Friday Panels

For full descriptions see Panels by Track page



8:00-9:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 1

Social Equity in Disaster Environments (Track E)



Brian Collela, Moderator

  • Alvin Henderson, Chief Allegheny County Emergency Services
  • Glenn Cannon, Director, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
  • Brian Colella, Deputy Fire Chief, Airport rescue and Fire Fighting Department, Pittsburgh International Airport and PhD Candidate, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
  • Angela Reynolds, Director, Programs for Financially Struggling Adults and Families, United Way of Allegheny County
  • Richard B. Wilson, Chief, Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Department, Pittsburgh International Airport



Session 2

Educational Equity: Issues of Preparedness, Access and Matriculation (Track G)



Harvey White, Moderator

  • Harvey White, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Administration, University of Pittsburgh
  • H. Richard Milner IV, Director, Urban Education Center, University of Pittsburgh
  • Chenits Pettigrew, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Diversity Programs, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Blue Wooldridge, Professor of Public Administration, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Sylvester Murray, Visiting Professor Jackson State University



Session 3

New and Continuing Challenges Confronting Vulnerable Populations (Track D)



Leon Haley, Moderator

  • Amy Gawne, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Policy Planning, Department of Veterans Affairs, presenting with S.C. Smith (below)



  • Stephen C. Smith, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Policy and Planning, Department of Veterans Affairs, “Social Equity and Income Inequality in the Veteran Community” with A. Gawne (above)
  • Ramona Ortega-Liston, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies, University of Akron, “Latinos, Civil Rights, and Representative Bureaucracy – A Historical & Contemporary Perspective”
  • Grant Rissler, PhD Student, Public Policy and Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University, "Immigrants and the Contemporary White Racial Frame: Evidence from Letters to the Editor of a Southern Daily Newspaper"
  • Mona Siddiqui, PhD Student, Public Policy and Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University, "The Role of Race in Asylum Laws, Policies, and Practices: Oppression of our Most Vulnerable Immigrant Population"

9:30-10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 1

Equal Treatment under the Law: Economic Analysis of Same-Sex Benefits Post Windsor (Track H)



Lorenda Naylor, Moderator

  • Lorenda A. Naylor, Government and Public Policy Director, School of Public & International Affairs, University of Baltimore
  • Dan Gerlowski, Professor of Economics, Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore
  • Wallace K. Swan, Adjunct Professor, Hamline University and Walden University

Session 2

Approaching Economic Inequality through Deliberative Democracy (Track F)



Robert Cavalier, Moderator

  • Robert Cavalier, Carnegie Mellon Program for Deliberative Democracy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • William Friedman, President, Public Agenda
  • William Muse, President, National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI)
  • Carolyne Abdullah, Director of Community Assistance, Everyday Democracy

Session 3

The Affordable Care Act's Role and Potential in Creating Equal Access to Health Care (Track C) 



William N. Dunn, Moderator

  • William N. Dunn, Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
  • Joanne Corte Grossi, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Rhonda Moore Johnson, Senior Medical Director, Health Equity & Quality Services, Highmark Incorporated, "Highmark's Approach to Achieving Health Equity" 
  • Schnequa N. Diggs, PhD Student of Public Policy and Administration, Florida Atlantic University, "Surviving Political and Legal Land Mines: ACA's Promise towards a Health Care Transformation"

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 

Session 1

A Freedom Budget for All Americans: Its History and Relevance for Today (Track E)


Paul LeBlanc, Moderator

  • Paul LeBlanc, Professor of History and Political Science, LaRoche College
  • Carl Redwood, Chair, One Hill Coalition

Session 2

Immigrants and the City: Initiatives to Close the Equity Gap (Track B)



Marcela Gonzalez Rivas, Moderator

  • Marcela Gonzalez Rivas, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
  • Marco Gemignani, Associate Professor of Psychology, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Duquesne University
  • Barbara Murock, Health Policy Specialist and Manager of the Immigrants and Internationals Initiative, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
  • Sister Janice Vanderneck, Director, Casa San Jose for Latino migrants in Brookline
  • Rosa Maria Ponciano, Director, Latino Family Center

Session 3

The 74%: Exploring the Lives of Women in Nonprofit Organizations (Track F)



Peggy Morrison Outon, Moderator

  • Peggy Morrison Outon, Executive Director, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, Robert Morris University
  • Carrie Tancraitor, Consultant and Researcher, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, Robert Morris University
  • William Stein, C Suite, Interim Leadership and Consulting

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