Thurs Nov 17th – American Heart Association

TN-ASPA is hosting our next Third Thursday Lunchtime Lecture of the Fall, and you’re invited! Dr. Katherine Brown and Denise Costanza with the American Heart Association will be speaking on our lecture series theme of “Closing the Gap: Social Equity in Public Administration” on Thursday, November 17th. Light refreshments will be provided by your TN-ASPA Executive Council. Please note the location change.

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  • Who: American Heart Association, Dr. Katherine Brown and Denise Costanza
  • Topic: Health Advocacy in the Volunteer State, Closing the Gap: Social Equity in Public Administration
  • When: Thursday,  November 17th, 12 noon – 1 pm
  • Where: James K. Polk Building (TPAC)
    16th Floor, Video Conference Center
    505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37219

Come join us for the third lecture in our series “Closing the Gap: Social Equity in Public Administration.” The mission of the American Heart Association (AHA) is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Dr. Katherine Brown is a health educator and certified AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor. Denise Costanza serves as AHA’s Tennessee Government Relations Director. Denise contributed to establishing Nashville’s Complete Streets policy, the first of its kind to meet important AHA standards for improving community health.

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Oct 20th – Wade Munday with JFON

 

TN-ASPA is hosting our second Third Thursday Lunchtime Lecture of the Fall, and you’re invited! Wade Munday with TN Justice for Our Neighbors will be speaking on “Immigration and Imagination” as part of our lecture series theme of “Closing the Gap: Social Equity in Public Administration” on Thursday, October 20th.fullsizerender1-e1463682018499

  • Who: Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), Wade Munday
  • Topic: Immigration and Imagination, Closing the Gap: Social Equity in Public Administration
  • When: Thursday,  October 20th, 12 noon – 1 pm
  • Where: William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
    3rd Floor Conference Room A
    312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Nashville, TN

Come join us for the second lecture in our series “Closing the Gap: Social Equity in Public Administration.” Wade Munday is the Executive Director of Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON). JFON provides affordable, high-quality immigration legal services to immigrants, educates the public and faith-based communities about issues related to immigration, and advocates for immigrant rights.

TN-ASPA will provide lite refreshments. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch or stop by the TN Tower cafeteria.

Event is FREE and open to the public.

LinkedIn & Lunchtime Lectures

TN-ASPA Now on LinkedIn

TN-ASPA now has a LinkedIn Group so you can connect and network with fellow public administrators, have conversations on meaningful issues within public administration, and share job postings.

To join our LinkedIn Group, search for TN-ASPA from your LinkedIn page and ask to join.

Don’t forget, you can also interact with TN-ASPA on Facebook and Twitter and through our website.

September Lunchtime Lecture a Success

Thanks to everyone who attended our September Lunchtime Lecture with Herbert Brown of the TN Higher Education Commission (THEC) on Education and Closing the Gap: Social Equity in Public Administration. We had such a great discussion with everyone during the lecture that we wanted to keep the conversation going. So we started a conversation within our LinkedIn Group where you can share your thoughts on how to close the gap and reach social equity in Education.

Miss the lecture? Don’t worry, many of the programs that Herbert Brown discussed are linked to within the LinkedIn Group conversation so you can learn about THEC’s initiatives toward social equity in education.

Upcoming Events

  • October 20th | Lunchtime Lecture | Immigration and Imagination, Wade Munday, TN Justice for Our Neighbors
  • November 17th | Lunchtime Lecture | American Heart Association
  • January 19th | Lunchtime Lecture | Healthcare, Carrie Plummer, Vanderbilt

Sept. 15th – Lunchtime Lecture, TN Higher Education Commission

TN-ASPA is hosting our first Third Thursday Lunchtime Lecture of the Fall, and you’re invited! Herbert Brown with the TN Higher Education Commission will be speaking on education as it relates to our lecture series theme of “Closing the Gap: Social Equity in Public Administration” on Thursday, September 15th.herbert-brown

  • Who: TN Higher Education Commission, Herbert Brown
  • Topic: Education and Closing the Gap: Social Equity in Public Administration
  • When: Thursday, September 15th, 12 noon – 1 pm
  • Where: William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 3rd Floor Conference Room A, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Nashville, TN

Come join us for the first lecture in our series “Closing the Gap: Social Equity in Public Administration.” Herbert Brown is an Academic Affairs Analyst with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the State’s coordinating agency for higher education. His work consists of developing policy recommendations, programmatic initiatives, and partnerships that increase educational attainment in the State while improving higher education access and success for all Tennesseans.

You are welcome to bring your own lunch or stop by the TN Tower cafeteria.

