Meet Our Team of Senior Advisors

Donald C. Long, Ph.D., President

Donald specializes in compensation and classification, fire/EMS studies, organizational reviews, staffing analyses, and cost containment. Dr. Long has worked with public sector agencies for over 25 years. He has completed or directed several hundred studies for state and local government agencies. He possesses a Master’s Degree from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Public Administration, and has taught Master’s Level courses in public administration, public finance, and human resources administration. 

Carolyn Long, Executive Vice President

Carolyn brings more than 25 years of public management consulting experience. Ms. Long is recognized by the courts as an expert witness in the areas of compensation, classification and pay equity. She has also directed several hundred studies during her distinguished career. She has worked in executive positions for ICMA, ASPA, and has served as a Vice-President for two other national management consulting firms.

David Lookingbill, Consultant Emeritus

David has 30 years of experience providing human resource management expertise in a variety of public sector organizations, including state, city and tribal jurisdictions. He has provided public sector human resource management consulting services to over 125 governmental organizations in the areas of classification/compensation, selection device development/validation, organizational structure, ADA compliance, policy/procedure development, employee performance planning/appraisal and staffing needs identification.

Russell Campbell, Executive Vice President

Russell has more than 20 years of public sector management experience in areas such as budgeting and finance, human resources, organizational development, and strategic planning. Previously, he has served as a human resources director, assistant city manager in municipal government; and served as administrator of a state-run health care system.  As a consultant, he has planned, organized, and directed studies in the areas of management auditing/operational reviews and analysis, service cost evaluations, quality of work life analysis, privatization, and cost allocation. His consulting experience encompasses state and local government

program evaluation, program management, efficiency analysis, and revenue enhancement. Mr. Campbell has an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy State University.

James Brittain, Vice President

James has over twenty years of extensive organizational expertise.  He has provided consulting assistance to many of MAG’s clients including school districts, municipalities, counties and state agencies. His work has included job analysis, market review and analysis, and the development of compensation programs. He has served as both a Director of Faculty Development and as a Director of Distance Learning in which he gained extensive experience in management, human resource issues and concerns, strategic planning and compensation structure development.  He has published work on Distance Learning theory and has presented at international conferences. James has a Master’s degree and has completed course work for his doctoral degree.


Shanna Young, Director of Administrative Services

Shanna bring a broad background in  public sector and financial management services to our clients. In addition to degrees in Accounting and Business Administration, Shanna has served as an accounting manager for local government. She provided financial analysis support to the Human Resources Department, the Finance Department, Departments of Utility and Billing Service as well as support to appointed and elected officials. Ms. Young was responsible for payroll and benefits, budget preparation, risk management and orientation of new staff for all departments as well as managing the oversight of purchase orders. Her extensive financial background in public service is an important resource for managing the complex and demanding compensation schedules and classification plans for our clients. Additionally, Ms. Young’s public sector experience is very valuable in providing a hands-on level of knowledge about the unique responsibilities of public sectors jobs and is invaluable in providing input on market studies.

Frederick Dregischan, Director of IT Administration

Frederick, a Mechanical Engineer by education, brings over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors.  His broad IT background provides a wide range of support for MAG clients, including the ability to assist them in interfacing from their HRIS system to MAG’s software. He also designed MAG’s proprietary online performance system, Performance Manager©.  His experience includes application software, SQL Server, .Net Applications, MS Access,  Delphi, Crystal Reports, various ERP and accounting applications as well as the development of custom programs and reports for MAG’s clients.

Steve Foster, Senior Consultant

Steve is a retired military veteran who brings years of detailed project management skills to public sector projects. Extensive experience in market and benefits analysis as well as with on-site support. Mr. Foster has participated in on-site interviews and meeting with employees in focus group as well as orientation sessions. He has worked with scores of public sector clients in the area of overall project management as well as handling logistical support for client management.

Carly Phillips, Consultant

Carly provides over a decade of HR experience. She has a thorough understanding of MAG’s compensation and classification study process having developed and revised hundreds of job descriptions. Ms. Phillips studied Human Resource Management at University of South Carolina

JoAnn Cox, Ed.D

Dr. JoAnn Cox has her doctorate in Education Administration from Florida State University and has held various positions in education for 30 years, including 13 years of teaching in a high priority school in Florida. Her experience includes working at the district level as a curriculum specialist and the Florida Department of Education as a state school improvement leader with high-needs schools, as well as working on state efficiency and effectiveness review teams. In the past 15 years, Dr. Cox has earned a national reputation as one of the most accomplished consultants on improving outcomes and generating savings for financially challenged organizations.

Dr. Cox has expertise in district organization and management, human resources, strategic planning, K-12 curriculum and instruction, parent and community involvement, and school district operational efficiency. Dr. Cox’s consultative experience includes extensive project management and project director expertise, leading diverse teams of professional consultants in over 150 school district efficiency and effectiveness reviews in 34 states. Dr. Cox has completed Yellow Book Auditing training; her strengths in understanding district programs ensures that operational efficiency recommendations are in alignment with the districts’ goals for positive student outcomes. Additionally, she adjunct teaches in the Educational Leadership Departments for two universities.