Faculty and Staff

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Terry A. Anderson, Ph.D.
MPA Director and Associate Professor
(850) 301-2144
(850) 301-2384

Dr. Terry Anderson joined the faculty of Troy University in January 1998. Prior to that, she worked in law enforcement for 21 years, first with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1976-1983) and later with the Broward Sheriff's Office (1983-1997). Her academic background is diverse. She earned undergraduate degrees from Stetson University (B.A. in Russian, 1972) and the University of Central Florida (B.A. in History, 1973). In addition, she has a degree in Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School (1982). She completed a Masters of Science in Management degree at St. Thomas University (1989). Finally, her Ph.D. in Public Administration was completed at Florida Atlantic University in 1997. Dr. Anderson has travelled extensively, including over 15 trips to the Republic of Georgia where she has taught numerous courses in an M.P.A. program at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs and consulted to develop and deliver seminars, including one in Organizational Management to President Saakashvili's Public Affairs Staff. She has published two case studies and one book, entitled, Public Administration in Transition: Managing the Public Sector in an Emerging Democracy.


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Robert F. Abbey, Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(301) 464-3029

Areas of expertise: quantitative analysis, organizational theory and behavior, public policy, program evaluation, research methods and the prediction of hazard and risk probabilities of natural disasters. He is actively engaged in the application of dimensional and metaphorical analyses to understand organizations and their culture.

Dr. Abbey served for 30 years in the federal government, first as Director of Meteorology research for the Nuclear Regulatory commission (originally the Atomic Energy Commission) from 1972-1983, then in a similar position with the Office of Naval Research from 1983-2002. He has authored over 80 publications and several book chapters, primarily on application of extreme value theory to natural phenomena. He is a member of two national standards committees and is actively engaged with two publishers concerning applied statistics and research methods in public administration. He is a consultant to Time-Life, the Weather Channel, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Dr. Abbey currently is an adjunct professor of graduate quantitative analysis and research methods at American University and has taught in the graduate programs at the University of Southern California and George Washington University. He received a doctorate and masters in public administration from the University of Southern California and in atmospheric sciences from Colorado State University, a masters in American history from the University of Oregon, and a bachelors in nuclear physics and American history from the University of Oregon.

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Kern Craig, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(850) 301-2125
(850) 301-2170

Professor Craig began teaching for Troy University in 2004. He previously taught for a number of other schools including Wesleyan College in Georgia, the University of Alabama, University of Nebraska, University of Mississippi, and University of Arkansas. His wife's career as an Air Force officer required many moves. And, for several years, they lived in England at which time he worked for the Department of Defense. Professor Craig’s business qualifications include an insurance license and a contractor’s license in the State of California as well as a registration with the National Association of Securities Dealers (now the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). He previously worked for various oil companies and banks. His academic qualifications include a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Mississippi, an M.B.A. in Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a B.Sc. in Business Administration from California State University. Professor Craig's seminal work was his doctoral dissertation and magnum opus, “Empirical Tests of Dependency Theory in the Contemporary Commonwealth Caribbean." Since then, he presented and/or published numerous papers and/or articles. He also contributed a lengthy chapter to an edited book entitled "Public Administration in Transition: Managing the Public Sector in an Emerging Democracy." His main field of interest is political economy.

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John E. Dunning, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty

John Dunning is a member of the adjunct faculty. He has been teaching for Troy University since 1995. John has a doctorate in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master of public administration from Auburn University and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Lawrence University. He is also a graduate of the Air War College and the Air Command and Staff College.

His practitioner experience includes a career in the Air Force, specializing in human resource management, training, and readiness planning. He also worked as the Director of Human Resources for Medical Service Corporation International in Arlington, VA, and as a human resources and organizational development consultant for several companies, including Drake, Beam, Morin, Inc. (DBM), B3H Corporation, and Data Systems Design (DSD) Laboratories.

His primary courses are organizational behavior, organizational theory, leadership and public policy. His research interests are in the areas of instructional technology, simulation modeling and organizational development.

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Pamela T. Dunning, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise: Research methods, program evaluation, strategic planning, public policy and budgeting.

Dr. Dunning has a doctorate in public administration and urban policy from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, a master of urban studies and a master of public administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and a bachelor of science in business administration from Wayland Baptist University in Wayland, Texas.

