Master of Public Administration

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Program Director

Rosemarie Pelletier, DPA

Welcome to Norwich University's Public Administration Program

Hello, welcome to Norwich University’s online MPA program. That you are here, now, means that you have some level of interest in this program, this degree and this university. Our MPA program is a dynamic program that is staffed with highly qualified, high energy faculty members. We are proud to be members of National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and to have a chapter of the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society on our campus.

Possession of this degree tells the public administration world – non-profits, and federal, state, local government and government agencies – that you have completed a rigorous program and that you are qualified in your area of concentration. It also tells that world that you are able to communicate on a professional level – whether that communication is writing or speaking – you will have the skills you need.

Please, feel free to email me with any questions about the program and I hope to welcome you to the program in the very near future.

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Rosemarie A. Pelletier is the program director for the Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance programs at Norwich University. Dr. Pelletier has several years of experience in education, public policy, and real estate. She has been teaching in Virginia for 15 years in the classroom and for about 10 years online, where she wrote and developed courses and chaired dissertation committees. Dr. Pelletier was the president and founder of a company responsible for the identification, research, and development of projects suitable for construction by the formation of a public-private partnership.

Dr. Pelletier served as the Secretary of the Virginia State Technology Council where she advised the Executive and Legislative branches on technology policy issues. She chaired the Transportation Technology Advisory Panel in writing the Transportation Technology Blueprint for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She was appointed by Governor George Allen to the Joint Committee on Technology and Science to study and advise on technology and science policies. Appointed by Governor Mark Warner, Dr. Pelletier served on the statewide speakers bureau to address transportation funding issues throughout the Commonwealth. She combines her knowledge and experience in technology policy with her education in public policy and public administration to bring the best of both worlds to Norwich University.

At George Mason University, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy, her MPA, and began her Ph.D. work. She then went on to the University of Baltimore to receive her Doctorate in Public Administration, specializing in policy and project implementation.

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Associate Program Director
Jennifer Gagnon, MJA

Jennifer Gagnon is the Associate Program Director for the Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance programs. She joined Norwich University in August 2006, and spent several years supporting several graduate programs and advising students through their academic journey at Norwich. In 2009, she completed the Master of Justice Administration program at Norwich and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

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Student Services Advisor
Benjamin Sipe, MPA

As an undergraduate student at Norwich University, Benjamin Sipe was a member of the Corps of Cadets and graduated in 2005 with a BA in history. He went on to receive his master's degree in public administration from Norwich in 2010. He currently serves the Norwich University Online community as the Assistant Director of Student Services as well as the student service advisor for multiple master's programs. His role is to support the entire student services advisor team and their students. He looks forward to residency each year when he can meet all the students in person and share in their experience.
 

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Featured Faculty

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Billy V. Powers, PhD, CHS-IV

Dr. Billy V. Powers is a core faculty member in Norwich University's Master of Public Administration program, teaching in the core curriculum.

He joined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2005 and serves as a Senior Advisor for the National Protection & Programs Directorate (NPPD) Business Continuity & Emergency Preparedness (BCEP) division. In this role, he manages a host of policy facets that build and promote a culture of individual and organizational preparedness among the NPPD workforce that enable individual and organizational readiness and continuity. Prior to joining BCEP, he served as the Chief of Staff for the NPPD Office of Risk Management and Analysis. 

Dr. Powers has served as a Professional Staff Member with the United States Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (110th Congress). He provided key legislative input and guidance on public policy matters related to DHS implementation of a comprehensive National Security Strategy to secure the United States from terrorist attacks and response to natural disasters. Additionally, he collaborated to co-author the successful bi-partisan sponsored, United States Fire Administration Reauthorization Act of 2008. 

Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Dr. Powers served as Preparedness Officer with the DHS Office of Domestic Preparedness. In this capacity, he worked closely with State and Territorial Homeland Security Advisors on the implementation of the Homeland Security Grant Programs, managing over $225 million dollars of active DHS grants.

With extensive emergency response acumen and experience as a fire officer, he played an integral role in the early successes of DHS sponsored grant programs, serving as a subject matter expert to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, the State Homeland Security Grant Program, and the Urban Areas Security Initiative. He holds national certifications as a Chief Fire Officer, Fire Inspector, Master Fire Instructor, Rescue Technician, and Hazardous Materials Technician/Incident Commander. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he received the Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Medal, among others. 

