Current Alumni Spotlight:

Mark A. Hunter, GSU MPA Alumnus

Mark A. Hunter - Bio

Mark is a native of Grambling, Louisiana and an honor graduate from Grambling High School. Mark is a graduate of Grambling State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration. Mark has also studied at the University of Arkansas in the Doctoral Program of Public Policy where his focus was Policy Leadership. Mark is presently a Doctorate of Education student at Grambling State University with a focus in Higher Education Administration. Mark’s research at the University of Arkansas consisted of Community Involvement in the Political Process, Hemophiliacs and the HIV Epidemic, National Security primarily focusing on Terrorism effects, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Emergency Response. Mark’s research at Grambling State University consists of the relationship between Education and the reduction of Recidivism.

Mark has been employed with Louisiana State Representative Pinkie C. Wilkerson as a Chief Legislative Assistant and Office Manager, the Department of the Army at the Pentagon where he served as a Policy/Publications Analyst and Action Officer with the Office of the Chief Information Officer of the Army (CIO/G-6), and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Mark has also served as a team member for the U.S. Government’s Nuclear Weapons Policy Division while being employed with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a National Security Analyst. During this time he was assigned to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Mark worked alongside the Action Officer (AO) who was assigned to the Nuclear Weapons Standing and Safety Committee (NWSSC), which is an under committee of the Nuclear Weapons Council (NWC).

Mark is member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Prince Hall Masonry, Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce, KAIROS which is a prison ministry, and Founder and Executive Director of the Dr. Michael A. Hunter Foundation which assist HIV positive individuals in rural parts of Louisiana. Mark is also a member of New Rocky Valley Baptist Church.

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Bridgett Leonard-Robinson, GSU MPA Alumnus

Bridgett Leonard-Robinson - Bio

Bridgett Leonard-Robinson, a native of Quitman, Louisiana (St. Rest Community), received the Bachelor’s of Science degree from GSU in the Fall 2002 and a Master’s in Public Administration, also from GSU in the Spring 2006.  She is currently employed with the United States Social Security Administration as a Social Insurance Specialist.  Bridgett enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling. 

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Nova Stokes, GSU MPA Alumnus

Nova Stokes - Bio

After graduating from Grambling State University with a Masters in Public Administration specializing in Human Resources Management with a 3.97 GPA, Nova currently holds the position of HR Coordinator over Global Mobility at Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. in Houston Texas.  She directly supports expatriate employees by processing documentation requirements for International affairs and is the liaison between employees and the company's third party visa processing vendor for immigration.  Along with General Interface, data requests and reporting, she also support employees domestically with reference to HR matters.

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Kadar J. Dennis, GSU MPA Alumnus

Kadar J. Dennis - Bio

Kadar J. Dennis is a December 2002 Graduate of Grambling State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems. In December 2004, he received his Master of Public Administration Degree with emphasis in Public Management. Kadar is currently employed by the U. S. Social Security Administration as a Social Insurance Specialist and Site LAN Coordinator. He is also part owner of Entertainment Etc. and FryDaddyz Katering Ko. Kadar’s affiliations include New Living Word Ministry, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., MOVE Inc., and Grambling State University National Alumni Association. Kadar sponsors various annual events to give back to the Grambling/Ruston Communities.

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Dominique Lewis, GSU MPA Alumnus

Dominique Lewis - Bio

I graduated from the MPA program in December of 2004 with a Health Services Administration concentration. I chose this concentration because of the interest I have always had in health policy and public health.  I worked in the healthcare field for a few years after graduation, but in 2007,my love for foreign affairstook over and led me to serve my country by working for the U.S. Department of State.  Working for the federal government has given me the opportunity to give back to a nation that has given so much to me.  As I continue my personal and professional growth, I’m always looking for new challenges.  Whether I’m giving a presentation on a country that I’ve never even visited or on the U.S. border to Mexico conducting training, I know the MPA program has prepared me for whatever I may face.  In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family, and watching movies.  One of my favorite quotes was by the late President Kennedy who once said, “Go into public service, for it will be the crown of your career.”

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Brandon James, GSU MPA Alumnus

Brandon James, District Manager - Bio

Brandon James received his Bachelor of Science Degree (2001 in Marketing) and the Master of Public Administration Degree (2003) from Grambling State University. He is currently employed with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA).  Brandon began his career with the SSA in June 2003 as a Claims Representative in the Ruston, LA Field Office.  He worked as a Claims Representative until April 2007 when he was selected to participate in the Dallas Regional Leadership Development Program (DRLDP). His assignments during his participation in the DRLDP were as Operations Supervisor in the Monroe LA Field Office and as Facilities Analyst in the Center of Material Resources located in the Dallas Regional Office. He was selected as the Operations Supervisor in Monroe, LA in September 2008.  He served as District Manager of the Ruston, LA Field Office from June 2009 through September 2009. Brandon was selected as the District Manager of  the Bastrop, LA Field Office in October 2009 and currently serves in that capacity.

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Mario DeLance Bailey, GSU MPA Alumnus

Mario DeLance Bailey - Bio

Mario DeLance Bailey is a Spring 2005 Graduate of Grambling State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. In Spring 2008, he received his Master of Public Administration Degree with emphasis in Human Resource Management.  Mario is currently employed by the Social Security Administration as a Social Insurance Specialist. Mario’s affiliations include New Zion Missionary Baptist Church and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

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Katrina L. Branson, GSU MPA Alumnus

Katrina L. Branson - Bio

Katrina is Title IX Coordinator/Assistant Director at the University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM). She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from ULM, formerly Northeast Louisiana University and her Master of Public Administration degree from Grambling State University.

Katrina is a recent graduate of Monroe Chamber of Commerce Leadership Ouachita, which develops and empowers emerging leaders of northeast Louisiana to promote the region as a place recognized as one of the best places to live and do business.

Currently working on her doctorate degree at Grambling, Katrina supports alumni, academic and administrative endeavors to strengthen the historically black university where her mother retired from and her sister and brother also graduated from.

Other activities Katrina is involved include:  ULM Staff Senate secretary, ULM United Way Campaign chair, United Way community investment volunteer, State and Local Business & Professional Women (BPW) webmaster, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – Monroe Alumnae Chapter webmaster and Public Relations chair, Society for Human Resources Management national and local member.

Katrina is single and spends her spare time involved with local organizations, pushing herself toward healthy living through nutrition and exercise and enjoys catching up with friends and family on Facebook.

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