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alumni_5The School of Public Administration’s alumni are never too busy to keep in touch, and to keep us updated on how they are doing post-graduation. Check out what these alumni have been up to:

Urban and Regional Planning Graduates Gain New Positions

Two graduates of the urban and regional planning program, Shawn Gannon and Mercedes Beaudoin, have recently accepted new positions in and out of state.

Gannon has been named the new contracts officer for the Office of Management and Budget in Miami-Dade County. In this role, Gannon is in charge of coordinating the grant funding for community-based organizations in the county. He said his job is an amazing combination of the type of work he did previously for the federal government and for his urban and regional planning classes at UCF.

“The subject areas covered in the urban and regional planning program almost perfectly align with type of grants Miami-Dade deals with, such as funding for brownfield remediation projects and providing after-school activities for target youth in order to build a healthier community,” Gannon said.

The urban and regional planning program also prepared Beaudoin for her new position as a research analyst. Beaudoin works for the University of Utah’s Metropolitan Research Center in Salt Lake City, where she compiles and analyzes data, creates manuscripts and presentation materials, and assists with the preparation of grant and contract proposals.

As she is settling into her new job, Beaudoin is also preparing for the International Society of City and Regional Planners’ 51st Congress, which will take place in the Netherlands in October. Beaudoin was one of two Americans who were selected to attend the conference as a “Young Planning Professional.” She plans to discuss “How to Implement a (National) Legal Framework Through Local Integrated Planning” with the attendees.

Emergency Management Alumna Receives Promotion

Michele Jones has been appointed senior emergency management coordinator for Brevard County Emergency Management. She previously served as Brevard County’s Homeland Security Coordinator.

Jones graduated from the Master of Public Administration and the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Graduate Certificate programs in December 2014. In 2011, she completed her undergraduate work at UCF, where she earned dual bachelor’s degrees in public administration and interpersonal-organizational communication, and minored in emergency management and homeland security. In May 2015, she was awarded the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association’s Florida Professional Emergency Manager designation.