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Bonnie Holliday was appointed Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Student Achievement in October 2011. Prior to joining the GOSA team, she worked for the Office of Planning and Budget as the Accountability Manager for the Race to the Top Innovation Fund and for the Georgia Charter Schools Commission as the Program Manager for Accountability. She also worked previously for GOSA as the Planning and Policy Development Specialist where she coordinated the implementation and evaluation of the agency's education policy initiatives. Holliday received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Georgia. She is currently a doctoral candidate in UGA's Educational Administration and Policy program, where she is completing a dissertation on school choice coalition building in Georgia. While completing her doctoral coursework, Holliday held research assistantships in the Learning and Performance Support Laboratory and the Educational Policy and Evaluation Center. She also taught English at a public high school in Banks County prior to returning to graduate school.
STATEWIDE LONGITUDINAL DATA SYSTEMS DIRECTOR
As Director of the SLDS, Kriste Elia manages the team that will design and build the P-20 Data Hub serving the state’s education research and reporting agenda to improve student achievement and outcomes. Elia previously served several years with the Georgia Technology Authority as both the Service Delivery Officer and as an Executive Program Director where she took part in developing and staffing GTA’s Service Management Organization. Related responsibilities included managing a team of eight project managers and providing direction to a 74-member SMO staff as the state transitioned personnel and technology services to its new providers, established asset inventory processes and governance structures, and began such transformation activities as e-mail, server and storage consolidation. Ms. Elia joined GTA in 2006 after serving for several years as Director of Project Management for GeoFields, Inc., of Atlanta and working as a project manager for Parsons Engineering of Norcross. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Georgia, a Master of Science from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is certified in project management, ITIL and SQL/Oracle11g.
DATA & ACCOUNTABILITY MANAGER
Adrian Neely began her educational career as a high school science instructor in the Atlanta Metropolitan area in 1997. After serving in the local school system for several years, she accepted an unique opportunity to become an Aerospace Education Specialist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), serving urban and rural communities throughout the United States and U.S. Territories. Prior to becoming an academic auditor for GOSA, Adrian provided leadership and coordination in the implementation of the new Science Georgia Performance Standards in middle and high school grades in the north Georgia area with the Georgia Department of Education where she also served as the middle school science specialist. She earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from the University of Georgia.
EDUCATION RESEARCH AND POLICY SPECIALIST
Tiffany Taylor serves as the Education Research and Policy Analyst at GOSA. At GOSA she assists the Executive Director with the negotiation of local school district performance contracts, known as IE2 contracts, and annually evaluates and communicates local districts’ IE2 goal attainment. She is also responsible for researching and profiling promising practices and policies within Georgia’s education reform efforts and monitoring the progress of education legislation proposed by the Georgia General Assembly. Prior to joining GOSA, Tiffany completed a series of legal internships with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, both in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., where she provided research on various national and international securities regulation issues. Tiffany previously taught Algebra at Hopewell Middle School in Fulton County. She holds a J.D. and an MBA from Howard University, and an M.Ed. and a B.S. from the University of Georgia.
RTT RESEARCH AND EVALUATION SPECIALIST
Niah Shearer serves as the GOSA Research and Evaluation Specialist for Race To The Top. In this role, she is responsible for researching evidence-based practices related to the four core components of the initiative, as well as evaluating the State’s effectiveness in implementing the work. Prior to assuming this role, she worked for the Abyssinian Development Corporation, an acclaimed community development organization in New York City. As the Strategy, Research and Evaluation Project Executive, Niah designed education programs, successfully raised over $1M in funding for school-based programs, including the coveted US DOE Promise Neighborhood grant, and managed the organization’s program evaluations. Niah earned her Bachelor of Arts from Spelman College and Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.
DATA MINING SPECIALIST
Nazmun Nahar has worked in Information Technology for more than five years. Before joining GOSA in 2008, she was employed by several large corporations, including Bank Of America, Federated Corporation, and Strategic Software. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dhaka University. Nazmun has also completed database and network certification training programs from Solutions Incorporated and DeKalb Technical College.
RACE to the TOP PROJECT DIRECTOR
As director of the agency's Race to the Top projects, Lauren oversees the selection and implementation of programs that increase student access to unique educational opportunities, enhance the pipeline of effective teachers and leaders, and improve the quality of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) education throughout the state. Prior to joining the GOSA team, Wright served as the education policy advisor to Governor Sonny Perdue where she was involved in preparing Georgia's Race to the Top proposal. She also worked previously in Governor Perdue's Press Office managing external affairs. Wright received dual bachelor's degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Georgia and a master's degrees in public administration with an emphasis in policy analysis from Georgia State University.