Event is FREE and open to the public.

 

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Thank you – Your TN-ASPA Executive Council

Meet your 2016-2017 Executive Council

TN-ASPA’s 2016-2017 Executive Council is hard at work to make this year great with lectures and events for you! We invite you to get to know us better. Our bios are provided below. We look forward to serving you over the next year!
  • President (July 2016 – June 2017):Leah Dupree
  • President-Elect (July 2016 – June 2017): Tyler Carpenter
  • Immediate Past President (July 2016 – June 2017): Nneka Norman-Gordon
  • Treasurer (July 2016 – June 2017): Cara Robinson
  • Secretary (July 2016 – June 2017): Paige Donaldson
  • Communications Manager (July 2016 – June 2017): Joyanna Brassfield
  • Council members (July 2015 – June 2017): Fred Cosgrove, Nathan James, and Debbie Shaw
  • Council members (July 2016 -June 2018): Shiri Anderson, Donna Duarte, and Heather Vandagriff
We recognize with deep appreciation the service of those concluding their terms on Council June 2015: Zachary Bates, Paul Jennings, and Dr. Ann-Marie Rizzo.
There are many ways to get involved with TN-ASPA in the upcoming year, so please contact us anytime at tn.aspa@gmail.com to find out more!

BIOS –

Shiri Anderson is the Higher Education Resource Officer for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. Shiri responds to questions and provides support and information to faculty, staff and employees of the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents systems. Shiri also reviews and evaluates higher education policy for the Tennessee General Assembly. Shiri has extensive legislative and policy experience in state government. She joined the Comptroller’s Office in 2011 as a Legislative Research Analyst in the Office of Research and Education Accountability. She has managed the Comptroller’s fiscal note support process and represented the Comptroller on the Board of Trustees for the Baccalaureate Education System Trust and Board of Trustees for the Chairs of Excellence. She became the Higher Education Resource Officer in 2016. Prior to joining the Comptroller’s Office, Shiri was the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority and was responsible for spearheading the state’s first 2-1-1 Advisory Council. She has also worked for the Tennessee Governor’s Office and served as an Executive Assistant in the Tennessee General Assembly. Shiri holds a Master of Science in Management and a Bachelor of Science in Public Management and Political Science from Austin Peay State University. She is an active member of the American Society for Public Administration, Conference of Minority Public Administrators, Association of Budgeting and Financial Management, and Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Shiri is on the Board of Directors for the Mayme Carmichael School Organization, Inc., and serves on the Parent Advisory Council for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Shiri enjoys spending time with her family; her husband Micheal and their three children: Jalyn, Micheal and McKenzie.

Joyanna Brassfield is a Category Specialist with the State of Tennessee’s Central Procurement Office and manages statewide services contracts. Joy is originally from Clinton, Tennessee. She holds a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree from Maryville College with a major in international studies and minors in political science and French. During undergrad, Joy studied French abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland. While pursuing her master’s degree, she worked with the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) on the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project, evaluating statewide benchmarks for Tennessee cities to improve municipal government performance. Joy previously worked with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) as the East TN Organizing Assistant and the University of Tennessee’s Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library as a Student Assistant.

Tyler Carpenter works as a research associate for the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR), where he works with several government leaders at the state and local level to inform decision making with thorough policy research.  He is originally from Franklin, Ohio and has lived in Nashville for 10 years.  He recently graduated from Tennessee State University with his master’s degree in public administration and previously received his bachelor’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2010, majoring in business management and minoring in accounting.  While at Trevecca, Mr. Carpenter interned at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio and was active in political organizations and social causes.

Fred Cosgrove is beginning the dissertation portion of his doctorate in public administration, from Tennessee State University. He is researching the organizational structures and behaviors affecting college retention and exploring professional opportunities for applying his interest in public administration in higher education, government service, or non-profit administration. Mr. Cosgrove completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Colorado and a Masters of Higher Education at Middle Tennessee State University and served as an artillery officer in the US Army. Mr. Cosgrove is a real estate agent and property manager: his professional background includes mortgage lending as licensed broker and brokerage owner, manager, originator and wholesale manager and representative. He is married to Teresa Cosgrove with a daughter and a son, both attending high school. Outside of work, Mr. Cosgrove is an avid reader and enjoys time with his family, college football, relaxing at the beach or in the mountains, hiking, and community service through the Brentwood Rotary.

Paige Donaldson researches public policy for the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office of Research and Education Accountability as a Legislative Research Analyst. Researching and writing on a range of topics, she has produced several publications analyzing primary and secondary education in Tennessee. Prior to joining the Comptroller’s Office, Paige was a legislative and community advocate for a non-profit organization dedicated to state education policy. Originally from Johnson City, TN, Paige earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her Master of Public Administration from East Tennessee State University. As a graduate student, she served as Vice President for the Public/City Management Association of Graduate Students, which explores current public administration practices. When she isn’t working to improve Tennessee government, she volunteers her time with the Davidson County Election Commission. Outside of work you can find her playing kickball or leading her team to victory on trivia night.

Donna Duarte is the Director of Civil Rights Compliance and Senior Multifamily Advisor with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA). In this role, she serves as THDA’s Title VI and Section 504 Housing Coordinator, ensuring equal access to housing programs throughout Tennessee. A graduate of Tennessee government leadership programs: Tennessee Government Management Institute, Tennessee Government Executive Institute and LEAD Tennessee, she is in the first cohort of the TGL Executive Leadership Certificate program. Prior to joining THDA in 1995, Donna oversaw the collection and review of monetary aggregates for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Donna completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from High Point University and is a candidate for the Masters of Public Administration from Tennessee State University. Donna and her husband Bob have one son, Eric, who attends the University of Tennessee.

Leah Dupree is a native of Jackson, TN and has lived in Nashville since 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University, a Master’s in Business Administration from Valparaiso University, and a juris doctor degree from Indiana University. Before relocating to Nashville, Leah lived in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she worked for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Since 2013, Leah has been the Legislative Liaison for the Department of General Services and has been responsible for legislation and constituent services for the Department. Prior to moving to the Executive Branch, Leah served in the Legislative Branch as a Legislative Aide to Senator Doug Overbey. Leah enjoys speaking to youth about career paths and personal development.

Nathan James lives in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee with his wife of 13 years, Carla, and their two children, George and Thomas James. He works as the director of Legislative Affairs with the Tennessee State Board of Education, having come to the position from Louisiana where he served as The Policy Advisor to Governor Bobby Jindal for Education and the Workforce. While in that capacity he served on 6 boards and commissions as the Governor’s representative and was responsible to the governor for the coordination of K-12, higher education, and labor and workforce policy. Mr. James served the Tennessee  Senate as a clerk and legislative assistant from 1998-2002 and as research analyst to the Senate Education Committee from 2008 until 2013. During the intervening years he worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, owned his own ice cream shop, and served as the advocacy director for the American Heart Association. While Mr. James was serving as president of CHART (the Campaign for a Healthy and Responsible Tennessee) in 2007, this organization led a long media and lobbying campaign culminating in Tennessee became the first tobacco state to go smoke free. Mr. James is a Freemason, a Paul Harris Fellow, and has served as a Republican State Executive Committeeman. He is a retired Colonel in the Tennessee State Guard, and a member of the Interstate compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children by Governor Haslam’s appointment. He holds a BS in History and Political Science from Lambuth University and an MPA from Tennessee State University.

Nneka Norman-Gordon is the Director of Operations for the Public Information and Legislative Office in the Department of Human Services. She is responsible for overseeing the Department’s Customer Service Unit responsible for assisting customers, legislators and the general public with concerns relating to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Child Care, Child Support and Adult Protective Services and assisting with lobbying the Department’s legislation. In 2013, she became Tennessee’s first Higher Education Resource Officer and was responsible for answering questions and providing support and information to faculty, staff and employees of the University of Tennessee system and the Tennessee Board of Regents system. Nneka also reviewed higher education policy for the Tennessee General Assembly.  Nneka joined the Comptroller’s Office in 2005 as a Legislative Research Analyst for the Offices of Research and Education Accountability and served on the Comptroller’s legislative team for four years. She previously served in the former Tennessee Department of Personnel as an examinations analyst. Nneka is a former United States Navy officer. She holds a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Austin Peay State University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University in Virginia. Nneka enjoys spending time with her son, and stays involved in the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration, Middle Tennessee Boy Scout Council – Cogioba district and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Cara Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at Tennessee State University. In this capacity, Cara teaches courses in urban studies and nonprofit management. Cara earned her Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware in 2011. Cara has presented and published in a variety of areas including media and democracy, community planning, the impact of charter schools, and homelessness. Cara is the former Executive Director of the Homeless Planning Council of Delaware. In her role as ED, she co-authored “Delaware’s Ten Year Plan to End Chronic and Reduce Long-Term Homelessness.”

