balancing Act simulation to gauge how citizens would respond to multiple options for shifting funding from police departments to alternatives as measures to improve public safety responses to residents with mental health, addiction and other noncriminal issues.
Still, a relatively new passion is spending time with our grandchildren. You can spot some of those adventures on my Facebook page.
Township Governments in Illinois Professors Chris Goodman, Jaehee Jong and Kurt Thurmaier and former. NIU faculty member Aaron Deslatte are collaborating with the Township Officials of Illinois (TOI) to conduct and analyze survey data from township administrators, supervisors and assessors. The January 2021 survey had a very high response rate and faculty are now analyzing the results. Presentations are scheduled for the fall 2021 Township Academy and the November TOI annual conference. The group expects the results to be published in multiple scholarly and practitioner journals as well. The research is being supported in part by the 50th Anniversary Fund for Local Government Research.
Board of Advisor Chairs Share Their Experiences Ramesh Kanapareddy, Chair Class of 2008
Scott Skrycki, Past Chair Class of 2011
Working in the gray area of local government management is very challenging for an engineer. When looking to further my education, I considered the logical path for an engineer — an MBA. It was the timely intervention of one of my professional mentors, Joe Wade (’85), who changed my career direction. Wade, an assistant city manager and instructor at NIU, described for me the future if I pursued an MPA degree from NIU. The renowned MPA curriculum with a concentration in urban management enticed me, and I started the MPA program.
Born and raised in Bartlett, Illinois, I always knew that I wanted to be part of local government in some capacity. As a young boy I was starstruck by the village president at the community fish fry, enjoyed slipping our household water bill into the big drop box and even had my parents drop me off at board meetings so I could see local government in action.
The MPA classes, with a mix of students and midcareer professionals, provided me with the required fundamentals and confidence to be able to lead a department. If not for the NIU MPA, I would have remained an engineer with limited exposure to facing public initiatives and the ability to resolve matters amiably. I have worked in local government for 20 years and can say with confidence the exposure of NIU MPA has given me the know-how, background and connections to perform my job at a high level each and every day! It is an honor and privilege to serve as the chair of the BOA among so many accomplished professionals. In 2020, the nation went through two distinct challenging events; the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial inequality movement. It has been refreshing to see how the BOA came together to tackle the issues of enrollment and fundraising through Zoom sessions. The contribution of the BOA to the department’s mission statement to include the word “all” captures the essence of all of us, as a nation, as we move forward to a better and equal future.
I started as a dishwasher at the local municipal golf course. From there I went on to assist in corporate outings and customer service. After completing my bachelor’s degree, my plans to take the summer off were sidetracked by the village offering me a summer internship in the manager’s office. This was the opportunity I had been waiting for, and now, 13 years later, I am the assistant village manager for the Village of Bartlett. Now, I oversee the operations at the very golf course where I started. In addition, I am involved in the dayto-day operations in economic development and communications. I have gotten exposure to and have taken the lead on many capital projects, and I work with civic groups and the chamber of commerce. Taking that summer internship was the best professional decision I have ever made, of course, along with completing my MPA at NIU. I have been very fortunate to work with and be mentored by two excellent village managers; Valerie Salmons and Paula Schumacher. I was honored to be the chair of the MPA Board of Advisors. It has been a huge honor to be a part of an amazing group of people who help guide the MPA program.
Graduation Celebrating the Class of
2020 We were pleased to celebrate our class of 2020 by holding an outdoor Pi Alpha Alpha Hooding and Awards Ceremony at the Hopkins Park Band Shell in DeKalb in August. We were honored to have our new dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Robert Brinkmann, Ph.D., as a guest. We also bid farewell and thank you to our retiring office manager, Ellen Cabrera, and our office support specialist, Lisa March.
2020 Pi Alpha Alpha Award Winners
Monat Scholar Brian Joanis was awarded the department’s highest honor as the student who promotes the virtues of public service along with the highest academic standards. Joanis worked as an intern at the village of Roselle throughout the MPA program, and he is currently working for the village as a management analyst. Wit Scholar Kathleen Plutz was chosen by the faculty for this award and was described as responsible, mature and amiable with a strong work ethic. Plutz was an intern for Invest Aurora and was also recognized by the Chicago Chapter of ASPA as the 2020 Dean F. Eitel Outstanding Graduate Student.
Jordan Salzman Ericka Strojinc
John Morris Scholar Nicholas Faust was recognized for academic excellence. He completed an internship at the city of Burlington, Wisconsin, and now works as the communications specialist at the city of Janesville, Wisconsin. Outstanding Peer Award Nick Radcliffe, chosen by his fellow students, was described as “driven, hardworking and he truly cares about the success of others around him.” Radcliffe completed his internship at the village of Elk Grove, where he is now working as a senior management analyst. Model Public Administrator Awards for Strategic Public Management and Leadership Jordan Salzman was awarded the Model Public Administrator Award for Strategic Public Management and Leadership for pre-career students. Salzman interned with the city of Janesville, Wisconsin. He is an officer candidate with the Army National Guard and first-year law student at John Marshall Law School. Ericka Strojinc received the Model Public Administrator Award for Strategic Public Management and Leadership for midcareer students. Strojinc is the director of recreation and facilities at the Buffalo Grove Park District. Model Public Administrator Award for Local Government Management Harry Bell received the pre-career Model Public Administrator Award for Local Government Management. Bell served as the management intern for the village of Oswego. He will be starting law school in the fall of 2021 at the University of Missouri. Model Public Administrator Award for Fiscal Administration Ed Scheid was awarded the midcareer Model Public Administrator Award for Fiscal Administration. Scheid started as an intern with the village of Elk Grove and was quickly promoted to a full-time position as property maintenance inspector. Model Public Administrator Award for Nonprofit Management Minsun Song was awarded the midcareer Model Public Administrator Award for Nonprofit Management. Song was an international student from Korea. She returned to work in government management in Korea.
