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Public Administration Alumni
As of 03/12


Cynthia Sanders MPA ‘10 is Director of Administrative Operations, Department of Pharmacology at UIC.

Nicole C. Sims MPA ’02 joined Crowe Horwath, LLP as a project executive in the government - justice and public safety practice.  For the last two years, Nicole has dedicated her time to Chicago Cares, leading an adult computer skills project. She is also a current member of CUPPA Alumni Board, where she is co-chair of the Student and Alumni Connections Committee.

Doug Sullivan MPA ’03 is currently the department manager of Marketing at Pace Suburban Bus and was recently elected president of the board of trustees at the Batavia Public Library District.

Mary Niemiec MPA ‘93 is associate vice president for distance education and director of University of Nebraska Online Worldwide, University of Nebraska. She serves as trustee in the Village of Homer Glen, Illinois and as vice president on the board of directors for the Homer Glen Foundation. She is also a Sloan-C Fellow.

Dale Rush MPA ‘04 is currently the acting assistant director, Office of Budgeting and Program Analysis, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also a scuba diving instructor and recently dove with Great White sharks near Guadalupe Island, Mexico.

Anna Kulseth MPA '06 is the Director of Annual Giving at NIU in DeKalb. She is also active on the Chicago Chapter AFP board, recently chairing the conference committee. In her free time she serves as a mentor through CUPPA's mentoring program and enjoys running.

Rebecca Olvera MPA ‘08 works at the Chicago Housing Authority as an IT project manager.

Andrea Litzhoff UPA ‘10 is currently pursuing her MPA degree with a specialization in Urban Management at Northern Illinois University. Additionally, she is a community development and administrative intern for the Village of Lincolnwood, Illinois.

Jessica Mitton MPA '10 is currently employed as a grant writer for the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. She volunteers at Deborah's Place as a board member on the External Affairs Committee. In her spare time, she writes a column on Chicago-area restaurants for the 



Garrison Marr, MPA ‘09
After graduation, Marr worked as a 2009 International City Manager's Association (ICMA) Fellow for the City of Savannah, Georgia working on economic development, sustainability and transportation projects. He is currently the Director of Workforce Development for Step Up Savannah, a non-profit collaborative dedicated to poverty reduction in Savannah, Georgia.
Marr is married to Allie Hall, and new father to Henry Wilder Marr who was born in January of 2010.

Richard Payton, MPA ‘09
Richard Payton is a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. He manages discretionary grants that support new charter schools and the charter school sector. Before working at the Department of Education, Richard managed student performance data for a charter management organization in Chicago while he earned a master's in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Richard was also a middle school teacher in Philadelphia and a policy intern in both Jefferson City, Missouri and New York City. He is originally from St. Louis, Missouri.


Ada Varshavsky, MPA ‘08
Ada Vaeshavsky recently relocated to Washington D.C. and works full time for the Department of the Navy. She works as part of the manpower plans and policy organization, managing in-service and overseas classification testing programs. She is currently interested in making UIC alumni contact in the D.C. area to start building a professional and social network.


Terrence Moore, MPA ‘94
Las Cruces City Manager Terrence Moore has accepted in principal, an offer to become the next city manager of Morgantown, West Virginia.

Moore, who has been Las Cruces city manager since February 2005, will remain in his current position through December 31st. He is tentatively scheduled to begin as Morgantown city manager in January 2011.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for me both personally and professionally,” Moore said. “After having spent nearly six wonderful years as Las Cruces city manager, it was time for me to advance my professional career, and Morgantown is the perfect place for me to do that.”

Moore was also recently named a finalist for the city administrator position in Hyattsville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., and for the city manager position in Amarillo, Texas. As a result of his commitment to Morgantown, Moore has withdrawn himself from consideration in both Hyattsville and Amarillo.


Patricia Fahy, MPA ‘85

Pat Fahy was appointed to the New York State Department of Labor in March 2007 and serves as Associate Commissioner of Intergovernmental Affairs and Federal Policy. She is the Department's lead representative on federal relations with the Governor's Washington, DC Office, Congress and the federal government. She also serves as co-chair of the Disconnected Youth Work Group for the Governor's Children's Cabinet.

Previously, Pat served as a consultant on education and workforce training issues for the Big Brothers Big Sisters, the AFL-CIO Workforce Development Institute and the National Commission for Education and the Economy (NCEE).

In December 2005, she completed a four-year term as a citywide elected member of the Albany Board of Education and was elected unanimously by the board to serve as President for the 2003 term. She is a former Senior Policy Analyst for the Program Development Group of the New York State Assembly.

Pat is a Chicago native and, prior to moving to Albany in 1997, served as Executive Director of the business-led Chicago Workforce Board overseeing Chicago's workforce-related programs. Prior to her work in Chicago, Pat spent over nine years in Washington, DC, in a number of capacities, including:

*       Political appointee in the Clinton Administration as the Associate Director for Employment and Training, in the U.S. Department of Labor Congressional Affair's Office.

*       Senior legislative analyst in the U.S. House of Representatives, for the Labor Committee's Subcommittee on Employment, then chaired by Rep. Chris Perkins.

*       Legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate, for the Committee on Health, Education and Labor's Subcommittee on Employment, then chaired by Senator Paul Simon (D-IL).

*       President Management Intern (PMI) competitively selected in 1985 for a two-year federal agency appointment.

Pat is married to Dr. Wayne Bequette, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at RPI, and they have two children attending Albany public schools. She has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a bachelor's degree in political science from Northern Illinois University.

Patricia Fahy

Associate Commissioner of Intergovernmental Affairs and Federal Policy

New York State Department of Labor

                Albany, NY 12208



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