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Summer 2011

Robert Campbell III
(MPAff ’73) is a columnist for CivSource. Read his March 29, 2011 article, “Leadership needed to revive nation’s deteriorating fiscal health” here.

Bill Hamilton (MPAff ’73) was profiled in the April 15 issue of Texas Government Insider, published by Strategic Partnerships, Inc. Hamilton retired from state service after 30 years, and in addition to running Bill Hamilton Associates, he sits on a number of boards and is the current mayor of Rollingwood, Texas.

Graham Hill
(MPAff ’73) is a partner with Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell in the firm’s Houston office. This spring, Hill was elected president of the International Society of Barristers and also was inducted into the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Read the press release.

Tom Krampitz
(MPAff ’75) is a senior consultant with Strategic Partnerships, Inc. He also owns a private firm, TLK Law, based in Fort Worth, Texas.

Rodney Ellis (MPAff ’77) was mentioned in this March 3, 2011 Huffington Post article regarding the Texas concealed handgun on campus legislation.  

Donna Kristaponis (MPAff ’77) is office principal at Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an engineering consulting firm in Reno, Nev.

Kenneth Leonczyk (MPAff ’77) is managing director of public finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Charlotte, N.C.

Clint Winters (MPAff ’77) works for the Texas Workforce Commission in Austin. He is with the Workforce Business Services area.

Don Saylor (MPAff ’79) was elected to the position of supervisor of District 2 for Yolo County, Calif.

Susan Rieff (MPAff ’80) led the process of creating The University of Texas at Austin campus-wide sustainability portal. The portal includes and highlights initiatives across campus related to environment, energy and sustainability. Rieff is executive director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Tura Campanella Cook
(MPAff ’81) writes, “Down the familiar hill to the northwest of the school, and thirty years later, I have been a student again. After two years of coursework on Tuesday or Thursday evenings at the Thompson Conference Center, I received a Certificate in Financial Planning in March.

Preparing for the CFP Board exams lies ahead of me. Gene has been a software engineer all these many years and plans to cut back and do other things. Our eldest son, Roy, is an engineer in Houston, sons David and Winn are both undergrads at The University of Texas at Austin, and Margaret will join them when she enters the School of Architecture as a freshman in the fall. While they were younger, I job-shared at the City of Austin in the planning department, which had various names and missions, between 1985 and 2000. Sam Massad, son of Julio Massad (MPAff '82), and my son Winn have been friends since kindergarten and both work part-time, at Hut's and Frank and Angie's respectively.

My mother is 91 and now lives in Austin. Together we manage and promote the paintings left by my dad, Vincent Campanella.

Best wishes for health and happiness to my LBJ School classmates and teachers!”

Linda Gibson (MPAff ’81) works for the Texas Workforce Commission in Workforce Business Services.

Brian Leugs
(MPAff ’82) is president of Business Communication Support, LLC, in Castle Rock, Colo.

Michael Reyna
(MPAff ’82) serves as the project executive-director of the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal), a major multi-year Enterprise Resource Planning project to modernize the state’s financial management systems.

John Bartle (MPAff ’83) is the David Scott Diamond Professor of Public Affairs and is director of the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska in Omaha.

Courtney Brown (MPAff ’83) was honored during Alumni Weekend in April. She received the 2010 Distinguished Public Service Award. See photos and a video of the ceremony and reception here.

Jocelyn Burton (MPAff ’83) recently started Burton Employment Law. She is based in Oakland, Calif.

Scott Cleland (MPAff ’84) has written a book, Search & Destroy Why You Can’t Trust Google Inc. Find out more here.

Rob Egel (MPAff ’84) is the director of the Office of Legislative Affairs at the California State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento.

Ronald Ketter
(MPAff ’86) became deputy regional forester for operations in Vallejo, Calif. in fall 2010. He was formerly at Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as assistant director of strategic planning, budget and accountability. Read the full U.S. Department of Agriculture press release.

Anne Dunkelberg (MPAff ’88) was promoted to associate director at the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities. Her area of expertise is in policy and budget issues relating to health care access.

Laura Huffman
(MPAff ’91) is the Texas state director for The Nature Conservancy.

David Schlosser (MPAff ’92) resides in Davidson, N.C. His company, Analects ink LLC, specializes in writing, editing and publishing.

Bruce Truitt
(MPAff ’92) is a consultant in applied statistics and data analysis at Third Coast Systems in Austin, Texas. He specializes in audit application for fraud, waste and abuse.

Jon Hockenyos (MPAff ’93) was featured by Community Impact Newspaper in May at the monthly forum, “Coffee with Impact.” Hockenyos is the president and founder of TXP. Read the article.

Carron Whittaker (MPAff ’94) is a manager in the health and public services industry area at Accenture. She also serves as board president of the Austin Children’s Choir and is a board member of the Theatre Action Project.

Anna Bryan-Borja (MPAff ’95) is division manager for the City of Austin Water Utility, Internal Audit.

