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:

  • 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 of Massachusetts.

  • 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 assignments.

  • 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 budgeting functions.

  • 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 Administration.

    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.

CPP Faculty, ex officio members include:

Jill Hargis
  • Jill Hargis

Sandra Emerson
  • Chair PLS Sandra M. Emerson,Director

Lisa S. Nelson
  • Lisa Nelson

Renford Reese
  • Renford Reese

David Speak
  • David Speak

Jing Wang
  • Jing Wang