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Jeffrey Dinkins, Sr. - I am a Senior Training Officer for Fulton County Government. I am responsible for developing and delivering professional development courses to a workforce of 5,000 employees. I have a Master's Degree in Public Administration, I received my Certified Public Manager's (CPM)certification in June of 2018. I also hold a Six Black Belt Certification. While in my CPM Program, I was selected as the Class President. In addition, I am a chartering President of the Stockbridge-Jonesboro Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, 2003-2007. I am still an active member of the chapter, on the local, region, and national level. I was a very active part of the re-chartering of the newly activated Georgia Society of Public Managers. Currently, I am President-Elect of the newly charted Georgia Society of Public Managers. (Fulton County Government, Jeffrey Dinkins, Sr)
Deborah J. Smith - During my 46-year public service career in Oklahoma Social Services & University Level Educational organizations, I completed the last 18 years in a Deputy Director capacity which included:
Public and Community Service
Served 30 years in support of the Certified Public Manager® mission as a member of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Managers® holding all leadership positions and have served all leadership positions of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers® and currently serve as an active board member of the AACPM.
Served 7 years on the OKDHS Rates and Standards Committee to review and establish service rates to contracting vendors for client services.
I volunteer for the OK State Insurance department as a Medicare Assistance Program representative assisting individuals learn more about how to make decisions regarding selecting coverage; am a Co-Active Coaching Practitioner – changing business/transforming lives; judge the annual American Farmers Federation speech contest; currently am a board member for the ASPA Section for Public Management Practice and currently am a board member for the Certified Public Manager® Education Foundation.
Florene Thornton - Florene is currently the Finance Manager for Department of Real Estate and Asset Management which she manages a $27 million Operation budget and assists in the management of a $20 million Capital budget. She has over 20 years of experience in Public Administration.
Mrs. Thornton is a graduate of Strayer University, and received a Master of Science degree in Business Management/Public Policy. She was one of fifty to graduate in the first class of the CPM certification. She managed the implementation of EnergyCap Software program.
Hope O. Waobikeze - Dr. Hope Obika Waobikeze currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Director of the Houston Public Library. Her career with the City of Houston dates back to 1993, encompasses six City of Houston departments, and spans five mayoral administrations. A 1991 Finance graduate from Texas Southern University, Dr. Waobikeze earned additional degrees; in 1997, she earned a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Houston Baptist University and Master of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2002. She topped her education endeavor by earning her Doctorate in Leadership in 2018 to become Dr. Hope Obika Waobikeze.
On an average of two-year increments, Dr. Waobikeze inched her way up her financial and leadership career ladder. Following her service with Convention & Entertainment Facilities, which included a promotion to Sr. Payroll Clerk in 1995, Ms. Waobikeze moved on to Fire Department, where she began her ascension up the financial analysis hierarchy as a Financial Analyst I in 1997. During her six-year career with the Fire Department and General Service Department, she earned three promotions to Financial Analyst II, Administrative Supervisor, and Financial Analyst III positions. In the year 2003, Dr. Waobikeze joined Municipal Courts Administration, after accepting a position as a Financial Analyst IV. She acceded to the Health & Human Services department in 2005 as a Staff Analyst before being chosen to serve as the Chief Financial Officer of the Houston Public Library in 2007. Dr. Waobikeze was a Subject Matter Expert for the implementation of SAP in the City of Houston.
Dr. Waobikeze career interest center around finance and leadership; she often keeps up to date on the happenings of the Finance and leadership world. Dr. Waobikeze is an active member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA); a Certified Public Manager (CPM); a Registered Financial Consultant (RFC) and has a Financial Planning Certificate. She actively participates in CPM activities in Houston, Texas where she is among the CPM graduates working to keep CPM activities vibrant in the City of Houston.
Dr. Hope Waobikeze passion in doing and being her best cultivated her financial and leadership skills; she often goes to great lengths to closely monitor expenditures, consistently finding new and innovative funds-management and leadership ideas. Several of the financial data apparatuses she developed over the years are still in use by her former and current departments. Dr. Waobikeze is actively involved in the immigrant communities, where she actively participates in social change initiatives. Dr. Waobikeze extends her community involvement to her current department, Houston Public Library by assisting with the programs within the immigrant community.
DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP
Becky Bryant - Becky Bryant, CPM is AACPM Immediate Past President and Consortium Liaison. She has held many titles and roles within the Academy, and has served with distinction.DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Greg Hyland, CPM - Over 30 years of public sector and non-profit leadership experience, including four years as the Director of Communications and Engagement for College Success Arizona, a not-for-profit educational foundation dedicated to raising the college graduation rates among low-income, and minority, Arizona students, and over 15 years as the Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the City of Yuma.
After serving the citizens of Yuma with the City for nearly 23 years, he retired in December, 2011, and continued to serve the Yuma community at Crossroads Rescue Mission, a faith based, non-profit, homeless shelter and rehabilitation facility, working the areas of Development and Information Technology.
While with the City of Yuma, Greg revamped their communications programs, garnering several communication awards in the process. He oversaw the development of the City’s Government and Educational Access Channels, providing 24/7/365 programming in both English and Spanish, on a total of six channels on the local cable system. He also served as project leader on several other projects in the Yuma community, including developing the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area program, chairing the Heritage Area Taskforce, championing the Stewart Vincent Wolfe Creative Playground, promoting Yuma’s riverfront development, and developing marketing programs to promote Yuma’s climate and open space to national and international travelers with the Yuma Visitors Bureau.
A long-time member of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers®, Greg filled several leadership roles including President, President-Elect, Past President, two terms as the Communications Chair, and as a member of the Certified Public Manager® Educational Consortium. Greg is a Henning Award recipient, and served as a board member for the Arizona Society of Certified Public Managers®, in multiple terms as President, President-Elect, Past President, and Membership and Communications Chairs; making the six hour round trip from Yuma to Phoenix, for board meetings and events, for nearly 20 years.
Greg has also been active in his local community, most recently as a graduate of the Valley Leadership Institute’s, Class #39, the Phoenix Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy, Class #85, Board Member and Ethics Committee Chair of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) –Phoenix Chapter, and Board Member with the Arizona State University Center for Film, Media, and Popular Culture. He is also Past-President two different Kiwanis Clubs, a member of Yuma Sunrise Rotary, Yuma Lodge #17, F&AM, El Zaribah Shrine, Yuma Visitors Bureau, and supporting his daughters’ Girl Scout troops.