Council Members

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 2022 – 2023

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 2022 – 2023

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 2022 – 2023

Richa Adhikari, Council Member

I am a doctoral student at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. My research interests fall under the umbrella of organizational legitimacy and accountability. I specifically focus on exploring the relationship between strategic information technology use and organizational returns for nonprofit organizations. My dissertation uses a mix-method approach that incorporates python coding of online messages sent by nonprofit organizations and direct personal narratives of nonprofit managers. I am also interested in the topic of gender studies and feminist theories. For my undergraduate degree, I specialized in Women’s Studies. I also conducted qualitative research on bonded child labor through a socialist feminist lens in West Nepal.

ASPA-GA 2022 – 2023

Kydra Finn, Council Member

Kydra Finn has worked in Clayton County, Georgia for over 15 years. Currently, she is the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Solicitor-General of State Court of Clayton County in Jonesboro, Georgia. Prior to serving in this capacity, Ms. Finn worked in the office as the Administrative Manager. Ms. Finn has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Public Administration and a Labor Relations Certificate in Human Resource Management from Florida A&M University and worked in Staff Development and Training for the Florida Department of Corrections before moving to Georgia. Once in Georgia, she earned a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Troy University. Ms. Finn has several years of training experience in the areas of professional and administrative development. She is a very active member in her church and local community activities. She’s considered a socialite among her friends and family, all of whom will attest, “To know her is to love her.”

ASPA-GA 2022 – 2023