Graduates

 Sharon CamaraSharon Camara lives in Atlanta, Georgia and works at AT&T providing staff support to an executive team in Information Technology. She holds a master's degree in Health Systems Management (MHA) from Tulane University's School of Public Health and Bachelors degrees in English (BA) and Journalism (BS) from Boston University. Sharon's foci are in economic and cultural development. Her research interest is in West African trade. Sharon is originally from New Hampshire. Sharon is also president of the African Performing Arts Association (www.africanperformingarts.org).
Issam Abu-GhallousIssam Abu-Ghallous was born and raised in Dheisheh refugee camp, where his family has been residing since the occupation of Palestine in 1948. He earned a BA in Business Administration from Bethlehem University where he served as an elected student body president and helped lead student initiatives and negotiated national financial policies that affected the student population. Issam was awarded a full scholarship to Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, where he earned his MBA. He has experience in accounting, finance, and financial system development at several large corporations. Issam is currently an active volunteer with several relief organizations in the Chicago area where he and his family have directly assisted many families with refugee resettlement through advocacy and networking.  Issam currently resides in Lombard, IL, with his two adventurous sons. He also enjoys painting murals when time permits.  His area of research is labor force in Palestine and the title of his dissertation is "Labor Force Participation and Wage in Palestine for the Period 2000 to 2011."  His primary passion is youth development in the occupied Palestinian territories through initiatives that raise awareness, promote advocacy , and create opportunities.
 Greg Bonadies lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and son.  He spent 19 years with IBM creating and managing the Software Group professional technical services organization and has a total of 24 years of experience in the field of information technology.  He is also an entrepreneur who has founded several business concerns and currently manages a real estate investment and renovation operation he and his wife started in 2001.  His academic background includes Masters Degrees in International Studies (North Carolina State University), Experimental Psychology (Towson University in Baltimore, MD) and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and General Psychology (Frostburg State University, Maryland).  His research interests include sustainable development and water resources regulatory frameworks in China, Realpolitik and neoliberal economic globalization.
 

Meaza Demissie is an Associate Program Manager at the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF) in Arlington, Virginia. She works on scientific capacity building in Russia and the south Caucasus, and on expanding CRDF’s university-based research programs in the developing world.  Prior to joining CRDF in 2008, she was a Project Assistant at Bread for the World Institute, which provides policy analysis on hunger and strategies to end it.  She holds a Master of Public Administration (non-profit Management concentration) from Southern University, Louisiana, U.S.A. and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Currently she is writing her dissertation on “The Natural Resource Curse and Economic Growth & Development in Sub-Saharan Africa” under the International Economic Development research team with Dr. Naghshpour's direction. Her research interest includes economic growth & development, social justice, sub-Saharan Africa and globalization. Meaza was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She speaks native Amharic, fluent English, some French, and beginning Spanish and Russian.

