Angie McGuire

Angie McGuire, Ph.D.

Associate Director, CELG
Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Phone: 732-932-6998, ext. 603
Email: angmcg@docs.rutgers.edu


Angie McGuire is the associate director of the Center for Executive Leadership in Government, and an assistant professor in the Department of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers-Camden.  Dr. McGuire’s research interests include economic development, strategic planning, and municipal management. Dr. McGuire’s public management experience includes serving as deputy chief in the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Economic Growth, where she led the policy and implementation of the state’s economic development strategy from 2006-2009. She served as the governor’s appointee to the Commission for Science and Technology and on the board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. In addition, Dr. McGuire has worked in senior executive positions in the IT and communications sectors for more than 17 years. She has served as a board member and officer for private and nonprofit organizations, including the Volunteer Consulting Group, the Center for Telecommunications Management, and the Research Institute for Small and Emerging Business.

Alan Zalkind

 Alan Zalkind

DirectorCenter for Government Services, Rutgers University

Phone: 732-932-6998, ext.640
Email: zalkind@docs.rutgers.edu


Alan Zalkind, director of the Center for Government Services, has more than 30 years of experience as a manager in the public and private sectors, specializing in social services, correctional health systems and criminal justice services.

Zalkind previously was an associate professor in Rutgers’ graduate Department of Public Administration, where he taught public administration courses for more than 20 years. He served as director of the MPA and executive MPA programs from 2002 to 2006, with responsibility for the graduate program in public administration for governmental and nonprofit managers. He has taught courses in human resource administration, introduction to public administration, grant writing, organizational development and strategic planning, criminal justice, and administrative morality.

Zalkind is currently the principal of Cambridge Management Associates LLC. a management consulting firm established in 1995 to provide technical assistance and grant-writing services to public sector and nonprofit organizations. He has provided services to the National League of Cities/U.S. Conference of Mayors and has served as a member of the National Association of Counties (NACO) Human Services and Steering Committee for six years. He has provided management consulting services to state agencies, counties, cities and nonprofit organizations in New Jersey. Zalkind also has extensive experience in the management of large governmental and for-profit organizations. His experience reflects both the theoretical and practical aspects of managing organizations


Chris Aldrich


Chris Aldrich has had an extensive career in emergency management in New Jersey. He is currently a deputy fire coordinator with the Ocean County Fire Coordinators and has been a firefighter and former fire commissioner with the Whitesville Fire Department, Jackson Township Fire District 1, since 2008. From 1994 to 2011, Chris served with the Toms River Office of Emergency Management holding the positions of unit operator and deputy coordinator.   From 2005 to 2007, he was the chief of the fire department in Pleasant Plains. Chris was the task force leader during the Warren Grove Wildfire of 2007 and was in charge of the incident command post during the Seaside boardwalk fire in 2013. His expertise was called upon during Super Storm Sandy when he was responsible for ordering various fire departments throughout the state to provide support, along with coordinating logistical and communication meetings with state, county, and local officials.

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Stephanie Bush-Baskette, Ph.D.


Stephanie Bush-Baskette 

Stephanie Bush-Baskette received her baccalaureate degree from Cornell University, law degree from American University, and doctorate from Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. She was a member of the faculty at Rutgers University, Camden. She was previously a Visiting Professor at the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey. Bush-Baskette is also a practicing attorney/collaborative lawyer/mediator, as well as the founder of Sojourn Institute, LLC through which she promotes social justice through research, training, technical assistance, and informed advocacy. Bush-Baskette is also a certified life, career, and conflict coach. Dr. Bush-Baskette is the director of Health and Aide to the Mayor for the Township of Irvington

Prior to beginning an academic and research career, Dr. Bush-Baskette practiced law for several years, was elected to and served in the New Jersey State Legislature, and was a member of the Gubernatorial Cabinet and served as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. While in the New Jersey State Legislature, she successfully sponsored laws that raised the minimum wage in New Jersey to $5.05 an hour (in 1990), and instituted the first Family Leave Law in the country (1988). She was also the majority whip of the General Assembly, chair of the Assembly’s Senior Citizens Committee, vice chair of the Financial Institutions Committee, vice chair of the New Jersey Criminal Justice Commission, and chair of the Commission’s Alternatives to Incarceration Committee. As a legislator, Bush-Baskette also sat on other key committees. Dr. Bush-Baskette resigned from the Legislature during her third term to join the New Jersey Governor’s Cabinet as the State Commissioner of Community Affairs. As Commissioner, she was responsible for a $700 million budget and responsible for the Divisions on: Aging, Women, Community Resources, and Housing. She also sat as the chairperson of the New Jersey Department of Housing and Mortgage Financing. Upon leaving public life, Dr. Bush-Baskette earned her PhD in criminal justice. She was recruited as a faculty member by Florida State University’s College of Criminal Justice and Criminology and then recruited by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). Bush-Baskette was a senior researcher and director of government relations for NCCD. Upon leaving NCCD, Bush-Baskette was the director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University. She has also led delegations in juvenile justice to mainland China, Australia, New Zealand, and Cuba for People to People Ambassadors Program.

