Our Graduate Assistants


Natalie Abel

Natalie Abel, Graduate Assistant


Email: abelnr@dukes.jmu.edu | Office: 2107 Miller Hall

Natalie Abel graduated from James Madison University in May, 2012 with a B.A. in Media, Arts and Design with a Corporate Communication concentration and a Computer Information Systems minor. She spent five years on the James Madison University women's volleyball team, where she developed a passion for teamwork, industriousness, and drive, which she now carries over into the Masters of Public Administration program. She will earn her MPA with an individualized concentration that focuses on information technology in the public sector. Upon completion of the program in May of 2014, she seeks to obtain a position in computer information systems, technology consulting, web development, and related fields.


Nicole Evans

Nicole Evans, Graduate Assistant


Email: evansnr@dukes.jmu.edu | Office: 2107 Miller Hall

Nicole Evans graduated from James Madison University in December of 2012 with a B.S. in Public Policy Administration Management. Nicole is a graduate assistant for the political science department and enjoys working on a number of different research projects. Her specific interests are in the field of public policy and administration as it relates to urban development, mass transportation systems, and economic development. During her time in the program Nicole hopes to make strides in assisting to make the JMU MPA program stronger in the field of community engagement and upon graduation in 2015, she hopes to pursue a P.h.D. in Public Administration with some kind of concentration in Urban Development and Regional Planning.


Samantha Noble

Samantha Noble, Graduate Assistant


Email: noble3sl@dukes.jmu.edu | Office: 2107 Miller Hall

Samantha Noble is a first-year graduate student in the MPA program. She is proud of her “Double Duke” status, having graduated in December 2013 with her Bachelor’s of Social Work and a double major in Public Management. As an undergraduate Samantha enjoyed a high level of student involvement and service work, and hopes to continue her passion for the JMU community through different research opportunities. Samantha anticipates graduating in Spring 2015 with an individualized concentration focusing on economic development, international sustainability, and strategic growth.

While Samantha is not sure yet what she plans to do after graduation, she feels confident that the leadership and written communication skills she has gained from the MPA program will help her find a career path.


Tyler Rines

Tyler Rines, Graduate Assistant


Email: rinestk@dukes.jmu.edu | Office: 2107 Miller Hall

Tyler is New England native and grew up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Before coming to JMU Tyler earned his B.A. in sociology, summa cum laude, from Keene State College in 2012. While earning his undergraduate degree, Tyler served as the Chairperson of the KSC Student Assembly (a role similar to Speaker of the House), as a Student Government Representative, Research Assistant in KSC’s Sociology Department, and President of his campus’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology honor society.

Tyler’s research interests include: public affairs and intergovernmental relations, social and urban policy, environmental stewardship and advocacy, economic and community development, and fundraising and philanthropy. After attaining his MPA, Tyler plans on working in a communications, operations, or development capacity in the public sector or for a policy–centered nonprofit organization. For more information about Tyler’s research, interests, and experience you can visit his LinkedIn, about.me, and academia.edu pages, or view his resume.


Jack Slye

Jack Slye, Graduate Assistant


Email: slyeje@dukes.jmu.edu | Office: 2107 Miller Hall

Jack graduated from Virginia Tech in the winter of 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Management. He went on to work briefly for Wells Fargo Financial before joining Booz Allen Hamilton. While at Booz Allen, Jack worked to resolve finance related issues across multiple teams and recommend process improvements. During that time, he developed an interest in strategic planning, program management, and program evaluation. In the spring of 2013, he took an academic leave and began working on his MPA with a concentration in International Stabilization and Recovery Operations. Jack recently became a graduate assistant and is enjoying working on various projects alongside department staff and within the greater JMU and Harrisonburg community. He is currently exploring options for his summer 2014 internship prior to an anticipated winter 2014 graduation.


Alex Templeton

Alex Templeton, Graduate Assistant


Email: templ2ar@dukes.jmu.edu | Office: 2103 Miller Hall

Alex Templeton graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in public policy and administration, summa cum laude, in May 2012. While an undergraduate at JMU, Alex was a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda honors fraternity and a research assistant within the Department of Political Science. Alex is currently working as a graduate assistant with the Applied Evaluation and Research Team and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Harrisonburg–Rockingham County. He focuses on database management pursuant to research interests. Additionally, Alex is collaborating on several independent research ventures with faculty members within the department.

Alex’s current research interests include sustainable economic development, fiscal resource allocation, and evaluation and performance methodologies. After attaining his MPA, Alex hopes to find a job with a leading sustainable development think tank or nonprofit organization. View Alex’s resume.


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