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Matt Cutts is a registered Professional Engineer, and holds an M.A. in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. in Marine Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy.  He is interested in the application of public policy theory to achieve measurable risk reduction and increased infrastructure resilience to address a wide range of natural and man-made emergencies with an emphasis on low probability, high consequence events, especially Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquakes. Matt retired from the Coast Guard in 2010 where he gained significant engineering and emergency management experience, and is now the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District Critical Infrastructure Program Manager.

Thitisak “Tony” Duadsuntia obtained his M.A. in English from Khon Kaen University, and holds a B.Ed. in English from Kanchanaburi Rajabhat University, Thailand. He also holds an M.B.A. in Industrial Administration and Development at Kasetsart University, Thailand. Prior to joining the PAP program, he was a a lecturer at the Faculty of Management Sciences at Kasetsart University, where he also served as assistant to the dean for international affairs. He is a member of Research Learning Center at the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT). His area of research interest involves public management and performance, and leadership in organizations. He has worked with several public and private organizations and has also run his own business

Lynn Finley holds a M.P.A. from Washington State University Vancouver, and a B.A. in English from the University of Oregon.  She has worked as a consultant and a research assistant for projects with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  She is on the Clark County Local Food System Council and the Washington State Food System Roundtable.  Lynn works as a consultant to an international development organization that focuses on the improving the environment and capacity building with an aim to meet Rio Convention commitments.  Her research interests are the global environment, food security, democracy and institutions.

 Jennifer Joyalle has spent the last ten years as a middle school teacher in Portland Public Schools. She holds both her M.Ed and B.S. from Portland State University. Her education and professional life have focused on issues of equity in education and inclusion of marginalized populations. Jennifer will focus her research on the economics of education, specifically the competitive relationships between distinct communities of stakeholders in our education system and the role geography plays in those relationships. She intends to use social network analysis and geographical information systems (GIS) to model this economic landscape of public education.

Celina Kishna obtained her B.S. in Psychology from Portland State University and a certificate in Human Resource Management from Portland State University’s Center for Executive and Professional Education. Currently, she is a Research Assistant at PSU’s Regional Research Institute where she oversees outcome data and works in the community collecting observational data. Her job experience has been centered on assessing organizational support for meaningful youth participation in an at risk population. Her academic interests are research methodology, quantitative methods, organizational behavior, human resource management and cross cultural studies.


Sirisak Laochankham is a lecturer at the College of Local Administration at Khon Kaen University in Thailand. He obtained a B.A. in French, with a minor in English, at Khon Kaen University. He then earned an M.P.A. in local government from Khon Kaen University and became a lecturer. In this capacity, he worked closely with policy makers, bureaucrats, and citizens at the local level. In 2014, he earned a graduate certificate in public management from the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research interests focus on local government management, citizen engagement and empowerment, and comparative local governance.


Uros Prokic is a native of Serbia who earned his two B.A.’s in Philosophy and Religion from the American Public University. He then continued his studies in Australia, earning a M.A. in International Studies at the University of Sydney.  Fueled by a passion for lifelong learning, his research interests focus on normative elements of international relations and their meaning in critical conflict situations. One special area of interest also includes assessing the philosophy versus implementation of human rights, and its direct relationship and influence on development discourse in public policy. Given his relationship to the region, Uros is interested in post-conflict reconstruction in the Balkans, most notably in the areas of religious organization and diplomatic cooperation.

 Osman Tanrikulu earned his B.S. in Economics from Hacettepe University in Turkey and his M.S. in Political Science from Portland State University with the subfields of Comparative Politics and International Relations. Osman’s research focuses on the applications of power transition theory. Utilizing the power transitions approach during his studies at PSU, he applied a mathematical model to explore how Britain’s dissatisfaction has a negative impact on European integration and jeopardizes the future of the European Union. Prior to PSU, he worked as a research associate in the foreign policy studies of Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV). His research interests also include political development, world politics and Turkey’s political economy.