State Services


Gale Gaines
Vice President, State Services

Gale Gaines joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 1987 as a research associate on the state services team. As vice president for state services, she brings more than 35 years of experience in education policy and practice, mostly in the public education sector. At SREB, she has focused on the informational needs of legislators, governors and their staff, as well as other state policymakers.


Jeffrey Grove
Research Associate

Jeffrey Grove joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2006 as a research associate to the state services team, where he brings more than 14 years of experience working on issues of education policy and practice in the public education sector. He has contributed to numerous editions of SREB’s Legislative Report, addressed inquiries on education policies and legislation from policymakers and their staff in SREB states, and authored reports and briefs on current education issues.


Sandra Murray
Administrative/Research Assistant

Sandra Murray joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2014 as the administrative/research assistant for state services, where she brings over 20 years of experience managing special and public libraries. At SREB, Sandra provides administrative support to the vice president of state services, conducts research, prepares Legislative Reports and provides logistical and event-planning support for the annual meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff, Winter Legislative Advisory Meeting and the Annual SREB Board/Legislative Work Conference.