Joseph Ryan, PhD
Chair, Graduate Public Administration Department
Professor of Criminal Justice and Security

Lijun He
Assistant Professor

Gregory Holtz, PhD
Graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Gregory Holtz is an Associate Professor of Public Administration. He has been on faculties of the City University of New York and the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Holtz has 20 plus years of experience in program evaluation, has conducted policy research for the Institute for over 10 years, and specializes in research and design and methodology. In addition, he has been involved in training teachers, city officials and school administrators. Gregory Holtz, is a new faculty member in the Department of Public Administration.  He is the former Research Director with the Michaelian Institute of Public Policy. He has served Pace for 24 years in various distinguished capacities. Prior to that Dr. Holtz taught and did research at the City University of New York and the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Holtz has taught courses in Research Methods, Planning and Evaluation, Organizational Theory, Policy Analysis, and the Oxford Travel Course which is one of the highlights of the MPA Program. His major research interests are: Cooperation Among Public Agencies, The use of Key Performance Indicators in Non-Profit Organizations and School Violence.

Special quote:  “I like to find new and pleasant ways of teaching sometimes difficult material.  I hold a strong belief that both quantitative and qualitative approaches should be appealing and manageable by our students.”

Hillary Knepper, PhD
Hillary has an MPA, PhD holds a doctorate in Public Affairs from the University of Central Florida. Her dissertation topic was Low-Income Health Care Networks: Initial Conditions, Extent, And Intensity Relevant to County Government Participation, which examined county government impact on network performance.  Her main research interests are health care, county governments, complexity in public-private service delivery, and complexity in governance. Dr. Knepper has over 20 years of service in the nonprofit and public sectors. Her teaching experiences at both the undergraduate and graduate levels include strategic planning for public and nonprofit organizations, nonprofit management, volunteer management, public sector human resource management, and research methods for public administration students.

Joseph Morreale, PhD
Dr. Morreale has been a faculty member and administrator for the past twenty years at Pace.  He has served Pace as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Planning, Assessment and Research and presently holds a joint position as a full professor in the Economics Department in NY and the Masters Program in Public Administration in Westchester. Professor Morreale holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Buffalo-SUNY and a M.S. in Higher Education Administration and Finance from the University of Albany-SUNY with extensive experience in administration, research, teaching, and business and governmental consulting. His academic specializations are in public finance and administration, health care economics, public economic policy analysis and faculty development in higher education.  Dr. Morreale was selected as American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow (1995-1996); Harvard Fellow at Summer Institute for Educational Management (IEM) for senior administrators (summer 2000); and Senior Scholar for American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) (1996-2005). He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Health Economics research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He is author and co-author of three books and numerous articles on applied economics analysis, academic assessment, faculty evaluation and development, and higher education. He is an experienced speaker at conferences and professional meetings and has had administrative experience in strategic planning and assessment, academic program design and multi-campus management.  He has knowledge and experience in budgeting and financial analysis, assessment, statistical analysis, management information systems and distance education; and international experience in Europe, China and Canada.  He has also taught blended learning courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and earned a training certificate at Pace in on-line learning.

Gina Scutelnicu, PhD
Assistant Professor

Rebecca Tekula, PhD
Rebecca Tekula is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration in Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.  She also serves as the Executive Director of the Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship, an institute of Pace University aiming to serve students, nonprofit organizations and social enterprises towards the goal of more effective and efficient management practices.  Dr. Tekula received her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Lugano, Switzerland, where her research focused on performance measurement and financial management in nonprofit organizations, and the economics of the nonprofit sector.  Her doctoral research was funded by grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Public Administration Network.  She earned her BA in English Literature from Vassar College, her MPA in Nonprofit Management from Pace University, and her MBA from the University of Oxford.  She is the author of numerous articles and reports on topics related to social enterprise, nonprofit economics and governance, and nonprofit management education.  She serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Oxford Business Alumni Association, Co-Chair of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Track of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and on the Executive Committee of the Academy of Management Public and Nonprofit Division for which she is Communications Officer and incoming Membership Chair. 

Mary Timney, PhD
Mary M. Timney is professor of public administration.  Her teaching responsibilities include organization theory, administrative ethics, and primary adviser for the capstone project.  She created the course in citizen participation and is developing a new course in sustainable management for public administrators.

