Meet the Conference Communication Team!
November 7, 2012 06:04 PM
Five public policy program students volunteered to help APPAM cover all the highlights of this year's Fall Research Conference. If you see them on the conference floor or online, take a moment to thank them for their efforts and dedication to bringing you the best of what's going on in Baltimore.
Meet our volunteers:
Shreya Barot is in her first year of the master's program at Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (class of 2014) and is also a Survey Interviewer at Mathematica Policy Research. Ms. Barot recently worked on two projects for Mathematica: Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children, and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. Ms. Barot has also interned at the American Sustainable Business Council and NJAfter3.
Ms. Barot is interested in education policy with a concentration in elementary and secondary education. She hopes to apply her education and experience towards a successful career and help make a difference in the community.
Katherine Centore is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Policy at Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in the areas of education and international social policy. Ms. Centore has professional finance experience managing budgets, creating cash flow analyses, writing grant proposals, and project plan implementation.
Education Pioneers selected Ms. Centore as one of their summer 2012 Graduate School Fellows, where she combined her passion for education and social policy with her experience in business management. She assisted E3: Excellent Education for Everyone in creating a strategic business plan for CERN: Community Education Resource Network to become a leading accredited alternative education program in New Jersey. Ms. Centore recently founded a policy focused student advocacy group, Student Public Interest Network (SPIN) at Rutgers and currently serves as the Vice President of Public Policy for the Rutgers Association for Planning and Policy Students.
Brent Gibbons is a doctoral candidate in Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) (class of 2013). His research interests include mental health and disability policy, the economics of mental health, and tangentially, physical health, labor, and education policy. He is currently working with Dr. David Salkever on a number of studies that focus on Supported Employment, a particular form of vocational rehabilitation for those with a severe mental illness. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D, Mr. Gibbons completed his Masters in Public Policy at UMBC with an economics focus. He also taught statistics at the Community College of Baltimore County. Upon graduation, he is considering both academic positions and non-profit or for-profit research work. Follow Brent on Twitter.
Sophia Guevara is chair of the Consortium of Foundation Libraries, where she spearheads the Consortium's efforts to enhance learning and sharing of resources among foundation libraries and archives. She was elected chair in 2011 and will serve through 2013. Ms. Guevara is past president of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Michigan Chapter and also its diversity chair. Sophia has contributed several articles to SLA's magazine, Information Outlook, and also authored "On the Road to Leadership: Nurturing Your Potential in a Changing Library World," published in the Michigan Library Association Forum, an online peer-reviewed journal.
Prior to becoming chair of the Consortium of Foundation Libraries, Sophia was research librarian at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which helps children, families, and communities strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community. Follow Sophia on Twitter.
Claire Phelan graduated from Bard College in 2011, where she majored in Human Rights and completed a thesis on education policy. She is currently a first year MPP candidate at Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, where she is concentrating on Social Policy and Women’s Issues. Ms. Phelan is especially interested in policy issues affecting youth; her primary academic focus is currently access to comprehensive health and wellness education.
Outside of the classroom, Ms. Phelan runs a healthy cooking blog called Elegant Eating and volunteers as a youth sex educator at Scarleteen.com. Follow Claire on Twitter.