Dr. Veronica Adams-Cooper

Council Member

Dr. Veronica Adams-Cooper is a professor in the Master of Public Administration program at Albany State University, Albany, GA. She serves as the coordinator of internships/projects, director of the Lois B. Hollis Center for Social Equity, and co-advisor for the Public Administration Student Association. Dr. Veronica’s primary research interests include social equity, community and economic development, and nonprofit administration. She also serves as a mediator for the University System of Georgia’s System-Wide Mediation program. As a practitioner, Veronica is the founder and chief administrative officer for ARTriumph Historical Society for The Artesian Renaissance, a community building 501(c)(3) that uses the Humanities, Education, and Art (HEART) to foster social healing for the national trauma (impact) acknowledged in the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-102). Dr. Veronica earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Jackson State University, Jackson, MS and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Grambling State University, Grambling, LA.

ASPA-GA 2021 – 2022

Dr. James Beeks

Council Member

Dr. James Beeks earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Walden University with a concentration in U.S. Constitution, a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Troy State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from North Carolina Central University. Dr. Beeks has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate criminal justice and public administration courses. This included experience as a doctoral mentor and developed course assessment methodologies for graduate and undergraduate courses. Dr. Beeks has served on the ASPA-GA Council since 2012.

ASPA-GA 2021 – 2022

Dr. Catherine Foster-Rowell

Council Member

Dr. Catherine Foster-Rowell is the Councilwoman for District 1 of the City of South Fulton and served as the first Mayor Pro Team. Currently, she is employed with Fulton County Schools. She has also worked in the nonprofit sector and served as Executive Director of Operation PEACE; Senior Government Grants Manager for Families First; and Senior Program Director with Enterprise Community Partners. Additionally, she has held leadership roles in a number of public-sector consulting firms to include Beacon Analytics, the Bronner Group, and MAXIMUS consulting firm. Dr. Foster Rowell is published and has served on numerous volunteer boards which include but are not limited to the Conference of Minority Public Administrators, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Work from Cleveland State University and a Master’s of Public Administration and a Doctorate of Political Science from Clark Atlanta University.

ASPA-GA 2021 – 2022

Dr. Min Kim

Council Member

Dr. Min Kim is the Interim Department Chair of Government and Sociology at Georgia College. During his tenure at Georgia College, Dr. Kim served as MPA graduate program coordinator since 2013. His career includes a Ph.D. from Arizona State University, with an academic appointment at Southern University at Baton Rouge. At Georgia College, he has served the department, the college, and the university in a variety of roles including faculty search committee member, pre-tenure review committee member, Pi Alpha Alpha chapter faculty advisor, graduate C&I committee member, senator, graduate council member, comprehensive program review committee member, and program/department excellence award committee member. Dr. Kim has served as an ASPA-GA Council Member since 2018.

ASPA-GA 2021 – 2022

Bevan Caesar, MPA

Council Member

I am a Navy Veteran who enjoys new challenges, a highly motivated individual with the aptitude for learning and opportunities to grow and succeed. With over 15 years of experience in Human Resources. I have consistently focused on sharpening my skills through education and leadership. Focus driven on process improvement and producing results. I am effective, with maintaining and tracking progress, and response to services emergencies, resolving client issues, identifying barriers, budget issues, and financial costs individually and in total monitor outcomes. Presently serving as a Case Manager, I have been responsible for connecting homeless veterans and their families to resources and building relationships with organizations and communities. I continually strive to earn positive feedback from my clients and superiors and contribute to business development goals. Completed my Master’s in Public Administration (May 2021) emphasis on Government Sector Management.

ASPA-GA 2021 – 2022

Del Bharath

Council Member

Del Bharath is an Assistant Professor at Savannah State University. She has been an ASPA member since 2015, when she participated in the International Young Scholars program in Mexico. She has also presented research at ASPA conferences and has served on the board of ASPA Nebraska. If appointed, Del looks forward to working with ASPA Georgia to find ways to engage students and practitioners to the organization and find meaningful ways to bridge theory and practice.

ASPA-GA 2021 – 2022

Dr. Chalonda Smith

Council Member

With more than 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, Dr. Chalonda Smith provides management consulting designed to leverage evidence-based best practices. Dr. Smith offers a unique blend of cross-functional skills to a diverse population of clients. She has worked in various fields, including medical, residential, juvenile justice, local government, state government, and community-based care centers. She is currently the Operations Analyst for the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, where she is responsible for the county’s strategic direction. Dr. Smith continues to advocate for people on a broader scope by changing policies and assisting agencies in changing communities. Chalonda Smith earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration with law and public policy concentration at Walden University. She is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha (the National Honor Society for Public Administration), American Society for Public Administrators (ASPA), Golden Key International Honor Society, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is currently working on becoming a Certified Management Consultant as well as a PMP (Project Management Professional).

ASPA-GA 2021 – 2022

Glen Williams MS, GA-CEM

Council Member

A 26-year United States Marine Corps Veteran, Mr. Williams joined the United States Marine Corps on June 26, 1985. Over the next 20 plus years of faithful service, Mr. Williams has traveled to the Far East in addition to countries in the Middle East. Retiring from military service in 2011, Mr. Williams began his journey of higher education. Obtaining a Bachelor’s in Emergency Management and a Master’s in Corporate leadership and Project Management. Mr. Williams capitalized on his experience as military leader and Emergency Manager by obtaining a position with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Where he currently holds the position of State Exercises Specialists where he assists 8 Regional States with Exercise design, implementation, and planning. Mr. Williams is an Emergency Manager dedicated to helping individuals during a time of need.

ASPA-GA 2021 – 2022

Dr. Katherine McGuire

Council Member

Dr. Katherine has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration, non-profit leadership, institutional research, and strategic planning. Currently on the Fulbright Specialist roster and available for program evaluation and assessment consultancies on campuses outside the U.S. and is the Director of Institutional Research at Oxford College of Emory University.

ASPA-GA 2021 – 2022