Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Public Management Emphasis
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Undergraduate College and Major: Environmental Science, SUNY Buffalo
Current Occupation: Environmental Remediation Specialist, City of Rochester Division of Environmental Quality
How and why did you decide to apply for SUNY Brockport MPA program?
I’ve been with the City of Rochester Division of Environmental Quality since 1999 and with the number of “Baby Boomers” soon retiring, I realized there would be many opportunities to advance into full program or departmental management and I wanted to position myself to be ready when the opportunities came. The MPA program will enable me to supplement my current operational experience with elements of fiscal and personnel management that are necessary for successful program and departmental management.
What have you enjoyed most about the program so far?
Having been out of college for many years, I was initially apprehensive about returning to school. However, I’ve found that the staff and students are very supportive and encouraging. The program doesn’t focus on inter-student competition, but on fostering achievement for everyone. I’ve particularly enjoyed the many opportunities to network with students, staff and alumni from the various sectors of the MPA curriculum. Those connections are invaluable in the ‘real world’.
What does your job entail?
I’ve been working in the field of environmental remediation since receiving my B.S. in 1991. As a Project Manager, I coordinate with consultants, contractors and regulatory representatives to identify and delineate soil and groundwater contamination at city brownfield sites. I also manage the design, installation, operation and maintenance of various remediation systems. I’m responsible for the proper handling and disposal of contaminated or hazardous waste generated during cleanups, and implementation of measures to ensure the health and safety of the surrounding community and the conservation of natural resources.
What are your future goals?
In the future, I’d like to be able to use both my experiences in the field, and what I take away from the MPA program to move into a department or program management position. I’d like to be able to work closely with regulatory agencies, investors and community stakeholders to achieve effective economic development and sustainable redevelopment that benefit the Rochester community.