Diane has successfully defended her dissertation titled, Economic Development on U.S. Native American Reservations: A Case Study of the Tribes of Florida.
Research interests include economic development, Native American governance, Indigenous culture, as well as government procurement and finance.
Understanding public administration became the goal following public service in both the U.S. Army and the Fort Lauderdale police force.
In addition to the required curriculum, other courses in Six Sigma (Green Belt Certified) and Certified Government Finance Management have been achieved.
Demonstrating the ability to multi-task, while pursuing degrees in public administration, she worked full time in the Information Technology field, eventually promoted to Data Center Supervisor while additionally handling all IT purchasing, capital and expense, for a major Miami company.
Applicable knowledge lead to serving as President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), membership in Association of Government Accountants (AGA) as well as serving in several academic honor societies.