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Staff | Executive Council

Crystal Calarusse
(202-628-8965 ext. 103)
Chief Accreditation Officer
As the Chief Accreditation Officer, Crystal has responsibility for academic quality and development. She directs accreditation efforts with the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA), a specialized accrediting body dedicated to quality assurance in professional graduate education in public affairs and public policy.
Crystal received a Master of Public Policy degree (with an environmental specialty) from the University of Maryland College Park. 

Carlos Camacho
(202-628-8965 ext. 111)
Project Assistant
Carlos is an MPP student at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy concentrating in international development. He plans to graduate in May of 2014. He will be providing support for NASPAA's international initiatives, the upcoming executive board meeting, and the PPIA summer institutes along with helping to complete NASPAA's accreditation public data report.
Stacy Drudy
(202-628-8965 ext. 104)
Data Center Director
Stacy is responsible for managing NASPAA's new Public Affairs Education Data Center, which is building the authoritative source of data in public affairs education. Stacy previously spent four years on NASPAA's accreditation team, and began her tenure at NASPAA as a graduate intern.
Stacy completed an MPA at James Madison University.

Peter Green
(202-628-8965 ext. 107)
Director of Finance
Peter is responsible for the financial, budgetary, and human resources functions at NASPAA. He is also the staff liaison to NASPAA's Nonprofit Section and provides support for the Finance committee.
Peter earned a Master's in Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Wisconsin.

Heather Gregory
(202-628-8965 ext. 109)
Accreditation Associate
Heather is responsible for supporting the accreditation process and implementation of NASPAA’s Accreditation Standards, including managing the training of site visitors.
She completed a Master’s in Public Service and Administration at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

Stuart Heiser
(202-628-8965 ext. 106)
Director of Communications & Public Affairs 
Stuart is responsible for NASPAA's communications, including its monthly newsletter, social media, and marketing. He manages media relations, relationships with partner organizations, and outreach to prospective member schools.  He is liaison to the communities of members' professional staff and NASPAA's Marketing the MPA Committee.
Stuart also works with federal agencies to expand connections between NASPAA schools and them, and manages policymaker education efforts.
He earned an MPP at the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy.  

Doug Kershner
(202-628-8965 ext. 110)
Project Assistant
Doug Kershner is an MPA candidate at American University’s School of Public Affairs. He plans to graduate in December 2014 with dual concentrations in nonprofit management and public management. He will be working to communicate and clarify outcome-based standards as part of the accreditation process for member programs. He will also be developing new online content, especially to assist prospective MPA/MPP students, as part of NASPAA’s ongoing effort to enhance its presence and offerings on the web.  
Laurel McFarland
(202-628-8965 ext. 105)
Executive Director
Laurel McFarland has served as Executive Director of NASPAA since 2005. She brings a wide portfolio of previous experience: management of accreditation and quality assurance; professional experience in the economics of higher education and the strategic positioning of institutions in higher education; academic work in economic policy history; and active involvement in local government and nonprofit ventures.
She holds degrees in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and in graduate economics from Oxford University. At NASPAA, she has been responsible for:
  • Directing NASPAA’s accreditation and quality assurance efforts, including a once-a-decade standards revision in 2007-09.
  • Promoting the MPA and MPP in a crowded graduate marketplace through extensive research and marketing efforts; 
  • Advancing public service through partnerships with other organizations, including projects to reform the Presidential Management Fellowship and contributing to the annual Public Service Recognition Week. 
  • Enhancing NASPAA’s leadership position in international public affairs education, through such efforts as the Conference on International Quality in Public Affairs Education, held in Dubai and Sharjah in 2007.
  • Spearheading an advocacy effort to reform the federal hiring of graduate students.
  • Overhauling data collection and establishing a data warehouse effort in public affairs education in order to enhance understanding and competitiveness of the sector. 

Above all, Laurel possesses a great respect and enthusiasm for public service and the role schools of public affairs can play in changing the world. 

Emily Reineke
(202-628-8965 ext. 112)
Conference and Strategic Projects Manager
Emily joined NASPAA in early 2013 to organize and rethink our Annual Conference and to help direct NASPAA's other annual meetings for members. She is the staff liaison to Pi Alpha Alpha and has spearheaded efforts to create a PAA website. Emily also manages short-term strategic projects such as developing international partnerships and a student case competition.
Emily earned a master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech. 

Monchaya Wanna
(202-628-8965 ext. 100)
Director of Web Services and Office Manager
Monchaya is responsible for managing the NASPAA office, directing all inquiries, and maintaining the NASPAA website. She also is leading multiple technology updates, such as a redesign of the NASPAA website and transitioning to an association management system database.

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