She spent over seven years teaching in the government and public affairs program at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia. Prior to teaching, Dr. Dunning spent over 11 years as a budget analyst with the Air Force at the Pentagon and Air Combat Command and was the program coordinator for the only Air Force GPRA pilot project. She is also a certified strategic planning facilitator.

Dr. Dunning is a member of the American Society of Public Administration and has been a past president of the Hampton Roads Chapter. She is also a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers and was a past Air Force vice-president of the Hampton Roads Chapter. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Interdisciplinary Studies) and Pi Alpha Alpha (Public Affairs and Administration) Honor Society. Dr. Dunning is also an ardent and life-long Cleveland Browns fan.

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Tammy L. Esteves, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(407) 313-0799

BA, American Government, University of Virginia
MPA, James Madison University
Ph.D, Public Administration and Public Affairs, Virginia Tech

Tammy Barnett Esteves, Ph.D., is a native Virginian, now living in Orlando. Dr. Esteves ("Dr. E" to her students) brings both practical and academic experience to the field of public administration. She has been a full-time faculty member with Troy University’s MPA program since 2002. Prior to TROY, she taught for Christopher Newport University, the University of Richmond, and Indiana State University. She has also taught individual courses for NC State, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University and The Presidio Graduate School. Prior to entering the world of academia, her practical experiences included work as training coordinator for Virginia Blood Services; human resources director for International AutoSport; community services coordinator for the Jefferson Area Board for Aging; development coordinator for the Virginia Discovery Museum; and Interim Executive Director for Avalon, a women’s shelter in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Dr. Esteves is very active in the American Society for Public Administration, where she is on the board for the Central Florida Chapter in Orlando, and was previously Chair of the Section of Democracy and Social Justice, and on the Board of the Section on Emergency and Crisis Management. She primarily teaches Research Methods, Leadership in Public Administration, eGovernance, Grants Management, and Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response. Her main research interest is the role of technology for building community, particularly in the areas of social media, crowdsourcing, and smart cities. She brings these interests into the classroom with creative assignments to get students to think outside the box and make connections to the world around them, encouraging whole person education and lifelong learning.

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Pamela A. Gibson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Gibson received her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration and Masters of Public Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Gibson has taught for Christopher Newport University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, University of Richmond, and VCU. Prior to entering academia, she served the public in the mental health field; lastly, as Program Coordinator for the Georgia Cobb County and Douglas County Boards of Health. Dr. Gibson also served as a management consultant for the Kennedy Institute in Washington, DC and for the Center for Community Development, Inc. in Cheverly, Maryland creating and implementing grants for agency growth.

Her work in community services began in residential care as Executive Director for Residential Services for the developmentally disabled of Butler County, Pennsylvania and then as Director of Residential Services in Maryland for the Rock Creek Foundation for Mental Health.

Dr. Gibson joined the faculty at Troy University in November, 2009. She teaches the Foundations, Public Policy, and Ethics courses for Troy and is currently conducting research in the moral development of ethics instructors and the so-called research-practice gap between academic exploration and the professional practice of management.

Dr. Gibson is a member of the American Society of Public Administration and has been a past president of the Hampton Roads Chapter.

Michael Guo-Brennan, Ph.D.,

Michael Guo-Brennan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville
Master of Public Administration, University of Louisville
Bachelor of Music History, Illinois State University

Michael Guo-Brennan holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and a Masters' degree in Public Administration from the University of Louisville as well as a Bachelors' degree in Music History from Illinois State University. Although living and working most of his life in the Midwestern United States, he comes to Troy from Prince Edward Island Canada, where he taught and worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Prince Edward Island. Prior to living in Canada, Michael served as a municipal government executive in Iowa and Maine. His teaching and research focuses on Public Administration with Global Perspectives, Civic Capacity and Engagement, Global Competency, Education Policy and Administration, Immigration Policy, Comparative Policy and Politics, Non-profit Management, Emergency Management, Organizational Theory, Ethics and Leadership, Mixed-Methods Research

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Mary Jane Hetrick, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty
(512) 619-7763

Dr. Mary Jane Hetrick earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration & Public Policy from Auburn University in 2004 where she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi with a 4.0 GPA. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Auburn University Montgomery in 1998, followed by Certification in Nonprofit Management from AUM in 1999 while being inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha and serving as president of Pi Alpha Alpha. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) cum laude from The University of Texas-Pan American in 1991 while playing for the university’s tennis team. She was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma and was named the top senior student-athlete (Ann LaMantia Award).

