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
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EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICERS
Sheena Horton is a Project Manager/Consultant for the Human Capital Division with MGT Consulting Group, a national management consulting firm that provides evaluation services to a variety of public sector organizations. She currently manages and conducts organizational and compensation studies for state/local government and higher education clients. Her past project work included conducting program evaluation, facilities studies, needs assessments, and efficiency reviews for PK12 education, higher education, state/local government, and public safety organizations. 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 earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. She also serves as SEA's Outreach Chair, provides updates for SEA’s website and social media sites, and is a regular contributor to SEA’s Newsletter and the American Evaluation Association’s AEA365 blog. This is her sixth year on the board.
Dr. Michelle Chandrasekhar - President-Elect
Dr. Michelle Chandrasekhar is an Evaluation Consultant with strengths in Institutional Effectiveness, Accreditation, Assessment of Learning, and Faculty Professional Development. Currently she is an Assistant Dean in the Interdisciplinary Medical Science Division at Florida State University's College of Medicine. Previously she was as an analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's 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 third year serving on the board.
Nathanial Myers - Past 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 funds long-term care services to vulnerable aging and disabled adults. As bureau chief, he leads and informs DOEA's strategic planning and grant research activities, evaluations of programs and services, and elder population research. 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, is a fellow of the Tallahassee Chapter of New Leaders Council, and is otherwise engaged in the care and well-being of his small but growing family. He received a master's degree in Demography and Population Health and bachelor's degrees in Economics and International Affairs from Florida State University. This is his fifth year on the board.
Dr. Elizabeth Winslow - Secretary
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 fourth year 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 second 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.
BOARD SECTOR REPRESENTATIVES
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 VERBTM Summer 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 fifth year on the board.
Gaelyn West - State Sector
Gaelyn West is the Planning and Grants Development Officer in the Bureau of Planning and Evaluation for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA). In this role, Gaelyn leads a team of planners and grant writers in the production of DOEA’s strategic planning activities, and grant development and management. Prior to this position, she worked as a program evaluator for DOEA developing evaluations of programs and services, and participating in elder population research. Gaelyn is a graduate of Florida State University, holding an undergraduate degree in Sociology (B.S.) as well as a graduate degree in Demography (M.S.) This is her first year on the board, and she is excited to serve as SEA’s 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 Children's Forum, Inc. as a Contracts & Grants Specialist. 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.
Dr. Nancy Bridier is a Research, Evaluation, and Statistical Consultant and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Grand Canyon University. She teaches graduate courses in research design and statistics. Her previous projects included program evaluation and research consulting with public and private organizations, K12, and higher education. Dr. Bridier earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a specialization in Research, Evaluation and Statistics and her M.A. in Psychology, both from the University of West Florida. This is her first year serving on the board.
Dr. Kristen McManus - Local Sector
Dr. Kristen McManus has worked as an independent consultant for various entities in the Triad State area. Her area of specialty is program efficiency. Additionally, she edits dissertation for promising young doctoral candidates. She has also worked as a Research Associate and Assistant Dean for Winston Salem State University. Currently, she serves on the Historical Resources Commission. This is her first year serving on the board.
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
Since January 2016, Jennifer Johnson has been 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 in various capacities 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) where she works in the Criminal and Civil Justice Policy Area. Prior to coming to OPPAGA, she was a graduate fellow at the Council of State Governments and a graduate assistant at the University of Kentucky Student Center. 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 also volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem with the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program in Tallahassee. This is her third year as Co-Chair.
Dr. Fred Seamon - Co-Chair
Dr. Fred Seamon is an Executive Vice President with MGT Consulting Group and has been affiliated with MGT for over 30 years, where he directs organizational development projects within the government and non-profit sectors. For over 12 years, he was a full-time faculty member at Florida State University in the School of Social Work and Askew School of Public Administration and Public Policy. While at FSU, he was also on the research faculty of the Pepper Institute on Aging, and served as an adjunct professor at Florida A&M University for over 10 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Bethune-Cookman College, and a Master of Social Work and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University. He also is certified as a mediator by the Florida Supreme Court. He first served on the SEA Board in 2006, and served a 2-year term as SEA President in 2012 and 2013.
SUPPORT BOARD CHAIRS
Kathy McGuire - Membership/Volunteer Chair
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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