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Kristie Roberts-Lewis, Ed.D.

Kristie Roberts-Lewis

Dr. Kristie Roberts-Lewis is a native of Atlanta Georgia and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Fort Valley State University, a Masters 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 earned a Ph.D from Jackson State University in Public Policy & Administration. Dr. Roberts-Lewis has also completed post- graduate studies at Beijing Union University, Oxford University, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Syracuse University. Currently, Dr. Roberts-Lewis serves as an Assistant Professor/MPA Internship Director at Troy University in the Political Science Department. Dr. Roberts-Lewis’s motto is to “Be the Change You Want to See in the Earth” – Mahatma Gandhi






Katherine McGuire, DPA

Katherine McGuire

Katherine McGuire is the Director of Institutional Research at Oxford College of Emory University. She has been in the field of higher education institutional effectiveness for sixteen years, has previously held administrative positions at Agnes Scott College and Washington and Lee University, and has taught at Appalachian State University and Southern Virginia University. Katherine is a former President of thhe Georgia Association of Institutional Research, Planning,Assessment, and Quality (GAIRPAQ), and has been the state liaison to the Association for Institutional Research since 2012. She was founding President of the 501(c)3 public charity Rockdale County Autism Support Group, Inc. Katherine holds a doctorate in public administration from Valdosta State University.






Sooho Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Public Administration Department
University of West Georgia

Sooho Lee

Dr. Lee is an associate professor of the MPA program at University of West Georgia. He teaches various public administration courses such as research methods for public administration, public budgeting & financial management, management of nonprofit organizations, policy analysis & evaluation, science & technology policy, and political science methods. His primary research interests include public management, nonprofit management, local & state government finance, and science & technology policy. He served as President and Vice President of the Chapter between 2010 and 2012.






Jerry Herbel, Ph.D.
Director of the MPA program and Associate Professor
Public Administration Department
Kennesaw State University

Jerry Herbel

Dr. Jerry Herbel is Director of the MPA program and Associate Professor of Public Administration at Kennesaw State University. He served in the US Air Force and Air Force Reserve for 25 years with assignments to Indiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Washington, D.C. Herbel earned a B.S. in Public Affairs from Emporia State University, an MPA from the University of Oklahoma, and a Ph.D. in political science, also from the University of Oklahoma. Herbel teaches courses on public management, budgeting, and administrative ethics. In addition to teaching, he conducts research in a variety of areas including the history of public administration, public ethics and administrative reform. His research has been published in Public Integrity and the American Review of Public






James W. Beeks Sr., Ph.D.

James W. Beeks, Sr.

Professional Background

Areas of Specialization

Academic Background






Anisa Palmer, MPA
Founder and Executive Director of I Will Survive, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer of Survive International, LLC

Anisa Palmer

Anisa Palmer is the Founder and Executive Director of I Will Survive,Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Survive International, LLC. She served two tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom with the US Army. She earned a B.A. in Speech Communications from Georgia State University and an MPA from the University of Central Florida, where she focused on public health and nonprofit management. In addition to being an entrepreneur, she is also a professional public speaker, nonprofit consultant, and facilitates health workshops all over metro Atlanta. Most recently, she received the Phoenix Award in the city of Atlanta from Mayor Kasim Reed for her work with I Will Survive, Inc. focusing on prevention education, economic support, and health & wellness services to those at higher risk and those affected by breast cancer since 2010. She was nominated to serve as a council member with the GA ASPA chapter in 2016, where she recently became a member and also is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta.

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