Chicago Region PMF Profiles / Contacts

Elizabeth Miller WilliamsElizabeth Miller Williams (1997) graduated in 1996 with a B.A. in Political Science from Albion College in Albion, Michigan. She completed her Master's in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in 1997. Beth has enjoyed working for SSA because of the emphasis on public service and the diversity of career opportunities. Her current position is as the District Manager at the Mount Prospect, Illinois, Social Security Office. Her prior positions include Management Support Specialist, Module Manager at the Great Lakes Program Service Center, and Area Administrative Assistant in Chicago. Her mentor was Dennis Davis, Area Director for Metropolitan Chicago. Her hobbies include baking, reading, and keeping up with her young children.
Sue DennySue Denny (1998) has been the Public Affairs Specialist in metropolitan Cincinnati since 2001 and is responsible for education and outreach. She describes her position as "the best job in the agency." With her background in communications, it's a natural fit. Sue has a B.A. in Communication from the American University in Washington, D.C. She spent her first years out of college working in radio, television and public relations before being hired by the Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal, the state of Delaware's largest daily newspaper. She began her graduate studies at the University of Delaware and later relocated with her family to the Cincinnati area. She received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Cincinnati in June 1998 and joined the downtown Cincinnati Social Security office in August. In 2009, Sue did a detail in the Office of Electronic Services (OES) in Baltimore.
Mr. Ather MasoodAther Masood - (2000) has a Bachelors of Mental Health Social Work and a Master's in Medical Social Work from the University of Illinois At Chicago. Ather currently is a Management Analyst for the Work Force Development team in the Center For Human Resources. During the PMF program his mentor was Dennis Davis, Area Director for Area 7, Chicago, Illinois. Ather regularly represents the Social Security Administration in the Asian and Muslim communities nationwide. Outside of work, Ather enjoys volunteering in the community, hosts and produces "The Ather Masood Show," on CANTV monthly, and enjoys outdoor activities.
Ms. Diana SchmidtDiana Schmidt (2001) graduated in 1998 from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI with a BA in Political Studies. While working full-time for the County of Oakland in Michigan, she earned her Master's in Public Administration (MPA) from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Upon being accepted as a PMF, Diana decided to work for the Social Security Administration due to the numerous offices across the country, especially the Mid-West and because of the direct impact and interaction with the American Public. As a PMF, she had 5 different rotations in several different areas of the Agency. Her mentor was Mark Moskop Center Director in the Center for Disability. Diana accepted a management position in a Field Office in the Detroit Metro Area.
Ms. Melissa Vincent-BennettMelissa Vincent-Bennett (2001) graduated in 1999 with a BA in Sociology and Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2001, she earned a Master's of Public Affairs degree from the LaFollette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her emphasis was on public administration and social welfare policy. She also spent time as a Welfare Reform Analyst for the State of Wisconsin. Melissa is currently the Assistant District Manager in her hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Her mentor was Mary Coonda, Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner for Management Operations Support.
Ms. Sarah BraunSarah Braun (2001) graduated in 1997 with a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After serving two years of active duty in the army as an Air Defense Artillery officer, she returned to graduate school at New Mexico State University, and completed her MA in Communication Studies in 2001. During her first year as a PMF, she was called back to active duty as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, and served at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Upon her return to SSA, she completed the PMF program through rotations as claims representative, management support specialist, and policy analyst. Her mentor was Marjorie Sletten, OSB Chief. She is currently a Group Supervisor in the Peoria, Illinois hearing office. During her off-hours, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children, and working out.
Ms. Emily KuhnEmily Kuhn (2002) graduated in 1999 with her B.A. in International Political Economics and Spanish from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Upon graduation, she worked in the finance industry. In 2002, she earned her Master's degree in Public Policy from the Hubert Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. Her degree had an emphasis on economic development at the local and international level. Emily chose SSA because it is an agency with strong public service values. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her dog. Her hobbies include playing soccer, hiking, and foreign travel. Her current position is the District Manager at the Madison, Wisconsin, Social Security Office. Emily's mentor in the PMF program was Robin Reeves, Center Director for RSI/SSI Policy.
Ms. Elizabeth MunteanElizabeth Muntean (2002) graduated in 1999 with a B.S. in Biology from Indiana University. In 2002 she earned a dual Master's degree in Business Administration and Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her degree had an emphasis on public health policy. Elizabeth realized that Social Security offers many rewarding challenges as well as many different career opportunities. After working a few years in management in an area and field office, she chose to take a claims representative position. She made this career choice in order to stay with the agency while she moved to a new state with her family. Away from work, she enjoys motherhood, photography, scrap booking, journaling and lots of laughter watching her children grow.
