SEI Staff

SEI Presenter
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Jim Colvard Formerly associate director of applied physics lab, John Hopkins University (1988-1991); served as deputy director, Office of Personnel Management. Formerly deputy chief, Naval Material Command; technical director, Naval Surface Warf are Center. Awarded DOD Distinguished Civilian Service Award and the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive. B.A. degree in Physics, Berea College; D.P.A. degree, University of Southern California.

(540) 775-9823
Faculty: SEI and LEAD
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Tony Gardner, Leadership Development Faculty, Cooper Center for Public Service, U.Va, served as County Manager of Arlington County, VA for over 10 years. For the last decade he has been teaching and consulting with local governments on the implementation of the High-Performance Organizations (HPO) Diagnostic/Change Model. He also directed the initial phase of a USAID partnership program in Poland aimed at developing new and existing innovative local government practices. Arlington was a two time recipient of the John F. Kennedy School of Government "Innovations in American Government" award during his tenure. B.A. degree, Fordham University; M.A. degree, State University of New York-Albany.

(517) 614-2225
Learning Resource Developer
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Melanie is a learning resource developer and imagineer for the leadership programs, SEI and LEAD. She brings a creative flair and a whole new mind, heart and soul approach to the leadership experience. Mel has developed many inspirational and educational videos on a wide range of leadership themes. She incorporates poetry and music into the SEI and LEAD experience.

Mel is also very involved with VLGMA and provides staff support for this Association.

(434) 982-5512
Program Coordinator
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Molly Harlow the program coordinator for the SEI Programs. Coordinating VLGMA Conferences and serving as staff to VLGMA are also a large part of her job. Molly has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia.

(434) 982-5514
ICMA Leadership Development Director
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Felicia Logan is the Director of Professional Development at the International City/County Management Association located in Washington, DC. She also serves as ICMA Team Leader for the Southeast and as liaison to the Innovations Group. A member of the first class of women to be admitted to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Felicia received both her B.A. and M.A. from that institution. Recent accomplishments include her 2003 graduation from the Senior Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va and the Innovation Group sponsored School for Leadership and Change. In 1990, she graduated from the Covey Leadership Institute in Sundance, Ut, and from the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va in 1987.

(202) 962-3626
SEI and LEAD Faculty
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Professor, Senior Executive Institute (SEI), Cooper Center for Public Service, U.Va. Foundation director, Virginia Institute of Government (1994-95.) Recipient of the International City/County Management Association's (ICMA) Sweeney Award for contributions to the professional development of local government managers. Elected in 1998 as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Has ongoing consulting relationships with local government managers and councils. Co-developer (with John Pickering) of the high performance government model. Formerly president of Ricker College; vice president, Kent State University; and director and senior professor, Federal Executive Institute. Ed.D. degree, Indiana University.

(434) 982-5512
Professor, University of Kansas
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John Nalbandian Professor, Department of Public Administration, University of Kansas. Consults and teaches in areas of human resources management. Recent publication on Professionalism in Local Government. Recognized as honorary member of ICMA. Elected to term on Lawrence, Kansas city commission and served as mayor. Ph.D. degree, University of Southern California.

(785) 864-9096
Executive Director, ICMA
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Robert J. O'Neill Executive Director of International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Former President of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to improve the design and management of federal, state, and local governments. Former Fairfax County Executive between 1997 and 2000. In 1999 , he launched a series of initiatives focused on performance and results management, including a pay system with variable awards based on performance. Bob's "reinvention" of the government of Hampton, Virginia as city manager between 1984 and 1997 was widely recognized by organizations such as the National League of Cities and Public Technology, Inc. and by writers such as David Osborne and Ted Gaebler, authors of Reinventing Government. B.A. degree, Old Dominion University, MAPA degree, Syracuse University

(202) 289-4262
Faculty: SEI and LEAD
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Deborah has ongoing consulting relationships with local and state government managers and officials; specializes in executive leadership, management, organizational development, and facilitation; certified Myers Briggs trainer. Certified in emotional intelligence training. Staffed the Governor's Commission on Ethics, Governor's Commission on Efficiency in Government, and numerous other projects. Developer of the "Delivering on Democracy" concept for public administration. Consultant to the National Commission on State and Local Public Service. Former staff member, Brookings Institution. Phi Beta Kappa, Ph.D. degree, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

(540) 421-7048.
LEAD Program Coordinator

Carmie is the program coordinator for the LEAD (Leading Educating and Developing) program. She also provides program support for the SEI programs and the two annual VLGMA (Virginia Local Government Management Association) conferences.

434-962-8834