Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast at Florida State University Announces 2022-2027 Governing Board


The Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast (REL Southeast) is pleased to announce the new slate of Governing Board members for the 2022-27 contract cycle. The Governing Board helps REL Southeast prioritize the education needs of the region, provides strategic guidance on REL work to maximize local effectiveness, and leverages members’ regional networks to amplify and disseminate REL products. REL Southeast Governing Board members represent diverse expertise and experience and bring varied and rich perspectives to our work.

REL SE Governing BoardGoverning Board members, research partners, and staff gather on Florida State University's campus for the first meeting of the 2022-27 REL Southeast.


The recently named Governing Board members include:

Dr. Suzanne Adlof, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina

Dr. Gary Bingham, Professor, Georgia State University

Wendy Burgess, Team Lead, Office of Early Learning, South Carolina Department of Education

Kelly Butler, CEO, Barksdale Reading Institute

Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Former Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia

Alissa Cheek, Coordinator for New School Program & High School Math Intervention Specialist, Cherokee County Schools, North Carolina

Dr. Elisabeth Davis, Assistant State Superintendent of Student Learning, Alabama State Department of Education

Dr. Carol Donovan, Professor, University of Alabama

Dr. Caitlin Dooley, Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Georgia Department of Education

Dr. Catherine Edmonds, Deputy Superintendent, Office of Educational Equity, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Dr. Robin Ennis, Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Michelle Gayle, Assistant Superintendent of Professional and Community Services, Leon County Schools, Florida

Dr. Iheoma Iruka, Founding Director, Equity Research Action Coalition, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Robin Jarvis, Director, Region 7 Comprehensive Center, RMC Research Corporation

Dr. Donzell Lee, Retired Provost & Interim President, Alcorn State University, and National Institutes for Historically Underserved Students

Dr. David Mathis, Deputy Superintendent, South Carolina Department of Education

Dr. Priscilla Maynor, Co-Director, Region 6 Comprehension Center, SERVE Center, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Cari Miller, Vice Chancellor for Literacy Achievement, Florida Department of Education

Blythe Robinson, President and CEO, Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers

Dr. Angela Rutherford, Professor, University of Mississippi

Catherine Truitt, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Dr. Monica Verra-Tirado, Chief of Equity and Diversity, Hillsborough Country Public Schools, Florida

Dr. Caryn Ward, Director, National Implementation Research Network, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Toy Watts, Superintendent, Laurel School District, Mississippi

Dr. Carey Wright, State Superintendent of Education, Mississippi Department of Education

The REL Southeast works in partnership with educators and education stakeholders to bridge research, policy, and practice in education. REL work is change-oriented, supporting meaningful local, regional, or state decisions about education policies, programs and practices designed to improve learner outcomes. RELs conduct applied research in partnership with stakeholders to address local and regional needs; provide training, coaching and technical support for applying research to education improvement; and widely disseminate findings from high-quality research. In addition to informing policy and practice through scientific research and large-scale studies, the REL Southeast translates its findings into actionable recommendations for educators.

The REL Southeast is delighted to welcome such a strong group of new board members and looks forward to working with each of them in the coming years.

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