College of Arts & Sciences

Alejandro Rodas ’14 is a graduate student pursuing a dual Masters’ in Public Administration, specializing in Nonprofit Management, and Diplomacy & International Relations, specializing in Global Health and Human Security, at Seton Hall University. He earned his Bachelor's in Political Science from the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University, where he focused on Florida politics and Comparative politics. Alejandro has a big interest in policy, research and fundraising; and for this reason he is extremely happy with his internship experience as a research assistant for the New American Leaders Project, where he focused on demographic information and statistics in order to further candidate development amongst first and second generation immigrants within this nation. Alejandro also served as a research assistant with Dr. Brown, professor of political science at Seton Hall University, where he studied the mobilization efforts of emerging ethnic groups across the country. Prior to Seton Hall, Alejandro worked for the Florida Department of Children and Families processing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid cases as an Economic Self Sufficiency Specialist I. Alejandro hopes to one day merge the knowledge acquired from both graduate programs and obtain a position specializing in Nonprofits, Global Health and Human Security.

Christopher Tietjen ’14 graduated Cum Laude from Montclair State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and Public Administration. After deciding that local government was where he wanted to build his career, he decided that an MPA would best prepare him for working in local government. A New Jersey native, Christopher was born and raised in Clifton, New Jersey and plans on eventually working to preserve and provide for local municipalities. Christopher has experience in both law and public administration. He has served as a Law assistant specializing in real estate law, municipal court, and traffic violations and was also a Business Planning and Policy Intern with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. While at the Port Authority, he revised and developed a Risk Management Plan for Tunnels, Bridges, and Terminals for the bi-state government agency. Further, he has worked with several New Jersey municipalities to develop constituent services and community newsletters. Christopher is concentrating in Public Service: Leadership, Governance, and Policy.

Lee Nave ’15 currently serves Seton Hall University as a Graduate Assistant for the School of Diplomacy and International Relations and as an Assistant Speech and Debate Coach for the University’s Speech Team. Lee is also the Director of Operations and Internal Affairs for Student Voice, a nonprofit student led organization. Lee has written numerous blogs and op-eds for Student Voice as well as for other blog sites such as Hugspeak and The Needle. Lee worked as a grant writing and program consultant for ProjectExplorer.org, an international education nonprofit. Other organizations Lee has consulted, interned, or worked for include The Coalition of Asian American Children and Family, The American Red Cross, Urban Future, The Essex Community Land Trust, First Step Voter Registration Initiative, and the Asian Real Estate Association of America. Lee has taught English in Japan, and participated in numerous learning experiences abroad in such places as Honduras, Scotland, and Ethiopia. With his public relations focused background, Lee hopes to work in nonprofit international organizations to strengthen the education system on a global scale. Currently Lee is a graduate student at Seton Hall working on a dual Master’s degree in Public Administration and Diplomacy & International Relations. Lee also holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Communication Arts with concentrations in Speech performance and Strategic Communications, from Ottawa University (Kansas). A native of St. Louis, MO, Lee is enjoying life and in his spare time learning Bahasa Indonesian and Arabic.

Miyokee Lovell ’14 currently serves Seton Hall University as a Graduate Assistant in the Information Technology Budget Office. In addition, Miyokee serves as a fellow with Career Vision Ambassadors Inc., a Global Leadership and Career Mentorship Development Program, as Director of Programs. She was also appointed and serves Career Vision Ambassadors Inc. as Vice President of the Alumni Board. Miyokee is in the process of launching her own nonprofit initiative entitled Know Your Worth. The goal of the initiative is to reach out and teach young women their individual valued worth in living through pain to discover their purpose in life. Through workshops, seminars, and retreats Miyokee helps transform the lives of women. Miyokee is concentrating her MPA in nonprofit management. She holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Management from Seton Hall University and is from Irvington, New Jersey.

Paul "Chip" Palamattam ’14 is an M.A. candidate at the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy and International Relations, specializing in Conflict Negotiation, and an MPA candidate at Seton Hall’s Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, specializing in Public Service. Chip graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Political Science, specializing in International Security, and a secondary focus in Communication. In the past, he has worked on a number of political campaigns at all levels, as Deputy Director of a nonprofit organization in Chicago, as assistant to the Director of his local branch of FEMA, and most recently as an intern for the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs. For his first two years at Seton Hall he served as the Graduate Assistant for the MPA program as well as for the Journal of Diplomacy first as a Marketing and Public Relations Associate, and then as Executive Editor. He is now Editor-in-Chief of the Journal as well as President of the MPA honor society Pi Alpha Alpha. His article titled “Public Policy and SOPA: The Failure of Elite Theory and the Success of Political Process Theory” was recently published in the latest issue of Political Analysis.

Valerie Rossi MPA '12 is currently enrolled in the MPA program with a concentration in health care policy and management. She received her undergraduate degree from American University with a B.A. in Public Communication and a minor in marketing. During college, she was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity (Eta Phi chapter). Currently, Valerie works for the New York City Department of Health, Bureau of Chronic Disease department. Upon completion of her degree, she plans to work for either a hospital or non-profit organization as a patient advocate.

