SEA EXECUTIVE BOARD
The Executive Board of the Southeast Evaluation Association shall consist of the President, the President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, the immediate Past-President, the Chairpersons of Committees, and the Sector Representatives. The Board shall be the legislative and advocacy body for the Association, and shall have general supervision over the affairs of the Association. - SEA Bylaws
CURRENT BOARD VACANCIES:
Local Sector Representative
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EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICERS
Nathanial Myers - President
Nathanial “Nate” Myers is the Chief of Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA), Florida's federally-designated State Unit on Aging that provides long-term care services to vulnerable aging and disabled adults. In this capacity, he leads and informs DOEA's strategic planning activities, evaluations of programs and services, and elder population research for senior management, the Florida Legislature, the United States Administration on Aging, and the people of Florida. He began his career in foreign language teaching before making his foray into public health at Emory University's Cancer Prevention Research Center as a field researcher and health coach. He has directed grant-deliverable activities at DOEA for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, served on DOEA's monitoring and quality assurance team, and has managed multi-million dollar contracts for the delivery of long-term care services. He also engages in strategic planning for other local non-profits, and is otherwise engaged in the care and well-being of his small but growing family. He received his MS in Demography and Population Health and BS in Economics from Florida State University. This is his fourth year on the board.
Sheena Horton is a Senior Analyst for the Human Capital Division with MGT of America, Inc., a national management consulting firm that provides evaluation and planning services for a variety of public sector organizations. She primarily manages and conducts organizational and compensation studies for local government and higher education clients, and provides strategic planning and training to guide implementation. She earned her M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University, her BA in Sociology and English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and recently earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. Currently, she is diving deeper into her interest of using data visualization for better project management and reporting. She currently serves as SEA's Outreach Committee Chair, is a regular contributor to the SEA Newsletter, and updates the SEA website and social media sites. This is her fifth year on the SEA Board.
Dr. Elizabeth Winslow - Past President
Dr. Elizabeth Winslow is Vice President for Research and Policy Analysis at Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida. She is also Managing Director of the Florida Independent College Fund. Prior to her work in the non-profit sector, she was a Policy Analyst at the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA). She earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration in 2009 at Florida State University. This is her third year on the board.
Dr. Michelle Chandrasekhar - Secretary
Dr. Michelle Chandrasekhar is an Evaluation Consultant with strengths in Institutional Effectiveness, Accreditation, Assessment of Learning, and Faculty Professional Development. Currently she is working as an analyst with the Florida Statistical Analysis Center. Prior to returning to Tallahassee in 2014, she was the Director for Institutional Planning, Assessment, and Research at Olympic College. In addition to her work experience, she has volunteered support for non-profit groups such as the Olympic College Foundation, the South Kitsap County Commissioner's Office, the West Sound Harper Estuary Restoration Project, the Bremerton Police Department, the Panhandle Regional Science Fair (as a judge) and Chiles High School. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Research and Program Evaluation and her M.S. in Psychology-Neuroscience, both from Florida State University. This is her second year serving on the board.
Naomi Sleap - Treasurer
Naomi Sleap is a Legislative Policy Analyst with the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA). She previously worked in higher education in the areas of institutional effectiveness and assessment, accreditation and curriculum. Naomi is a graduate of Florida State University with a Master of Social Work as well as the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Social Work. This is her first year on the board.
Dr. Linda Schrader - SEA-AEA Liaison
Dr. Linda Schrader is a Research Associate Professor in Educational Policy and Evaluation in the College of Education at Florida State University. Dr. Schrader’s research examines the implementation of evaluation policy in K-12 literacy programs, special education, and informal science education projects. Much of her work focuses on the development of evaluation studies for government agencies and foundations. She directs the Graduate Program Evaluation Certificate Program and teaches graduate courses in qualitative research, program evaluation, and research methods. Dr. Schrader has a long history with SEA. She was a charter member that helped to establish SEA in 1987, and she then served as President in 1995. She currently serves as the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Affiliate Liaison to SEA, and is an executive member of the AEA Leadership Affiliate Collaborative.
EXECUTIVE BOARD SECTOR REPRESENTATIVES
Dr. Gina Beckles- Private Sector
Dr. Gina Beckles is president and CEO of Program Evaluation Services, Inc., a grants and government contracting firm that specializes in conducting independent program evaluations for federally funded grants. She also provides training and consulting to various other organizations. She has over 20 years of experience working with government grants and contracts. She also wrote a book entitled Grants! Grants! Grants! Everything You Need to Know About Grants. Her second book, Navigating the Federal Procurement Process, is expected to be released in late 2016. Dr. Beckles has also been an Assistant Professor in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL. for over 20 years. Her areas of instruction include Business Research Methods, Management and Organizational Behavior, and Business Policy and Strategy. Dr. Beckles earned her Ph.D. and MBA at University of Central Florida, and her BS at Florida A&M University. She has also worked at Brevard Community College, the Federal Reserve Bank of Miami, and City Gas Company of Florida. Currently she serves on several Boards including the City of Titusville Code Enforcement, North Brevard Charities, and the Southeast Evaluation Association. A lifetime resident of Titusville, Florida, she is married to Roland and they have two sons, Roland Xavier (FAMU) and Malachi (BCU).
