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Hometown: Rochester, NY
Program: MPA, Nonprofit Management Emphasis
Undergraduate College and Major: Health Science, with minor in Substance Abuse Counseling, The College at Brockport
Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2015
Current Occupation: Judicial Assessment Specialist,Coordinated Care Services Inc
How and why did you decide to apply for The College at Brockport MPA program?
My undergrad was from Brockport and due to having a great experience with that I knew that I would not want to change schools. I chose the MPA program because I could not think of a better degree that matched what my goals were. I have wanted to change the world since I was a child and Public Administration is where that happens. I knew that in order for me to attain a position where my decisions would impact the lives of others I would need this degree. I also have had experience with some of the professors that work in this program and saw the value in following their leadership for another degree.
What have you enjoyed most about the program so far?
The content of the courses is relevant and there has not been a time as of yet that I have found myself wondering what I would need any of the presented information for. Even courses like statistics taught by Dr. Daly are presented in a fashion that peaks the interest and keeps everyone in the class involved. This program delves into the philosophy of public administration in almost every course, which in my opinion is the most important aspect. We need to truly understand the concepts in order to apply them.
What does your job entail?
My main duty is to evaluate and help determine the eligibility and potential for success of all defendants referred to Drug Court, Judicial Diversionary Program, DWI Court, and Veterans Court. I perform a psychosocial, PTSD, and Criminological Thinking evaluation on each defendant. I then meet with the Judge and Court Coordinator to discuss my findings. The judge uses these finding to determine whether or not the defendant is legally eligible, clinically eligible, and a proper fit for the program. On top of this I also perform case management for high risk/ high need individuals who are not yet in treatment. This entails maintaining daily contact and monitoring to ensure they are following the guidelines set for them by the judge.
What are your future goals?
I have been ambivalent about whether I would like to work in government or the nonprofit sector. I am an advocate for veteran’s issues and so plan on one day taking the job of CEO of the Veteran’s Outreach Center. Wherever I end up, it will be in a position to affect change and have a positive influence on society.