Advisory Committee

External Advisory Committee

Our MPA program is creating this board as a part of our reaccreditation process. The Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) is the global standard for accrediting public administration graduate programs. The purpose of our External Advisory Committee is to provide insight and guidance from the field to help us enhance our curricular and co-curricular activities. For example, the committee will collaborate with us to market our MPA program, assist our students with obtaining internships and jobs, and serve as guest speakers and mentors.


Name Title/Organization Affiliation Place of Employment
Marita Kelley Director of Finance City of Harrisburg
Michelle Kichline County Commissioner Chester County Board of Commissioners
Rob Teplitz Special Counsel Pennsylvania Governor's Office of General Counsel
Emily Yates Chief Innovation Officer SEPTA


Name Title/Organization Affiliation Place of Employment
Joanne Craig  Vice President for Programs The Foundation for Delaware County 
Grace Herbert President & Co-Founder Finding Shelter Animal Rescue
Lisa Schaefer Executive Director County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania
Chaya Scott Chief Aspiration Officer Chaya Scott Consulting, LLC
Joseph Sherwood Executive Director Chester County Library System


Name Title/Organization Affiliation Place of Employment
Alex Charlton Former State Rep & Senior Manager State Government Affairs Exelon
Andrew Dinniman Former State Rep Retired
James Lee President & Founder Susquehanna Polling and Research