New Chapter Officers and Executive Council Members for 2013-2014

We appreciate and recognize the efforts of all who participated in the nominations process and who have agreed to run for office. We received one nomination per office, and therefore no balloting is necessary this year.  Short bios are provided below for our new Council members:
  • President (July 2013 – June 2014) – Connie Calloway
  • President-Elect (July 2013 – June 2014):  Ann-Marie Rizzo
  • Treasurer (July 2013 – June 2014):  Cara Robinson
  • Secretary (July 2013 – June 2014):  Rebecca Wright
  • Council members (July 2013 – June 2015):  Nneka Norman-Gordon, Stephanie Rhoades
Members continuing in the upcoming year are:
  • Immediate Past President (July 2013 – June 2014) – Darrell Moore
  • Past President – (July 2013 – June 2014) Meg Streams
  • Council members (July 2012-June 2014) – Kimberly Triplett, Kasia Steinka-Fry
We recognize with deep appreciation the service of those concluding their service on Council this June:  Lisa Gittner; Pete Westerholm; and Joseph Woodson.
There are many ways to get involved in the life of TN-ASPA in the upcoming year, so please contact us anytime at to find out more!  If you have not done so already, please take a moment to look at the summary of our annual activities for this year.

Connie Calloway is a December 2012 graduate of Tennessee State University’s Master of Public Administration program. Previous to becoming a full-time student, she worked in the Compliance field for over a decade. She also worked in legal publishing and taught English at the community college level. She holds an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa and a BA from St. John’s College. Connie has been accepted to TSU’s Ph.D. program in Public Administration and looks forward to obtaining a position in the public sector. She has served as a member of TN-ASPA’s Executive Council since 2011 and is currently serving as interim Secretary.
Nneka Norman-Gordon began her career in public service in September 2004 in the former Department of Personnel as an examinations analyst responsible for developing job qualifications for state applicants. For the past almost eight years she has worked within the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) conducting public policy research for the Tennessee General Assembly on various topics including STEM, early childhood education, and K-12 governance and reform. Nneka has written numerous publications including reports on Tennessee’s pre-kindergarten program, Tennessee’s Graduated Driver Licensing Laws, Tennessee’s school district usage of Race to the Top funds and STEM in Tennessee. In recent years, she has gained a deeper understanding of State policy and the legislative process while serving on the Comptroller’s legislative team. A prior Naval Officer, Nneka holds a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Austin Peay State University and a B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University in Virginia and is a 2012 graduate of the Tennessee Government Management Institute (TGMI).
Ann-Marie Rizzo teaches organisation theory, administrative ethics, and public policy at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee.  Research interests include moral reasoning of public administrators and public administration education.  In addition to co-authoring two books and publishing articles in refereed journals, she has consulted on public service ethics for varying public, business and not for profit organisations.  These include:   Florida Power and Light, American Bankers Insurance Group, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Tennessee Community Corrections Association, and the Lupus Foundation of Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.  Until 1988 she directed the Institute of Government and Institute for Public Management at Florida International University in Miami. Dr. Rizzo graduated from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
Stephanie Rhoades began her career in public Service January 18, 2008 with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Marine Corps with a total of eight years active duty and reserve service combined. During her time in public service, Stephanie has served in several positions within the Department of Veterans Affairs from call center agent to claims processor. Currently, she serves as a Management Analyst and is responsible for compiling data and providing analysis of trends, outliers and station performance. Stephanie has developed an appreciation for the complexity of issues facing today’s public managers through her work at the VA, especially in the federal sector. She is serving as a member of the management negotiation team for a new local supplemental agreement for the National Master Agreement between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Federation of Government Employees. Stephanie is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration at Tennessee State University with an expected graduation in December 2013. She is a 2006 graduate of Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with family.
Cara Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at TSU.  She received her Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware in 2011. Cara was the Executive Director of the Homeless Planning Council from 2004-2007.
Rebecca Wright is a native of Lakeland, Florida and moved to Nashville in 2008. Rebecca has a B.S. in Education from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL and a Masters of Public Policy specializing in K-12 education policy from Vanderbilt University. Rebecca is dedicated to ensuring that all children receive a quality education. Rebecca has recently joined the Tennessee Department of Education where she is responsible for answering questions relative to curriculum and instruction from legislators and the public, managing internal team communications, budget management, parent communications, team coordination with other divisions and departments, supporting the work of the Common Core Leadership Council, and team operations. Rebecca worked for the Comptroller’s Office for over two years where her work focused on researching and analyzing K-12 education policy issues. Rebecca also monitored Education Committees, tracked education legislation, and provided information to state legislators and stakeholder groups on proposed legislation. Rebecca is a former teacher and taught 8th grade U.S. History in a Title 1 public school in Florida. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys hiking, reading, attending church, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.