Dr. Hetrick has been immersed in public and nonprofit administration her entire career. She has worked for The University of Texas-Pan American, The University of Texas-Brownsville, and Auburn University Montgomery and has been an adjunct professor for TROY University since 2005. She has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations in various capacities--as a consultant, a volunteer, a board member and branch manager of a national nonprofit organization. Along with consulting and volunteer work, Dr. Hetrick teaches a rotation of classes for TROY University, including Executive Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations, Grant Writing for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, Foundations of Nonprofit Organizations, and Public Administration. She previously taught Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations for AUM and served on the Board of Advisors for the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Dr. Hetrick has published entries in the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy on Performance Measurement.

Dr. Hetrick launched Foundation Logic, LLC in 2014 and consults with public and nonprofit organizations to boost capacity and performance. Since returning to Texas, Dr. Hetrick has been elected to the Board of Trustees for Dripping Springs ISD and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Dripping Springs Education Foundation.

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LaKerri Mack, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(334) 808-6563
(334) 808-5647

Ph.D., Public Policy & Public Administration, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
M.P.A., Master of Public Administration, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
B.A., African-American Studies (Women’s Studies), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at Troy University in Troy, Alabama teaching Political Science and Master of Public Administration courses. I look forward to bringing new perspectives and teaching techniques to the Trojan family.

While at Auburn I was a Graduate Assistant with the Auburn University Multicultural Center where I served as a liaison for several campus organizations. I was an Instructor of Record teaching State and Local Government at Auburn where I took advantage of various opportunities to advance my education, experience, research, teaching, and outreach in the community. I also served as a Graduate Assistant of Space Allocation for the College of Liberal Arts.

I have won numerous awards to include: The Most Outstanding Student for the Masters of Public Administration Program in 2007; The 2009 Public Administration Scholarship from the National Forum of Black Public Administrators (East Alabama Chapter); The Women’s Studies Program Graduate Student Award in 2009; and the College of Liberal Arts’ Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2009-2010.

I am actively involved in the Troy and Auburn University, Troy, Auburn, and Phenix City communities and other local communities. I have served on panels, town hall meetings, volunteered for the Lee County Red Cross, Senior and Youth Interaction Society, and the National Community Service Day. I am a 2009-10 Biggio Center for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning’s Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, Auburn University Graduate School Ambassador, member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (East Alabama Chapter), Sisters of the Academy, the Multicultural Center Advisory Board, the College of Liberal Arts Graduate Council, and Youth Director for the New Hope Brothers and Sisters Benevolent Society. Additionally, I have been active in the College of Liberal Arts Day, Women’s Initiatives and Program Planning, and the Africana Studies Program. I am a member of the League of Women Voters, and take an active role in teaching the importance of the election process, technology and involvement.

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Dayna McDaniel, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
(850) 678-1865

Dr. Dayna McDaniel holds a Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Alabama, an M.S. in Management, and a B.S. in Political Science.

Academic Experience: College instructor since 1990, Full-time instructor for Troy University teaching research methods, public personnel, and public health courses. Dr. McDaniel has taught as adjunct Professor for UWF, Embry Riddle, Barry University, OWCC, St Leo, and other colleges in Management Graduate and Undergraduate, Health Service Administration, and Public Administration. Her academic research has been in the areas of instructor online training and better communication with online students and advising online. She also has developed several internal organizations for the faculty and students use in which led to published articles as well as consulting with other departments and other educational institutions on the models.

Public Administration Experience; Dr. Dr. McDaniel began her political science career as an White House intern for the White House News Summary Office at White House Washington DC under the Reagan Administration and later became a Legislative Aid for Florida State House of Representatives in the Panhandle. Dr. McDaniel also had local county employment experience with her teaching career that began as an elementary (1-2nd Grade) and high school (algebra) teacher at Riverside, CA.

Military Career Experience: In Dr. McDaniel's military career, she is a retired Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserve Hospital Administrator (last assigned to HQ Air Force Special Operations Surgeon's office, Hurlburt Field) as the augmenter for the Command's Health Service Administrator. Lt. Col. McDaniel's past assignments are as follows: Mission Coordinator for Humanitarian Civic Action Missions in South America for the 919 Medical Squadron and Medical Readiness Officer, interim Squadron Hospital Administrator for the 919 Medical Squadron, Air Evacuation Operations officer for “live” patient missions on flying status for 68 Air Evacuation Squadron Norton AFB, CA (several patient evacuation missions accomplished throughout the European and Pacific theater); Director of Personnel for the 414 Medical Squadron, March AFB, CA.