John Coifman (MPAff ’95) recently launched a new environment and clean technology practice at PRCG Strategic Communications in New York, after spending the previous two years helping build the Social Innovation Group at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. He moved to the commercial side of the fence after more than a dozen years in nonprofit energy and environmental advocacy, much of it with the Natural Resources Defense Council. “After all that time talking about the need for better mousetraps, I was to work with the companies that actually build them,” he says. “It’s a challenging mix of business and policy, with a hefty dose of pure politics thrown in. In other words, a perfect fit.”

His op-ed about energy efficiency and Tea Party backer David Koch appeared in the Boston Globe on March 26. Read the article here.

He writes a blog about clean tech communications at

Kathy Spurgin
(MPAff ’95) is the statewide program manager at the Administration Office of the Courts in Santa Fe, N.M.

Carolyn Watson (MPAff ’95) recently earned a master of science in management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Cassie Wenmohs (MPAff ’95) received the Austin Junior League’s 2010 - 2011 Community Service Award.

Wenmohs, center, is pictured at the award ceremony with classmates Anna Bryan-Borja, left, and Carolyn Watson.

Maureen Berner
(PhD ’98) is a professor at the School of Government MPA Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Malisa DiGiacomo (MPAff ’98) works for SafePlace in Austin, Texas. Formerly a research specialist, she is now the research and grants coordinator.

Jody (McCoy) Martin (MPAff ’98) is a principal consultant for the State of California’s Legislature Joint Legislative Budget Committee.

Vladimir Edmondson (MPAff ’99) is associate director in the Institutional Compliance Office at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Debra Wanser (MPAff ’99) is interim commissioner at the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

Frank Fernandez (MPAff ’01) is director of Green Doors, an Austin nonprofit that houses and provides services to the homeless. He recently was profiled in the Austin-American Statesman’s “Austin360: Out and About.” Read the March 27 article here.

Felicity Maxwell (MPAff ’01) works in finance for Tipit Communications, a web communications firm based in New York.

Jessica Kingpetcharat-Bittner
(MPAff ’02) is the strategic initiatives division manager for the City of Austin Solid Waste Services Department. The Division is responsible for the Zero Waste program. Kingpetcharat-Bittner previous worked for the Watershed Protection & Development Review Department and the City Manager’s Office.

Amy Thompson
(MPAff ’02) is a consultant specializing in immigration policies at the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin, Texas.

Angelica Cervantes
(MPAff ’03) is a policy analyst with the Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.

Sunni Brown
(MPAff ’04) named in “The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2011” by Fast Company magazine. Read about Brown on page 114 of the June 2011 issue.

Brown also was profiled in December 2010, in this Washington Post article.

Karen (Dulitz) Kedem (MPAff ’05) works for Moody’s Investors Service in New York. She was promoted from senior associate to vice president/team leader.

Adam Lenert (MPAff ’05) is a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service. He completed a 16-month assignment in Cairo, Egypt, this spring. His next assignment in Baghdad, Iraq, begins in late June.

Stacey Pogue (MPAff ’05) is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Before coming to the center, she worked as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Medicaid and CHIP Division of the Health and Human Services Commission.

Maile Broccoli-Hickey (MPAff ’06) is founder and executive director of English at Work, a nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas, which blends her previous work in teaching English as a Second Language and immigrant services. Find out more here.

Michael Zezas (MPAff ’06) is a vice president at Morgan Stanley in New York City. He serves as the firm’s municipal strategist, leading its strategic municipal research effort by advising institutional clients and publishing regular research reports on municipal debt investing. His work is frequently cited in the financial press.

Sonia Uribe (MPAff ’08) works in Paris with the United Nations Environment Programme, which seeks to promote responsible entrepreneurship among industry and business to encourage and facilitate environmental sustainability.

Erika Akpan (MPAff ’09) works for the Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce as a policy analyst.

Steven Goldman (MPAff ’09) recently took a position with The Alliance to Save Energy in Washington, D.C. He is a senior research associate on the policy and research team. Prior to his new role, Goldman was a postgraduate fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Leslie Helmcamp (MPAff ’09) is a policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin. She focuses on employment and skills development training, including postsecondary education services at Texas community colleges. Her work is part of OpportunityTexas, a statewide initiative to increase income, create jobs and promote savings.

Naitra Muralykrishnan (MPAff ’09) is a consultant with The Highlands Consulting Group in Sacramento, Calif.

Lauren Dooley (MPAff ’10) is a research analyst with the Texas House Research Organization.

Virginia French
(MPAff ’10) took a position as a legislative analyst in the Legislative Reference Divisions International Branch at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C.

Meredith Gray (MPAff ’10) is a grants coordinator with the City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Rebecca Taylor (MPAff ’10) serves the U.S. Department of State as a senior adviser, innovation and entrepreneurship, in the Office of Science and Technology, where she advises Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Taylor gave the keynote talk at the Iowa State University Reiman Entrepreneurial Lecture Series on March 29.