 Rubi Devi is from Assam, one of the north-eastern states in India. She joined the IDV PhD program in fall, 2006 and since then I have been working as a graduate research assistant with Dr David L. Butler and Dr Edward Sayre in the USM, Hattiesburg campus.   Prior to joining the IDV PhD program, Rubi completed a masters’ degree in English Literature from Tezpur Central University, India and M. Phil in Folk-Culture from Gauhati University, India. She completed her bachelor of arts from Cotton College, Assam.  During Rubi’s bachelor degree, she majored in English literature with minors in history and economics.  As part of the IDV program, she chose political development as major and socio-cultural development as minor area of study.  However, she also shares my interest in economic and security issues as well. As a student of the International development, Rubi is trying to develop a pragmatic, interdisciplinary viewpoint which, she believes, is crucial to understand and analyze the world affairs. As a region she is focusing on South Asia region to work on during her dissertation process. The broad areas of Rubi’s research are democratic developments, ethnic conflict, gender and security, and socio-cultural change.
 Candace Forbes Candace Forbes was born in Atlanta, Georgia and currently lives in Mokpo, South Korea.  She earned her Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a Pre-Law concentration from Georgia State University in 2007 and her Master's degree in Diplomacy from Norwich University in 2009.  In her spare time, Candace enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures, which has taken her to 33 countries and about 40 US states.  Candace's interests in the USM International Development Program include: civic education and participation, media studies, political and social activism, and environmental policy, with a focus on South Korea.  She is in the Social and Cultural Studies, with a minor in Political Development.
Dianne R. Jntl Forte Dianne R. Jntl Forte lives and works in Washington, D.C., where she represents Heifer International in policy environments and is managing director of the Heifer DC Office. Heifer is a development organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. Heifer works globally and uses asset building through livestock as a development strategy. Dianne earned both her Bachelor’s (economics) and Master’s (political economy) degrees from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.  She completed her master’s degree in 1986. Forte’s research interest is in the particular development models of small island developing states and the paradox that while most by virtue of their institutional adaptation strategies are listed as middle or upper income countries, they face serious challenges of resilience and stability.  She has worked for twenty years in Africa and is particularly interested in Botswana and Mauritius as cases of Africa’s development potential. Dianne Forte was born in St. Georges, Grenada, and grew up there. She migrated to the United States in 1973 and lived in Brooklyn, New York. She has two adult offspring.
Denise Francois-Seeney Denise Francois-Seeney is Assistant Dean at Northampton Community College - Monroe Campus in Tannersville, Pa. She has an M.A. in Political Science from Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., and a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. As a member of both the Economic and Social/Cultural research teams, Denise's interests are labor migration, microfinance, gender and development, MENA, and CEE countries. Born in Trinidad, West Indies, Denise lives in Belvidere, New Jersey.
 Darren Gil is a retired Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Justice. During his time with the Department of Justice he served as Chief, Counterterrorism Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation National Security Branch Liaison, National Joint Terrorism Task Force Representative, Special Agent in Charge-Special Operations and Country Attache-Mexico. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Southern University at New Orleans and as adjunct Professor of Homeland Security Studies at Tulane University. His major is Security Studies with a minor in Political Development. Darren is interested in rule of law, training police institutions abroad and decision-making in law enforcement/intelligence organizations.
 Julie Jordan is a project manager for Mississippi State Community Action Team (MSCAT). MSCAT offers a variety of community development services for small Mississippi towns. MSCAT works with mayors, chamber directors, economic development, and other community leaders. MSCAT coordinates a community First Impressions program; provides design ideas for community improvement projects, offers planning and facilitation help; and offers a variety of educational activities aimed at improving local leadership capacity for development related activities. MSCAT partners with the Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Main Street Association, regional planning and development districts, some community colleges, and other non-profit groups. A native of Brookhaven, Miss., Julie has her Master of Science degree in Education Technology from Mississippi State University and her research interests are school governance; relationship of local school achievement and economic development; and rural community development and leadership capacity.
 James Kierulff James Kierulff is building Energy Crop Growers Association of the Philippines, a non-profit organization dedicated to researching and proving socio-environmental best practices in the operation of biofuel related community development models. James travels to the Philippines to conduct monitoring of the program and develop its employees. Previously he spent two years in the Southern Philippines directing the economic development program of International Care Ministries. Prior to overseas activities he was a Dean of Academic Affairs at ITT Technical Institute. In addition to the above James has three years of college level teaching experience and over ten years of technology implementation experience. When not traveling overseas, James resides in Gulfport, Mississippi, pursuing his Ph.D. in International Development. His primary research focus is on energy and international development. Small farm ownership models are being developed utilizing socio-environmentally friendly approaches to energy crop cultivation. Impoverished agrarian populations are envisioned to use the new alternative energy industry to renew communities creating a relative, sustainable middle class. The theoretical focus is to examine various mechanisms including socio-cultural barriers to development, community development models and development in the face of industrial revolution. James has an MBA in Management and a B.A. in Marketing and Management from Seattle Pacific University.
 Jean Larned Native Texan Jean Garner Larned, a member of the renowned FBI Behavioral Science Unit (BSU), is a former Special Agent with the DEA and current criminal investigations instructor, researcher and case consultant with the BSU at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  In addition to the responsibilities glamorized in shows like ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘Silence of the Lambs’, he also teaches ‘New Agent Training’ and the ‘National Academy’ which includes international and domestic law enforcement executives and leaders from around the world.  He earned a Masters degree in Behavioral Science from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, and a Bachelors degree in Journalism from California State University Long Beach.  Jean is a member of the Security Studies Research Team currently studying the impact of globalization on terrorism and the ‘Global War on Terrorism’.  Jean is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Virginia.  Concurrently, Jean is an Army officer in the United States Army Reserves working with wounded soldiers who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan through the ‘Warrior Transition Units’ program.
 Madeline Messick first became interested in international development while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. While there, she learned fluent Spanish and conversational Guarani. Madeline was named a Distinguished Alumni for the NMSU College of Health and Social Services in 1999. She received a Nason Fellowship in 2006 to conduct research in Latin America.

Madeline currently works as a Research Assistant for the IDV program. While a student at Southern Miss, Madeline has co-authored a peer-reviewed article titled "The Role of Remittances in Currency Appreciation in 25 Latin American Countries" and also published "Temporary Protected Status in the United States: A Grant of Humanitarian Relief that is Less than Permanent" for the Migration Policy Institute's online journal.

