Alumni & Giving


Congratulations Matt Rhoten, Deputy County Manager, Gaston County 2023 MPA Alumni of the Year!

Morgan Parks, MPA ’18 was promoted to Manager of the Research & Strategic Planning Division for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

Merritt McCully, MPA ’21 became the Executive Director of Mayfield Memorial CDC

Dr. Justin Stritch, MPA ’10 received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor at Arizona State University

Dr. Madinah Hamidullah, MPA ’05 became the Master of Public Administration Director at Kennesaw State University

Matt Rhoten, MPA ’15 is now the Deputy County Manager at Gaston County

Joel Riddle, MPA ’03 is now the Vice President of Human Resources at CaroMont Health

Christi Floyd, MPA ’00 was promoted to Economic Developemt Program Manager at the City of Charlotte

Phin Xaypanga, MPA ’95 is now the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office at Ventura, CA

James Merrick, MPA ’16 is now the Chief Communications and Marketing Officer at Melanoma Research Foundation

Alicia Dasch, MPA ’10 was sworn in to begin serving the residents of Tega Cay, SC on January 2, 2018 as a City Council member.

Ashley Lantz, MPA ’12 will be the new Director of the Division of Social Services for Union County beginning February 5th.

Hannah Shore, MPA ’16 will start her Presidential Management Fellowship as a Budget Analyst for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C. later on this month.

Heidi Ferster, MPA ’17 began her position as Development Officer at Teen Health Connection, a local nonprofit in Charlotte, in May.

Alexandra Alcorn (current Urban Management & Policy Certificate student): City of Charlotte Resiliency Fellow

John Bentley, MPA ’18: Analyst for CMPD

Taylor Drury, MPA ’18: Budget Analyst, Gastonia County

Madison Esterle, MPA ’18: Analyst for South Carolina Legislative Audit Council

Kim Graham, MPA ’10: Executive Director, Greater Charlotte Apartment Association

Lela Ijames, MPA ’18: Planning Technician, Rowan County

Elizabeth Landrum (current MPA student): Grants and Projects Financial Specialist, CMPD

Sarah Lowry, MPA ’18: Presidential Management Fellow, Centers for Disease Control

Justin McCoy (MPA student): Research Analyst for Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

Mattison Miller, MPA ’18: Planner for the Town of Waxhaw

Shannon Reidlinger, MPA ’18: Research Analyst for Goodwill Industries

Vince Roberts, MPA ’18: ICMA Local Government Fellow, Delray Beach, FL

Colleen Tully (MPA Student): Associate Corporate Communications Specialist for City of Charlotte

Taylor Valley, MPA ’18: Assistant Executive Director for Membership Development, U. of South Carolina Alumni Association


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