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Manfred F. Meine, Ph.D.
(850) 301-2133

Dr. Meine holds the academic rank of professor and is a member of the TROY Public Administration graduate faculty. He has served TROY for more than 19 years in a number of roles including eight years as the Regional Director of TROY's former Florida Region from which he resigned in 2007 to return to full time teaching. Dr. Meine also previously served as the Department Chair for Public Administration and as the Academic Director of TROY's Atlantic Region.

Dr. Meine's college and university level teaching spans more than thirty years. Prior to pursuing an academic career, as a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Dr. Meine served as a Special Agent for a Defense Department Criminal Investigative Organization where he managed various investigative units throughout the world. His previous professional positions also include: Supervising personal security for two Secretaries of Defense, personnel management at Federal Departmental Level, training consultant and trainer for New York City, New York State and New Jersey Social Service agencies and several investigative operations and training policy positions.

Dr. Meine's education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha; a Master of Arts Degree from John Jay College, City University of New York; and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Dr. Meine is a former President of the Florida Advisory Council on Military Education (ACME), is a past executive board member and treasurer of the National Association of Institutions for Military Educational Services (NAIMES) and he is active in the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) where he is a past treasurer and a current member of the Executive Committee of ASPA's Ethics Section. Dr. Meine actively participates in academic and professional conferences, and he is active in his community. He has presented extensively in the international arena throughout Europe, and he has been a member of official ASPA delegations presenting at international conferences in Chengdu and Xiamen, China, and in Moscow, Russia. Dr. Meine's research and publication efforts focus on public sector ethics, teaching ethics, public budgeting and online education. Dr. Meine teaches at the graduate level online and in the classroom and has taught at the undergraduate level in the classroom and online. Dr. Meine and his wife Rita have three children, all current or retired military officers, and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 6 to 23.

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Charles Mitchell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(678) 527-0615
(770) 730-0596

Charles E. Mitchell, Ph.D., is a graduate of the University of Georgia and is currently employed with Troy University in Atlanta as an associate professor of public administration. He is a retired federal employee with thirty years of service with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). At the EEOC, he served as enforcement supervisor, district training officer, staff consultant and coordinator of various investigative projects. Dr. Mitchell has also worked in the Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia State University and Clark Atlanta University. Published works on developing EEO law and ethics appear in the Labor Law Journal, The Review of Public Personnel Administration, Public Personnel Management Journal and academic conference proceedings in Europe. He is a member of and has held leadership positions with the American Society for Public Administration, Phi Delta Kappa (Metro Atlanta/Georgia State University Chapter), Pi Alpha Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi (University of Georgia Chapters).

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Harold C. Moeller, J. D., CPCM
Adjunct Professor

Harold C. (Hal) Moeller, J. D., CPCM is an Adjunct Instructor teaching courses in the Government Contracts certificate program, both through TROY Online and on site in the Atlantic Region since 2009.

He is a Contract Administrator with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in New Brunswick, and has more than twenty years purchasing and contract management experience in the public and non-profit sectors with agencies in Texas, Florida, New York as well as New Jersey.

In addition to a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach and a Juris Doctor from the City University of New York School of Law, he has completed course work in the Master of Laws program in Health Care Law and Policy at Seton Hall Law School. He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York.

Hal Moeller has been a member of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) for more than twenty years and served in leadership capacities with the Houston Area and the New York Metro chapters. He has presented papers at national ASPA conferences as well as SECOPA and NECOPA.

He is a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and holds the Certified Professional Contracts Manager (Lifetime) designation from NCMA. He serves the Monmouth Chapter as Secretary.

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Maryam Stevenson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(334) 670-3754
(334) 670-5647

PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
JD, University of Memphis
BA, Rhodes College

Areas of Expertise: immigration law and policy, administrative law, constitutional law, public law

Dr. Stevenson is an Assistant Professor at Troy University and teaches courses in American politics in Troy's Political Science department, as well as courses in Public Policy and Administrative Law for the MPA program. She is currently working on a book manuscript on congressional behavior on immigration policy.

Prior to entering academia, Dr. Stevenson practiced administrative law with an emphasis on physician/health care immigration. She continues to consult with clients on skilled worker immigration matters.

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