Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” — Albert Einstein
Thomas R. Mooney, ‘67 Retired Captain, United States Navy Capt. Thomas Mooney has been devoted to serving his country since graduating from Park and becoming a Navy officer. Military service has given him the opportunity to protect national security during several tours of duty, including the first Gulf War. He also served as chairman of the Joint and Surface Warfare Syndicates at Tactical Training Group Pacific in San Diego where he trained senior officers in tactical warfare curriculum. He completed a master’s in national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.
Merideth Neal Parrish, ‘06, M.P.A. ‘08 City Communications Manager/ Public Information Officer City of Blue Springs, Mo.
Merideth Parrish always knew she wanted to empower others with information. At Park, she discovered how to blend her interest in communications and government into a public service profession. Today, Parrish informs citizens about city services through web, print and media communications. Parrish believes that providing accurate and timely information about government activities prompts citizens to be more engaged. Earning her masters in public affairs while working, she said there was nothing better than daily application of her education.
Paul Markworth, M.P.A. ‘87
City Administrator City of Lake Saint Louis, Mo. City growth — new buildings, roads and housing — is the result of many decision makers. But one person develops the
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policies to make it all happen. That’s Paul Markworth. As a city administrator, he enjoys working closely with residents, elected officials and city staff to forge community improvements. Most rewarding for Markworth is leading projects from concept to completion. He values Park professors for “hammering home” the many factors — including good judgment and decisionmaking skills — that are crucial in public management.
Ben Coughran, ‘78
Air Pollution Meteorologist, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Major metropolitan areas in the state of Texas rely on Ben Coughran for daily ozone and air quality forecasts — a vital factor in protecting natural resources and guiding sustainable economic development. Coughran helped develop the state’s ozone watch/warning system to monitor ozone levels and hazardous conditions. He relies on his Park education every day to analyze and deliver critical data that impacts the well-being of the public and supports critical decisions for civic and business leaders.
Randall C. Duncan, M.P.A. ‘06
Director of Emergency Management Sedgwick County, Kan. Randall C. Duncan is dedicated to helping people when they are in the greatest need — in the aftermath of disaster. Duncan coordinates the services of local, state and federal agencies to help citizens recover from emergencies — including natural disasters and threats to security. After years in the field, Duncan returned to Park for his masters in public affairs where he gained a greater respect for the connection between knowledge and real world application of emergency services.
Published on Dec 14, 2009