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Faculty Profiles

FCPM has both full-time and adjunct instructors who deliver our programs around the world.

Ben Green

Ben Green is the Director of the Florida Center for Public Management and is responsible for overall management of the Center, including marketing, staffing, scheduling, and contract management. Prior to becoming the Director, Ben was a Senior Management Trainer for FCPM for many years.­ He has an extensive background in training and consulting for public and private sector organizations.­. .

He is also a professional writer who has written four non-fiction books: Finest Kind, The Soldier of Fortune Murders, Before His Time, and Spinning the Globe. He has also served a primary consultant on a half dozen documentaries and TV broadcasts based on his books.­ Ben received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his M.A. from Florida State University. Email Ben Green at:

Linda Jimenez-Lopez

Linda is our newest full-time faculty member, joining the FCPM team in July 2018.­ Since 2016, she served as the Learning & Development Manager for the Tampa International Airport.­ Prior to that, she spent eight years at the Florida Department of Transportation, eventually becoming­the Training and Development Coordinator for FDOT District 7 (Tampa).­ She has also worked as a ­Probation Officer for the Department of Juvenile Justice and a ­Youth Prevention Counselor for DACCO, serving the needs of migrant and low income families in the rural Tampa Bay area.­ She has an extensive background in developing and facilitating training programs for public sector leaders and organizations.

Linda has ­earned­ Bachelor’s degrees in Criminology and Interpersonal Communications and a Master’s in Adult Education (with a concentration in Human Resource Development) from the University of South Florida. She is a proud 2014 graduate of the CPM program.­

Dan Vicker, Ph.D.

Dan Vicker is a Senior Management Trainer for FCPM.­ He also serves as a consultant and as the Student Liaison for the CPM Program. He received his Ph.D in organizational communication from FSU. He has a Master's in public administration from FSU, a Master's in business administration from UWF, and a B.S. from UWF in systems science with an emphasis in management and accounting.­ He has also completed the organizational development/ leadership certificate program at UWF.

He served as a member of the Florida Sterling Council Board of Examiners from 1999 to 2008. He currently serves the Sterling Council by delivering the opening Preview Session at the annual Sterling Conference.­He has conducted both qualitative and quantitative research projects. He also serves as a trainer, facilitator, and consultant in teambuilding, interpersonal communication, cultural diversity, intercultural/interracial communication, leadership, organization development, and other management issues. Formally, his job is "facilitating the education of public managers in leadership for our changing world," which involves an in-depth understanding of the relationship between leadership, human behavior, and organizational issues.


Adjunct Instructors

Tippy Amick, Ph.D.

Tippy Amick is an Adjunct Instructor for FCPM. She has worked in the field of training and staff development for the State of Florida for over 20 years. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Florida State University for many years, first teaching counseling courses and later facilitating adult learners in leadership and management courses. She obtained her Ph.D. in Human Services and Studies at FSU in 1990. She now works as a consultant for several state agencies, and manages a sole-proprietor business that provides workshops and human performance improvement services to a variety of customers in the public and private sectors. She is also a proud graduate of the CPM program.

Shawn Baldwin

Shawn Baldwin retired as the Director of the Florida Center for Public Management in December 31, 2009 —a position she held for five years. She continues to serve as an Adjunct Instructor for FCPM.

Shawn received her Master’s in Educational Psychology from Florida State University and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Barry University in Human Resource Management. She is also a CPM Graduate. Prior to joining FCPM, she was a program director for the Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy at Florida State University. She also worked for the Florida Department of Corrections as Senior Personnel Manager, Chief of Personnel, and Service Center Director. She has a wealth of experience working in the public sector and has developed contacts with most agency personnel and training directors.

Lynn Chisholm

Lynn Chisholm is the Director of the Office of Internships and Career Readiness at the University of South Florida. Lynn’s team develops internship opportunities for USF’s 47,000 students, leads the Engaged Student Employment program, teaches internship and co-op classes, and administers the system-wide Career Readiness Badging Program.­ Prior to coming to USF, Lynn served as the Internship Coordinator for Polk State College, where she developed its Internship Program, streamlined the Prior Learning Assessment program, and created the Legoland Co-op program.­ She also spent 12 years working for the City of Lakeland in Organization and Workforce Development, and led the City's CPM Alumni Leadership Forum for 6 years.­

She has a Bachelor’s degree from UCF and a Master’s from Boston University. She has two children, both of whom will graduate from USF in 2019!­ She completed the CPM program in 2006.

Dee Cocca

Dee Cocca is an Adjunct Instructor for the CPM program. She has worked for Palm Beach County for the past six years, both as a Supervisor of Court Operations at the Clerk of Courts and in her current capacity in Human Resources as a Compensation Analyst. With over 10 years of operations management and leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, she has a passion for team building and employee engagement.­


She has served as a Florida Sterling Examiner, and graduated from the CPM program in 2018. ­ She received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Portland State University, and a Master’s in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University.­

Alaa A. El-Halwagy

Alaa A. El-Halwagy is an Adjunct Instructor for the CPM program. He also serves as a consultant, executive coach, and subject matter advisor in Organizational Development & Culture, and an organizational facilitator for several national and international organizations. He is a HRD practitioner and the author of the “Making a Difference” Human Resource Intervention Model, which focuses on strategies and practical methodologies to move individuals and organizations to reach their full potential. He is the Principal of Innovative Group T&D, Inc. in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Erin Gillespie

Erin Gillespie is an Adjunct Instructor for the CPM Program. In 2019, after 11 years in state government, she launched Madison Street Strategies, an economic development consulting firm that assists communities and small businesses. Previously, she­served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and held leadership roles at the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.­ Erin earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Auburn University. She graduated from CPM in 2011.

