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.
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.
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).
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.
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 benchmarking college- and career-readiness standards team at SREB, where she collects data on state education standards and accountability. She joined SREB 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.
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.
Keisha Simmons serves as program coordinator for Education Technology and Multi-State Cooperative Programs at SREB, where she is responsible for supporting the Education Technology Cooperative and for assisting with the coordination of the Academic Common Market, Regional Contract Program, and State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). Keisha joined SREB in 2017, bringing more than 15 years of experience in public education and the education technology sector. Prior to SREB, Keisha was a high school science teacher in Georgia for 12 years and then worked as