Masters in Public Administration
Advisory Council (MiPAAC)
The Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program is a graduate professional program governed by
academic standards of California State Polytechnic University at Pomona (CPP) and the professional
standards of the national accrediting agency NASPAA. The implementation and ongoing professional
standards of the MPA program are the responsibility of
the Masters in Public Administration Advisory Council (MiPAAC).
What MiPAAC Provides
Among the Council’s roles and responsibilities are the following:
- To deliberate and approve the program’s mission statement and related goals,
- To deliberate, develop and approve policies regarding all aspects of the
program’s professional responsibilities to students and the broader CPP community,
- To assess the program’s performance through a review of graduate papers,
portfolios and related culminating materials,
- To assist the program in meeting its obligations to provide the professional
and intellectual resources needed to serve our diverse community,
- To provide practical and current access to employment and internship
opportunities in public service,
- To guide the development and design of curriculum and to assure it meets the
ongoing challenges of providing a public interest perspective to the
identification and resolution of public issues,
- To serve, as needed, as adjunct and guest lecturers providing practical
and professional guidance to course work and culminating papers, and
- To represent the MPA program to the public including the
accrediting agency NASPAA.
- During the recent state budget crisis the MPA program was able
to continue to provide quality education to graduate students by
drawing on MiPAAC members to staff class sessions and provide
auxiliary support as needed.
Who is on MiPAAC?
MiPAAC members are drawn from local professionals in the field of public
service from the federal, state, local government and non-governmental
organizations. Representatives are persons with experience as senior
members of a public service organization with a commitment to preparing
professionals in public service for the 21st century. Biographic information
on our current members is noted below:
CPP Faculty, ex officio members include:
- William Evans, co-chair TBD
- Thomas Tan [co-chair] is the Director of Network and Computer
Services (NCS) for the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.
He has a master’s in business administration and doctorate in education.
He has worked at school districts in Riverside, San Bernardino and
Los Angeles counties.
- Kyle Brown has served as Director of the Lyle Center for
Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona University since 2004.
He has previously worked as a planner for numerous municipalities
and educational institutions. He received a Bachelor in Landscape
Architecture from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Landscape
Architecture and Ph.D. in Regional Planning from the University
- Theresa Bruns is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City
of San Dimas. She holds a Master in Public Administration from
California State University, Long Beach. Theresa has over 30
years of local government public service, including experience
with three San Gabriel Valley cities, at various levels with
Parks and Recreation. She became a MiPAAC member as a result
of serving as mentor to a Cal Poly Pomona MPA student. She is
interested mentoring students or assisting with internship
- Ann CroissantProfessor Emeritus, is Founder and President/
Board of Directors for two nonprofit environmental organizations:
SGMRC and Glendora Community Conservancy - combined 38 years .
She has degrees in Biology and Math from UNC, a master's in plant
physiology from UW-Madison, and PHD in curriculum and instruction,
higher education, and botany from USC. She has been a faculty
member at Cal Poly Pomona and Azusa Pacific University in science
and education (undergraduate and graduate), and taught
internationally in master's programs in Leadership Studies.
- Nuala Gasser is the Senior Housing & CDBG Economic
Development Manager at the City of Covina where she has worked
in a variety of positions for twenty-five years. Nuala’s
background includes CDBG administration, project management
including land assembly, economic development and marketing,
grant administration, and affordable housing development and
administration.Nuala has a master’s in public administration
from Cal Poly Pomona and is an advisory commission member to
the board of the San Gabriel Valley Consortium on Homelessness.
- Douglas Glasser TDB
- Kathrene Hansen is the Executive Director of the Greater
Los Angeles Federal Executive Board. There are 28 FEBs nationwide;
the Los Angeles Federal Community is one of the largest in the
United States with more than 275 separate agencies employing over
125,000 Federal employees. With almost 17 years in this position,
Ms. Hansen has a unique perspective of the Federal Government throughout
Southern California and extensive contacts with State, Local and
Community organizations as well. Prior to joining the FEB staff
in October 1995, Kathrene spent 10+ years with the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs (VA) in positions of increasing responsibility
in Clarksburg, WV, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.
Throughout her career, Ms. Hansen has received numerous awards
for her consistently outstanding performance and has been recognized
by numerous community organizations. Her career also includes
assignments with the Lieutenant Governor for the State of Idaho
and the U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which provide
additional perspectives of the role of Government. She received
her Masters in Public Administration from West Virginia University
and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Idaho State University.
