Past presidents of the Southeast Evaluation Association leave large shoes to fill and Dr. Elizabeth Winslow is no exception. In 2015, Dr. Winslow successfully presided over an annual workshop and a series of sophisticated programs. She also recruited new talent to our board, and has left our association as fiscally sound as it has ever been. Dr. Winslow was also the first president in some time to rely entirely on the generosity of volunteer time and talent. Ms. Kathy McGuire had graciously offered her time and expertise as our Volunteer Coordinator this past year. Our outgoing Past President, Dr. Barbara Gill, also leaves a legacy with SEA. She has served on the board since 2009 and lent her career’s worth of evaluation experience. I am so grateful to have learned lessons in leadership, poise, and diligence from Dr. Winslow, Dr. Gill, Ms. McGuire and the entire Executive Board this past year.
I am delighted to serve as President of SEA for 2016 alongside a slate of accomplished board officers. I congratulate Sheena Horton on her election as President-Elect of SEA. She had previously served as our Private Sector Representative. Dr. Michelle Chandrasekhar stays on this year as our Secretary. We say good-bye to Dr. Portia Campos and look forward to working with Naomi Sleap as Treasurer. Dr. Linda Schrader remains our connection to the American Evaluation Association as the SEA-AEA Liaison. I thank our Board Sector Representatives who will remain one more year, Dr. Moya Alfonso (University Sector) and Jessica Tice (State Sector). I welcome Dr. Gina Beckles as Private Sector Representative and Anita Bushnyakova as Student Sector Representative. SEA is nothing without its programs. For those programs, I thank Dr. Jennifer Johnson, Marina Byrd and Dr. Bonnie Swan who will serve another year. Sean Little generously continues his services as our Newsletter Editor and Book Reviewer, Shaun Horton as Layout Editor and Kathy McGuire as SEA’s Membership and Volunteer Coordinator.
Goals and accomplishments of our past presidents have appropriately centered on the growth of SEA’s membership and presence across our region. I expressed to our board at last month’s Annual Business Meeting that I wish to focus these efforts on bolstering membership of students and young professionals across the Southeast. By the end of 2016, I hope to have established lasting and meaningful connections with universities, agencies, and professional associations among our region’s cities and states to advertise SEA’s programs, to grow student membership, to sustain professional membership, and to enlist board members who geographically represent the Southeast. These efforts have been already evidenced by the presenters at this year’s Annual Workshop, in which SEA was able to recruit talent, both seasoned and new, from ever further reaches of our region.
I look forward to working with our board in 2016 and personally welcome your comments, suggestions, and feedback regarding SEA’s performance and initiatives. Let’s continue working to make SEA the name for evaluation professional development and the vehicle for evaluator networking in the Southeast.
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.
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