Maxwell Welcomes Our Newest Students!

July and August are among the most exciting times of year at the Maxwell School. Having said farewell to the newest alumni of the School in May and June, Maxwell faculty and staff prepare during the summer to welcome the newest classes of students in the MPA, MA IR, and Executive MPA and MA IR programs.

Chris Omolino, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid in Maxwell’s Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, welcomed this year’s MPA and MA IR classes on the PAIA Admissions blog. Read more about this year’s accomplished cohorts at the links below.

Putting the ROCK back in BuROCKracy as Maxwell Welcomes our new MPA students!

Our New MA IR Students Arrive in Time to Celebrate the Solar Eclipse

We hope you enjoy reliving your time at Maxwell through these great posts. Join us in welcoming our newest students to Maxwell!

Jessica Murray, Director of Alumni Relations
Kelli Young, Director of Career Development
Laura McArdle, Assistant Director of Career Development
Lauren Meyer, Career Development Office and Recruiting Coordinator

Daniel Kelley ’08 EMPA is now executive director of Onondaga Community Living, Inc.

alum-news-button Daniel Kelley is now executive director of Onondaga Community Living, Inc., an innovator in individualized support services geared at supporting people with developmental disabilities. Kelley has been working in human services in a variety of settings since 1994. Previously, he was director of crisis and development services for Oswego County Opportunities, Inc., and before that he was director of licensed programs for Onindaga Case Management Service, Inc. for three years.



Nilab Mobarez ’16 EMPA is now Secretary General of the Afghan Red Crescent Society

alum-news-buttonNilab Mobarez ’16 EMPA has been appointed as Secretary General of the Afghan Red Crescent Society. Founded in 1934, the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) is the Afghan affiliate for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies—the world’s largest humanitarian network. ARCS performs a large range of humanitarian duties in Afghanistan, including disaster management, health services, and youth development. In her role as secretary general, Mobarez is responsible for managing ARCS headquarters, 34 provincial offices, and 2,000 staff members. Before her appointment as secretary general, she served as the national spokesperson for United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan from 2007-2015. Prior to that, Mobarez spent over 20 years as a surgeon and as an associate professor with Kabul Medical University. She also played a vital role, as the CEO of a French NGO, in building a teaching hospital for pediatric surgery in Kabul. In 2004, she was one of three female candidates in the first direct Afghan Presidential Elections. She is the co-author of three books, and the author of several articles about medical issues in Afghanistan.

Alok Tripathi ’16 EMPA is now Director of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas of the Government of India

Alok Tripathi is now the Director of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas within the government of India. Tripathi is heading the division responsible for policy formulation  and administrative supervision in respect of petroleum product such as gasoline, high speed diesel, kerosene, and aviation fuel across the country. Prior to working in Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Tripathi had worked in Ministry of Railways, where during his various assignments, he looked after strategic planning and day to day management of the passenger and freight business, besides the administration of welfare measures for a team of over 3,000 employees.

Olive Sephuma ’12 EMPA is now Director of the Center for New Americans

Olive Sephuma is now Director of the Center for New Americans of InterFaith Works. The Center for New Americans, located in Syracuse, New York, assists refugees with resettlement, post-resettlement, and integrating into their new communities. Previously, Sephuma was the Director of Community Grantmaking of the Central New York Community Foundation. Originally from Botswana, Sephuma has lived in the Syracuse area for the last 15 years.

Wayne Westervelt ’07 MA (PA) takes new role at veteran’s affairs institute


Wayne Westervelt is the director of communications for Syracuse University’s institute for veterans and military families and the office of veteran and military affairs. He was previously the vice president for marketing and communications at Cazenovia College. For more information on his employer, see this website.

Jennifer Hyatt ’11 EMPA Environmental Health and Safety Specialist for SUNY Upstate

alum-news-buttonJennifer Hyatt
Jennifer Hyatt has recently accepted a new position with SUNY Upstate Medical University as the Environmental Health and Safety Specialist. Prior to her position at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Hyatt served as the public health sanitarian for Madison County, NY. As well as, the hazardous waste operations assistant for Syracuse University.