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. scholars in the nation. Ansley’s previous work at SREB covered perception of campus climate by minority- and majority-group students on historically black and predominantly white campuses and studies on statewide assessments and placement, college-level standards and the need for developmental education. He earned a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in sociology and psychology from Florida State University. He also worked as a program specialist in the Florida Department of Education and as a management analyst in the Florida governor’s office.
Jason Adair is the program director for literacy and mathematics in SREB’s School Improvement division. He leads a team of content coaches as they develop and deliver high quality professional development to teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district leaders. Jason joined SREB’s school improvement team in 2011, bringing more than 10 years of experience in the public education sector. He was a middle school and high school mathematics teacher and instructional coach in Florida for eight years before leading K-12 mathematics in Gaston County, North Carolina.
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Erin Anderson-Williams joined the SREB School Improvement team in 2021, bringing more than 20 years of educational experience in student support, instructional leadership and development. She served as a student services coordinator and social skills teacher for five years in private school in Tennessee before serving as a high school counselor for six years in the public school sector. She served for ten years as a public school administrator prior to supporting middle and high school principals as an executive director of school support and improvement.
Chris Bailey joined SREB in 2022 as an instructional coach with Teaching To Lead. Beginning his career as an agricultural education teacher, Chris has served as a CTE teacher, career development coordinator, assistant principal, principal and CTE Director in four North Carolina school districts. He has served in various leadership roles with the North Carolina ACTE and the NC Administrative Division.
Lauren Baus joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2017 as human resources director. In this role, she works with SREB leadership and is key to the organization’s strategic thinking and direction. Lauren also manages HR functions and office administration across the many program areas of the organization.
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 project manager for the postsecondary office and also leads SREB’s work 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.
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, He brought 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.
Jenn Carter is the contract and grant coordinator for school improvement. She 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.
Terri Cavender joined SREB as an human resources specialist in 2021, bringing more than 15 years experience from the higher education sector. Terri is responsible for leave requests, recruiting, employee relations and various other human resources functions.
Terri received her master’s degree in instructional design and technology from the University of West Georgia, her bachelor’s degree in organizational development from Covenant College, and her associate degree in Psychology from Georgia Highlands College.
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.
Elizabeth Clay joined the Southern Region Education Board in 2023 as the senior editor. Prior to SREB, Elizabeth worked as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel, HERS Magazine, the Roswell Neighbor, the South Fulton Neighbor, the Northside Neighbor and The Marietta Daily Journal. She is a wedding and family photographer in metro-Atlanta where she grew up. Elizabeth holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Kennesaw State University.
Ivy Coburn is the division director of Education and Workforce initiatives at SREB, through which she brings K-12, postsecondary, workforce and industry leaders together to adopt policies and practices that expand career development and training opportunities for students, create seamless transitions from high school to further studies, and empower students to enter and advance in the workforce.
Cena Davis is a senior school improvement leadership coach. She joined SREB in 2015 as a leadership consultant with a career pathway focus. Cena brings more than 31 years of educational experience related to teaching, learning and leading change in public education. She previously served as a teacher, principal, Alabama State Department of Education principal coach, and adjunct professor. She also assisted in opening a new school system as a director of curriculum and instruction and CTE coordinator.
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