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Ansley Abraham
Director, SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program

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.

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Lynn Anderson
Coordinator, Counseling for Careers

Lynn Anderson joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2013 as Counseling for Careers coordinator for the school improvement team, bringing 34 years of experience in education. While at SREB, Lynn has developed and implemented a guidance initiative that provides students with the knowledge and skills to align goals, aspirations and interests toward a high school program of study that leads to postsecondary education and training. Counseling for Careers aligns core academics and career and technical programs to high-wage, high-demand career fields.  Prior

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Kim Anderson
Director, Benchmarking, College- and Career-Readiness Standards

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.

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Lessie Anderson
Mathematics Consultant, School Improvement

Lessie Anderson joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2016 as a Mathematics Design Collaborative consultant. Prior to SREB, she was an instructional coach with NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning. She has also served as an education consultant at North Carolina State University, a face-to-face and virtual high school math teacher, and adjunct instructor at the local community college. Lessie holds both a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and master’s degree in secondary mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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June St. Clair Atkinson
State Liaison, Advanced Career and High Schools That Work

June Atkinson connects SREB with state education agencies to advance High Schools That Work and the Advanced Career pathway program. She joined SREB in June 2017 after serving as North Carolina’s state superintendent of public instruction for almost 12 years. Before serving as state superintendent, she was state director for career technical education and instruction services for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She started her education career as a high school business teacher, having taught in Virginia and North Carolina. 

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Tricia Avery
Special Assistant to President

Tricia P. Avery is a special assistant to the SREB president. In this role, she manages the president’s calendar and handles the organization’s meeting planning. She plans many activities for the SREB Board, including the annual meeting, Legislative Work Conference, Legislative Advisory Council and special commissions, and solicits bids from hotels and negotiates lodging contracts and rental car agreements. In 2016, she retired from serving as SREB’s HR director — a position she held since 2000.

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Alice Anne Bailey
Director, Go Alliance

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.

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Bob Belle
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).

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James Berto
Research Associate

Jim Berto joined the Southern Region Education Board in 2005 as project manager for the Delaware Curriculum and Instructional Review project. Since then, Jim has held several positions, including administrative specialist, TAV coordinator, pathway designer, and research associate.  Currently, Jim provides research and marketing support for SREB’s Advanced Career (AC) initiative. Prior to SREB, Jim was a school career and technical education (CTE) director, systemwide CTE coordinator and marketing teacher with Atlanta Public Schools.