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Master of Public Administration


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Novatney Bldg
11066 Auke Lake Way (NOV 1)
Juneau, AK 99801

Kathy DiLorenzo

Associate Professor of Public Administration

Phone: 796-6418Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069


Arts and Sciences - Business & Public Administration

Novatney Bldg, Rm 133, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Doctor of Arts in Political Science–2007
Idaho State University MPA –2004
Idaho State University BS Political Science – 2001 


Kathy DiLorenzo grew up in the Western states of Nevada, California, Washington, and Idaho, and is particularly interested in western and rural issues. She is currently completing her Doctor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration and Public Law from Idaho State University. She completed her Masters of Public Administration in 2004. While completing her education Kathy worked as the primary quantitative analyst for Partners for Prosperity, non-profit organization that acquired a substantial grant to study and eradicate poverty in the 16-county region of Southeastern Idaho. Her areas of research include the bureaucracy, constitutional and public law, poverty, minority and at-risk populations.

Ljubomir "LJ" Medenica

MPA Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Phone: 796-6303Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069


Arts and Sciences - Business & Public Administration

Novatney Bldg, Rm 129, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.), California Coast University, and M.B.A., and B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. (Academic Equivalency Evaluated and Verified in the US)

Courses Taught

Master of Public Administration Program, Assistant Professor 2016-Present (tenure-track)

  • PADM 604 – Research Methods in Administration
  • PADM 610 – Organization Theory and Behavior
  • PADM 622 – Human Resources and Organizational Development
  • PADM 625 – Economics and Public Finance
  • PADM 628 – Public Financial Management
  • PADM 661 – Social Entrepreneurship
  • PADM 662 – Governing Nonprofit Organizations and the Board of Directors
  • PADM 663 – Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations

Business Department, Adjunct Faculty 2010-2013, Assistant Professor 2013-2016

  • BA 166 – Small Business Management;
  • BA 201 – Management and Supervision;
  • BA 232 – Organizational Management;
  • BA 260 – Marketing Practices;
  • BA 360 – Business Organizations (and Corporate Governance);
  • BA 462 – Capstone – Strategic Management;
  • BA 465 – Strategic Marketing and Management for Non-Profit;
  • BA 487 – International Business;
  • BA 490 – The Political and Social Environment of Business;
  • BA 498 – Business Research;
  • BA 655 – Strategic Management (Mid-Capstone);
  • BA 690 – Business Administration Capstone.

ECPD – European Center for Peace and Development

  • International MBA Course – Corporate Governance - Instructor


Dr. Ljubomir (“LJ”) Medenica is an assistant professor and the Program Coordinator in Master of Public Administration Program at the University of Alaska Southeast. Dr. Medenica has over 10 years of experience in teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Business and Public Administration.

Dr. Medenica also has over 20 years of experience as a practitioner in national and international engagements, working as a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting and some other consulting firms in Europe and the USA. He held various leadership end executive positions in both business and public sectors. Additionally, Dr. Medenica was in charge of designing and implementing the United Nation Development Program’s (UNDP) capacity building project for the Government of Montenegro, governing numerous international leadership and team-building workshops. He also taught MBA courses (Corporate Governance) with the European Center for Peace and Development. Among other jobs in the public sector, Dr. Medenica was Director of Organizational and Professional Development at Western Washington University.

With its strong practitioner orientation, Dr. Medenica is passionately contributing to Master of Public Administration program learning goals and outcomes, teaching organizational development, strategic human resources, and change management, public financial management, economics and public policy, and various courses focused on nonprofit administration. His specialty is infusing business and entrepreneurial perspectives and practices in developing effective public governance and management.



  • UAS - Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award for 2011-2012 Academic Year.
  • Outstanding Research Award, The Institute of Business and Finance Research, Global Conference on Business and Finance, January 2016

Work Experience

  • Western Washington University (WWU), Bellingham, Washington – Director of Organizational and Professional Development (2013);
  • United Nation Development Program (UNDP) – Chief Technical Advisor, Lead Management Consultant, Corporate Trainer; Montenegro (2010-2013);
  • RHS Smith Dist. (Conoco-Phillips), Director of Business Development, Washington, 2002-2009;
  • LeMaster and Daniels, PLLC, Senior Management Consultant, Washington, 2000-2001;
  • LJ Medenica Consulting, LLC, Founder and Owner; (1996-Present).