Janelle LoBello, M.P.A. ’13 graduated Cum Laude from Montclair State University with a B.A. in Communications Studies and a minor in Journalism. Now studying in the MPA program with a concentration in nonprofit management, Janelle began her career as an intern at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in Short Hills, NJ. Several months later, the Foundation hired Janelle as Communications Coordinator. In this role, she manages a range of communications department projects including media relations, public outreach, website development, collateral content development and design, and she helps to raise awareness of the Reeve Foundation’s mission and goals. Janelle intends to use her hands-on experience and education from Seton Hall to advocate for and advance efforts to eradicate animal cruelty, with a particular focus on abolishing dog fighting.

Smijai Peter M.P.A./M.A. '12 is a dual degree graduate student in the M.P.A and MA in Diplomacy and International Relations program. He is concentrating in Nonprofit Management in the Public Administration program and Global Health and Human Security in the Diplomacy program. He is also working concurrently on a graduate certificate in Epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health. He received his BA in History and a minor in Global Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Smijai has completed internships with the City of Austin, Amnesty International USA, and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth. The skills and knowledge that he is gaining from this program will prepare him to enter the international nonprofit health sector. Smijai hopes to pursue a career with the Center for Disease Control or an international health-based nonprofit organization after graduation from this program.

James Rowland, M.P.A. '12 is pursuing his MPA in Nonprofit Management. After a 20-year career in the advertising agency business working with such clients as IBM, American Express, Shell, Chase and Verizon Wireless, James discovered that his true calling was working in the nonprofit sector. He has applied his marketing, project management and relationship management skills to the benefit of the Plainfield Symphony, New Jersey's oldest community symphony. Under his volunteer leadership, the symphony has nearly doubled its budget over the past five years and continues to prosper in a challenging economic environment. He also is on the Board of Directors of the duCret School of Art and serves as a commissioner on the City of Plainfield Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Currently James is a marketing consultant for nonprofit and for-profit organizations "but my goal is to work full-time for a worthy nonprofit. I like the idea of utilizing my experience and skills for the benefit of a mission-driven organization. At this point in my career, I realize that I need both business success and emotional fulfillment and that is what working in the nonprofit sector means to me. That is why I chose the MPA program at Seton Hall. It provides a great foundation from which I can build my ideal future."

Paige Fetzer, M.P.A/M.A. '12 is a student in the dual degree program (M.P.A./M.A. Diplomacy and International Relations). She graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a publication under the department of Political Science in December 2009. After graduating she moved to Colombia and taught English for 5 months. She then moved from Colombia to Brazil where she worked at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, under a fellowship she received from the U.S. Department of State.

Now that Paige has finished her first year at Seton Hall, she has an internship at VIVAT international, a grassroots human rights advocacy NGO. This internship is taking her to India this summer to train the 150 representatives of the organization in India, Sri Lanka and Bangledesh. She is also a part of a trip to Kurdistan through the MPA program to assist in the teaching of a curriculum in Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) management through a Civil Society Initiative. When she graduates she plans to pursue a Fulbright scholarship for research and continue her work in the NGO sector until eventually returning to school for her PhD.

Neema Okal, M.P.A. '12 is currently enrolled in the MPA program with a concentration in health care policy and management. Originally from Kenya, she received her undergraduate degree from United States International University-Nairobi with a B.A. in Journalism. She also did part of her education as a study abroad student at Lincoln University of PA. Currently, she works for Alcatel-Lucent as a Marketing Specialist. Upon completion of her degree, she plans to work for Center for Disease and Control as a Health Informatics Specialist. She also hopes to use the knowledge she receives from Seton Hall to change the lives of women and Health Care System back in Kenya.

Timothy Walsh ,M.P.A. ’12 graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in December of 2008. After gaining a year of work experience, Timothy enrolled in the Master’s of Public Administration program. Currently, he is the Deputy Director of the Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute here at Seton Hall University, works for a City Councilman in Hoboken, and also as a Billing Clerk for a law firm in Brooklyn, N.Y. Timothy hopes to eventually be the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization.

Paul Bezerra, M.P.A./M.A. ’12 received his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State and served in Fresno, California as an AmeriCorps VISTA before spending time in Texas and coming to Seton Hall in August 2010. He now interns with the New York City Mayor’s Commission to the United Nations, Consular Corps and Protocol. During June and July of 2011 he will be participating in a State Department-funded project that finds Seton Hall partnering with the University of Duhok in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to teach Nongovernmental Organization Management to business leaders before returning to finish his final year in the program. Upon graduation, Paul is hoping to continue the life of a student and pursue a PhD in public administration.

Nicholas Frimpong, M.P.A. `12 graduated from Seton Hall in May 2011 with a B.A. in Business Management and a certificate in Entrepreneurship. He is currently an intern with PricewaterouseCoopers LLC and has his own non profit organization called Witness HOPE, which has the mission to promote and sustain academic excellence, sportsmanship and healthcare for youth worldwide. He joined the M.P.A. program with a concentration in Non Profit Management in order to gain a deeper insight and understanding of how the Non Profit industry operates. Nick's future goals include working for the welfare of others and expanding his organization to operate in all seven continents of the world.

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