Education Data, Policy Research and Programs
Ansley Abraham joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 1985 as a research associate and became the founding director of the State Doctoral Scholars Program in 1993. Under Ansley’s direction, the Doctoral Scholars Program has developed into a nationally recognized program for producing minority Ph.D.s who seek faculty careers. The program annually hosts the Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute on Teaching and Mentoring — the largest gathering of minority Ph.D.
Kim Anderson joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2012 as director of the Benchmarking College- and Career-Readiness Standards project. Kim brings 24 years of experience working on issues of education policy and practice in public education. She leads SREB’s work to provide state leaders with feedback on and support for their state’s implementation of new, more rigorous K-12 learning standards, assessments and related reforms to improve student achievement and postsecondary success.
As director of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Go Alliance, Alice Anne Bailey helps states develop and implement policies, support programs and communications techniques to increase the number of students who would be the first in their families to attend college. She also directs the Go Alliance Academy, which provides rigorous professional development and education for in-service and pre-service school counselors and educators. At SREB, she has managed many multi-state education projects and authored numerous reports that range from middle grades to adult education.
Associate Director, SREB-State Scholars Program and AGEP, SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program
Robert (Bob) Belle joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2002 as the director for the SREB Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Doctoral Scholars Program. Prior to joining SREB, he served as the director of the Office of Federal TRIO Programs for the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. While at the department, he also served as the acting deputy secretary of education in the Office of Postsecondary Education. Bob has over 55 years in education, which include teaching across education levels (elementary to collegiate).
Lisa Martin joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2012 as a data analyst/research associate for the data services team. For 11 years, she has managed data to identify demographic characteristics to measure effect size and efficiency of programs, and to ensure compliance with contract terms and regulations determined by nonprofit, private and government partners. While at SREB, Lisa has worked on the SREB-State Data Exchange Survey and Indicators Report, the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education, State Featured Facts, and Fact Book Bu
Jeff Gagne joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2010. He oversees SREB’s policy analysis efforts, including policy briefs, reports, state policy support and SREB’s customized, biennial state progress reports. He brings more than 20 years of experience in education policy issues at the state, federal and regional levels. Prior to SREB, Jeff worked for a governor, a state department of education and the United States Senate. He earned his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.
Jenny Hite joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2011 as a research associate to the education policy team. In 2014, she was promoted to policy analyst, bringing more than four years of experience working on issues of education policy and practice. At SREB, she has researched and published on a variety of education policy topics, including early childhood education, college entrance exams and educational achievement gaps. Since 2014, Jenny has coordinated the policy analysis department’s biennial state progress reports.
Mary Larson joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 1998. She is director of student access programs and services, where she brings more than 25 years of experience working in higher education. Mary oversees a number of SREB programs that help students start or continue their education, including the Academic Common Market, Regional Contract Program, the Adult Degree Completion portal and the 16-state Electronic Campus. She also works with state authorization issues, specifically SREB’s Electronic Campus Regional Reciprocity Agreement and is director for S-SARA.
Joan M. Lord joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2001; she currently serves as vice president for education data, policy research and programs. She oversees SREB’s policy research efforts, including compilation of SREB’s Fact Book on Higher Education and progress on SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals for education. Joan also coordinates SREB’s Go Alliance, Doctoral Scholars Program, Education Technology Cooperative, Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing, student access programs and services, and information technology.
Susan Campbell Lounsbury joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2014 as the director of education data services. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education policy and practice. Susan is responsible for coordinating the collection of data for the SREB State Data Exchange. She analyzes data and produces publications, such as the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education, Featured Facts, and Indicators Report.
Mary Elizabeth Mira joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2013 as a research associate to the organization’s Benchmarking College- and Career-Readiness Standards project, where she brings more than five years of experience working on issues of education research and policy in the public education sector. While at SREB, she has contributed to the project’s data collection, analysis and reporting. In 2014, she was promoted to assistant director. Prior to joining SREB, Mary Elizabeth served as a Harvard strategic data project fellow with Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia.