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Faculty

Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Government

Whitney Afonso joined the School of Government in 2012. She was named Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Assistant Professor for 2015–2017. Prior to that time, she taught at the University of Georgia, Department of Public Administration and Policy; and Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government and Public Administration.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA@UNC

Monica R. Allen joined the School of Government in 2014 as an adjunct instructor with MPA@UNC. She also teaches at Ashford University and Pfeiffer University. Allen serves as a performance and evaluation manager and enterprise management analyst with the Mecklenburg County Manager's Office of Management and Budget in North Carolina. Previously, she was a management analyst with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the City of Norfolk Department of Public Works in Virginia.

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Teaching Professor; Secretary, School of Government Foundation Board of Directors

Gregory S. Allison is a teaching professor at the School of Government, where he lectures and provides technical support in the field of governmental accounting and financial reporting. He has been on the faculty since 1997 and is director of the School’s Municipal and County Administration course. He was an assistant director with the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada in Chicago, Illinois; former finance director for the City of Morganton, North Carolina; and an auditor with the international accounting firm Deloitte and Touche.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

 Deborah Amaral joined the School of Government in 2015 as an adjunct instructor in the MPA Program. Previously, she worked for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Ecosystem Enhancement program as supervisor of business analysis and reporting from 2011–2014, and she supervised watershed planning and project implementation from 2005–2011. She currently serves as vice president of the Board of Directors of the Cape Fear River Assembly, and has also served as president and treasurer of the Haw River Assembly.

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Adjunct and Former Albert Coates Professor

David N. Ammons is semi-retired from the faculty and continues to work with the School of Government on a part-time basis. During his career as a professor of public administration and government he has written and taught about performance measurement, benchmarking, and productivity improvement in local government. His books on local government management include Municipal Benchmarks (M.E. Sharpe, 2012), Tools for Decision Making: A Practical Guide for Local Government (CQ Press, 2009), and Leading Performance Management in Local Government (ICMA, 2008).

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

Evans Ballard joined the School of Government as adjunct instructor for the MPA Program in 2015. He was the first person in North Carolina to be designated as a certified budget and evaluation officer. He is a member and the past president of the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association. Besides serving GFOA as a budget reviewer, he represents Salisbury in the North Carolina Benchmarking Project at the School of Government. Ballard has experience in analysis, budgeting, performance measurement, citizen-surveying, and conducting community focus groups.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program
Senior Project Director, Environmental Finance Center

Glenn Barnes joined the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) in 2006. Barnes teaches courses, provides direct community assistance, and carries out research on a range of topics including stormwater management, water and sewer rate-setting, wetlands, woody debris recycling, and green government. Prior to joining EFC, he worked for nonprofit organizations in New England focusing on renewable energy, biofuels, and environmental regulation. Barnes holds a BA and an MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Professor of Public Administration and Government

Maureen Berner first joined the School of Government in 1998. She teaches evaluation and analysis courses for MPA students, and provides similar training and advising to state and local government officials throughout North Carolina. Her research currently focuses on food insecurity, particularly using longitudinal data gathered directly from food pantries. She works with nonprofits, food banks, local governments, and state agencies on improving food assistance programs. Berner is a 2014-2016 UNC Thorp Engaged Faculty Fellow.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program
Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

Julie Brenman joined the School of Government as adjunct faculty in 2008. She has over 15 years of municipal executive experience and currently works as a management consultant to governments and nonprofits. Previously, she served as Director of Strategic Initiatives, Assistant City Manager, and Director of Budget and Management Services for the City of Durham.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program
Adjunct Instructor, MPA program
Margaret A. Brunson joined the School of Government in 2014 as adjunct faculty for the MPA Program. Her professional experience includes administrative leadership within the public and non-profit sectors and health care organizations. Her leadership practice focuses on management and oversight of public health programs for underserved communities and populations.
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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program; Lead Grant Officer at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Catherine Clark joined the School of Government in 2015 and she currently works in the development office for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Previously, Clark spent 14 years in local government administration with the city of Raleigh, Wake County, and the city of Charlotte. Clark holds a BA and MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program
Adjunct Instructor, MPA program
Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government

Leisha DeHart-Davis is a Professor of Public Administration and Government who joined the School in 2012. She directs the Local Government Workplaces Initiative, which conducts organizational research for improving city and county workplaces. DeHart-Davis is also a faculty partner in Engaging Women, a program that seeks to equip women to pursue public service leadership positions. DeHart-Davis was named a Top 100 Local Government Influencer by the Emerging Local Government Leaders Network in 2016.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

Sharon Edmundson joined the School of Government as adjunct faculty for the MPA Program in 2015. She has over 18 years of experience in local government accounting and financial management. Sharon currently serves on the staff of the local government commission for the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer, overseeing the fiscal management section. Previously, she worked in public accounting and internal auditing.

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Assistant Director, Center for Public Technology

Before joining the School of Government in February 2009, Ferrell served as chief information officer for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, Virginia. His efforts were recognized by the governor at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) in 2004 for Technology Innovation in Higher Education. He also served as principal investigator for a three-year National Science Foundation grant that totaled $1 million, which focused on providing technology experiences for high school students.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

Casey Fleming joined the School of Government in 2014 as an adjunct instructor with the MPA program. He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration at North Carolina State University. His research has appeared in Public Administration Review. Prior to pursuing a PhD, Fleming worked more than ten years in state and local government. Most recently, he held positions in community and institutional corrections with the state governments of Alabama and Georgia.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

Susan Fowler is an adjunct instructor for the MPA Program. She is a self-employed facilitator, organizational consultant, and educator with experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. Her work has included a variety of strategic planning, evaluation, and program planning projects, as well as group facilitation, team building, and design and facilitation for learning events. Susan's projects have included facilitating the work of public-private partnerships and community collaborations.

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Member, School of Government Foundation Board of Directors; Associate Director, Carolina Center for Public Service, Chapel Hill
Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program
Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program
Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program
Lecturer in Public Administration and Director, Public Intersection Project
Albert and Gladys Coates Term Distinguished Lecturer for Teaching Excellence

Norma Houston joined the School of Government in 2006. Prior to that, she served as chief of staff and general counsel to State Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight. She has also worked for UNC President Erskine Bowles and served as Dare County attorney, assistant attorney general in the NC Department of Justice, and staff attorney for NC Prisoners Legal Services. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and serves on the boards of several organizations.

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Associate Professor of Political Science

Michele Hoyman received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1978. After graduating, she went on to become a faculty member at the University of Illinois Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, where she taught labor-related subjects and research methods from 1978 to 1981. She then went to the University of Missouri–St. Louis where she taught public sector personnel,  public policy and public administration. Teaching at UNC Chapel Hill since 1999, Dr.

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Lecturer and Director, Environmental Finance Center

Jeff Hughes joined the School of Government in 2002. He has more than 25 years of experience assisting communities in addressing finance and policy challenges related to the provision of environmental services and programs. Hughes is the author of numerous reports, guides, and articles on environmental finance and environmental policy analysis subjects. He works with a range of state and national organizations that focus on utility and environmental issues. He is an active member of Council of Infrastructure Finance Authorities (CIFA) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA@UNC
Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government and Director, LGFCU Fellows Program

Willow Jacobson joined the School of Government faculty in 2003. Prior to that, she taught in the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Connecticut and worked on the Government Performance Project and the New Jersey Initiative at the Alan K. Campbell Institute at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. She has also assisted with strategic planning for community collaboratives in California and Oregon state government.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

Tara Kachgal joined the School of Government as adjunct faculty in the MPA Program in 2015. She has more than 15 years of experience working as a researcher and teacher in higher education and has held a variety of academic appointments, including working as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Superior for five years, beginning in 2008. In addition to teaching in the MPA program, Kachgal works as an editor at Walden University and she serves as a research consultant at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

John C. Kuzenski joined the School of Government as adjunct faculty in the MPA Program in 2015. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he has served as university faculty in Political Science and Public Administration for over 25 years, in addition to division management-level service in the North Carolina Department of Revenue and as a law clerk to judges at the US District Court (Eastern District of NC) and the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

Tom Lundy has been active professionally throughout his career. He is past-president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the National Association of County Administrators and the North Carolina City and County Management Association and is currently chair of the Board of Directors of the ICMA Retirement Corporation. He is an ICMA credentialed manager and has served the profession on many committees locally, nationally and internationally throughout his career.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program
Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

Emily B. McCartha joined the MPA faculty as an adjunct instructor in 2016. She is currently working to finish her PhD in Public Administration at North Carolina State University. While at NCSU she has taught undergraduate courses for the Political Science Department and worked on several research teams.

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Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Professor of Public Law and Government

Kara Millonzi joined the School of Government in 2006. She attained the rank of full professor in July 2017, and was awarded the Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Professorship in September 2017. She specializes in local government finance law, general county law, and incorporation.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

Linda Millsaps has been an adjunct instructor with the MPA Program since 2014. 

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Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government

Jonathan Morgan joined the School of Government in 2003. Prior to that, he worked for Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., an economic and workforce development consulting firm located in Carrboro-Chapel Hill. He has also served as director of economic policy and research for the NC Department of Commerce, as well as research and policy director for the NC Institute of Minority Economic Development. Currently Morgan serves as course director for the annual Basic Economic Development Course.

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Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government

Rick Morse joined the School of Government in 2006. He previously was assistant professor in the Public Policy and Administration Program at Iowa State University. He teaches and advises state and local public officials in the areas of collaborative governance, civic engagement, and leadership. He also teaches in the School's Master of Public Administration program. His publications include more than two dozen articles and book chapters and he is lead editor of two books on public leadership: Transforming Public Leadership for the 21st Century (M.E.

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Associate Professor of Public Law and Government and Development Finance Initiative Director

Tyler Mulligan joined the School of Government in 2007, where he counsels state and local government officials and their partner organizations regarding development finance, community economic development, and revitalization efforts. Mulligan launched the School's Development Finance Initiative, which assists local governments with attracting private investment for transformative development projects, and now serves as director for the initiative.

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Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government

Kim Nelson joined the School of Government in August 2013. She is a member of the Public Administration Review editorial board since January 2016 and will serve a three-year term. She taught for seven years in the MPA program at Northern Illinois University, where she received the 2010 Professor of the Year award from the students of the Division of Public Administration. Her research and teaching interests include local government management, form of government, and innovation in local government.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

Kelley O'Brien joined the School of Government in 2002. Prior to her current role as adjunct instructor for the MPA Program, she led a variety of initiatives that spanned across the School’s programmatic and operational work. O’Brien’s prior experience includes seven years as director of the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium, formerly a program of the School of Government. She also teaches professional communications for the UNC Master of Public Administration program and grant proposal writing to public officials.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program
Lecturer and Director of the North Carolina Benchmarking Project

Dale Roenigk joined the School of Government in 2005 and took over the directorship of the North Carolina benchmarking project in 2006. Prior to that, he worked for the State of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services doing program evaluation and quality monitoring for mental health services. He began his career in public service working for a policy consulting firm in Washington, DC.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program
James E. Holshouser Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Government

Carl Stenberg joined the School of Government in 2003. Previously, he served as dean of Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts, University of Baltimore; director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia; executive director of the Council of State Governments; and assistant director of the US Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. He is former feature editor of Public Administration Review and co-author of America's Future Work Force.

