David S. Spence is president of the Southern Regional Education Board, where he consults on education policy with governors, state legislators, state K-12 and higher education chiefs and other leaders. He oversees many initiatives designed to help the organization’s 16 member states lead the nation in educational progress, including the nation’s largest school improvement network.
Christine Oliver joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2016 as the digital communications specialist. She brings several years of professional communications experience in education and nonprofit organizations. Prior to SREB, Christine worked as a communications analyst for one of the largest public school districts in the country. She received a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Alabama and a master’s in integrated marketing communication from Florida State University.
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.
Lessie Anderson joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2016 as a Mathematics Design Collaborative consultant. Prior to SREB, she was an instructional coach with NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning. She has also served as an education consultant at North Carolina State University, a face-to-face and virtual high school math teacher, and adjunct instructor at the local community college. Lessie holds both a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and master’s degree in secondary mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lynn Anderson joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2013 as Counseling for Careers coordinator for the school improvement team, bringing 34 years of experience in education. While at SREB, Lynn has developed and implemented a guidance initiative that provides students with the knowledge and skills to align goals, aspirations and interests toward a high school program of study that leads to postsecondary education and training. Counseling for Careers aligns core academics and career and technical programs to high-wage, high-demand career fields. Prior
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.
Cherryl Arnold joined the Doctoral Scholars Program as special assistant to the program in 2016. She assists with enhancing and expanding services for program scholars and graduates; provides direct scholar services; and helps develop DSP writing projects for state and institutional leadership.
Tricia P. Avery has directed the Southern Regional Education Board’s human resources department since 2000. She works with the organization’s leadership to link human resources planning and management strategies with organizational goals. All the components of SREB’s human resources management framework are her responsibility. Tricia also serves as the acting assistant treasurer and coordinates with SREB’s accounting department on employee and contractor payments and reimbursements.
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.
Sarah Banick joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2015 as communication specialist in school improvement, where she brings more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit communications and marketing. She primarily works as a writer and editor with SREB’s literacy and math initiatives, Advanced Career and other college- and career-readiness publications. She holds a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Tennessee and a master’s in public and urban affairs from Georgia State University.
Andy Baxter joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2012 as vice president of educator effectiveness, where he brings more than 10 years of experience working on issues of education policy and practice in the public education sector. Andy and the educator effectiveness team assist states with the development and implementation of feedback systems to support effective teaching.
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).
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