Dr. Moya Alfonso - University Sector
Dr. Moya Alfonso is an Associate Professor at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University. She has had an interdisciplinary training in public health and educational research and evaluation, and has received formal training in project/program evaluation, and in the creation of logic models for assessment and evaluation. She has conducted formative and summative program evaluations for numerous adolescent health interventions, with emphasis on physical activity and substance use prevention. Prior to coming to Georgia Southern University, Dr. Alfonso served as Co-Director of the Methods and Evaluation Unit for the CDC funded Florida Prevention Research Center at the University of South Florida. During her tenure at the Prevention Research Center, Dr. Alfonso led the evaluation of VERBTMSummer Scorecard, a CDC recognized promising program for increasing physical activity among 8- to 13-year-olds, and served as the local evaluator for a multi-site evaluation of the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) alcohol reduction program. Dr. Alfonso currently serves as a Prevention Fellow for the Florida Prevention Research Center. This is her fourth year on the board.
Jessica Tice - State Sector
Jessica Tice is the Research Coordinator and Evaluation Unit manager in the Bureau of Planning & Evaluation for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. In that capacity, she leads a team of evaluators, demographers, mappers, statistical analysts, and call center staff, and serves as the project manager and lead investigator for a wide variety of projects. She is a proud alumna of Florida State University, holding undergraduate degrees in Humanities (B.A.) and Sociology (B.S.), as well as a graduate degree in Sociology (M.S.) She has held research positions for more than fifteen years in the public sector, across several different agencies. She is pleased to continue for another year with SEA in the capacity of State Government Representative.
Anita Bushnyakova - Student Sector
Anita is a Master of Public Administration candidate with a focus in public policy and financial management. In her simultaneous role as the President of the Public Administration Graduate Association at the Florida State University Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, Anita promotes and actively seeks to expand educational and engagement opportunities for students interested or currently working in the evaluation sector. She currently works at the Florida Department of Education where she actively supports career and technical, adult education and apprenticeship programs throughout the state. Anita also serves as the Vice President of the American Society for Public Administration, North Florida Chapter and a Court Appointed Child Advocate in Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit Court. She has a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Political Science from Florida State University and moved to the United States from her homeland Bulgaria in 2005.
VACANT - Local Sector
PROGRAM COMMITTEE BOARD CHAIRS
Dr. Bonnie Swan is an expert in program evaluation and applied social research. She is currently the Director for Program Evaluation and Educational Research Group (PEER) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) where she is responsible for conducting contract evaluations and research both on campus and with outside agencies and institutions. She received her Ph.D. in Education and M.Ed. in Mathematics Education from UCF, and her undergraduate degree was in Business/Economics. Her research interests in evaluation, mentoring, online learning, teacher‐labor markets, educational equity, and professional development – as well as her experience teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels – give her a unique perspective as both an educational researcher and an evaluation consultant. She is a Past President for both the Florida Educational Research Association (FERA) and the National Association of Test Directors (NATD) and has served as an SEA Board Member/Program Committee Co-Chair since 2013.
Jennifer Johnson - Co-Chair
In January 2016, Jennifer Johnson began serving as the Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Jefferson and Madison counties where she oversees the provision of public health services and initiatives in the county health departments and local communities in the two counties. Prior to coming to the Department of Health, she served as the Health and Human Services Staff Director for the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability. OPPAGA provides data, evaluative research, and objective analyses to assist legislative budget and policy deliberations. She began at OPPAGA in 1999 and became staff director in 2010. During her tenure at OPPAGA, her areas of research and evaluation included state and local public health, Florida’s Medicaid program, developmental disabilities, health care regulation, long-term health care, substance abuse and mental health, and child welfare. She has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Florida, a Master of Public Health from the University of South Florida, and is in the final stages of earning a doctoral degree in Public Administration from Florida State University. She serves on the Florida Tobacco Advisory Committee and the National Academy of State Health Policy’s Health Care Access & Financing Steering Committee. She has served on the SEA board since 2009 and currently serves on the Program Committee.
Marina Byrd - Co-Chair
Marina Byrd is a Legislative Policy Analyst with the Florida Legislature's Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA). She has a Master of Public Policy from the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky and a BA in Economics from Georgetown College. She became interested in state government policy and research while working as a graduate fellow at the Council of State Governments. This is her second year as Co-Chair.
Kathy McGuire - Membership/Volunteer Coordinator
Kathy McGuire serves as deputy coordinator for the Florida Legislature's Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA). Prior to her position as deputy coordinator, she served as staff director of OPPAGA's criminal justice policy area. For over 20 years, she conducted and led a wide variety of program evaluations and policy analyses. Ms. McGuire is Past Chair of the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society, and she is Past President of the Southeast Evaluation Association. She attended the Legislative Staff Management Institute at the University of Southern California.
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