The Department of Public Administration is pleased to announce the 2020 Pi Alpha Alpha 2020 Inductees:
Harry Bell Nicholas Faust Max Gonzalez Brian Joanis Austin Lewey Daniel Noll Ivette Ortiz
Matthew Pasquini John Petragallo Nick Radcliffe Cris Possar Randall Jordan Salzman Edward Scheid Sarah Schusler
Alumni Award Winners
Robin Weaver (’79) was recognized for her Outstanding Service to the Profession. Weaver earned her MPA in 1979 and worked in local government for over 30 years, serving in the Illinois communities of Elk Grove, Roselle and Normal. Although retired from a full-time career, Weaver has remained very active as a senior advisor to professionals in local government and has been a member of an international group of city managers. She has worked on international projects and co-authored a white paper on sustainability. She worked on economic development issues in Jordan and governing issues in Kosovo. Weaver also serves on committees for the Illinois City/County Managers Association and is a board member for the Legacy Project Women in Local Government organization.
James Barr (’06), township administrator for Hanover Township in northwest Cook County, received the 2019 ASPA Administrator of the Year Award. This award honors administrative professionals who, in the face of complex problems and issues, rise to the challenge by designing solutions, taking risks and creating innovations that empower their organizations to overcome obstacles. Barr manages 100 staff and more than 300 volunteers in service to the community’s 100,000 residents. He earned his bachelor’s degree and his MPA at NIU. Barr is president of the Illinois Association of Township Administrators, co-founded the Illinois Township Management Academy and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Bartlett, Illinois. Barr and his wife, Jessica, who is also a two-time NIU alumna in nursing, have two daughters, Madeline, 12 and Ann, 9.
Professor Erica Ceka was recognized for her significant contribution to the success of the Department of Public Administration and its mission of educating students to improve the performance of governance. Ceka, a Muskie fellow from Moldova, Russia, earned her MPA at NIU in 2012. She returned to NIU in the fall of 2014 to earn a Ph.D. with a concentration in public administration. As a Ph.D. student she became one of our top undergraduate instructors while assisting Professor Thurmaier in research and writing. After completing her Ph.D. in 2019, she stayed at NIU as a visiting professor and successfully taught two graduate level core courses. Ceka is now a visiting assistant professor at the Bader Institute at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Banovetz Fellowship Funds Student Professional Development Attending professional development events was not an option in 2020; however, students had some opportunities and attended professional conferences and events through Zoom. Funds were provided to students who attended the virtual ICMA Conference, the ILCMA conference and the Illinois Financial Forecast Forum.
Students Attend Minority Conference Donor funds supported nine students’ attendance at the Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) in Atlanta, Georgia. Both pre-career and midcareer students found it to be an excellent experience that allowed them to meet and interact with minority professionals from across many fields in public administration. Sessions at the conference addressed: food deserts, diversity in higher education, creating economic development opportunities in economically depressed communities and civic engagement initiatives for communities facing cultural silos. Devone Williams (’20) said, “After attending the conference, I left feeling affirmed in my educational and career pursuits.” Williams and fellow Huskie, Ivette Ortiz (’20), brought home L. Frances P. Liddell Student Policy Debate trophies for their team’s performance in a three-part debate.
Pictured from left to right: Alex Arteaga, Abigail Monrroy, Bolor Bat-Erdem, Devone Williams, Diana Puga, Ivette Ortiz, Max Gonzalez, Aaron Lewis and Bernard Wells.
Students Compete in NASPAA-Batten Simulation Competition Early in February, three students competed in the NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition at The Ohio State University. NIU students participated along with nearly 400 students from 114 universities in 46 countries. Participants took on leadership roles in a simulated city and were challenged to implement policies that would achieve the most sustainable public transit system. Developed by the Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming (CLSG) at the Batten School, the simulation was built using realworld data and with the help of academic experts and practitioners in the field of transportation and sustainable policy. Participating teams were evaluated on simulation scores, teamwork, organization, policy decisionmaking and policy presentations.
Pictured from left to right: Max Gonzalez, Matthew Galloway and Kyle Knott.
2020 MPA Board of Advisors Laura Valdez Executive director, nonprofit partner at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Fort Collins, CO Mike Earl Senior vice president, GovHR USA Scott Skrycki Assistant village administrator, village of Bartlett, IL Tynisha Clegg Executive director, Family Service Agency of DeKalb County Andrew Brown Assistant director of finance, village of Tinley Park, IL Jason Leverton Police commander, city of DeKalb, IL T.J. Moore Director of public works, village of Hanover Park, IL Brent Sloat Budget policy analyst, city of Madison, WI Carina Walters City administrator, city of Burlington, WI Kay Larrick Executive director, The Carpenter’s Place, Rockford, IL Suzette Quintell Executive director, DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference Ramesh Kanapareddy (chair) Director of public works, city of Highland Park, IL
Thomas Ross Administrator, Homeland Security Institute, College of DuPage Bill Gabrenya Fire chief, Bartlett Fire Protection District, IL Ashley Monroe Assistant city manager, Iowa City, IA Erik Bush Director of finance and administration, Sangamon Mass Transit District, Bloomington, IL Jaclyn Kator Director external affairs - External and Legislative Affairs AT&T Maggie Jablonski Assistant village administrator, Elk Grove Village, IL Ray McGury Executive Director, Naperville Park District Robin Ellis Assistant village administrator/community development director, village of New Lenox Seville Spearman Assistant director of partnerships and government relations, Chicago State University Caroline Gabiga MPA student representative, communication specialist, village of Elk Grove, IL
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