Thanks to our chapter leadership team and wonderful participation from our chapter members, our 2013-2014 program year was an outstanding success. Valerie Walker served the past year as our president-elect (vice-president) and also chaired the program committee. She will now move up to the office of president for the 2014-2015 program year.
Valerie has been an active member of ASPA since June of 2009. Prior to being elected President, she served as a member of council, Membership Chair and President Elect. She holds a Master’s Degree from Troy University in Public Administration and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been employed with the city of Virginia Beach for 27 years as a Real Estate Appraiser, where she also serves as a member of the Inclusion and Diversity Communications Committee and
as the Wellness Ambassador for her office. She also serves as Parliamentarian for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators and as a member of the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, State Rehabilitation Council. Valerie is the proud single mother of two college students, Kinston, a senior at Virginia Wesleyan College and Kyra, a freshman at Howard University.
In honor of Public Service Week, the Annual Public Service Awards Luncheon was held on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Select Norfolk, 1570 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, VA.
Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Public Service
Marcus D. Jones, Norfolk City Manager
Dr. Wolfgang Pindur Award for Distinguished Service in Academia and Practice
Dr. John C. Morris, Old Dominion University
Student Scholarship Award
Michael Thompson, Old Dominion University
Facilitating Public Participation through Technology
The event was held on Friday, March 21st from 8:30 AM to 1:15 PM at the Holiday Inn Select, Norfolk Airport in Norfolk. 2014 Annual Symposium Program
The event was held on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m.
During this student-focused event we endeavored to assist students to …
- Develop an awareness of a broad range of dynamic opportunities in the field of Public & Nonprofit Administration
- Find the qualifications necessary to enter and succeed in the public and non-profit sectors
- Learn important information on transitioning from the armed forces to public service
- Hear practical advice from experienced public service professionals on the federal, state, local and non-profit areas of public service.
ASPA HR sponsored this event to encourage bright and motivated young people to consider public and non-profit agencies for their future. This event was open to undergraduate and graduate students in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Economics, Finance, and all related fields of study.
The January ASPA Membership meeting was held on January 16th at Marker 20 in downtown Hampton. This was an evening open forum with Hampton Mayor George Wallace, who discussed regionalism from a Hampton perspective.
The Joint Holiday meeting for ASPA, COMPA, and NFBPA was held on December 11th from 6 to 9 PM.
In addition to dinner & networking, we had a City Managers’ Forum with James M. Bourey, City Manager of Newport News; Marcus D. Jones, City Manager of Norfolk; James K. Spore, City Manager of Virginia Beach; and Selena Cuffee-Glenn, City Manager of Suffolk. We truly appreciate the time the City Managers provided us, as well as their collective advice and encouragement.
ASPA HR held its November luncheon on Thursday, 11/21. Our speaker was Glenn Oder, the Executive Director of the Fort Monroe Authority (FMA), who provided an enlightening update on the status of Ft. Monroe.
The FMA is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, created to preserve, protect, and manage Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort after the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) closure in September 2011. The Authority is governed by a 12-member appointed Board of Trustees and is charged with promoting Fort Monroe and planning the responsible stewardship of the land and landmarks through a management structure unique in Virginia.