Early Career:

  • Deloitte& Touche Consulting, Central/Eastern Europe, Belgrade; Director, Strategy Consulting;
  • Economic Institute, Belgrade, Director, Consulting Services;
  • International Engineering Projects – Project Manager (various companies and countries).

Jim Powell

Assistant Professor of Public Administration - Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center

Phone: 209-5676


Arts and Sciences - Business & Public Administration

Novatney Bldg, Rm 111, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


  • B.A. Rochester Institute of Technology, Eisenhower College (1978)
  • M.P.A. University of Alaska Southeast (1995)
  • Ph. D. Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2012)


Adaptive and Climate Governance, Sustainability Indicators, Local Decision Making


Powell, J.Chapter 8  Five Conditions conducive to Sustainability Plans and Measurements. In Quality-of-Life Indicators Vol. VIII. Springer. In-Press. November 2019.

Powell, J., Chapter 11. Sustaining Sustainability in Whitehorse, Yukon. In Robert W. Ottung (Ed) Urban Sustainability in the Arctic, Measuring Progress in Circumpolar Cities. Bergham Books. October 2019. ISBN  978-1-78920-735-4

Orttung, R.W. Powell, J., Fox, J., Franco, C. Strengthening Food Security Near the Arctic Circle: Case Study of Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska. Sustainability May 14, 2019,

Williams, Paula; Alessa, Lilian (Naia); Kliskey, Andrew (Anaru); Rinella, Daniel; Trammell, Jamie; Powell, James; McCarthy, Molly; Abatzoglou, John. Integrated dataset for stakeholder perceptions of environmental change and instrumented measures of change. Data in Brief. Volume 21, December 2018, Pages 1721-1723

Williams, Paula; Alessa, Lilian (Naia); Kliskey, Andrew (Anaru); Rinella, Daniel; Trammell, Jamie; Powell, James; McCarthy, Molly; Abatzoglou, John. The role of perceptions versus instrumented data of environmental change: Responding to Changing Environments In Alaska. Environmental Science and Policy. December 2018, Pages 110-121.

Powell, James E., Wipfli, Mark S. Criddle, Keith R., Schoen, Erick R. Will Alaska’s Fisheries Regime Prove Resilient? Kenai River Fishery Management as a Model For Adaptive Governance. Fisheries. Vol. 43. No. 1 January 2018.


Jim Powell conducts research in several Alaskan and Arctic communities on adaptive capacity, and measuring socio-economic impacts around climate change, COVID 19, and food security. Jim has worked with the Fairbanks Northstar Borough and co-authored their recent Sustainability Plan. Currently, Jim serves on Juneau’s Sustainability Commission. Jim also teaches natural resources and local government classes in the UAS MPA program. His research is informed by 35 years in Alaska managing environmental and natural resource programs mostly spent at the Department of Environmental Conservation including Special Assistant to the Commissioner, a Division Director, and managed the Water Quality Standards Program. Jim’s interest in local governance led him to run for public office and consequently served three terms on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly including three years as Deputy Mayor. He balances his teaching and research with serving on nonprofit boards and consults with local communities on environmental issues and sustainability planning.

Cathy LeCompte

Adjunct Faculty of Public Administration

Phone: 786-4084Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069


Arts and Sciences - Business & Public Administration

Juneau Campus


Cathy LeCompte moved to Alaska in 1999 and started at the University of Alaska in 2000 as Assistant Professor of Business and administrator at the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus. In July 2010, she assumed the role of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Alaska Anchorage Community and Technical College. Cathy is an experienced online faculty member and skilled administrative leader who came through a CTE pathway; holds an AAS in Small Business Management, BS in Business Administration and a Master degree in Not for Profit Leadership with over 25 years serving in leadership roles in nonprofit and public sector organizations including state government and higher education. Her prior careers include nonprofit fund development executive, health club and restaurant manager, fitness instructor and head barista, small business owner and consultant. She is the current President for the Alaska Association for Career and Technical Education.

Peggy Weaver

Adjunct Faculty of Public Administration

Phone: (907) 586-1312Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069


Arts and Sciences - Business & Public Administration

Juneau Campus


Ms. Weaver came to the PADM program as a practitioner of labor relations in the public sector.  As a former union representative and labor educator, Ms. Weaver brings an extensive background in human resource management, labor negotiations, dispute resolution, and contract enforcement. She also has a background in Alaska state service, most recently as a state fraud investigator, and holds a Master of Legal and Ethical Studies, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in sociology and in labor studies


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