Dr. Hintz joined the faculty of UW Oshkosh in 1972 upon receiving a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. During his career he served in many roles, including Director of the Masters of Public Administration program, Chair of the Department of Public Affairs and Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Science. Dr. Hintz has been active in community affairs since the time he arrived on campus. In 1998, he was elected to the Oshkosh Common Council and was the Mayor of Oshkosh from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Hintz received an “Outstanding Community Citizen” award from the Oshkosh Jaycees in 1982.
Dr. Hintz is an acknowledged expert in local government, organizational theory and intergovernmental relations. He has been consulting with municipalities on recruitment and management issues since 1980 and continues in that role post-retirement from UW Oshkosh. For twenty years he served as executive secretary of the Wisconsin City/Council Management Association for his lifelong work in promoting public administration.
Lonna Morouney is the 2021 Stephen Hintz Award recipient.
Ms. Morouney noted: “A lifelong Wisconsin resident, I have dedicated my professional career to public service and have worked in a variety of government roles for two decades. I began my career as a social worker, supporting and advocating for at-risk families. My communication and problem-solving skills, policy interests, and motivation to help others led me on the path to working as an aide to a state legislator. Later, I served as the legislative liaison at a state agency helping to move family-centered policy initiatives forward. I currently serve as a communication bridge between a state agency and local child welfare agencies, community members, and stakeholders. I am active as an officer in my local veterans volunteer organization, assisting and advocating for veterans in need; recognizing that civic involvement compliments and strengthens the work of public agencies. The MPA program has taught me leadership and analytical skills and a deeper understanding of the profound impact that public administration has on individuals and communities. Most importantly, the MPA program has grounded my commitment to social equity as a priority for public administration. “
Ronnie Barger is the 2021 Stephen Hintz Award recipient.
Mr. Barger noted: “I knew from an early age that I wanted to help people. I enjoy helping people connect to services and to educate and mentor others. I have been involved in county government for the past 13 years and feel as if I have found my calling. Pursuing an advanced degree has only added to my ability to help and lead others. I have served in a variety of positions along the way including my current position as Director of Health and Social Services for Langlade County. I serve on several community and organizational boards of directors and continue to volunteer in my community as my time allows. I am honored to be chosen for the Stephen Hintz Award.“
Jessica Erickson is the 2020 Stephen Hintz Award recipient.
Mrs. Erickson noted, “I have over a decade of experience working in state government in Wisconsin, and now several years working with state and local governments on legislative and policy issues as the Director of Public Affairs for AT&T Wisconsin. At the beginning of my professional career, I spent over 10 years working in government and politics in Madison, including jobs in the Governor’s Office, the Department of Workforce Development, and the Wisconsin Legislature. When the Governor I was serving chose to not run for reelection, I decided to work for a company doing public and legislative affairs — a way to continue working directly with government. One of the reasons I am pursuing my Master’s of Public Administration is that I would like to eventually return to working in government, likely at either the state or federal levels. As for civic engagement, I spent 7 years serving on the Board of Directors for Wisconsin Women in Government, with the mission to help advance women in public service. Additionally, I currently serve as a volunteer coach at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater La Crosse, working with elementary age children.”