May 2021 Virtual Webinar

“Moving Towards Environmental & Energy Justice”

May 20, 2021 – Noon to 1:00pm EST

Janet Phoenix, MD, MPH
Assistant Research Professor, The George Washington
Milken Institute School of Public Health
Seth Mullendore, MS
Vice President & Project Director, Clean Energy Group
Celeste Murphy Greene, Ph.D., MPA
Associate Professor & Program Director, UVa, School of Continuing and Professional Studies

2021 Annual Research Symposium Program

The theme of the 2021 Annual Research Symposium was responsive public service, exploring how public and non-profit agencies seek to identify the evolving needs and expectations of the communities they serve in a dynamic political, economic, and social environment. The evenr was held on March 18, 2021, 10:30 am – noon (Eastern).

Paper # 1
Title  Environmental nonprofits and institutional diversity: An analysis of diversity practices, demographics and implications for sustainability
Author  Taiwo Olanrewaju-Lasisi PhD Student, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
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Topic   The research analyzed the gender and racial composition and diversity practices of the board of directors and staff based on secondary data on GuideStar, one of the largest nonprofit databases in the world. The goal was to see how diverse their demographics are in terms of gender and race. This was achieved by looking through percentage data of racial and gender representation of the board of directors and staff and questions answered regarding their organizations’ diversity practices. The study gave conclusions and implications for coastal sustainability and public service based on findings.
Paper # 2
Title   How can we mitigate mass sheltering environments from the opioid and COVID-19 hazards? 
Author  Michael A. Brown, PhD, CIP President/CEO, One World, One Way, Inc., Atlanta, GA   Denise C. De Varanez, MD                                                                                                                          
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Overview   Right now, there is no National framework or guidelines to address the growing problem inadequate mass sheltering facilities in the United States or its Territories.  More research is needed and more collaboration amongst some potential partners is needed during this critical time.  To resolve the issues of licit and or illicit use of class II drugs there is a need for specialists in pain management and pharmaceutical experts to join with public health and emergency managers to develop, design, and ensure the necessary safe and secure processes of a National Preparedness Mass Sheltering program and plan that helps to protect, prevent and mitigate against the “Ninja Hazards, e.g., opioid addiction, pandemics (COVID 19), and other medical comorbidities that threaten citizens’ health while in Mass Sheltering Environments.
Paper # 3
Title  The level of trust in U.S. governments : A comparative study in local, state, and federal governments
Author  Koffi Jean Narcisse Djaha MPA Student, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA  
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Topic  The closer a government is to the people, the more trust that people have in it. Most Americans trust the local government more than they trust the state and the federal government because the local government provides the services that meet their immediate needs. This paper examines the different levels of trust that citizens have in the local, state, and federal governments in the United States of America.
Paper # 4
Title  Servant leadership and its effectiveness in promoting sustainable employee well being in a post-pandemic, virtual workplace
Author   Gary Roberts, PhD Professor/MPA Program Director, Robertson School of Government, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA
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Overview   One of the greatest challenges of leadership and management is to promote sustainable organizational effectiveness while preserving employee well-being in a virtual environment. This presentation will describe the factors of servant leadership that promote employee well-being and success in the virtual workplace. Virtual employee well-being is a multi-dimensional construct, but for the purposes of this presentation, it is defined by the ability of the organization to achieve its mission while promoting the greater good and cultivating the welfare of employees over an extended period. 

Annual Research Symposium

Call for Papers

The Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (HR-ASPA) will be holding the annual research symposium on March 18, 2021, from 9:30 am – noon (Eastern). This year’s symposium will be entirely virtual. We welcome papers from practitioners and graduate students.

Symposium Theme: Responsive Public Service

The theme of the symposium is responsive public service. We will be exploring how public and non-profit agencies seek to identify the evolving needs and expectations of the communities they serve in a dynamic political, economic, and social environment.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Diversity: Public Sector Challenges and Opportunities
  • Public Sector Response to Pandemics
  • Public Service Education: Creating Relevance in a Dynamic Public Sector Environment
  • Empowering Public Administration Students in Research and Practice
  • Public Administration in the Post-truth Environment


There will be panels from 9:45-10:45 am and from 11:00 am – noon (Eastern). Each presentation will be 10-12 minutes in length, with each panel having 4-5 individual papers.  No registration fees


Proposals must be submitted to by 1/23/2021. Acceptance notification will be shared no later than 2/7/21. Proposals must include:

  • Author(s) name and affiliation
  • Author(s) contact information (email and phone)
  • Title and abstract of the proposed presentation (250-500 words)
  • Please note whether the proposal is for an individual paper or part of a proposed panel presentation.


If you have any questions, please contact HR-ASPA President Tom Poulin at or at 757-681-6650.

November 2020 Virtual Webinar

Responsive Public Service: Local Government Leadership and Management Resiliency Challenges, Lessons and Opportunities in the COVID-19 Era:
Staying the Course under Duress

When: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: Noon-1 pm (Eastern)


  • Dr. Edwin Daley, Interim County Administrator, Warren County Virginia, Regent University Practitioner in Residence, Past President of the International City Management Association.
  • Ms. Laura Fitzpatrick, Deputy City Manager, City of Chesapeake, Vice-President ICMA Board of Directors, Southeast Region
  • Sam Gaston, City Manager, Mountain Brook Alabama, Regent University Practitioner in Residence, Past President of the International City Management Association.

Join the forum using Zoom Link:
Passcode: 381535

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented public administrators with unprecedented stress and uncertainty given the toxic mixture of increased service demands juxtaposed with diminishing financial resources. This highly variable and uncertain public health crisis with its sweeping economic, political, and cultural effects also presents a unique opportunity to promote innovative and creative solutions that will benefit public administration long after the pandemic ends. The Webinar will feature three experienced local government administrators reflecting on their past and present experiences in providing quality services under duress and their views on the potential positive outcomes of the crisis. The panelists will discuss both leadership and management practices as well as personal coping strategies to remain steady under pressure.

September 2020 Virtual Webinar

Responsive Public Service: Social Equity
Held on September 17, 2020 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST


  • Brandi Blessett – Associate Professor and M.P.A. Program Director, University of Cincinnati
  • Mary E. Guy and Sean A. McCandless – Editors, Achieving Social Equity: From Problems to Solutions
  • Jim Redick – Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response, City of Norfolk