Lorna Kibbey

Lorna Kibbey is an Adjunct Instructor for FCPM. She served as a leader and manager for more than 24 years for the Florida Department of Children and Families. In addition to her work with CPM, Lorna designs and delivers management and leadership seminars and services to public and private organizations, focusing on leadership, motivation, and communication. Lorna is a motivational speaker and has spoken at a variety of conferences and meetings. Lorna earned her Master's in Business Administration from USF, and her Master's in Communication Arts from the University of Cincinnati. She is a CPM graduate, a National Chapter Advisor for the American Society of Training & Development, and an active member of the National Speaker's Bureau.

Jim LaRue

Jim LaRue serves as an Adjunct Instructor for FCPM and has delivered CPM courses for over 20 years. Jim has an extensive public sector background, having been a County Manager and City Planner for various local governments in Florida. As president of LaRue Planning & Management Services, Inc., he has provided management and planning services to over 100 Florida cities and counties for the past 25 years. Jim received a Master's degree in Political Science from Memphis State University, and a Master's in urban and regional planning from the University of Iowa. His experience in public management is extensive, and allows him to provide real-world management experiences to augment CPM concepts.

Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller is an Adjunct Instructor for the CPM program.­ She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University and holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University.­ She is a Certified Public Manager and possesses a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.­ Ms. Miller has also served as a Florida Sterling Examiner.

Michelle currently serves as the manager of Martin County’s Health and Human Services Department and is the owner and president of The Drago Group, which provides leadership training and consulting services. ­­She has been in management for over nine years, and has extensive management, supervisory, and training experience.­ She has done presentations at the Florida Sterling Conference, at John Carroll High School, and has facilitated a three-month leadership academy for young leaders in Port St Lucie.­ She graduated from the CPM program in 2012, and has been promoting the concepts of the program ever since.

James McMichael, Ph.D.

Jim McMichael is an Adjunct Instructor with the Florida Center for Public Management, where he is involved in consulting and delivery of CPM courses. Jim brings extensive management experience from both the public and private sector, which he readily shares with his classes. In the public sector, he served as a state agency head under three governors and was named one of Wisconsin's outstanding state employees. He also served as an adviser to four national administrations. In the private sector, he owned his own business for over 25 years and was President and CEO of the investment subs of one of the nation’s largest and oldest insurance based financial firms. His Ph.D. in Political Science and experience managing campaigns for Governor, Congress and Mayor aids in understanding public policy making, uses of power and strategic thinking. His publications include two books, award winning "The Spiritual Style of Management: Who is Running This Show Anyway?" and co-authored "Spirituality in the Workplace" as well as numerous articles for a variety of journals.

Richard Miranda

Richard Miranda, Adjunct Instructor for FCPM, has been in leadership positions for over 30 years, leading teams as small as three people to as many as 600. He began his career in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, where he taught professional development courses (including leadership and management) in the U.S. and abroad. For 18 years, he served on the management team of the Division of Plant Industry of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In July 2018, he became the State Plant Heath Director for the USDA Annimal and Plant Health Instpection Service. In that role, he directs all aspects of Florida's plant protection operations, including import/export regulatory operations, pest detection and exclusion, eradication, and more.­

Richard holds two degrees from the University of Florida: a Bachelor's in Agricultural Education and Communication (with a concentration in Leadership Development) and a Master's in Management.­ Richard received his CPM in 2008 and has been a passionate advocate of the program ever since.­

Paula O'Neil, Ph.D.

Paula O’Neil is an Adjunct Instructor for FCPM. Since 2008, she has been the elected Clerk & Comptroller for Pasco County. She is also an adjunct professor in Saint Leo University’s MBA program. She has more than 33 years of government service, and has received numerous honors and awards from community and business organizations.­ Paula holds a Doctorate in Philosophy in Applied Management and Decision Sciences, and is a 2005 graduate of the CPM program.­ She is dedicated to Enhanced Quality of Life as a cancer fighter and survivor, hoping to spread the messages of early detection, making a difference, and life-balance.

Dewey Riou

Dewey Riou is an Adjunct Instructor for FCPM.­ He is a retired police lieutenant with­over 26 years at the Tallahassee Police Department, where­he worked in investigations, public information, narcotics, D.A.R.E., PAL, emergency management and patrol administration. He spent 10 years as a hostage negotiator, and has over­25 years’ experience as an instructor and trainer in crisis intervention, defensive tactics, emergency management, Rape Aggression Defense (RAD), TAC, and the Drug Education for Youth (DEFY) programs.

Dewey received his Bachelor’s and Master's degrees from Barry University, which gave him­their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006.­Dewey graduated from CPM in 2002.

Pam Stevens

Pam Stevens is an Adjunct Instructor for the CPM program. She has been in the training field for 15 years, ten of those years in county government. She is the owner of Perfect Solutions Training, providing specialized course development and facilitation services. Her clients include state and county government agencies as well as private industry. In addition to training experience, Pam has 16 years of management and supervisory experience. Pam's education includes her CPM designation, a B.S. in Psychology, and an M.B.A. with specialization in management.


Leonard Wood

Leonard Wood is an Adjunct Professor for FCPM and has extensive training experience.­ He works for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as a Lead Business Process Consultant.­ During his career, Leonard has served as a Park Ranger, Wildland Firefighter, Disaster Recovery Team Lead, Investigator, Consumer Mediator, and Quality Manager.­ In 2015, Leonard was named Florida Sterling Council Rookie Examiner of the Year for his work on a Sterling review team.­ When not serving the State of Florida, Leonard works as a private training consultant, has written and published four books of poetry, is a proud community mentor, and serves as a volunteer with the Wakulla County Animal Shelter, Keep Wakulla County Beautiful, Adopt-A-Road, and Wakulla County Public Library programs. ­He is a 2015 graduate of the CPM program.

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