36 Public Sector Employees from 15 North Carolina Organizations Earn Certified Public Manager Certificates

October 25, 2021 2:11 PM | Reed Altman

36 Public Sector Employees from 15 Agencies Earn Certified Public Manager Certificates

Raleigh – Public sector employees from state agencies and local government will be recognized today for completing the rigorous North Carolina Certified Public Manager® Program (CPM) during an informal virtual ceremony led by the Talent Management Division of the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR).

“This year’s cohort was the first to complete this demanding professional development curriculum entirely through virtual instruction due to the pandemic,” said State Human Resources Director Barbara Gibson. “Our graduates demonstrated remarkable focus and resilience in pushing beyond challenges to develop CPM projects that can be implemented immediately by their agencies to deliver greater efficiencies.”

Gibson credited Reed Altman, program manager of the state Certified Manager Program®, for quickly pivoting to provide online instruction when the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. The transition enabled these participants and others who will complete the program next year to engage fully and safely in course work while developing networks to facilitate ongoing achievement.

Altman will convene a virtual gathering of graduates this afternoon, where they will be commended by Director Gibson and guest speaker Greg Richardson, Executive Director of the Commission of Indian Affairs. Richardson completed the program in 1988.

Managed by OSHR, the program was established in 1982 as the North Carolina Public Manager Program to enhance the effectiveness of public sector organizations across our state by developing the leadership capabilities of mid-level managers. Since then, 2,477 mid-level managers across state and local governments have completed the program. 

Including today’s recipients, 1,679 of those graduates have been awarded the Certified Public Manager designation following the program’s accreditation by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.

Framed certificates, signed by Governor Roy Cooper, State Human Resources Director Barbara Gibson and CPM Program Director Reed Altman will be provided sent to each graduate.

All honorees are based in Wake County unless otherwise noted:

  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Walter Beal (Kittrell), Evan Davis
  • Department of Commerce: Brenda T. Watkins (Fayetteville)
  • Department of Environmental Quality: Jennifer M. Haynie, Derrick E. House, Ramesh Ravella (Greensboro), Melinda Wolanin (Concord)
  • Department of Health and Human Services: Brittney Armstrong, Rebecca Evans (Burlington), Juanita Hooker (Sanford), Belinda Preacher, Lauren Satterwhite
  • Department of Information Technology: Keith Aiken (Clayton), Rena E. Henry, Monica Olsen, Veena Shanmugham 
  • Department of Labor: Fleda Anderson, Nancy R. Hall (Winston-Salem)
  • Department of Public Instruction: Ivanna Mann Thrower Anderson (Chapel Hill), Dennis M. Hancock (Pilot Mountain), Xatli Stox
  • Department of Public Safety: David Buchanan (Edenton), Shawana Gilliam (Windsor), Barbara Revels
  • Department of Revenue: Brandon C. Bell (Youngsville), Ashley Cameron, LaToya Gardner, Joshua K. Jones, Joshua M. Ligon (Sanford)
  • Guilford County Government: David R. Pruitt (Greensboro)
  • Office of State Budget and Management: Anca Grozav
  • Office of State Human Resources: Dominick D ’Erasmo
  • Raleigh Fire Department: Ian Toms
  • Utilities Commission: Kim Campbell
  • Wildlife Resources Commission: Fairley Mahlum, Travis J. Casper (Clayton)

For additional information about the North Carolina Certified Public Manager® Program, visit NC OSHR: North Carolina Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program.

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