College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Who is on MiPAAC?

MiPAAC members are drawn from local professionals in the field of public service from the federal, state, local government and non-governmental organizations. Representatives are persons with experience as senior members of a public service organization with a commitment to preparing professionals in public service for the 21st century. Biographic information on our current members is noted below:

  • Thomas Tan, Chair is the Director of Network and Computer Services (NCS) for the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. He completed his Bachelors in Quantitative Economics and Decision Science from the University of California - San Diego, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. He has worked at school districts in Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. 

  • Kyle D. Brown, Ph.D., ASLA, is a Professor of Landscape Architecture in the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona University, and in the past has served as Director of the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, and Interim Dean of the College.  He is Chair of the City of Pomona Planning Commission and has previously worked as a planner for numerous municipalities and educational institutions.   He received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Landscape Architecture and Ph.D. in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts.

  • Ann Croissant, Professor Emeritus, is Founder and President/ Board of Directors for two nonprofit environmental organizations: SGMRC and Glendora Community Conservancy - combined 38 years . She has degrees in Biology and Math from UNC, a master's in plant physiology from UW-Madison, and PHD in curriculum and instruction, higher education, and botany from USC. She has been a faculty member at Cal Poly Pomona and Azusa Pacific University in science and education (undergraduate and graduate), and taught internationally in master's programs in Leadership Studies.

  • Nuala Gasser is the Senior Housing & CDBG Economic Development Manager at the City of Covina where she has worked in a variety of positions for twenty-five years. Nuala’s background includes CDBG administration, project management including land assembly, economic development and marketing, grant administration, and affordable housing development and administration.Nuala has a master’s in public administration from Cal Poly Pomona and is an advisory commission member to the board of the San Gabriel Valley Consortium on Homelessness.

  • Kathrene Hansen is the Executive Director of the Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board. There are 28 FEBs nationwide; the Los Angeles Federal Community is one of the largest in the United States with more than 275 separate agencies employing over 125,000 Federal employees. With almost 17 years in this position, Ms. Hansen has a unique perspective of the Federal Government throughout Southern California and extensive contacts with State, Local and Community organizations as well. Prior to joining the FEB staff in October 1995, Kathrene spent 10+ years with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in positions of increasing responsibility in Clarksburg, WV, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Throughout her career, Ms. Hansen has received numerous awards for her consistently outstanding performance and has been recognized by numerous community organizations. Her career also includes assignments with the Lieutenant Governor for the State of Idaho and the U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which provide additional perspectives of the role of Government. She received her Masters in Public Administration from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Idaho State University.

  • Kevin Kearney is the City Manager of the City a Bradbury, one of the most affluent residential communities in the country.  He is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, overseeing all city administration and functions, providing a board perspective to land use development, and maintaining relationships with residents in his community.  In 2017, the California City Management Foundation recognized Kevin as a “Rising Star” in the city management community for his accomplishments as one of the youngest city managers in California.  He was also listed as a “Rising Star” in 2016 by the University of California, Riverside’s Professional Studies. Kevin is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California, and earned a MPA from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. He is a Certified Public Manager though the University of California, San Diego.

  • Tamara Letourneau, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, City of Costa Mesa, has over 30 years of extensive local government experience in six communities, including serving as a city manager in Yorba Linda and Sierra Madre, California. She also served the cities of Claremont, Arcadia, and Monrovia, California, in a variety of increasingly responsible positions. Her background also includes experience in organizational development, team building, and strategic planning as well as functional responsibilities that include operating and capital budgeting, human resources/risk management, labor relations, and intergovernmental relations. Most recently, she was a Senior Manager with the consulting firm Management Partners prior to joining the City of Costa Mesa in early 2014. Tamara is a founding member and current board member of Women Leading Government and the League of Women in Government. In 1999, Tamara received the J. Michael Dutton Award from the Municipal Management Assistants of Southern California for her contribution to local government.

  • Mohsen Moayedi is the Crisis Manager at the City of Los Angeles where he has served for 25 years. Prior to his work with city government he served as a corporate economist for an investment corporation. Dr. Moayedi has a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in Government and a B. A. in Economics from Cal-State Fullerton. He has been an adjunct faculty member in political science department/MPA program since 1981. Dr. Moayed has expertise in Crisis Management with special emphasis in international terrorism including weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical and biological). He is a national and international lecturer on International Relations and government and International Terrorism/Crisis Management.

  • Beverly Speak is a community member of MiPAAC representing the nonprofit sector. She has a Master’s in Public Health and teaches courses in nonprofit management as an adjunct faculty member in Cal Poly’s MPA program. She has also taught education courses at Chaffey College and health courses at Georgia Southern University. She has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, including CEO positions in several health and human services organizations and foundations. She has also served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors.  She recently retired from her position as CEO of Kids Come First, a nonprofit children’s health program, and as president of the Community Clinic Association of San Bernardino County. She especially enjoys mentoring and supporting graduate students/interns who are interested in building collaborations between public sector and private nonprofit agencies.

    CPP Faculty, ex officio members include:

Jill Hargis

Jill Hargis

Sandra Emerson

Chair PLS Sandra M. Emerson, Director

Lisa S. Nelson

Lisa Nelson

Renford Reese

Renford Reese

David Speak

David Speak