Dr. Bush-Baskette’s writing and research interests include investigating the development, application, and effects of criminal justice policies on women and girls, particularly those of color, including: drug policies and their impact on the incarceration of  women; and, the interaction of race and gender in the criminal and juvenile justice systems in the United States and internationally.  Her current research agenda focuses on what policies impact the disproportionate representation of Black women and girls in the criminal and juvenile justice systems in the US and abroad.

Bush-Baskette has been the project director for several projects, including: Lessening the Negative Impact on Children who have an Incarcerated Parent; the Newark Disparity Study; the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Project; and, the Essex County Child Welfare Collaboratives , to name a few. Bush-Baskette also teaches or has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at Rutgers University - Newark in the School of Criminal Justice and the Department of Public Administration, as well as the Political Science Department. The courses have included: Morals and Administration; Diversity in Criminal Justice; Race and Crime; Urban Politics and Public Policy; Leadership; Juvenile Justice; Criminology; and, Crime in Different Cultures/ Comparative Criminology.

She is the author of several published articles, including Is Meth the New Crack for Women in the War on Drugs? Factors Affecting Sentencing Outcomes for Women and Parallels between Meth and Crack. Bush-Baskette is also the author of a book entitled:" Misguided Justice: The War on Drugs and the Incarceration of Black Women".

Dr. Bush-Baskette has been invited to speak nationally and internationally regarding such issues as: juvenile justice, women in the criminal justice system, drug policies, public policies and politics. She teaches ethics at the undergraduate and graduate levels for Rutgers University. Bush-Baskette provides training in ethics and diversity to  government employees and units.

She is and has been  a member of the Boards of Trustees of several non-profit organizations that focus on health disparities, reentry of formerly incarcerated citizens, domestic violence, and civil rights. Bush-Baskette has been the recipient of numerous awards. One of the most recent was the Trailblazer’s Award bestowed upon her by the Newark Women’s Conference for her work on public policy and for being the first African American woman to be a member of a New Jersey Gubernatorial Cabinet.


Ray Caprio

Raphael J. Caprio, Ph.D.

Professor of Public Administration


Raphael J. Caprio, university professor conducts research and teaching in the areas of local and state budgeting and finance, financial management, and public-sector management. He also is active in labor and public-sector interest arbitration, having served as a financial expert in more than 150 cases. His research has spanned a broad range of topics, from seminal work in pediatric lead poisoning to public policy and property tax implications of delayed revaluations in cities.

As University Vice President for Continuing Studies for more than 15 years until 2011, Dr. Caprio was responsible for program development and policy for all off-campus, distance learning and continuing education activities at the university. These programs serve approximately 50,000 continuing education and off-campus students annually through both credit and non-credit courses and programs, as well as approximately 8,000 students enrolled in distance learning courses.

Dr. Caprio's experience in higher education management includes several terms as department chair, associate academic dean, college dean, associate provost, institutional CIO, and research institute director. He has served on several community service boards and is currently a member of the St. Benedict’s Preparatory School Board of Trustees.

Before being designated a university professor, he served as a professor of public administration, and was recognized by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration with its Public Service Award, with the Rutgers University Award for Outstanding Public Service, and by other community-based organizations. As co-founder and the first executive producer of Caucus (NJN/NJTV, WNET), a New Jersey public affairs series, he also has received numerous awards for broadcasting.

Dr. Caprio holds a bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from Rutgers University and a master's from the University of Cincinnati.

Raymond M. Codey 


Raymond M. Codey, Esq. is the Madison Borough Administrator since March 1, 2010. Prior to that appointment, he was Director of Development for the New Community Corporation in Newark and responsible for the construction of 3000 units of affordable housing, a shopping center, nursing home, training center and two Charter Schools. He previously served as the Chief of Staff for Essex County Executive Peter Shapiro. Mr. Codey served as a Councilman for the City of Orange and  is on various Boards and Commissions  involving education. He’s married to the former Margaret Liddy and has three children Brendan, Meghan and Erin and a grandson Rowan.  

