Dr. Kristie Roberts-Lewis
President | Officer
Dr. Kristie Roberts-Lewis is an Associate Professor at the Department of Public Administration Nelson Mandela College of Government & Social Sciences at Southern University and A & M College. Former MPA Coordinator and Professor of Public Administration at Point University where she taught courses in the Department of Business of Leadership in Public Administration, Human Resources Management, Nonprofit Management, and Crisis Management. A native of Atlanta Georgia Kristie received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Fort Valley State University, a Master of Public Administration Degree from Albany State University with a dual concentration in General and Human Resources Management, a Master of Divinity from Emory University-Candler School of Theology and a Ph.D. from Jackson State University in Public Policy & Administration. Kristie completed the prestigious Carnegie Mellon Foundation- Future Minority Studies Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Syracuse University and completed post-graduate studies at Beijing Union University in Beijing, China, Oxford University, Oxford England, and a Fulbright Hays Fellowship in Ghana West Africa studying food insecurity.
Dr. Otilia Iancu
Vice President / President Elect | Officer
Dr. Otilia Iancu is an Associate Professor/Interim Chair for the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Savannah State University. Dr. Iancu has an earned Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Arkansas, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Computer Science, Universitatea Tehnică “Gheorghe Asachi,” Romania. Dr. Iancu’s course facilitation includes Global Issues, Organization Theory and Behavior, Intergovernmental Relations, Public Service Internship, Marketing and Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations, Intro to Public Policy, Policy Advocacy and Empowerment, Human Resources Management for Nonprofit Organizations, and the Capstone course. Dr. Iancu serves as faculty advisor for SSU’s Model United Nations and Model African Union program and SSU’s MPA’s Graduate Association of Public Administration.
Dr. Tomicka N. Williams
Secretary | Officer
Dr. Tomicka N. Williams earned a Ph.D. in public policy and homeland security from Walden University, an MPA degree from Nova Southeastern University, and a BS in political science/public administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She is currently the Assistant Academic Department Chair at Purdue University Global. Dr. Williams is an experienced professional in bridging the gap between security awareness, training, research, and human resource. Her research interest is Human and Nonhuman agents in homeland security, crisis communication systems in K-12 and higher education, diversity and inclusion in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Additionally, she enjoys supporting organizations in developing materials and training for employees to meet the need of internal and external customers. Dr. Williams’ specialties include employee training and support; creating training manuals to include security awareness and developing PowerPoint presentations that enhance the understanding of workplace policies and programs.
Dr. Chalonda Smith
Treasurer | Officer
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 strategic direction of the county. Dr. Smith continues to advocate for people on a broader scope by changing policies and assisting agencies in changing communities. Dr. Chalonda Smith earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration with a concentration in law and public policy 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)
Dr. Sheila Toppin
Past President | Officer
Dr. Sheila Toppin is a career public administrator and educator. She served as a state parole officer in Georgia and an officer/supervisor with the United States District Court in Georgia and North Carolina. She earned a Doctor of Public Administration at Valdosta State University, a Master of Public Administration at Clark Atlanta University, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Illinois State University. Currently, Dr. Toppin serves as an Associate Professor in Clark Atlanta University’s Public Administration Department with a social policy research focus. She has published several articles, conducted many presentations, and serves in the Public Administration profession through active participation in the American Society for Public Administration, Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, and the Conference for Minority Public Administrators. She also serves as the MPA Internship Coordinator and Public Administration Alumni Network Faculty Liaison at Clark Atlanta University. In addition, Dr. Toppin has served as the ASPA-GA President (2019-2020), ASPA-GA Vice President (2018-2019), Secretary (2016-2018), Treasurer (2016-2018), and Council Member (2014-2016), Dr. Toppin volunteer in a local school district and at Margie’s House, a nonprofit organization serving disadvantaged senior women and their families.