 Mark McCoon Mark McCoon is an Assistant Professor at Kettering University (formerly GMI) an engineering school in Michigan. He is a CPA as well as a CMA.  He began his career with one of the international accounting and consulting (big four) firms and then spent about 13 years as a consultant, mostly working in the bankruptcy reorganization field. Mark enrolled in the IDV program because it allows him the flexibility to study economics, taxation and the Caribbean – my research and personal interests. He has a BBA in accounting from the University of Michigan and an MBA with a concentration in economics from the University of Detroit.  Mark lives in Fenton, Michigan located between Flint and Ann Arbor with his charming wife Jill.  Mark is on the economics research team and has research interests in International taxation, Latin American and Caribbean taxation, Tax compliance, and Taxation and development.
 Pat O'Brien Pat O'Brien is an Assistant Professor of Business at John Brown University, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and the Director of Professional Studies Business Programs.  He is responsible for curriculum development of existing programs and implementation of new Professional Studies online programs. Most of his professional life has been devoted to IT; as an analyst, programmer, and as a manager of data processing and technical services.  Pat spent 16 years in consulting, twelve of which with his own company.  He earned an M.B.A. from Webster University, and a B.S. in Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).  Currently Pat lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with his wife Susan and has three sons.  Pat has taught at the Northwest Arkansas Community College, Webster University, and the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He is a member of the Economic and Political Research teams with research interests in the Philippines, especially the impact of taxation on that economy, and Mexico and the impact of NAFTA on that society.
Prebble RamswellPrebble Q. Ramswell was a Division I swimmer and coach prior to her acceptance of a position with the Central Intelligence Agency where she spent six years working in Counterterrorism. After moving to Florida in 2009, Ramswell embraced a new challenge: running for Destin City Council in March 2014. Her successful bid for Councilwoman led to state appointments on the Growth Management and Economic Development Board and International Relations Committee with the Florida League of Cities, as well as local appointments to the Okaloosa-Walton Transportation Planning Organization, YMCA Board, and the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council Policy Board. In July 2014, Ramswell was appointed by then Senate President Don Gaetz to serve on the Board of Directors of the Senate Committee Florida is for Veterans. Ms. Ramswell has also served on the Board of Directors for organizations including the Junior League of Northern Virginia, Junior League of the Emerald Coast, Montessori Learning Center in Fort Walton Beach, Gulf Swimming, and the Children's Museum of Northern Virginia. Prebble speaks Spanish and earned a B.A. in Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science from the University of Houston, a Master's in Liberal Arts/Social Science from Texas Christian University and a PhD in International Development/Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is an active community volunteer and a proud member of the Destin Rotary Club. She has served as a lead instructor for the Destin Fire Rescue Foundation's Junior Lifeguard Program since 2010. Ramswell and her husband, Tony, live in Destin with their daughter, Briar.
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Ranjana Srevatsan is from the Northern part of India and is now settled in Hattiesburg Mississippi since 2003. He completed his Masters in Economic Development from Southern Miss. Ranjana joined the IDV program in 2005 and is in the Economic Development team. He is writing his dissertation under Dr. Ken Malone. It explores the role of industry-university partnership in regional development and innovation in United States.

Ranjana worked in the Indian Institute of Management in India. His research interest has been in the Information and Technology, Innovation and Development. He works with The Department of Economic and Workforce Development at Southern Miss, presently working with East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, in Meridian, Mississippi.

 Juanyce Taylor Juanyce D. Taylor, a Jackson native and Ph.D. candidate in the IDV Program, currently serves as Director of Diversity Assessment and Programs in the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  She is responsible for research, data analysis, assessment, and strategic diversity initiatives led by the division and provided to the Medical Center and community. Juanyce also assists the Associate Vice Chancellor in advancing the medical center’s intellectual capital through training and development towards building cultural competency among staff, future health care professionals and faculty and by collaborating with internal units in addressing potential threats and resolutions to disparities in health care.  She is a member of the Institutional Assessment Committee and the Diversity Leadership Council. Juanyce received a B.S. degree in Psychology/Social and Rehabilitation Services from The University of Southern Mississippi and a MS.Ed. from Jackson State University in Guidance and Counseling Education.  Currently, her doctoral research involves a comparative analysis of diversity policies and equity initiatives between the United States and South Africa.  In 2007, Juanyce was nominated as a Regional Finalist for the White House Fellowship, the nation’s most prestigious leadership program for public service. In 2008, she was accepted in the Disparities Leadership Program offered through Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in which she and a cadre of professionals from across the country will develop strategies to identify, monitor and address racial and ethnic disparities in health care.  Juanyce holds memberships in national organizations such as the American Association for University Women, American Educational Research Association, American Evaluation Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She currently serves as a Young Leader in Philanthropy for United Way of the Capital Area.