Meet the NASPO Team

Megan Smyth, JD

Director of Research and Innovation
Megan has been with NASPO on the Research & Policy team since 2016. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Transylvania University, with a major in Philosophy and minors in Communications and Political Science, and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky. Prior to coming to NASPO, Megan was a civil defense litigator practicing in courtrooms all over Kentucky, from Paducah to Pikeville. She has a passion for writing and educating NASPO members on the emerging issues in public procurement, especially IT transformation. Megan is a self-professed bookworm who loves traveling the world, visiting Keeneland race track, and spending time with her friends and family in her beloved Lexington, Kentucky.

Elena Moreland, MPA

Senior Project Manager
Elena has been with NASPO since 2011. She works closely with volunteers and shares their passion for government. Elena is the staff lead for the Top Ten Priorities for State Procurement, Best Practices research and also manages the Survey of State Procurement Practices. She has a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. She also has a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Kentucky. Elena enjoys traveling with her other half to explore new countries and cultures and catch up with family and friends. She likes to bake and her recent gardening successes led her to believe she might have a “green thumb”. 

Lori Denhart

Project Manager
Lori Denhart received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Eastern Kentucky University; one in Political Science and History, the other in International Relations. Previously, Lori worked for 7 years in Kentucky State Government as the Governor’s Office for Local Government as the Local Government Advisor to all of Kentucky’s Cities and Special Purpose Governmental Entities. She joined the NASPO Research and Innovation team in January 2019 as a Project Manager. Lori is eager to use her background in training and development, problem solving bureaucratic issues, and assisting officials in utilizing resources to help further the NASPO mission statement. Lori has a passion for music, reading, and comedy. She also loves to craft and knit. Lori lives in Frankfort, Kentucky with her husband Lars and their son, Lincoln. She says out of all the titles she holds, being Lincoln’s mother is her favorite.

Kevin Minor, MPA

Research Coordinator

Kevin N. Minor received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Masters of Public Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. His areas of interest include socioeconomics, world systems, community development, and cultural behavior.  Through his role as Research Coordinator at NASPO, Kevin provides Best Practices & Cronin Committee Support; leads the Green Technical Assistance Funds effort; is the main point of contact for the GovWin IQ marketing research tool; and helps to administer research & policy support for his team. In his free time, Kevin enjoys hiking, kayaking, and movies.

Mariam Alabdali, MPA

Research Coordinator
Mariam Alabdali received her Bachelor of Arts in Digital & Media Communications and a Masters in Communication Studies with a focus in Instructional Communication both from the University of Kentucky. She is excited to work with the Research & Innovation and Procurement U teams at NASPO, where she will be able to engage in educating our NASPO members through content and materials in both research and education. Her goal is to be able to apply her knowledge and experience in adult learning theories and conducting research to able to help NASPO members become more educated in all areas of public procurement. Mariam enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as trying new activities and restaurants. She also loves wearing UK colors and gear!

Stephanie Schlueter, MPA

Research Coordinator
Stephanie Schlueter received a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Public Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, with a focus on community development. She has a background in drafting Requests for Proposals and coordinating elections for local government. As the newest Research Coordinator on the NASPO team, She hopes to provides support to NASPO members who help improve all areas of public procurement by promoting education, partnerships, and innovative research initiatives. Stephanie usually spends her free time exercising, reading, and cooking new vegan dishes!

Katie Scott, MA

Research Coordinator
Katie Scott received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Geoscience from Denison University and a Masters in Economics from Miami University. She’s excited to work on both the research and education side of NASPO and help provide members with new tools and information. In her free time she enjoys hiking, backpacking and reading, particularly books by Jane Austin, John Steinbeck and Chuck Klosterman.