Rosemary O’Leary won three awards for lifetime achievement in public administration this past summer, including the Routledge Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Management Research from the International Research Society for Public Management, the Frederickson Award from the Public Management Research Association, and the Keith C. Provan Award from the Academy of Management. With these three awards, O’Leary has won five out of the available five lifetime achievement awards in her field. In 2014 she was awarded the Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society for Public Administration and in 2016 she won the John Gaus Award from the American Political Science Association. To see more about her achievements, click here.
Katie Lichtig is now assistant city manager and chief operating officer for the City of Santa Monica, Calif. After leaving her career in the federal government, Lichtig began working for the municipal government of Santa Monica in 1992. Previously Lichtig was the city manager for San Luis Obispo, Calif. For more information about Lichtig, and her role at Santa Monica, click here.
Richard H. Schein, is serving as Associate Dean of Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky, where he is also a professor of geography. Schein is an expert in the study of historical and cultural landscapes, which he explores through his research on race in the United States. Schein returned to Maxwell in April to present the Donald Meinig Lecture, an annual event hosted by the geography department. For a video of his lecture click here.
Andrew Berlin has been named to the Illinois State Police Merit Board by Illinois governor Bruce Rauner. The goal of the Illinois State Police Merit Board is to remove political influence in the selection of new Illinois State Trooper candidates. The Board also ensures that the promotion and discipline of Illinois State police officers is based upon a fair and equitable merit process. Berlin’s appointment to the Merit Board comes at the heels of his long-standing commitment to law enforcement; in addition to raising funds to support the Illinois State Police Heritage Memorial, he has produced an Emmy Award winning documentary: Never Forgotten–a film which honors fallen officers. Berlin is chairman and chief executive officer of Berlin Packaging, a $2.3 billion global supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures.
More information about Andrew Berlin, his appointment to the Illinois State Police Merit Board, and Berlin Packaging can be found here.
Since 2008, Martin Sweeney has been the historian for the town and village of Homer, New York. As a recent article in the Cortland Standard explains, Sweeney brings his lifelong passion for history to his role as village and town historian. His goal is to make history come alive for residents of the Central New York community. “We’re such a socially mobile society that people have no idea [about local history]; they can say, ‘Hey I’ve lived here and raised my kids for the past six years, I had no idea Homer had a connection to Abraham Lincoln. It is my job to tell them.” To achieve this, Sweeney draws from his long and dedicated career as an educator. During his tenure as a junior high school social studies teacher in the Homer School District, Sweeney would frequently get into character, dress in era-specific costume, and play music from certain time periods to illustrate to his students that history is never as far away as it may seem. He brings this same dedication for educating people to his role as village historian. Currently, Sweeney is engaged in a project aimed at establishing a monument in Homer’s town hall, which would commemorate three men who played an integral role in Lincoln’s life.
More information about Martin Sweeney and his career can be found in the aforementioned Cortland Standard article.
Gian-Carl Casa gave the keynote address at the Kennedy Center Awards Dinner. The Kennedy Center is an internationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that offers service options to persons with disabilities and special needs. Casa was selected as keynote speaker for his many years of experience in the non-profit and government sectors. Currently, he is the president and CEO of the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, a statewide association representing nonprofit agencies across Connecticut. Previously, he served for five-and-a-half years as undersecretary for legislative affairs at the Connecticut state Office of Policy and Management. Before that, he worked for over two decades at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, most recently as director of public policy and advocacy, where he oversaw many association-related activities.
Walt Addison Linscott is now president COO and general counsel of business development at Biotech Venture – Treiber Therapeutics, Inc., a firm that develops, invests in, and manages early stage biotechnology companies. In his role, he is responsible for strategic development, finance, business development, management, and all legal issues pertaining to various enterprises under development. This is not his first position in the biotechnology industry. Previously, he was business operations executive, and the general counsel and corporate secretary at Cocrystal, a pharmaceutical company that develops antiviral treatments for serious and/or chronic viral diseases.