Dr. Timney’s research interests include energy and environmental policy, citizen participation and public administration theory.  Her articles have been published in Public Administration Review, Administrative Theory and Praxis, and Public Productivity Review.  Her recent book, Power for the People, examines the impacts of electricity deregulation on state energy policy using the California experience as a case study.

Adjunct Faculty

Neil Abitabilo
Mr. Abitabilo joined the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association (NorMet) in July 1983 as Vice President, and assumed the presidency in June 2005.  NorMet represents 30 hospitals in the 7-county, 5000 square-mile territory between New York City and Albany.

Prior to joining NorMet, Mr. Abitabilo had extensive hospital-based experience as Associate Executive Director at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens and Chief Operating Officer at St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh. He also served in the position of Director of Pharmacy at Elmhurst Hospital. His education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in pharmacy from Fordham University, and a Masters of Science Degree from Long Island University in 1976. He also has completed graduate business administration programs at Pace University.

Betsy Bush
Betsy Bush has nearly 25 years experience in various facets of the nonprofit sector, including fund raising for community organizations and international groups; as a law firm staff member, she guided nonprofit compliance with fund raising regulations and has published extensively; she has also served as a volunteer board member for several organizations.  She is currently a program officer for the Westchester Community Foundation, a division of The New York Community Trust, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country.

Ms. Bush received a BFA from New York University.  Her Masters of Arts degree, also from NYU, was through the Liberal Studies Program, where her course of study concentrated on Philanthropy.

Patricia Dwyer
Patricia Dwyer currently serves as the Village Administrator for the Village of Pleasantville.  Ms.  Dwyer has over twenty years of career experience as an appointed municipal official in New York State.  Her professional work involves public policy analysis, municipal budgeting and organizational management.   She is a graduate of the Pace University undergraduate program; a Masters in Public Administration from Pace University and a Masters of Science from Pace.

Al Cava
Al Cava is the Director of Labor Relations for the Town of Greenwich, CT. He has served as Director of Labor Relations and formally Director of Human Resources for Greenwich since January 1996. Prior to assuming his position in Greenwich, Al served in a number of human resources and labor relations positions for the City of Yonkers, NY including Manager of Labor Relations and Commissioner of Personnel Administration. He has served as president and board member for the New York State Public Employer Labor Relations Association and has served as president and board member for the New York State Public Sector Coalition on Health Benefits a statewide labor-management organization. Al is an active member of the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association, Connecticut Public Employer Labor Relations Association and Society for Human Resources Management. Al is an adjunct faculty member at Pace University where he teaches courses in both public sector human resource management and collective bargaining in the Masters of Public Administration program. Al has over 25 years experience in public sector human resources and labor relations, a master’s degree in industrial labor relations and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Michael A. Genito
Michael is former Director of the Michaelian Institute of Public Policy and Research at Pace University, and currently serves as the Commissioner of Finance and Budget Director for the City of White Plains. He was Assistant City Manager and Comptroller of the City of Rye, New York. Prior to joining Rye, he served as the Director of Finance for the Town of Ramapo, New York from 1991 through March 1996, and before that held the position of Treasurer with the Village of Suffern, New York from 1984 through 1990.

Michael holds an MPA in Government from Pace University (2001); an MBA in Accounting and Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University (1980), and a BFA in Music from Ramapo College in New Jersey. He was among the first to receive the GFOA designation of Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), and the AGA designation of Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). Michael is active in professional associations, currently serving on the Executive Board of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). He is a member and former Chair of the Standing Committee on Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting, and serves as a member of the Technology Resource Group, the Special Review Committee, and the Popular Annual Financial Report Review Committee. Michael has authored articles in publications of the GFOA, NYS-GFOA, and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). He is a past-President and current Board member of the New York State GFOA, where he also serves as Co-Chair of the Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting Committee, and as a founding member of the Technology Committee. Michael is the Budget Director of Westchester County.

John Harris
John B. Harris, Jr. is an adjunct professor of public administration at Pace University. Mr. Harris has broad expertise in global finance, emerging markets, risk management, compliance, international trade, structured finance, cross border lending and cash management. He has extensive managerial experience in business origination, portfolio management, transaction management, asset distribution and advisory services. In addition, he has nonprofit sector experience in board governance, campaign management and public policy.