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Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government

John Stephens joined the School of Government in 1996. Previously, he was research director of the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. His publications include Guidebook to Public Dispute Resolution in North Carolina and Public Management Bulletin: Using a Mediator in Public Disputes. He is co-author of Reaching for Higher Ground: Tools for Powerful Groups and Communities and School Funding Disputes: Mediate, Don't Litigate. Stephens also teaches in the Natural Resources Leadership Institute at North Carolina State University.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

Amy Strecker joined the School of Government in 2013 as an adjunct instructor with the MPA Program. She works for the Duke Energy Foundation leading their North Carolina investments. Previously, she served as a speechwriter and local government and community relations practitioner with Duke Energy, where she completed an internship while enrolled in the School’s Master of Public Administration program. She has also worked in the public policy arena, focusing on affordable higher education. She started her career with Teach for America as an English teacher in Warren County, North Carolina.

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Albert Coates Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government
Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program
Associate Professor of Public Law and Government and Director, Center for Public Technology

Shannon Tufts designed and implemented the first local government Chief Information Officers Certification program in the nation and continues to run CIO certification programs for local and state government IT professionals. She created a National Certified Government Chief Information Officer program in 2007, in order to serve the growing needs of public sector IT professionals across the nation.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

Joseph Vrabel has been General Counsel to BlaisCo LLC for close to 15 years. Prior to that, he was a senior partner at Bowditch and Dewey. His work consists of Department of Defense contract negotiations and corporate advice on all aspects of business law including mergers, acquisitions, banking, and strategic partnering opportunities. Vrabel is a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the Massachusetts Town Counsel Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), where he continues to serve as trustee.

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Adjunct Instructor, MPA Program

Joy Wilkins joined the School of Government as adjunct faculty in 2015. She is an advisor, speaker, facilitator, instructor, and author on community development, economic development and leadership development matters. She has served as a senior public service associate with the University of Georgia, as a group manager and project director with Georgia Tech, as a researcher with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and as a private consultant. Wilkins has delivered research, planning, and consultation services for clients in the United States and Canada.

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Staff

Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Professional Work Experience, MPA Program

Susan Austin serves as career services director for the on-campus students in the Carolina MPA program. She is co-editor of Managing Local Government Services: A Practical Guide, which was published by ICMA in 2007. Austin worked for 14 years in the private sector as a retail manager and buyer. Immediately prior to joining the School of Government in 2001, she was a Governor's Public Management Fellow in the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Austin earned a BA in political science and an MPA from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Associate Director of Career Services, MPA program

Allison Binkley joined the School of Government in June 2015. She previously served as Career Development Counselor at UNC Wilmington, and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from North Carolina State University and she holds a Master of Education in Counselor Education from North Carolina State University.

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Director of Student Services and Operations, MPA Program

Heather Duhart joined the School of Government in January 2015. She previously served as associate director of student life for the Daytime MBA program at Duke University. Before that, she worked at North Carolina State University as an academic advisor and assistant director of recruitment. Duhart earned a BS and a Master of Education from James Madison University.

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Development and Constituent Relations Officer
Operations Manager, MPA Program

Susan Lynch joined the School of Government in 2005 as a program manager working with local government officials. In 2006, she became admissions director for the UNC Master of Public Administration program.

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Faculty, Staff

Professor of Public Administration and Government and MPA Program Director

Bill Rivenbark joined the School of Government (then the Institute of Government) in 1999. Prior to that, he worked for the city of Greenville, South Carolina, in various management positions.

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Director of MPA Faculty Network, Adjunct Instructor

Amy Wade joined the School of Government in 2014 as an adjunct instructor with the MPA Program. She is director of early awareness, data, and grants for I Know I Can, a nonprofit organization in Columbus, Ohio. She is also an adjunct professor for several programs at The Ohio State University, where she worked with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from 2003 to 2011. She also served as a researcher for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission. Wade earned a BA, MPA, and PhD in educational administration and higher education from The Ohio State University.

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