Dr. Powers holds a bachelor of science degree in management, a master's degree in public administration and a PhD in human capital management from Bellevue University. He has authored several articles in the arena of knowledge management, succession, resiliency, and organizational change.

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Bret Richards, PhD

Recently I have enjoyed a transition from operating our family business after the successful sale in late 2015. Now teaching is not just a hobby but also a more focused pursuit. Primarily, I work with doctoral students at Creighton University as an adjunct focusing on methods for their dissertations. Since 2008 I have taught at other universities in various roles primarily focused on business management and leadership. My B.S.E. in Civil Engineer, M.A. in Leadership, and Ph.D. in Human Capital management give me a broad spectrum of education that works well with my practical experience in business over the last 20 years.

Currently I am interested in research that is looking at strategic leadership and alignment of organizations. This can be in any industry, however I am interested in the healthcare arena. I am chairman of the board of directors for a healthcare center and want to continue to learn about relating strategic vision, governance, and oversight to the operational level.

My wife Jill and I enjoy keeping busy with our three children Conner (14), twins (11) Ella and Zander.

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Ruth Stilwell, DPA
Ruth Stilwell, DPA is the Executive Director of Aerospace Policy Solutions LLC,core faculty member in Norwich University's Master of Public Administration program, and a leading authority on integrated space and aviation policy and governance. Her work was recently published in the Journal of Space Safety Engineering
 
A 25-year air traffic controller, experienced labor leader and policy expert, Stilwell is also an accomplished researcher and lecturer. Her numerous publications and presentations, which cover a wide range of space and aviation, public safety, human factor, administration, financing, and industry reform topics, have influenced key U.S. legislation and in many cases been required reading for administration officials. Stilwell’s specific areas of expertise include: integrating commercial space operations in civil airspace; projecting air traffic controller retirement and staffing requirements; FAA funding and financing structures; workers’ rights and more. In March 2018, she was named a Fellow in the Royal Aeronautical Society. Fellowship of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS) is an award and fellowship granted to individuals that the Royal Aeronautical Society judges to: have made outstanding contributions in the profession of aeronautics. have attained a position of high responsibility in the profession of aeronautics.
 
Stilwell served from 2010-2015 as the industry expert representing air traffic controllers on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Navigation Commission in Montreal. Her air traffic control experience includes 25 years of operational duty at the Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center, two years as liaison to the FAA Requirements Service, and six years as Executive Vice President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. 
 
The founding chairperson of the Air Traffic Services Committee of the International Transport Workers Federation, a position she held for four years, Stilwell currently serves on the Technical Committee on Human Spaceflight Safety of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, which is working to develop safety guidelines for human commercial spaceflight.
 
Stilwell earned her BA in Labor Studies at the National Labor College and her MPA and DPA at the University of Baltimore.
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Emmanuel Tetteh, PhD

Dr. Emmanuel N. A. Tetteh is a core faculty member in Norwich University's Master of Public Administration program, Policy Analysis and Analytics Concentration. He has a vast range of professional experience, ranging from community service, religious service projects and faith-based initiatives, nonprofit management, security management, higher education administrative services, and teaching and learning facilitation for adult learners from diverse backgrounds via face-to-face and online learning platforms. Among others, he is the author of Theories of Democratic Governance in the Institutions of Higher Education, and is currently working on several other scholarly publications in topical journals. He is a faculty member in the public administration and nonprofit leadership program in the School of Public Service Leadership at Capella University and also teaches for the Metropolitan College of New York, and the College of New Rochelle.

Realizing that the acumen of research modalities can transcend the boundary of action learning and action research to contribute to pragmatic ideals of democratic governance, in 2004, he established a nonprofit research organization—The Center for Communal Photosynthesis Research, Inc. In September 2013, at the Action Learning, Action Research Association (ALARA) national conference in Brisbane, Australia, he was unanimously elected as the International Vice President of ALARA. He holds a bachelor of professional studies degree in human services and a master of science in administration from the Metropolitan College of New York, as well as a PhD in public policy and administration from Walden University.

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Faculty

Paula Beiser, MBA, CPA, CITP

Paula Beiser is a core faculty member in Norwich University's Master of Public Administration program, Fiscal Management Concentration. With over 23 years of work experience in governmental auditing and financial accounting, she is now a small business owner as well as an accounting and software consultant. In addition to this experience, she is a certified public accountant and a certified information technology professional. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Christopher Newport University and her MBA with a concentration in accounting and software from the College of William and Mary. She has also completed graduate hours in accounting with Old Dominion University.

Michael Blount, PE, LEED AP, USN (Ret)

Michael Blount has more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry. During his tenure in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps, he had nine overseas deployments with the U.S. Navy Seabees, including stints in the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His career was highlighted by his last two Command tours - Commodore of the Thirtieth Naval Construction Regiment, responsible for over 2,500 Seabees and all Pacific Rim construction; and Commanding Officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, responsible for 1,700 personnel and over $2.5 billion per year in construction, facilities maintenance, environmental restoration and real estate efforts. He retired as a Captain in 2008. Soon after retirement he joined Balfour Beatty Construction. Working primarily in the federal sector, he has been responsible for numerous project awards with both the Army Corps of Engineers and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

He holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida, a MS in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a professional degree in water resources from The George Washington University. He is a Professional Civil Engineer, a member and Chair of the Energy and Sustainability Committee for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), a member of SAME’s Academy of Fellows, a LEED Accredited Professional BD&C, a member of the Design Build Institute of America and an Associate DBIA. On May 26, 2016, he was sworn in as the 96th National President of SAME.

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Bruce Lindsay, PhD

Bruce Lindsay is a core faculty member in Norwich University's Master of Public Administration program, Public Administration Leadership and Crisis Management Concentration. He is an analyst in emergency management policy at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in Washington, DC. He works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis related to emergency management to committees and members of both the House and Senate, regardless of their party affiliation. He has published numerous memoranda, reports, and articles on preparedness, disaster assistance funding, and emergency and disaster response. In addition to his work at CRS, he has taught a variety of courses on emergency management at different institutions including Johns Hopkins University, Norwich University, and Colorado State University. Lindsay earned his Doctor of Philosophy, Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware and Executive Masters of Public Administration from the University at Colorade at Denver.

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Robert Wright, DPA

Dr. Robert Wright is is a core faculty member in Norwich University's Master of Public Administration program, Policy Analysis and Analytics Concentration. He has over two decades of experience in developing and implementing programs, policies, and grant strategies that have impacted the private and public sectors. Since 2008 he has taught graduate level courses in the area of public administration at Suffulk University and Capella University. Throughout his professional career, he has published several reports and papers and currently serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Emergency Management. In 2017, he co-wrote a chapter, "Managing Collaboration in E-Procurment" in the publication Digital Governance and E-Government Principles Applied to Public Procurement. He earned his doctorate in public administration from the University of La Verne and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Sullfolk University.  

Deborah Woodward Rhyne, EdD

Dr. Deborah Woodward Rhyne serves as lead adjunct instructor in Norwich’s public administration program. She is also a full-time instructor of criminal justice at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando. Prior to her appointment at UCF, she was a classroom specialist and curriculum developer for the Brevard County School District. She previously served as the Dean of Curriculum in the undergraduate criminal justice department at Kaplan University, developing program curriculum and instructional design. Since working full time at the university level, she has developed over 50 criminal justice courses and five certificate areas for various universities. She is also a certified peer and publisher reviewer for Quality Matters and conducts accreditation for online universities.

In addition to over 20 years of experience in curriculum design, development, and delivery, she has over 17 years in active law enforcement and justice administration – three years with municipal police, 11 years in USAF contracted Security Police, and four years with Florida Highway Patrol. She holds a BS degree in criminal justice from UCF, an MS degree in criminal justice from Rollins College, an MA degree in education from UCF, and a doctorate of education from UCF.

Jose Cordova, PhD, Faculty Nucleus
James Ehrman, PhD, Faculty Nucleus
Lasha Tchantouridzé, PhD, Faculty Nucleus

Advisory Board Members

A team of distinguished professionals from the industry and field offer their expertise and guidance as advisory board members for the Master of Public Administration program.

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Advisory Board Member
Bill Ackman

Bill Ackman has over 30 years’ professional engineering experience when combining his private sector, state and local government experience.  His responsibilities have included the review and approval of construction drawings on behalf of a local and state government as well as all aspects of preparing and overseeing the design of new school sites, road improvement projects, residential subdivisions and various other commercial projects. He currently serves as the Director of Plan Review for the Town of Leesburg, VA where he is responsible for the review and approval all projects reviewed within the Town’s corporate limits.  Prior to joining the Town, Bill worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation as the District Utilities Engineer in Bristol, Virginia.  He has also worked for several top rated civil engineering firms in the Northern Virginia area where his duties included all aspects of land development engineering and held titles ranging from Design Engineer to Project Manager to Director of Engineering to Senior Associate responsible for opening a branch office of an established engineering firm.  Bill also serves on the Engineers and Surveyors Institute Board of Directors (an organization in which he also holds Certified Plans Examiner certificates), is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds a bachelor’s of science degree in engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Advisory Board Member
James Dalton, MA

James Dalton is an experienced educator, with a focus on graduate and undergraduate military college program development and instruction. He is a program director for two undergraduate programs and one graduate program at Norwich.

Earning the rank of commander with 27 years of active duty military experience in the U.S. Navy, Dalton has served as a naval flight officer and a professor at the Naval War College. As a military professor, he developed and managed military education programs for advanced warfare studies related to conventional and unconventional warfare across all phases. During his assignment as a joint experimentation officer, he designed and coordinated test programs for new systems to benefit all branches of the U.S. Special Forces and developed curriculum dedicated to unconventional warfare education. He has his master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, as well as a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Missouri.

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Program Director
Janice F. Hansen, RN, MSN, MA

Janice F. Hansen is the program director for the Master of Science in Nursing program. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York and her MA in Education with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction from Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. She continued her studies and earned a MSN with a specialty in medical and surgical nursing from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. Hansen has an impressive background as an educator, practitioner, and administrator. For more than 13 years, she has held numerous positions at Norwich University both in the undergraduate nursing program and in the online Master of Science in Nursing program. In the education realm, she has held faculty positions in nursing programs throughout New England. As an administrator she has served as the director of education, as a nurse manager, and director of a clinical service in area medical centers. As a practitioner, she has served as the manager of community and occupational health services for the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse and Hospice.

Hansen also serves on the Advisory Board for Norwich's Master of Public Administration program.

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Advisory Board Member
Emily Braswell Henderson

Emily Braswell Henderson is a consultant with RS&H, Inc. and leads its Tyler, Texas office. Her work includes multidisciplinary planning and environmental projects which include one or more of the following work efforts: Comprehensive Planning; Subregional Planning; Multimodal Corridor Planning; Toll Road Prefeasibility Analysis; Statewide and Strategic Planning; Travel Surveys; Transportation Master Plans at the local, regional and state levels; Congestion Management; Public Involvement; Visioning; and Community Conflict Resolution. Currently, she is completing her dissertation in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University (TSU). She expects to complete her research and receive her doctorate in December 2015.

Ms. Henderson is also a native Texan with three degrees from Texas A&M University including a master’s degree in urban planning. She has 33 years of experience in in conducting and managing comprehensive planning and transportation projects at the local, regional, and statewide levels. She served as the first Director of Planning for the Texas Toll Road Authority for four years before moving to Reno Nevada where she ran the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency.

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Advisory Board Member
Rick Grimm, MPA, CPPO, CPPB, FCIPS

Rick Grimm was appointed as NIGP’s 5th Executive Vice President/CEO in January 1998 and has served the NIGP membership for more than 20 years. Prior to his appointment, he was employed in county government and a public-school district for 23 years including 12 years in public procurement management.

In support of NIGP’s mission to develop, support and promote public procurement, Rick has executed leadership for several recent initiatives:  the creation of a unique shared governance structure to increase volunteer engagement opportunities for better decision-making; the expansion of online, on-demand education to provide greater life-long learning options; stronger positioning with colleges and universities to facilitate a prepared workforce; and strategic partnerships with associations of state and local executive leaders to advance the relevancy of public procurement as a lever for public trust and good government.

Rick earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (University of Miami) and a Master’s in Public Administration (Florida International University). He holds a Certified Public Procurement Officer Certification (CPPO) and a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council.  He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply.

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Core Faculty: Core Curriculum, Advisory Board
Billy V. Powers, PhD, CHS-IV

Dr. Billy V. Powers is a core faculty member in Norwich University's Master of Public Administration program, teaching in the core curriculum.

He joined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2005 and serves as a Senior Advisor for the National Protection & Programs Directorate (NPPD) Business Continuity & Emergency Preparedness (BCEP) division. In this role, he manages a host of policy facets that build and promote a culture of individual and organizational preparedness among the NPPD workforce that enable individual and organizational readiness and continuity. Prior to joining BCEP, he served as the Chief of Staff for the NPPD Office of Risk Management and Analysis. 

