Professional Panel Event – Friday April 11th

April 2, 2014

Professional Panel Event – Friday April 11th

The panel will be held offsite at Baker Tilly – 205 N. Michigan Avenue at 6pm.  Exact room information in Baker Tilly will be sent out early next week.

Our panelists for this great event are:

Caitlin Humrickson
Caitlin graduated from the UIC MPA program in May 2013 with a concentration in Financial Management. She works for Baker Tilly as a consultant on their Resource Optimization team where she helps local governments, higher education institutions and K-12 school districts maximize their resources. This includes projects focused on strategic planning, succession and workforce planning, consolidation and shared services and alternative service delivery assessments. In addition to her work with Baker Tilly, Caitlin has recently joined the board of and is working to develop the Chicago Chapter of the United States National Committee for United Nations Women. She is also active in the Growth and Retention of Women (GROW) program at Baker Tilly and the Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants (IAMMA).

Patrick Gipson
Patrick Gipson is a 2013 CUPPA graduate now serving as a Consultant in Boston-based Public Consulting Group’s Healthcare Reform practice. Since starting with PCG last August, Patrick has worked primarily on projects in New Hampshire, where PCG plays a key role in assisting several state agencies in their responsibilities related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to entering graduate school, Patrick spent four years in the nonprofit sector as a fundraising and development professional.

Dr. Joanne Howard

Joanne E. Howard, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Co-Director of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in the College of Education at Roosevelt University. She has served as a senior administrator with The University of Chicago and Northwestern University, and taught at DePaul University and The School of the Art Institute. Dr. Howard has served as a consultant with a boutique research firm and has performed consulting to enhance her teaching role at Roosevelt. She is a member of four nonprofit boards and is a long-time member of the American Society for Public Administration. Her research interests are education and school reform and nonprofit management. Dr. Howard received her B.A. in Sociology from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia; her MPA from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh; and her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Dean Eitel
Dr. Eitel received his Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Roosevelt University (with Honors) and BS from St. Louis University. He has been teaching at UIC as an adjunct faculty member since Spring 2011, after retiring from DePaul University as the Assistant Director, School of Public Service, DePaul University after 12 years in summer 2010. He also taught in Roosevelt University’s MPA program for 20 years as an adjunct professor and for one year at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s MPA program.

All of our panelists have a wide range of backgrounds, and will no doubt provide us all with invaluable knowledge about MPA careers. Please send any questions and your RSVP to Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you there! Oh and yes, we will have food as usual!

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Jeanne Chiu

MPA 2010

"Because of my interest in improving the human condition through public service, I chose to enter the MPA program at UIC. Chicago, rich in history, diversity, and politics, is the perfect place to learn about all aspects of public administration. For my Capstone team project, I was provided the opportunity to collaborate with a nonprofit organization on the West Side of Chicago to develop a training and professional development curriculum. As Public Service Chair of PASA, I have volunteered alongside many of my colleagues in different service projects in the Chicagoland area. I like how this MPA program provides opportunities for students to interact with each other in the classroom and outside the classroom environment. It is a flexible program that enables students working full-time the ability to take classes at night. I would highly recommend the MPA program at UIC to prospective students."

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