Kevin P. Hagan 


Kevin P. Hagan is a seasoned Democratic strategist and a key advisor to many statewide elected officials. Mr. Hagan has an extensive background in government leadership, public affairs and political strategy and years of success in the private sector. Mr. Hagan has also had a long and successful career as a Democratic strategist going back to his leadership of the party as Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. This is where he led the historic Democratic legislative victories in 2003 that ended the trend that saw the sitting Governor’s political party lose seats in mid-term elections.

Prior to joining PPAG– Princeton Public Affairs Group in January 2012, Mr. Hagan was the Chief of Staff to Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3). Mr. Hagan also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor James E. McGreevy where he oversaw the Office of Constituent Relations and the Office of Inter-Governmental Affairs, coordinating open communication with the state’s counties and municipalities.

Additionally, Mr. Hagan has served as political director for Governor McGreevy’s 2001 campaign and led Democratic U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg to a comeback victory in 2002. Mr. Hagan was ranked #50 by Politickernj.com in their 2014 Power List of the 100 Most Influential Personalities in New Jersey Politics.

His success has not been limited to just political endeavors. For several years Mr. Hagan was a partner at Cammarano & Hagan Partners, a government affairs firm based in Trenton, N.J. He also served on the New Jersey Real Estate Commission as well as the Amistad Commission, which is aimed at incorporating African-American History into the state’s education curriculum.

A graduate of Drew University, Mr. Hagan has a degree in secondary education and history and a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University. A former college basketball player, Kevin continues to play and coach with The South Jersey Basketball Academy.

LauraLee Harding


LauraLee is a communications strategist with more than 14 years of experience in the corporate, public and non-profit sectors. She serves as counsel and develops integrated public relations plans to deliver competitive advantages and transformed public perception to help her clients reach organizational goals.

For the past 10 years at Coyne Public Relations, she has activated PR and social media campaigns for healthcare and non-profit clients, including major program launches at two consecutive Democratic and Republican National Conventions (2008-2012). She works with government affairs to activate local government leaders in support of her clients’ community-based efforts.

Formerly, LauraLee was communications manager for the American Lung Association in NYC where she oversaw communications and PR for public health and advocacy initiatives. Notably, she worked with the New York City Council under the Bloomberg administration to support the Smoke-free Air Act and introduce new legislation to further tobacco control efforts in the city.

Her clients have appeared as thought leaders and industry innovators in such media as AP, Reuters, The New York Times, People, Huffington Post, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS, and myriad more national and local dailies, weeklies, periodicals and websites across the globe.

LauraLee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Rowan University, with a specialization in public relations. She remains involved with her local government serving as social media strategist and crisis counsel.

Kathleen M. Immordino, Ph.D.


Dr. Kathleen (Kate) Immordino is a part-time lecturer in management and human resources at Rutgers University.  She joined Rutgers in 2007 as Director of Organizational Research and Assessment for the University Center for Organizational Development and Leadership and subsequently served as Executive Director of Talent Management for the university.  Prior to that she was a career public sector professional with over 28 years of experience in state government.  Dr. Immordino served as the Assistant Commissioner for administration in the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Assistant Commissioner for planning and research in the New Jersey Department of Personnel, and Executive Director for planning and development in the New Jersey Department of Labor following a number of positions in human resources and planning.  She headed the Human Resources Development Institute, the training arm of state government, and is a Certified Public Manager.  She is a past president of the New Jersey chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

Dr. Immordino is the author of two books on organizational assessment in the public sector and provides consulting services in the areas of leadership, professional development, strategic planning and organizational development.  She received a Ph.D. in organizational communication from Rutgers.

Bil Leipold

Bil Leipold

Associate Dean, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University-Newark


Bil Leipold, Ed.D. is a leader with  more than 20 years’ experience in higher education. Bil has had the opportunity to work in multiple areas that range from housing and residence life, human resource management, athletics, continuing education, and academic affairs. Bil has received numerous awards that include Campus Activities Magazine’s Diversity Artist of the Year in 2006; outstanding new professional from ACPA; and Rutgers University’s Norman Samuels Award for outstanding service to students. As a consultant and trainer with The College Agency, Inc., Bil speaks on issues related to leadership development and social justice.  Bil is a proud graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Norwich University, and St. John Fisher College.