- Kearney, Kevin [TBD]
- Wendy La is the founder of La Solutions for Engineering Resources,
LLC (L.A.S.E.R.) and a principal water resources engineer with near 20 years
of experience in urban stormwater, watershed management and groundwater
administration. She is a seasoned engineer with a strategic and business
vision; served in both large and small organizations with hands-on
multi-faceted experience in groundwater administration, stormwater
capture/conservation, water resources planning, watershed management,
flood control/protection, urban run-off pollutants control and discharges,
water quality and supply monitoring and reporting, federal/state/regional
grant funding administration (e.g. secured over $60 million),
flood protection and drainage system design, regional capital improvement
program development (e.g. $70 million annual budget), and consensus/
partnership cultivation. Ms. La is a professional registered Civil
Engineer in the state of California. She holds a Master in Business
Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (
both degrees from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona)
- Tamara Letourneau is a Senior Manager with the consulting
firm Management Partners. She has been a member of the MiPAAC Board since
it was first created. Mrs. Letourneau has over 25 years of local government
experience. She is the former city manager of two California cities -
Yorba Linda and Sierra Madre. Prior to becoming a city manager she also
served the California communities of Claremont, Arcadia, and Monrovia.
Since joining Management Partners she has assisted numerous local government
clients in California and Nevada with organizational reviews and strategic
planning. She is an adjunct professor at California State Polytechnic
University Pomona and the University of La Verne. She is the author of
“The First 100 Days – A checklist for the First 100 Days as a
New City Manager,” which appeared in the May 2006 issue of Public
Management Magazine. In addition, she is a contributor to the book
Democracy at the Doorstep, Too! by Mike Conduff and Melissa Byre
Vossmer, which was published in 2012.
- Royce Menkusis a retired public administrator. She has a
master’s in public administration who guest lectures at Cal Poly Pomona
and has co-authored a public administration text. During her career with
the City of Los Angeles she served as the Assistant City Administrator for
labor relations and in a number of city departments in personnel and
- Mohsen Moayedi is the Crisis Manager at the City of Los
Angeles where he has served for 25 years. Prior to his work with city
government he served as a corporate economist for an investment
corporation. Dr. Moayedi has a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate
University in Government and a B. A. in Economics from Cal-State
Fullerton. He has been an adjunct faculty member in political science
department/MPA program since 1981. Dr. Moayed has expertise in Crisis
Management with special emphasis in international terrorism including
weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical and biological). He is
a national and international lecturer on International Relations and
government and International Terrorism/Crisis Management
- Larry Schroeder was elected in March 2009 to the Claremont
City Council and is currently serving his second four-year term. From
March 2012 to March 2013, Larry served as Mayor of Claremont. Prior to
his service on the Claremont City Council, Larry served on the Claremont
Community Services Commission, to which he was appointed to in 2007.
Larry has twenty-six years of experience as a staff member in city government.
From 1988 to 2007, he was Finance Director for the cities of Glendora and
Lakewood; he served as Risk Manager for both cities. Larry has seventeen
years of experience in economic development, and ten years of experience
in banking (1971 to 1980).
Larry has also had his own consulting company assisting cities from 2008 to
2012 with management and financial challenges.
From 2004 to the present, Larry has taught as an adjunct at the University of
La Verne and Cal Poly Pomona. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and
a Master's degree in Public Administration, and a Doctorate degree in Public
Larry brings a unique combination of expertise from the viewpoints of both
a professional (former finance director) and as a policy maker
(city council member). His teaching experience not only keeps him current
with today’s government finance issues but abreast of how other government
agencies are effectively and creatively dealing with today’s
public sector issues.
- Hayden Sohm is a Deputy Director with the Los Angeles County
Department of Parks and Recreation. He is responsible for the management
and operations of LA County’s Regional Parks. With an operating budget of
$40 million and 500 budgeted positions, this program provides some of the
most diverse recreational opportunities in the country. Prior to his work
in Los Angeles, Mr. Sohm served for 30 years with the California Department
of Parks and Recreation. His last position was serving as the District
Superintendent for the Sierra District at Lake Tahoe. He is also
involved with Historic Preservation in the Los Angeles area, serving
as President of the Adamson House Foundation. He holds a B.A. in History
from University of California at Santa Cruz.
- Beverly Speak is a community member of MiPAAC representing
the nonprofit sector. She has a Master’s in Public Health and teaches
courses in nonprofit management as an adjunct faculty member in Cal
Poly’s MPA program. She has also taught education courses at Chaffey
College and health courses at Georgia Southern University. She has
extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, including CEO positions
in several health and human services organizations and foundations.
She currently serves as CEO of Kids Come First, a nonprofit children’s
health program, and as president of the Community Clinic Association
of San Bernardino County. She especially enjoys mentoring and
supporting graduate students/interns who are interested in building
collaborations between public sector and private nonprofit agencies.
Chair PLS Sandra M. Emerson,Director