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Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy, UNC Charlotte (Expected May 2019)

Title: Flooded with complexity: Do organizational structural complexity, coordination, and managerial discretion impact natural disaster preparedness?

Master of Public Administration, UNC Charlotte (2014)

Concentration in Emergency Management

Bachelor of Science in Fire Safety Engineering Technology, UNC Charlotte (2011)

Magna Cum Laude

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, UNC Charlotte (1995)

Academic Appointments

Graduate Teaching Assistant, UNC Charlotte Political Science and Public Administration (2016 - 2019) 

Graduate Research Associate, UNC Charlotte Public Policy (2016 - 2019) 
        Election Administration Research Team

Graduate Research Associate, UNC Charlotte POLS-LAB (2015 - 2016)
        POLS-LAB – Experimental Research Lab  

Graduate Research Assistant, UNC Charlotte Risk Management, Safety & Security (2015)
        Emergency management planning 

Graduate Research Assistant, UNC Charlotte Public Policy (2014 - 2015)
        Coded data for ACA research
        Editor’s assistant for Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems

Professional Experience

Firefighter, Monroe Fire Department (2006 - 2012)
        Firefighter II / EMT

President, The Pope CPA Firm, PA (1994 - Present)
        NC CPA Certificate #23952 - Active

Areas of Specialization

  • Emergency & Disaster Management & Policy

  • Public & Nonprofit Budgeting & Finance

  • Public & Nonprofit Management & Administration

  • Public-Private Partnerships and Collaborations 

  • Research Methods & Data

Grants, Awards, and Honors

  • K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award Nomination. (Under Review)

  • Thomas L. Reynolds Graduate Student Research Award (2018, $1,000)

  • Graduate School Summer Fellowship Program (2018, $6,000)

  • MIT Election Data and Science Lab New Initiatives Grants in Election Science, “Estimating Election Administration Spending in the 50 States.” (Team Grant – Zachary Mohr, Martha Kropf, Mary Jo Shepherd & JoEllen Pope, 2018, $20,000)

  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research in Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (2018, Unfunded)

  • Prestage-Cook Award, Southern Political Science Association (2017, $300)

  • MIT Election Data and Science Lab New Initiatives Grants in Election Science, “How Much Are We Spending on Election Administration?” (Team Grant – Zachary Mohr, Martha Kropf, Mary Jo Shepherd & JoEllen Pope, 2017, $19,895)

  • Provost's Doctoral Teaching Fellowship (2016, $5,000)

  • Graduate Assistant Support Plan Scholarship Award (Tuition 2014 - 2019)

  • Pi Alpha Public Affairs and Administration Honor Society (2014)

  • Epsilon Pi Phi Emergency Management Honor Society (2013)

  • Susan M. Burgess Scholarship Award, UNC Charlotte (2013, $800)

  • North Carolina Association of Rescue & EMS 4-year Scholarship (2010, $4,000)

  • International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation Scholarship (2010, $1,200)

  • Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (2008)

  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Basic Fire School Instructors’ Award (2006)

  • Golden Key International Honor Society (1992)

Organizational Service

  • Peer mentor - Akofa Dossou, first-year PPOL student (2018 - 2019)

  • MPA Public Management Academy – Practitioner Roundtable (Spring 2018)

  • Mentor – Madison Esterle, MPA student (2017 - Present)

  • Graduate Public Policy Association Senator, UNC Charlotte (2016 - 2017)

  • Peer mentor – Christina Danis, first-year PPOL student (2016 - 2017)

  • Graduate Public Policy Association Vice President, UNC Charlotte (2015 - 2016)

  • Peer mentor – Maryam Khabazi, first-year PPOL student (2015 - 2016)

  • Graduate Public Policy Association Senator, UNC Charlotte (2014 - 2015)

  • Professional Development Committee, Monroe Fire Department (2009 - 2012)

  • Accreditation Team, Monroe Fire Department (2009 - 2012)

  • Recruit Class Treasurer, Monroe Fire Department (2009)

  • Strategic Planning Committee, Monroe Fire Department (2008 - 2012)

Professional Memberships

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

    • Firm Practice Management - Private Companies Practice Section Membership

    • Tax Section Membership

    • Not-For-Profit Section Membership

  • American Political Science Association

    • Experimental Research

    • Representation and Electoral Systems

    • State Politics and Policy

  • American Society for Public Administration

    • Association of Public Budgeting and Finance

    • Section on Emergency and Crisis Management

  • Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management

  • International Association of Emergency Managers

  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants

  • Southern Political Science Association

Community and Charitable Service

  • Consultant, Greater Charlotte SPCA (2011 - Present)

    • Budget Development, Grant Compliance, Information Return Filings, Succession Planning

  • Recruit Class Project Leader, Monroe Fire Department (2009)

    • Provided equipment to South American fire department

  • Firefighter/EMT, Mint Hill VFD and Ambulance Service (2005 - 2011)

    • Emergency response