Tammie Causey-Konaté, Ph.D., serves as deputy director of the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC), in which she supports the development and implementation of a robust personnel management system that enables timely access to routine and ongoing exploration of staff and client needs as well as feedback on services provided. She leads efforts to source and build effective project teams that produce exemplary materials and outcomes.
Meet the Experts
Ramona Chauvin, Ph.D., is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. Dr. Chauvin works with the Southeast and Texas Comprehensive Centers to build the capacity of state and regional education staff to assist schools and districts in need of improvement. Highlights of Dr. Chauvin’s qualifications include reading/language arts/writing instruction (K–12); adolescent literacy; coaching; instructional monitoring and feedback; assessment; leadership; teacher quality and effectiveness; and professional learning communities (PLCs).
Glenda Copeland is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. Working with the Southeast Comprehensive Center, she oversees the planning and delivery of TA and professional development in Georgia, and assists in providing similar services to other Southeastern states. Copeland serves as state liaison to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE).
Heidi Goertzen, Ph.D., is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. Dr. Goertzen’s current work involves building capacity through technical assistance to state education agencies (SEAs) served by the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC). Goertzen serves as the SECC liaison to the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), and leads and contributes to projects throughout the region. Her work focuses on SEA capacity building in strategic planning, program evaluation, and continuous improvement in the area of English language learners (ELLs).
Cheryl Harris, Ph.D., is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. Her current work involves providing technical assistance for the Texas and Southeast Comprehensive Centers, addressing state and local capacity building in school improvement and key content areas. This work includes assisting states and their statewide systems of support in the areas of teacher quality and effectiveness, college career and readiness, educator preparation, and technology-based instructional resources for teachers.
Ursula Hill, Ed.D., is a senior consultant for School Turnaround at AIR. Dr. Hill has more than 22 years of experience in public education as a special educator and school administrator with substantial knowledge and experience working with Title I schools and transformation initiatives. As a senior turnaround consultant, she has served as an onsite coordinator and special education coach assisting school improvement efforts in Virginia.
Beth Howard-Brown, Ed.D., is a principal technical assistance consultant at AIR. She directs the Southeast Comprehensive Center, which addresses state and local capacity building in school improvement and key content areas, including reading/literacy, math, science, the use of scientifically based research, professional development and teacher quality, and instructional strategies for specific populations. She also oversees AIR's partnership with the REL Southeast at Florida State University.
Tammie Knights is a principal technical assistance consultant at American Institutes for Research (AIR). She is leading and supporting state-wide equity initiatives in the District of Columbia and Ohio as a part of the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center). Knights supports the GTL Center in leader and teacher development.
Robyn Madison-Harris, Ed.D., is a senior technical assistance consultant at American Institutes for Research (AIR), where she is a project lead and/or team member at the Texas and Southeast Comprehensive Centers, liaison and partnership facilitator lead for the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest Teacher Preparation and Professional Development Partnership, co-liaison to the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation, member of the Digital-Age Personalized Learning core team and Cultural and Linguistic Competence workgroup, and SECC Equity Summit co-lead.
Danny Martinez is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. He has over 20 years of experience in expanded learning, technology integration, and the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines to support students’ academic engagement and achievement in both school and out-of-school learning environments. Martinez’s expertise specifically focuses on helping teachers and out-of-school-time providers best use technology and project-based learning to support students’ learning in the content areas.
Erin McCann, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR) with 18 years of experience conducting evaluations for federal, state, and local-level clients. She has led the evaluations of regional support provided by the Southeast and Texas Comprehensive Centers since 2012. Dr. McCann also provides evaluation expertise for AIR’s State Support Network, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of School Support, that assists states in their implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements.
Corrin Pitluck serves as the internal evaluator for the Midwest Comprehensive Center and Southeast Comprehensive Center and is a researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Dr. Pitluck evaluates progress on comprehensive center projects using a modified contribution analysis approach to identify center impact in a complex organizational field while responding to updates in the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance. This work is conducted in a team context with other evaluators for the centers housed at AIR.
Kathy Terry, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR). She serves as the state manager/liaison for North Carolina as a part of the Southeast Comprehensive Center. In addition, Dr. Terry provides evaluation capacity building services and technical assistance to state departments of education served by the Southwest Regional Education Laboratory and the Southeast and Texas Comprehensive Centers. She also serves as an evaluation task lead for the Illinois Quality Afterschool project.
Kathleen Theodore, Ph.D., works with the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) as the Early Childhood Lead. Dr. Theodore helps to build the capacity of state and regional agencies in assisting schools and districts with implementing the programs and goals of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In this work, she focuses on early childhood education, social and emotional learning, curriculum and instruction (in particular college- and career readiness standards), effective literacy practices, and professional development to improve literacy outcomes in districts and schools.
Chris Times, M.B.A., P.M.P., is a project management lead and senior communications specialist at American Institutes for Research (AIR). Times is a certified Project Management Professional with more than 25 years of extensive experience in project management and performance management. She also is an ATD Master Trainer, a globally recognized designation of excellence in developing innovative training solutions and implementing learner-centered strategies and methods to achieve learning objectives.
Eric S. Waters is a web development specialist at AIR. Waters has more than 16 years of experience as a database developer, with a particular focus on data tools and web applications serving internal and external education clients. In his present position, Waters creates and maintains both Drupal and FileMaker based websites, online database systems, and web applications that support the work of multiple comprehensive centers with state departments of education and their clients including the Texas and Southeast Comprehensive Centers and the Midwest and Great Lakes Comprehensive Centers.