Finance and Facilities

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Barbara Channell
Director, Accounting

Barbara Channell joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2002 as an accounting manager in the finance department. She brings more than 30 years of experience working in education nonprofits. While at SREB, Barbara has led projects to improve payment turnaround and accountability to agencies and grantors. Prior to joining SREB, she worked for Emory University for 15 years. Barbara holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Georgia State University.

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Dedra Gillett

Dedra Gillett
Accountant

Dedra Gillett joined the accounting team at SREB in 2017, bringing nearly 20 years of accounting experience in both public and private sectors. She served as associate director and interim director at Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech for four years before opening her own fashion art and music boutique in Inman Park. She is a past accounting manager for Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

Dedra holds a bachelor’s of science in accounting from East Carolina University. She lives in Atlanta.

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Samantha Rife
Senior Accountant

Samantha Rife is the Senior Accountant for the Southern Regional Education Board. She joined SREB in 2005 as a Junior Accountant, bringing more than 17 years of experience in accounting, including 15 years in the nonprofit sector. While at SREB, Samantha has helped to improve payment turnaround, financial statement preparation, and corporate American Express reconciliation.

Samantha holds a bachelor’s of science in business accounting from the University of Phoenix.