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 hosts the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring — the largest gathering of minority Ph.D.
Kim leads SREB’s studies on key policy topics such as federal legislation and the implementation of state initiatives. Kim joined SREB in 2012 and directed the Benchmarking Readiness Standards project for six years. Prior to joining SREB, Kim provided research and technical assistance to state education agency leaders as a senior analyst with the SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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.
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.
Wanda Barker joined the Southern Region Education Board in 2015 as director of the organization’s Educational Technology Cooperative. In 2017, she became director of SREB’s Academic Common Market, Regional Contract Program and state authorization agreements (SARA) as well.
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).
Megan Boren joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2010. She currently serves as a program specialist focusing on educator human capital strategies policy research, implementation and state technical assistance. From late 2014 to early 2019, Megan was a member of SREB’s educator effectiveness team, leading the technical assistance state grants, state progress monitoring and community of practice projects. She also worked on college completion and college-readiness policy and research and led the SREB Readiness Courses initiative.
Meagan Crowe joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2017 as a policy analyst for high school and postsecondary. Her experience includes working with the Center for State and Local Finance. Meagan holds a Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University as well as a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.
Christiana Datubo-Brown serves as research associate for education data services, where she assists with analyzing data and producing publications, such as the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education, Featured Facts, and Indicators Report. She joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2017. Prior to joining SREB, Christiana served as a statistical consultant and research assistant at Auburn University.
Samantha Durrance joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2017 as a policy analyst for early childhood through middle grades. Her experience includes teaching middle school mathematics and leading the student support team at an elementary school. Samantha holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Emory University and a Master of Public Policy from Georgia State University.
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.
Tiffany K. Harrison works with the Educational Technology Cooperative on research and policy efforts regarding the 10 Issues in Educational Technology. She joined the SREB benchmarking college- and career-readiness standards team in April 2017, bringing more than 10 years of experience in education research and program evaluation. Prior to joining SREB, she was a program evaluation and data specialist for five years with the North Carolina Partnership for Children. She is also a former research associate for the SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro.
Elisa Jaden facilitates the Academic Common Market, the Regional Contract program, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and the Education Technology Cooperative. In this role, she tracks developments in state- and national-level policy related to state authorization, governance, program approval, accreditation, and licensure or related areas; then analyzes the potential impact of those developments and changes to provides intelligence to the regional SARA director, regional compact leaders, and relevant state and institutional authorities and personnel.
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.
Matthew Smith joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2013. Prior to SREB, he worked for the Education Commission of the States, where he worked as a policy analyst for the Postsecondary and Workforce Development Institute.