Mr. Dominick StokesDominick L. Stokes (2003) has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. Dominick is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the State of Maryland. In graduate school, his concentration was management and community organization and social action/ social policy respectively. Dominick is a Special Agent in the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General in Chicago, IL. Dominick's mentors are Glen Banks, SSA Area Director of Area V in Sherman Oaks, California in the San Francisco Region and Margaret Moore Jackson, Special Agent in Charge of the Strategic Enforcement Division in Baltimore, Maryland. Outside work, Dominick enjoys working out, film production, & Play Station Games.
Mr. Rory RobinsonRory Robinson (2004) is a Training Specialist with the Center for Human Resource's Employee Training and Development Section. His PMF journey included tours in the Teleservice and Program Service Centers as well as an assortment of assignments in Human Resources. Prior to receiving a PMF appointment, he served on active duty in the Air Force and finished his 23-year career as a program manager for the Community College of the Air Force. Rory completed his undergraduate studies in Human Resource Management at Faulkner University and earned his M.S. degree in Public Administration at Troy State University. He enjoys spending quality time with his family and helping his daughters with their algebra homework. Rory's mentor was Diane Harris McGee, Teleservice Center Director, Chicago Region.
Ms. Selene ValdespinooSelene Valdespino (2005) graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Social Work and has a Master's degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. During her graduate studies, Selene worked and volunteered in the nonprofit sector in the area of fundraising and grant administration. Selene is currently the Management Information Team Leader in the Center for Systems and Automation for the Chicago Regional office. Outside of work, her greatest joys include spending quality time with her family and visiting Chicago's cultural and entertainment sites. Selene's PMF mentor was Mary Gavin, CREOS Manager.
Ms. Casey Sieler HurstCasey Sieler Hurst (2005): Casey graduated in May 2005, from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, with a Masters' degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Russian and East European Studies. She also has a background in non-profit work working with at risk youth. During her sabbatical from school in 2003-2004, she worked for a non-profit in Eastern Siberia addressing youth issues in rural Russia. She began her work with SSA in the Philadelphia region, but due to her marriage transferred to the Chicago region. She notes that this is just another example of how SSA embodies strong public service values and extends these values to the treatment of its employees. She is currently an Operations Supervisor in the Indianapolis West field office. In her free time she enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, hiking, and playing shuffleboard.
Mr. Chris WoodChris Wood (2007): Chris graduated in 2007 with a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy Studies with concentrations in finance and poverty and inequality. Over the years, Chris has worked with various non-profit organizations and NGOs managing community-based programs in disadvantaged neighborhoods and conducting research on issues of health care and urban infrastructure both domestically and abroad. He currently works as a Management Analyst on the Financial Management staff at the Chicago Regional Office. Chris' mentor was Robert Coplin, Director of the Center for Security and Integrity. In his free time, Chris enjoys beach volleyball, poker, and cooking.
Tony BiasAl Toni (Tony) Bias (2007) graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in Political Science from California State University at Northridge. The following year he earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. In 2007 Tony earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee. While pursuing his education Tony served in the U.S. Marine Corps, a facility logistics and operations supervisor for a private university and academic counselor/graduate assistant for an undergraduate scholarship program. He currently serves as a Labor/Employee Relations Specialist in the Chicago Region Center for Human Resources. Outside of work Tony enjoys basketball, sporting events, and exploring Chicago or anywhere else that can be reached over the weekend.
Sarah HumpalSarah Humpal (2010) graduated with Bachelor of Arts in 2003 in English and Philosophy from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. After graduation, she worked in a non-profit, community-based adult literacy organization. Sarah completed her Master's degree at University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. Her interests in the social safety net and policy implementation drew her to the Social Security Administration in the Chicago Regional Office. Sarah's mentor is Carole Grayson, Disability Program Administrator. Sarah enjoys porch sitting, snack eating, music listening, and book reading.
Sarah HumpalSusan Veazie (2010) completed her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2004. During college and after graduation she had several valuable work experiences; including work as a project manager, a manager in guest services and airplane engine sales. In 2007 she left private industry to work as a civil servant at the Social Security Administration. Concurrently, she obtained her Masters of Business Administration in Leadership and Change Management from DePaul University. Susan is excited to continue as a PMF at Social Security Administration because she will be able to use her experience and degree to work toward SSA's mission. In her spare time Susan enjoys volunteering for a non-profit consulting group, watching Illini sports, boating and waterskiing.