Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jeanetta becomes executive director

Barbara Jeanetta.jpgBarbara Jeanetta (MA '85) accepted the position of executive director at Alliance Housing Inc. and began on December 18, 2013. She has more than 20 years of public and nonprofit sector experience - including project and program management, budgeting and financial management, and community and human development.

Before joining Alliance Housing Inc., Barbara was the director of member services at Better Futures MN and a senior program officer; director of administration and human capital at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) for 13 years. She also worked for the cities of New Brighton, MN and St. Paul, MN for a number of years.

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Glass monitoring humanitarian relief efforts at USAID/OFDA

Kaela Glass.jpgKaela Glass (MPP/MSW '12) joined the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) as an information officer in June of 2013. Her graduate program had a focus on humanitarian assistance and global public policy.

USAID/OFDA provides humanitarian assistance for the U.S. government in response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. As part of a regional team based in Washington, D.C., or serving on disaster response teams in Washington or overseas, Kaela monitors and reports on humanitarian conditions and response activities. Most recently, she was deployed to Manila and Tacloban with the USAID/OFDA Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to respond to Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines.

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Genesis10 appoints Swaggert director of veterans outreach

Nick Swaggert.jpgNick Swaggert (MPP '11) joined Genesis10 in fall of 2013 as the director of veterans outreach. He will work to expand Genesis10's program actively recruiting vets for business and technology positions. Swaggert's goal is to leverage his experience as a veteran coupled with the need to deliver unique talent solutions to both optimize veteran's unique personal attributes with client needs.

In the company's official press release, details of Swaggert's position is described:

"Veterans deserve more than a job board. Our program provides the training and mentoring some veterans need to transition from military to corporate careers," Lippman said. "Nick will be instrumental in working with our team and clients across the country, applying his past military experience to increase understanding of and expand opportunities for former service members."

"My appointment to lead veterans outreach demonstrates Genesis10's commitment to developing and hiring talented veterans in all of the company's markets," Swaggert said. "I am very pleased to be joining Genesis10 and look forward to working with the entire team."

Prior to Genesis10, Swaggert was a Marine for Life Program Director with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, responsible for facilitating the transition of former Marines into the civilian sector. He also served as a logistics group leader at Target Corporation, where he managed a supply chain logistics team responsible for expanding the company's online presence and developed new procedures to increase online efficiency.

Swaggert earned a Bachelor's Degree in political science from Iowa State University and a Master's Degree in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He received several achievement medals during his service and was selected as a Pat Tillman Military Scholar. Nick currently serves as a Company Commander in the Marine Corps Reserve.

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Hassan's work mentioned in ThinkAfricaPress

Zainab Hassan.jpgZainab Hassan (MPA '04) is the project director for the National Library in Mogadishu, Somalia. Her work was mentioned in a September 2013 article of the ThinkAfricaPress titled, "Home Sweet Home: Changing Times Bring Somali Diaspora Back". Zainab has been hard at work restoring Somalia's national library to provide a place for young Somalis to hang out other than the street.

Prior to moving to Mogadishu, Zainab was at Hennepin County as a cultural services coordinator and a program officer at The Minneapolis Foundation.

Read the ThinkAfricaPress article.

Yeo joins World Vision Korea

Sarah Yeo.jpgIn May 2013, Sarah Yeo (MPP '10) joined World Vision Korea as an evaluation and research officer. Her responsibilities include gauging effectiveness and impact of World Vision's international development work. She is currently working on multiple projects, including an evaluation for a program that is sponsored by the Korean government. Sarah's work involves a lot of travel, including trips to Zambia, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. Although she says the work can be demanding, she is enjoying every bit of it.

She adds, "As M&E has been getting more emphasis these days in Korea, my experiences from the capstone as well as the Program Evaluation minor have proved invaluable."

Sarah can be reached by email at

Leitz named interim director of MNsure

Scott-Leitz.jpgScott Leitz (MA '91) was named as interim director of MNsure, Minnesota's health insurance exchange. Scott brings a wealth of experience. He has been assistant commissioner of health care at the Minnesota Department of Human Services since 2011 but has spent nearly 20 years working in health care and public health. He's had responsibility for overseeing Minnesota's Medicaid program, known as Medical Assistance, and has been responsible for eligibility and benefits for MinnesotaCare, which covers low- to modest-income earners.

Leitz also has worked at the Department of Health, where he worked on the 2008 health reform act passed under former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.
Read the Star Tribune article.

Photo courtesy of Minnesota Department of Human Services