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DHS News August 2013      


Marina Duane, Scholar in Local Government for 2013

MarinaIn many ways, Marina Dyomina Duane could be a genuine Pittsburgher.

She is a native of Ukraine and so is representative of one of the region’s many ethnicities.  And variety – something else Pittsburgh is known for – is the spice in her professional life. That is why she is enjoying being the DHS Scholar in Local Government for 2013. “I love it. I love how flexible the position is. I get to meet a lot of people. It’s just exciting how open everyone is. It’s an immersion process. That suits my personality,” said Marina, 27, who began her DHS assignment in June.

Introducing the best and brightest among applicants to various governmental spheres in order to bring fresh perspectives to public sector work is among the goals of the Scholars program.

Marina’s public work experience is extensive. A graduate of Dnipropetrovsk National University in Ukraine with a degree in psychology and English, she worked in youth development in her home country and for the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe, among other programs. She has lived in the United States since 2009, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) with a master’s degree in international development.

Locally, she has interned and worked for the McKeesport Collaborative program at the Human Services Center in Turtle Creek, the McKeesport Collaborative and, at GSPIA, was part of the Leadership Portfolio Program at the Johnston Institute for Responsible Leadership, where she learned of the DHS Scholar program.

Her primary assignment at DHS is to work on recovery-oriented systems of care in the Office of Behavioral Health’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol. She describes the effort as a holistic approach that is person-centered. “DHS and its partners are working to create the social environment for the person on their road to recovery. We need to make sure the system doesn’t punish them for relapse,” Marina said. She is also assisting with ongoing DHS integration efforts.

She lives in Squirrel Hill with her husband, Mike Duane.

For more on the DHS Scholars in Local Government program, go to http://www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/scholars.aspx.



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