MPA Faculty & Staff
Faculty Dedicated to Student Learning
The MPA faculty are experienced teachers. Many have significant experience working in the public sector prior to coming to Evergreen. Some teach and do research full-time; some are still practitioners in local public agencies and nonprofits; some are involved in community service, training, research, and/or consulting.
Faculty are drawn to Evergreen because they love teaching. They are interested in the process of learning and they want to work with students in an environment that rewards that interest. They see themselves as members of a learning community, and they value what they learn from our students as much as what the students come to learn from them. Students should expect a lot of interaction with program faculty--you will come to know them well, and they will know you and your work. As a result, our faculty often mentor our graduates long after they complete the program.
If you would like more information about our faculty, such as email addresses, phone extensions, office locations, personal websites, etc., click on their names below. Adjunct faculty can be contacted through the MPA Program Assistant.
MPA staff information is listed below. To contact staff via email, click on their names.
Laurance R. Geri, B.A., Economics, University of Washington, 1980; M.P.A., Policy Analysis and Evaluation, George Washington University, 1982; D.P.A., University of Southern California, 1996. Larry's research interests include international administration, nonprofit administration, public finance, and organizational change. In Spring 2005 he was the College's Kobe Exchange Faculty in Kobe, Japan.
Amy Gould, B.A., Planning, Public Policy and Management with a minor in Women's Studies, University of Oregon, 1997; M.S., Public Affairs, University of Oregon, 2000; Ph.D. Political Science, Northern Arizona University, 2005. Amy has worked in various public organizations, most recently as an Appeals Officer/Special Projects Manager in Parking and Shuttle Services at Northern Arizona University. Her research interests include culture and the internal dynamics of public organizations; leadership and decision making processes; Federal, state and tribal constitutions; and managing change within non-profit organizations.
Cheryl Simrell King, B.A., Psychology/Sociology, University of Texas, 1981; M.A., Experimental/Testing Psychology, University of Colorado, 1987; Ph.D., Public Administration, University of Colorado, 1992. Cheryl's current teaching, research and consulting interests include democratic governance, alternatives for public and nonprofit management, government performance, community development, and tribal community/economic development.
Doreen Swetkis, Ph.D., is a member of the MPA program faculty at The Evergreen State College. Her areas of specialization include public and nonprofit administration, urban studies, housing studies, and research methods. Previously, she was a Visiting Instructor as Cleveland State University. Her dissertation topic examined the relationship between residential property tax abatement programs and change in urban neighborhoods. Dr. Swetkis has seven years’ experience in the non-profit sector, including serving as the associate director of development & research for a local fair housing organization. Dr. Swetkis is published in the Journal of Genetic Psychology and Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Housing News Service.
Linda Moon Stumpff, B.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Public Administration and Regional Planning, University of Southern California, 1991; Ph.D., Public Administration and Regional Planning, Land Management and Public Policy, University of Southern California, 1996. Linda's research interests included environmental policy, political science, public administration and Third World studies. She currently serves as one of the lead faculty in the Tribal Governance concentration of the MPA program.
Evergreen is currently hiring for the Tribal Governance faculty concentration.
MPA Adjunct and Occasional Faculty
- Mary Campbell, Adjunct Faculty; formerly Special Assistant for Quality and Performance to Washington Governors Locke and Gregoire
- Victor Colman, Adjunct Faculty, co-principal of Uncommon Solutions, Inc.
- Sharon Curley, Adjunct Faculty; Human Services Director, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
- Dick Cushing, Adjunct Faculty; Vice President, Waldron & Company
- Stuart Elway, Adjunct Faculty; President, Elway Research, Inc.
- Karen Fraser, Adjunct Faculty; Washington State Senator
- Colleen Gillespie, Adjunct Faculty; Financial Consultant, Smith Barney
- Joan LaFrance, Adjunct Faculty; independent consultant, Mekinak Consulting
- Russ Lehman, Adjunct Faculty; Managing Director, First American Education Project
- T.S. (Steve) Marshall; Adjunct Faculty, President, T.S. Marshall & Associates
- Helena Meyer-Knapp, Member of the Evergreen Faculty
- Sylvie McGee, Adjunct Faculty; Principal, All For A Good Cause Consulting
- Michael Mucha, Adjunct Faculty; Director of Public Works, City of Olympia
- Pam Peters, HR Manager at South Sound Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA)
- Michael Shadow, Adjunct Faculty; trainer/coach in persuasive communication, Shadow & Associates
- Marcee Stiltner, Adjunct Faculty; Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, Radius
- Faith Trimble, Adjunct Faculty; President and principal consultant, FLT Consulting
- Jeanne Ward, Adjunct Faculty; President, Ward Consulting
Cheryl Simrell King, MPA Director
(360) 867-5541; Lab 1, Room 3011
Randee Gibbons,Assistant MPA Director, Public/Non-Profit Administration and Public Policy concentrations
(360) 867-6554; Lab 1, Room 3024
Puanani Nihoa, MPA Assistant Director, Tribal Cohort
(360) 867-6202; Lab 1, Room 3020
Jan Hays, MPA Program Assistant
(360) 867-5939; Lab 1, Room 3019