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2008.02.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Launches Certified Public Manager Program

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Public Administration launched its new Nebraska Certified Public Manager Program® (CPM) in January.

This unique training program, designed for ambitious professionals working in government or non-profit organizations, has an inaugural class of 15 carefully selected participants. Members of the class come from all levels of government, non-profit organizations, higher education and the private sector. Program director Mary R. Hamilton said the diversity of the group provides participants with exciting learning and networking opportunities.

“They will develop relationships in this program that will serve them throughout their careers,” she said.

CPM, a nationally recognized comprehensive management development certification program, offers participants the skills-based knowledge necessary to improve themselves and their organizations. Through a combination of online and in-residence sessions over a year, professionals of all educational backgrounds gain the knowledge and skills they need to become stronger leaders, managers and supervisors who better understand work processes and know how to encourage innovation and new approaches to problem solving.

The program kicked off with a Jan. 10 reception for participants and their families that gave them an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and each other. Courses began Jan. 11 and 12 with an orientation to the program and the first course, “Knowing and Managing Yourself.” Courses use a variety of presenters, interactive exercises and focused on providing tools that participants can use “on Monday morning.”

The inaugural class took as their challenge and their motto: “We are the people we have been waiting for.”

“This is truly an exceptional opportunity and I feel fortunate to have been accepted into the program with such a great group of diverse individuals,” said Andrew Devine, city administrator for Albion, Neb. “There is no doubt that we will make significant discoveries, big or small, together. We are the people we have been waiting for.”

Participants, faculty and staff will meet again in February. Participants in the program are:

• Dana Bainbridge, senior outreach representative at Policy Studies, Inc.;

• Evelyn D. Bullock, transition manager at the Omaha Correctional Center—Reentry Program, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services;

• Andrew L. Devine, city administrator/clerk/treasurer for the City of Albion, Neb.;

• Janeth (Jan) A. Glenn, director of business services for Educational Service Unit #3;

• Freddie Gray, administrator for the African American Achievement Council of Omaha and school board member for the Omaha Public Schools;

• Robert Jimenez, correctional sergeant at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services—Omaha Correctional Center;

• Jim Litchfield, city administrator for the City of Wakefield, Neb.;

• Suzanne R. Murray, city clerk/human resource for the City of South Sioux City, Neb.;

• Jack O’Hare, special projects officer at the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City;

• Frank Peak, community outreach services project administrator for Creighton University Medical Center’s Partnership in Health;

• Patrick Jay Petersen, utilities superintendent for public works, City of Yutan, Neb.;

• Athena Katharina Ramos, program director for Center for Reducing Health Disparities in the College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center;

• Margaret (Peggy) Ann Sheldon, administrator/clerk/treasurer for the Village of Hemingford, Neb.;

• Laura J. Urbanec, executive director for Central Health Center in Grand Island, Neb.; and

• Phyllis A. Wagner, business manager for Omaha Small Business Network, Inc.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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