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Patrick Murray


Patrick Murray was named the founding director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute in 2005.  In that short time, the Monmouth University Poll has established itself as one of the nation’s premier independent survey research centers and a "poll of record" for its in-depth tracking of public policy and quality of life issues in New Jersey and nationally.  

In 2013, Mr. Murray was the only pollster to accurately predict the winning margins in both New Jersey’s special Senate election and the Gubernatorial race, leading the Asbury Park Press to call his polls “freakishly accurate.”  PolitickerNJ.com named Mr. Murray Pollster of the Year in 2010 and one of six Winners of the Year in New Jersey Politics in 2013.  He has been named to the New Jersey Power List of the 100 most influential people in state politics every year since 2010.  He frequently appears as a commentator on state and regional TV and radio, and has also appeared on national media, including CNN’s The Situation Room and ABC’s Good Morning America.  During federal election years, he serves as a national exit poll analyst for NBC News.

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Yvette R. Murry


Yvette R. Murry is the President/COO of YRM Consulting Group, LLC.  YRM Consulting Group, LLC provides training and consultation support to public and private organizations, as well as individuals.   Ms. Murry has been providing training and consulting services for NGOs, businesses and academic institutions national and internationally since 1988.

Steven Neale


I'm from Verona, NJ and have worked for the Township of Verona for the past 10 years in many different areas. I was a Media Studies major at Penn State University and began working for the township right out of college in the Buildings and Grounds Department. I worked my way up and became passionate about getting the township up-to-date with technology and digital communications. This eventually led to the creation of a new department and my current position. 

I am also very passionate about sustainability and use my communication skills to make an impact in Verona. I am a member of several volunteer organizations including the Verona Fire Department and I chair Verona's Green Team, Sustainable Verona, and Sustainable Jersey Essex County Hub. I also assist with the Sustainable Jersey Public Information and Engagement Task Force to develop new actions focused on government communications. 

In 2015, I graduated from the Certified Public Managers' (CPM) Program and completed the Environmental Leadership Program's Fellowship. Also in 2015, I went through this same class and completed the Rutgers' MiniMPA Program. I am passionate about government and never stop learning new things.


Linda J. Niedweske, J.D.


Linda J. Niedweske, J.D. is a partner in the Law Firm of Niedweske Barber Hager, LLC, located in Morristown, New Jersey.  She specializes in labor and employment law representing both individuals and employers.  Ms. Niedweske has appeared before state and federal courts as well as in administrative agencies.  When representing employers, Ms. Niedweske concentrates her practice on prevention of disputes by training, drafting corporate documents, and engaging in proactive management.  She was labor counsel for the Borough of Roselle Park and acted as a hearing officer for the County of Essex, New Jersey.  Ms. Niedweske was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University for its Masters of Public Administration program where she taught Introduction to Employment Law.  She has lectured extensively on employment and human resources matters for companies and organizations such as the Society for Human Resources Management (“SHRM”), the Employee Assistance Program Association, the New Jersey Medical Society, the New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association and Lorman Educational Services.  Ms. Niedweske graduated from Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts in 1988 and is admitted to practice law before the New Jersey federal and state courts and in the District of Columbia.  

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Mary Nikola, Ed.D.

Director of Leadership and Organizational Development, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University


Mary Nikola is responsible for implementation of leadership strategies, organizational development interventions and professional development programming for faculty, staff, customers and stakeholder groups for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Mary is the Director of the New Jersey Agriculture Leadership Development Program which is a two year leadership development initiative for New Jersey’s farmers and agri-business professionals. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Rutgers’ Center for Management Development teaching in Advanced Leadership, Human Resources Management Series, Leadership Development Certificate Series, and the Executive Mini MBA.

Tricia Nolfi

Tricia Nolfi



Dr. Tricia Nolfi has spent more than 25 years in higher education, working in the areas of student affairs, leadership education, human resources, and continuing education. With a background in training and development, she has designed and implemented workshops and certificate and extended learning programs for university employees and students, and has taught graduate and undergraduate academic courses on leadership, human resources, and communication.

Nolfi holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Ohio University and her doctorate from Rutgers University.

Dorothy Olshfski

Dorothy Olshfski, Ph.D.


