School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration

SPNHA Features 2010-11

New Faculty Members Join SPNHA in 2010-11

 Mike and Willa Mast

Davia Downey joins SPNHA this Fall as a assistant professor. In 2011-12 she will be teaching undergraduate public management courses in local government and community analysis. Davia has a Ph.D in Political Science from Michigan State University and an MPA from Eastern Michigan University. Her research focuses on urban politics, minority politics and local government. She has conducted research on the impact of disaster relief on local economic development, the use of faith-based organizations to provide public services, and how the civic culture of elites and citizens affect governing structures. She has presented this work in these areas at several conferences, including the annual meetings of the APSA, the MPSA, and the ASPA. She has published in Canadian Public Administration and The American Review of Public Administration. See Davia's bio page for more information.


 Mike and Willa Mast Heather Carpenter will join SPNHA in January 2012 as an assistant professor. She will teach nonporofit finance and human resource management. Heather is an experienced Nonprofit Manager, Researcher, Trainer and Blogger. She earned her M.M. in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois and her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego where she served as a Research Associate in the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research. She teaches and presents on a variety of topics in the nonprofit sector, is an avid social media user, and authors the well-known Nonprofit Leadership 601 blog Her research has appeared in the Journal of Public Affairs Education, Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, and International Journal of Public Personnel Management. See Heather's bio page for more information.


Two graduate students present with their mentors at national conferences

Andy Crosby presented with Professor Donijo Robbins at the 2010 Association for Budgeting and Financial Management conference in October 2010: Their paper was titled "First Aid for Michigan Municipalities: Band-Aids or Tourniquets" they will also be presenting at ASPA in March 2011 "Fiscal Condition and Fiscal Stress of Local Governments: Measures Without Borders". Jessa Dutton is going to present with Professor Richard Jelier at the Midwest Political Science Conference. Their paper is titled "Placemaking for the Knowledge Economy: Lessons from Australian Cities for the American Midwest."


Optimal Aging Conference has record turnout

Crowd at the Optimal Aging conference

slide show from Optimal Aging conference
National and local experts discussed new approaches for everyday and proactive aging at the Sixth Annual Art and Science of Aging Conference. The theme for the 2011 conference was "Optimal Aging: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." The conference opened with a presentation by Dr. Larry Lawhorne, director of Geriatrics at the Wright State Boonhof School of Medicine and former director of the MSU-based Geriatric Education Center of Michigan. Break-out sessions covered a wide range of topics including the benefits of exercise, healthy eating, prescription purchasing practices, picking a retirement community, and more. A closing panel session featured older adults sharing stories of life-changing choices they have made. Over 200 people participated in the conference, the most ever in its six year history. SPNHA Professor Priscilla Kimboko coordinated the conference.


Mike Mast named "Outstanding Educator" for 2010

 Mike and Willa Mast Dr. Myron "Mike" Mast, who has served as a member of the GVSU faculty for 35 years, has been named as Outstanding Educator for Winter 2010 by the GVSU Alumni association. professor Mast began his academic career in 1967 teaching public administration and political science at Lamar State University (Texas) and later at Ball State University (Indiana). He came to Grand Valley in 1975, and has helped guide the incredible growth and change within the public administration programs during his tenure.

Mike Mast and President Hass at graduationProfessor Mast is described by his former students as accessible, caring, and as one who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure student success. They commend him for his personal approach to teaching and for his wonderful sense of humor. Professor Mast will be retiring in May 2011


Donijo Robbins appointed City Comptroller

 Donijo Robbins DeJonge and Keith DeJonge On November 16, Professor Donijo Robbins DeJonge was selected as the Grand Rapids comptroller by the City Commission. Stan Milanowski, who held the elective office for 28 years, resigned in March 2010. The City Commission sought to appoint a comptroller until the position could be filled in the November election. When she heard of the vacancy, Professor Robbins crafted a vision for the position that included improved transparency and accountability. From 11 applicants, the city commission interviewed three candidates, Professor Robbins, former state representative Michael Sak and Planning Commissioner Paul Potter. While serving as Comptroller, Professor Robbins will remain a faculty member at SPNHA, but will be teaching her public finance and research methods courses less frequently.


ABFM Secretariate moves to Grand Valley

Donijo Robbins has brought the ABFM Secretariat to Grand Valley for four years starting May 1 2010. The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management is responsible for: maintaining ABFM's membership records; arranging for the maintenance and enhancement of ABFM’s web site; publishing and distributing the electronic ABFM newsletter; arranging for the elections for new members of the Executive Committee and the Chair; assisting the Conference Committee Chair and Treasurer with support for the annual conference; assisting the Treasurer by maintaining the section’s financial records and processing receipts and payments for such items as conference registrations; and providing an annual work plan. Also, Professor Robbins serves as the organization's secretary and archivist..

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