Whitney Afonso joined the School of Government in 2012. She was named Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Assistant Professor for 2015–2017. Prior to that time, she taught at the University of Georgia, Department of Public Administration and Policy; and Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Administration. Her research into how the choice of revenue streams by state and local governments affect government and citizen behavior has been published in journals such as Public Budgeting & Finance, Public Finance Review, and State and Local Government Review. Afonso earned a BA in political science from Vanderbilt University, and an MA in economics and PhD in public administration and policy from the University of Georgia.
Alamance County Tax Administrator
Greg Allison joined the School of Government (then the Institute of Government) in 1997. Prior to that, he was assistant director for the Technical Services Center of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. He also served as finance director for the City of Morganton, North Carolina. Allison began his governmental career as a senior accountant and auditor for Deloitte and Touche. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the board of directors of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. He is author of A Preparer’s Guide to Note Disclosures and Accounting Issues and Practices: A Guide for Smaller Governments. He is co-author of Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting: Theory and Practice, 8th Edition. Allison earned a BA in accounting from North Carolina State University and has been licensed by the State of North Carolina as a Certified Public Accountant since 1986. He was named the Albert and Gladys Coates Term Lecturer for Teaching Excellence for 2002–2004.
Kirk Boone joined the School of Government in 2014. Previously, he was the North Carolina sales and consulting lead for Tax Management Associates Inc. in Charlotte. Boone began his governmental career in 1992 with the North Carolina Department of Revenue, where he was a property valuation specialist for 18 years. He is designated a Certified North Carolina Appraiser by the North Carolina Association of Assessing Officers, from which he has received the Presidential Award. He is also designated a Personal Property Specialist by the International Association of Assessing Officers, where he is a national instructor and the co-author of several exams as well as a course, The Assessment of Personal Property. He is an Appraiser Qualifications Board certified USPAP instructor.Boone earned a BA, cum laude, in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Cary Christian is an assistant professor of public administration in the Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies at Georgia Southern University. His research focuses on tax evasion, trade-based money laundering, budgeting, and public finance. He teaches a number of courses in the Master of Public Administration Program including the Local Government Practicum, a course where students serve as consultants to local government on a variety of project types. Prior to academia, Cary worked in the private sector as a CPA and Systems Engineer for 23 years and for the Florida Department of Revenue as Regional Manager of Criminal Investigations for ten years.
Chris Nida serves as Director of Research and Policy Analysis for the North Carolina League of Municipalities. In that role he manages the League’s research program, analyzes the impacts of legislation on North Carolina’s cities and towns, and produces the League’s annual projections of state-collected local revenue.