Dorothy Olshfski is the former director of the Center for Executive Leadership in Government, now retired. Her international experience includes two year-long appointments at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town and the School of Public Management and Planning of the University of Stellenbosch. As a member of CELG, she has consulted with the Egyptian government to revitalize its National Management Institute and to design and implement its executive development program. Dr. Olshfski is on the board of the Zijlstra Center of VU University in Amsterdam, and a founding member of the Sarphati Knowledge Network, a global network of government specialists who cooperate on research and economic development projects. She also is a member of ASPA’s Action Team on International Outreach, a founding member of the South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM), and a member of the Academic Senate of the African Democratic Leadership Academy (ADLA).

Marc Pfeiffer


Marc Pfeiffer has embarked on his third career after spending 37 years working in state and local government.  He continues to support local government officials and the public through graduate and professional education and training of local officials, policy research, consulting, support of local government professional organizations, and public service.  He is also the Assistant Director of the Bloustein Local Government Research Center at Rutgers University.

Marc served the New Jersey Division of Local Government Services in various capacities for 25 years, including as Deputy Director from 1998 until 2012, and occasionally as Acting Director.  During that time he managed Division day-to-day activities, including direct supervision and implementation of public procurement and shared services programs, financial management policies, a wide variety of legislative and regulatory issues, state financial aid programs, municipal consolidation issues.  He also participated in planning and implementing several statewide technology initiatives.   He also directed the start-up of the State’s Government Records Council, serving as its Acting Executive Director, and served for over a decade on the State Records Committee.

Prior to joining the Division in 1986, he served as a municipal administrator for 10 years in several New Jersey municipalities.  He has served as an Adjunct Professor in Public Administration in the Master of Public Administration program at Kean University for 18 years.  He holds an MPA with a major in labor relations from New York University and a B.S. in Urban Affairs from American University. 

Christopher Raths

MPA and Township Manager, Roxbury Township, New Jersey


Chris Raths has more than 23 years of experience as a municipal manager in North Carolina, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, where he has served more than 9 years as Roxbury’s township manager. He was named the Quest Lecturer at North Carolina State University, and has published articles in the New Jersey Municipalities Magazine.

Robert J. Russo, Montclair (NJ) Deputy Mayor


Robert J. Russo served as Mayor of Montclair for four years from 2000 to 2004.  First elected to the Township Council in 1992, he represented the First Ward and was re-elected with an 80% vote in 1996. He was featured in a New York Times story in 1994 about his effective constituent service response record. Re-elected Councilman-at-Large in 2012 by the largest vote ever,  Bob was chosen to serve as Deputy Mayor of Montclair by his Council colleagues. 

A leader in national consumer organizations, Bob Russo has served as President of the International Association of Lemon Law Administrators and is currently President of the Consumers League of New Jersey. An Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University in Newark for nearly 30 years and for the past 14 years at Montclair State University, Bob has taught New Jersey state and local government as well as Public Administration and American Government courses. 

Practicing what he teaches, Bob helped negotiate the original Montclair-Glen Ridge inter-local fire services contract, a model for regional shared service agreements among towns trying to reduce costs.

Russo earned his M.A. in American government at Rutgers University, but began his professional career as a teacher at Roseville Avenue School in Newark. He moved on to college level teaching and various roles in government and business during a 40-year career, culminating in his final service as Director of Mediation/Lemon Laws for the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. Bob also served in the 1980’s as Director of Development for the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce, a large business organization in northern New Jersey.

Bob's community activities include active memberships in the Essex Running Club, the Sierra Club, Blue Wave NJ, the League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area, Montclair NAACP, among others.  He has also been a member of  the CWA and AFTNJ unions, where he has served as a leader, most recently of the Montclair State University Federation of Adjunct Faculty. 


Matt Watkins, MPA

Manager, Union City, New Jersey


Matt Watkins has 30 years of municipal management experience in three different states. Watkins is currently the city manager of Union City, N.J. His previous municipal manager experience includes municipalities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma.

Watkins also has served in state government as the director of Local Government Services, which oversees local and county governments in New Jersey. As the chief regulator of municipal government, Watkins has worked with a wide variety of professional and elected local officials.

Watkins also has worked with municipal officials in the area of labor relations. With numerous successfully negotiated labor contracts as a backdrop for his expertise, he serves as a commissioner for the New Jersey Public Employee Relations Commission (PERC). PERC oversees and adjudicates labor disputes for public employees in New Jersey, including municipal, school and state employees.

Watkins holds a master’s degree in public administration and numerous certifications in the areas of personnel management and municipal finance.