Dr. Otilia Iancu, President

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, Vice President / President Elect | Officer

Dr. Tomicka N. Williams is an Assistant Academic Department Chair over Criminal Justice and Fire Science at Purdue University Global. Dr. 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 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.

Richa Adhikari, Secretary | Officer

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.

Dr. Michelle L. Lofton, Treasurer | Officer

Dr. Michelle L. Lofton is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy (Ph.D., Syracuse University) at the University of Georgia. Professor Lofton’s research interests broadly explore the intersection of public finance and public management by investigating financial tools and techniques to better inform management, strategy, and policy decisions. Much of her research experience focuses on local government financial management in the United States in respect to working capital management, fiscal constraints, and budgeting. With a passion for continual learning, Professor Lofton serves as a researcher engaged in expanding knowledge in public administration and persistently striving to educate others. She is involved in several research associations including American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM), Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA), and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

Dr. Kristie Roberts-Lewis, Past President | Officer

Dr. Kristie Roberts-Lewis is Chair an Associate Professor at the Department of Public Administration and Policy in the 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.