Debbie Shaw is the Executive Director of the Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation in Smyrna, TN.  The museum and historic home sit on 168 acres, including 15 historic structures and 100 acres of cotton fields.  Ms. Shaw is also the State Coordinator for the Tennessee Association of Museums.  In this role, she helps coordinate communication and cooperation between museums across the state.  Prior to her position at the Sam Davis Home, she worked at the Tennessee State Museum for 5 years in the education department.  She has also worked as an archaeologist.  Ms. Shaw has a BA and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Memphis.  She has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Tennessee State University and is currently working on her PhD in Public Administration from Tennessee State University.  She has been involved in the nonprofit community in the Middle Tennessee area over the last 10 years.

Heather Vandagriff has served the public sector at the local, state, and federal levels. Heather worked for twenty years in OSHA/TOSHA compliance for Metropolitan Nashville. Among her achievements in that position, she was the first ATTSSA certified worksite safety supervisor for the city. Heather wrote the employee safety manual for her department and set up the information systems to statistically track employee incidents. At the state level, Heather was with Children’s Services and inspected facilities across the state for OSHA and Life Safety standards. Heather graduated in the top 10 percent of her exiting class at Middle Tennessee State University and was a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Heather has post graduate work toward her MPA at Tennessee State University. Heather is a native Nashvillian and avidly pursues her interests in ethics, efficiency, and safety in government.

Feb.18th – Workers’ Comp Law, Lunchtime Lecture

TN-ASPA is hosting our February Third Thursday Lunchtime Lecture. Troy Haley and Robert Marioni with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will be speaking on the recent changes to workers’ compensation laws on February 18th.

  •  Who: TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development | Troy Haley and Robert Marioni
  • Topic: Changes to TN Workers’ Compensation Laws
  • When: Thursday, February 18th, 12 noon – 1 pm
  • Where: William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
    3rd Floor Conference Room N
    312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Nashville, TN

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Come learn about the recent changes to workers’ compensation laws direct from the experts with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

 

You are welcome to bring your own lunch or stop by the TN Tower cafeteria.

Event is FREE and open to the public.

Coming Soon –

March 17: The Tennessee Housing Development Agency will speak on their work and tools available to the public including TNHousingSearch.org, a rental housing locator, and on a policy brief regarding affordable housing. | Thursday, March 17, 2016 12 noon – 1pm | TN Tower, 312 Rosa L. Parks Ave, Nashville, TN, 3rd Floor Conference Room N

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Thank you – Your TN-ASPA Executive Council

Jan. 21st – TN-ASPA Meet & Greet Lunch

TN-ASPA is kicking off 2016 with a Meet & Greet lunch event.tntower

  •  Who: TN-ASPA Executive Council
  • Topic: TN-ASPA Meet & Greet Lunch
  • When: Thursday, January 21st, 12 noon – 1 pm
  • Where: William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
    3rd Floor Conference Room A
    312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Nashville, TN

Come learn about who TN-ASPA is and what we do. Want to get involved or share your ideas? Stop by for the opportunity to speak with TN-ASPA members and other Public Administration professionals in Nashville. We will be providing salad; you are welcome to bring your own lunch or stop by the TN Tower cafeteria.

Event is FREE and open to the public.

Coming Soon –

February 18: Troy Haley and Robert Marioni with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will speak on the recent changes to workers’ compensation laws | Thursday, February 18, 2016 12 noon – 1pm | TN Tower, 312 Rosa L. Parks Ave, Nashville, TN, 3rd Floor Conference Room N

 

Public Service Recognition Week Breakfast a success

Thanks to all who came out to our year-ending event, the PSRW breakfast at 417 Union on May 10, 2012!  We enjoyed the chance to greet TN-ASPA friends old and new. TN-ASPA recognized Dr. Bruce Rogers’ contribution to public administration over the 40 years he has served as Professor of public administration, and most recently Dean of the TSU College of Public Service and Urban Affairs; we announced our new Bruce Rogers Public Service Textbook Scholarship named in his honor. We also heard from newly minted Ph.D. recipient Cliff Lippard about his dissertation research on “Intergovernance,” which he presented at the national ASPA conference in March (with support from our chapter, as the first recipient of the TN-ASPA Student Conference Travel Award).  Here’s the 2012 annual summary of our activities also distributed at the breakfast.

Second keynote speaker announced

Photo of Commissioner Bill GibbonsWe are very pleased to announce that Commissioner Bill Gibbons of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will be joining us at this year’s annual symposium as a keynote speaker.   Commissioner Gibbons joined Governor Haslam’s administration in January 2011 after serving as Shelby County District Attorney General for a number of years.  Read more about Commissioner Gibbons’ distinguished career; review the full set of speakers and panels for the symposium; and register now…early bird rates apply till Dec. 1!