Michael Faass, MPA — President

Michael returned to college to obtain his Master of Public Administration at the University of North Georgia after being away from a college since 1976. He is working as Mentor for Mountain Ed High School in Forsyth County, plus he runs his own consulting company handling specials projects including home improvement projects, and specialized research programs. He worked in the private sector for 30+ years handling special projects in marketing and sales. He is an active of the chapter member of a vibrant and energetic management team leading the Georgia Chapter. He is married to Kathryn Faass, an artist and also a Graduate of the University of North Georgia.

Tanya Brinkley, Ph.D.— Vice President

Tanya Brinkley

Tanya Brinkley is working with Northcentral University as a Public Policy and Administration Subject Matter Expert on 18 dissertation committees. She is also a graduate research assistant at Kennesaw State University pursuing her second Masters of Arts in American Studies, specializing in Gender and Women’s Studies. In Fall 2015 she will be working with the KSU Coles College of Business Women’s Leadership Center. She recently presented, “A Case Study of the United States Veterans’ Disability Compensation Policy Subsystem” at the September 2014 SECoPA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. She is retired from the United States Army as a military police officer in the Georgia Army National Guard. Her research interests include gender and women’s issue in public policy and administration.

Shelia Toppin, DPA— Secretary/Treasurer

Shelia Toppin

Dr. Shelia Toppin is a career public administrator and educator. She served as a parole officer for the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles for four years, and an officer/supervisor with the United States District Court in Atlanta and Winston Salem for 15 years. Currently, Dr. Toppin serves as an assistant professor in Clark Atlanta University’s (CAU) Public Administration Department with a cognitive research area is social justice policy. Dr. Toppin 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 Advisory Board Coordinator at CAU, and a volunteer in local school districts.

Priscilla Oliver, Ph.D. — Past President

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Dr. Priscilla Oliver is a Life Scientist/Regional Program Manager for the Partnership for Sustainable Healthcare (PSH) Program and President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 534 in the Office of the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Oliver received the 2014 National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Walter F. Snyder Award in Environmental Health. She is an active officer of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and is an adjunct professor of Environmental Health at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Oliver is a member of the National Council on Diversity in Environmental Health (N-CODE Health). Dr. Oliver is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a B.S. Degree in Biology. She is a graduate of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program of Georgia State University in Atlanta.  She received the Ph.D. Degree from Georgia State University in Educational Administration/Health Administration.  She is the Founder and Director of the Physician and Undergraduate Educational (PAUSE) Partnership Foundation, Inc. a nonprofit clinical shadowing program for premedical and pre-dental students.