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Cheryl Blanco
Vice President, Postsecondary Education

Cheryl Blanco has served as vice president for postsecondary education at the Southern Regional Education Board since 2008. She leads SREB’s postsecondary policy initiatives, including the work of the Commission on College Affordability in the South and the Commission on Community Colleges. She has written and overseen publications on several postsecondary issues.

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Gene Bottoms
Senior Vice President

Gene Bottoms joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 1987 as director of the High Schools That Work initiative. He brings more than 40 years of experience working on issues of education policy and practice in the public sector. In 1997, he became senior vice president of SREB, and his leadership responsibilities expanded to high schools, middle grades, technology centers and preparing principals to become leaders of curriculum and instruction.

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Steve Broome
Director, State Development for High School and Middle Grades

Steve Broome joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2006 as the director of state development for high schools and middle grades for High Schools That Work (HSTW). He brings more than 15 years of experience working on issues of education policy and practice in the public education sector. Steve has worked with state and local leaders in 32 states through HSTW.

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Pamela Broome
Literacy Consultant, School Improvement

Pamela Broome joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2015 as a literacy consultant to the Literacy Design Collaborative team, where she brings more than 23 years of experience in education. In addition, she serves as an education consultant who provides SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) training to various schools and districts throughout the United States. Prior to SREB, Pamela was a district curriculum coordinator who served multiple K-12 urban, Title I schools in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Jenn Carter
Accounting Coordinator, School Improvement

Jenn Carter joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2003 as a graphic designer/editorial assistant in school improvement. From 2008 to 2017, she worked in human resources as administrator and later project manager. In 2017, she returned to school improvement as a data management coordinator and then accounting coordinator. Prior to joining SREB, she designed jewelry and was an inventory manager at an international gold marketplace distributor.

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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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Clara Clark
School Improvement Consultant

Clara Clark joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2011 as a school improvement consultant. She brings more than 37 years of experience working on issues of education policy and practice in public education. She has worked as a school coach in New Mexico. Clara has trained and coached teachers and administrators on the practices of the Mathematics Design Collaborative. Additionally, she has coached and trained administrators in walk-through and observation protocols. 

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Twyla Coleman
School Improvement Literacy Consultant

Twyla Coleman began working with the Southern Regional Education Board in 2012 as a literacy consultant, bringing over 25 years of experience in education. Prior to SREB, Twyla was a middle and high school English and language arts (ELA) teacher. She served as the ELA department chair, team lead, team lead chair and also served on many leadership committees. Twyla has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a major in English language arts and and a minor in physical education. She has a master’s degree in education administration.

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Meagan Crowe
Policy Analyst

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.

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Samantha Durrance
Policy Analyst

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.

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Leslie Eaves
Career Academy Coach, Pathway Designer, School Improvement

Leslie Eaves joined the school improvement team at SREB in 2016.  She began teaching in 2002 at Berry Academy of Technology in Charlotte, North Carolina. That year, she won the CMS First Year Teacher of the Year.  In 2005, she joined the staff of Atkins School of Engineering to start and coordinate their engineering program. She joined North Carolina New Schools in 2011 as a math content coach and a general instructional coach, where she implemented school-centered learning strategies and STEM practices.

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Paula Egelson
Director, Research

Paula Egelson joined the Southern Regional Education Board in September 2010 as director of research to the school improvement team. She brings more than 35 years of experience as a K-12 educator, director of reading and school improvement, and senior research analyst. While at SREB, Paula has co-authored research and policy publications on preparing principals to be more effective and improving the quality of career and technical teacher preparation.

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Mark Emblidge
Vice President, Special Projects

Mark E. Emblidge joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2012 and is vice president for special projects. Prior to joining SREB, Mark served as an SREB board member from 2004 to 2008 and as vice chair from 2008 to 2012. He was also the director of the Literacy Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, he served four terms on the Richmond County School Board in Virginia and was elected to three terms as chairman. In 1996, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the board of the National Institute for Literacy, where he served four years as chairman.