Dr. Powers has served as a Professional Staff Member with the United States Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (110th Congress). He provided key legislative input and guidance on public policy matters related to DHS implementation of a comprehensive National Security Strategy to secure the United States from terrorist attacks and response to natural disasters. Additionally, he collaborated to co-author the successful bi-partisan sponsored, United States Fire Administration Reauthorization Act of 2008. 

Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Dr. Powers served as Preparedness Officer with the DHS Office of Domestic Preparedness. In this capacity, he worked closely with State and Territorial Homeland Security Advisors on the implementation of the Homeland Security Grant Programs, managing over $225 million dollars of active DHS grants.

With extensive emergency response acumen and experience as a fire officer, he played an integral role in the early successes of DHS sponsored grant programs, serving as a subject matter expert to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, the State Homeland Security Grant Program, and the Urban Areas Security Initiative. He holds national certifications as a Chief Fire Officer, Fire Inspector, Master Fire Instructor, Rescue Technician, and Hazardous Materials Technician/Incident Commander. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he received the Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Medal, among others. 

Dr. Powers holds a bachelor of science degree in management, a master's degree in public administration and a PhD in human capital management from Bellevue University. He has authored several articles in the arena of knowledge management, succession, resiliency, and organizational change.

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Advisory Board Member
Walda Roseman, MS

Walda Roseman has had a distinguished career as an executive, strategist, advocate, ICT expert, and entrepreneur, primarily in the international information and communications technology and entertainment sectors. She has also devoted much of her energies to promoting social and economic development worldwide through technology. She was awarded in 2014 by the UN agency for ICT, the International Telecommunication Union, its Gold Medal. In January 2016, she will assume the Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.

Walda is CEO of CompassRose International, a respected international advisory firm that she established in 1993 and led until she joined the Internet Society in 2011. At the Internet Society she served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategic Communication Officer during a period of change, advancing the organization’s development of strong operations, fundraising, membership and strategic communications as well as its expanded global presence. She returned to CompassRose International in 2015. It clients have included intergovernmental and international organizations, government agencies, and global corporations, primarily with strategic and ICT interests.

Walda founded and led the first international communications office of the Federal Communications Commission. She held executive positions with Intelsat in external relations, strategic planning, advocacy, marketing and communications. She also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting;; Senior Vice President of National Affairs and Planning at National Public Radio; and Director of Public Information and Government Affairs with the former White House Office of Telecommunications Policy.

Walda has been active in a number of professional and non-profit organizations, chaired international committees, and served on the boards of several organizations.

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Core Faculty: Municipal Governance, Advisory Board Member
Ruth Stilwell, DPA
Ruth Stilwell, DPA is the Executive Director of Aerospace Policy Solutions LLC,core faculty member in Norwich University's Master of Public Administration program, and a leading authority on integrated space and aviation policy and governance. Her work was recently published in the Journal of Space Safety Engineering
 
A 25-year air traffic controller, experienced labor leader and policy expert, Stilwell is also an accomplished researcher and lecturer. Her numerous publications and presentations, which cover a wide range of space and aviation, public safety, human factor, administration, financing, and industry reform topics, have influenced key U.S. legislation and in many cases been required reading for administration officials. Stilwell’s specific areas of expertise include: integrating commercial space operations in civil airspace; projecting air traffic controller retirement and staffing requirements; FAA funding and financing structures; workers’ rights and more. In March 2018, she was named a Fellow in the Royal Aeronautical Society. Fellowship of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS) is an award and fellowship granted to individuals that the Royal Aeronautical Society judges to: have made outstanding contributions in the profession of aeronautics. have attained a position of high responsibility in the profession of aeronautics.
 
Stilwell served from 2010-2015 as the industry expert representing air traffic controllers on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Navigation Commission in Montreal. Her air traffic control experience includes 25 years of operational duty at the Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center, two years as liaison to the FAA Requirements Service, and six years as Executive Vice President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. 
 
The founding chairperson of the Air Traffic Services Committee of the International Transport Workers Federation, a position she held for four years, Stilwell currently serves on the Technical Committee on Human Spaceflight Safety of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, which is working to develop safety guidelines for human commercial spaceflight.
 
Stilwell earned her BA in Labor Studies at the National Labor College and her MPA and DPA at the University of Baltimore.
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