Mr. Harris is a former director and senior banker of Deutsche Bank (including the predecessor firm of Bankers Trust) where he worked for 28 years in investment and commercial banking. He spent his entire career in global finance where he had a record of success in building and managing businesses on five continents. His clients were governments, financial institutions, corporations and NGOs. Mr. Harris conducted business “on the ground” in over 60 countries and transacted business with entities located in over 180 countries. He was based in New York, London and Johannesburg and had long term assignments in Lagos and Frankfurt.

He is a campaign field organizer with expertise in the areas of GOTV canvassing, election monitoring, voter persuasion, fundraising, training and recruitment. Mr. Harris has operational experience in highly competitive elections at the national, state and local levels. He has a sound understanding of the varying political conditions within the United States having traveled in 48 states. Mr. Harris has broad experience in the nonprofit sector as a board member, officer, advisor, fundraiser, event planner and volunteer.

His numerous professional recognitions include a lifetime service award for his contributions to the economic growth of Ghana, a deal of the year award from Trade Finance Magazine for the most innovative Latin American transaction and an appointment to the Switzerland based Wolfsberg Group committee that drafted the Wolfsberg Group Anti-Money Laundering Principles for Correspondent Banking in response to the events of  9/11.

Mr. Harris has a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude in economics, from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

James Isenberg, PhD
Dr. Isenberg is the Director of Strategic Planning for the North American Family Institute.  Mr. Isenberg directs the development and implementation of innovative, community based programs serving adolescents in the juvenile justice, law enforcement and social service settings.  He has extensive management, organizational development and program implementation experience in the fields of juvenile justice, youth services, corrections, law enforcement, social services and transportation.

In addition to his criminal justice experience, he served as a senior executive with both the San Francisco and New York transportation systems. In this capacity, he directed the development of a Human Resources Division and Marketing Divisions.  Mr. Isenberg has extensive experience in the Conflict Resolution field in both domestic and international settings.

Dr. Isenberg has an AB from UC Berkeley; a Masters in Criminology, Management from UC Berkeley; and his Ph.D. in Police Leadership-Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley.

Grant Loavenbruck, DSW
Grant Loavenbruck is an adjunct professor, specializing in Not-For-Profit Management, at the Department of Public Administration and manages Continuing Professional Education for the Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management.  He holds a doctorate in Social Work and BA in Psychology from the University of Buffalo.

Dr. Loavenbruck has administrative experience over a 40 year career at the local, state and national levels, the most recent as the Associate Executive Director of the United Neighborhood Center of America.  He was formerly of the National Association of Social Workers and of the Council on Social Work Education national headquarters.

He is the author of numerous articles, books and monographs and a frequent consultant to many national and local organizations in the not-for-profit sector.

He has been on several Boards of prominent not-for-profit agencies.  Dr. Loevenbruck continues his private practice of psychotherapy for children and families.  His grantsmanship efforts have resulted in nearly $4 million dollars in grants and contracts for numerous not-for-profit organizations.

John Mastronardi
John Mastronardi is the Assistant Administrator for the Aging in America/Morningside House, Bronx, NY.  Mr. Mastronardi oversees facilities management, housekeeping, recreational therapy, health information and information technology.  He also participates in strategic and operational governance processes of the business organization as a member of the senior management team.   

He also has also been the Assistant Vice President of Information Technology at Aging in America, which gives him extensive experience in IT strategic and operational planning to achieve business goals by fostering innovation, prioritizing IT initiatives, and coordinating the evaluation, deployment, and management of current and future IT systems across the organization.

John has a BS in Behavioral Science from Mercy College; an MPA from Pace University and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

Carol Van Scoyoc, JD
Carol Van Scoyoc has served as the Chief Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of White Plains since 1995.  Prior to this position, she served for 10 years in the Westchester County Attorney’s Office, promoted to Assistant Chief Deputy County Attorney and Bureau Chief of the Appeals, Opinions and Legislation division of that office.  In addition, Dr. Van Scoyoc is presently an Adjunct Faculty member of Pace University’s Graduate School of Public Administration, teaching Administrative Law and Local Government Law, and has been a lecturer for Pace Law School’s Center for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) in Appellate Practice, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Iona College.  Carol is also the Vice –President of the Westchester County Bar Association, Editor-in-Chief of the Westchester Bar Journal, and Co-Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Westchester County Bar Association.

Dr. Van Scoyoc has a BA from Manhattan College; and a graduate of Pace Law School where she was a published senior editorial staff member of the Pace Law Review.