SR. ENTERPRISE DATA WAREHOUSE ARCHITECT
As the Senior Enterprise Data Warehouse Architect, Jaya directs the technical design, delivery, and implementation of the GA AWARDS statewide longitudinal data system. As part of her job responsibilities, Jaya collaborates with the Georgia Department of Education, the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia, the Professional Standards Commission, the Department of Early Care and Learning, and the Georgia Student Finance Commission to integrate specific data across those agencies into the GA AWARDS statewide longitudinal data system, in accordance to the state’s Race to the Top (RT3) plan. Jaya has over 16 years of experience in designing and leading global technology solutions for diverse industries. Her recent experiences include serving as a Senior Business Intelligence/Data Warehouse Architect for PEXCO LLC, a manufacturing enterprise and as a Business Intelligence Project Leader /Technical Advisor for PNC Financial Services Inc, one of America's largest wealth managers. She has previously worked for GE healthcare where she led the global implementation of the Forecasting, Inventory and Distribution planning system for the Logistics team spread across America, Europe and Asia. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Pune, India and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from University of Mumbai, India.
Oladapo Erogbogbo works as a Business Analyst within the team responsible for the design and build of the GA AWARDS Data Warehouse, a cross educational agencies Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). His duties includes collaborating and translating business requirements of State of Georgia Education Agencies researchers and end users, into the delivery of data reports and documents to be used for database, reporting and application enhancements, supporting the business intelligence already in use by agencies and develop a data dictionary. Prior to assuming this role, he worked for over ten years in various capacities for the Metropolitan Police London UK, where he managed the 20-staff unit that supervise quality control of crime investigation process reports. He was a part of the team that created the Management Information Unit (MIU) for the Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime Directorate (SCD1) which employed 2000 police officers and staff . He later managed the MIU Unit, and his responsibilities included managing the Design, Development, Creation and publication of periodic reports used to analyze business performance, provide notations of performance deviations and anomalies and he also provided training for analysts. He holds an Associate Degree in Business and Finance from Kilburn College London and a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology from London Southbank University.
SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Sean Coy as GOSA system administrator will act in a technical support role both inside the GOSA team and as a technical liaison to external agencies and vendors. Sean will be the primary systems contact for the infrastructure build out and application deployment of the GA-AWARDS P20 longitudinal data system. Sean brings over a decade in corporate IT infrastructure budgeting, design, implementation, operations and lifecycle maintenance. Before coming to GOSA Sean spent 7 years working as a systems administrator and IT Manager for Cooper Carry, a national architecture firm headquartered in Atlanta. While at Cooper Carry, Sean developed extensive systems integration experience across many technologies, and project and team management of multi-vendor and consultant projects. He has completed design, implementation and integration of database solutions for ERP and knowledge management. Before joining Cooper Carry Sean consulted small business in north Atlanta. Sean received his Bachelor of Applied Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
SLDS PROJECT MANAGER
Jackie Lundberg, GOSA's Race to the Top SLDS Project Manager, has worked for the State of Georgia for over 16 years. In her current role, she manages the cross-agency project activities in building the P-20W GA AWARDS system serving the state’s education research and reporting agenda to improve student achievement and outcomes. Prior to coming to GOSA, she worked in the Georgia Technology Authority's Vendor Management Organization where she managed a statewide voice system replacement project as part of their outsourcing initiative, managed vendor Service Level Agreements and provided IT consulting services to state and local government agencies. She has also worked for Georgia Department of Administrative Services and Georgia Department of Corrections in their IT/Telecom departments. She is trained in Juran Quality methodology and is certified in ITIL and project management.
Dave Greenstein has spent most of his career dedicated to improving the lives of children. Prior to joining GOSA as an academic auditor he spent over a decade teaching in charter, public, and private schools. In addition, Dave has also served as a charter school board member, and as the executive director of Mission 1914, a foster care non-profit that serves foster families in north Georgia. Dave earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.
Beverley Lopez has served as GOSA’s Administrative Operations Coordinator/Office Manager since April of 2007. Before joining the GOSA team, she worked with the Georgia Department of Education as an Administrative Assistant for 19 years.