ACHE South is a dynamic network of diverse professionals who are dedicated to promoting excellence in continuing higher education and to sharing their expertise and experience with one another. We are comprised of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. International locations include Caribbean, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. Our annual conference is held in April at various locations in the region.
Meet Our Officers
Debbie Poweleit, Chair
Debbie Poweleit, currently serves as faculty at Northern Kentucky University, where she previously held the position of Director of Adult Learners Programs and Services and has worked with post-secondary learners since 2002. Her experience has included private and public undergraduate admissions and orientation, online and evening accelerated programs, cohort corporate partnerships, academic advising and credit for prior learning. Debbie holds a MS in Human Development and Leadership from Murray State University, a BA degree in Liberal Studies and an AA degree in Business from the Mount St. Joseph University (formerly College of Mount Saint Joseph) and a certificate in Career and Education Advising from CAEL.
Marilyn Read, Chair-elect
Marilyn is a Coordinator for Continuing Education at Delta State University. She began her higher education career in Institutional Research, but quickly moved to Continuing Education, where she found her niche. As an active member of ACHE for the past 9 years, Marilyn has served on numerous planning committees and as the 2011-2012 South Region Chair. Currently, she is volunteering for the 2016 South conference as chair of the First Timer's Breakfast.
Andrea Swaney, Secretary
Andrea Morley is the Manager of Online Student Services at Florida Institute of Technology. A graduate of Florida Institute of Technology in Florida, Andrea studied criminal justice and information technology. In 2016, she was nominated, selected, and attended the Emerging Leader Institute sponsored by the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE). She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and is the past faculty advisor for the first-ever online student fraternity group at Florida Institute of Technology: Theta Omega Gamma (TOG). Andrea facilitates the online introductory course, Mastering eLearning, at Florida Institute of Technology and has been recognized as Facilitator of the Year by her students and colleagues. The majority of her career has been spent in higher education working with nontraditional students.
Joseph Allen, Treasurer
Joseph Allen is Treasury for ACHE South Region, a position he has held since 2006. He is also the Assistant Director at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. In his current role, Joseph works closely with the Center's leadership to coordinate its strategic planning initiatives, liaison with internal and external marketing partners and lead process improvement activities across the organization. Joseph also works directly with the Georgia Center Director to oversee and execute special projects that impact the overall organization.Joseph holds both a B.A. and a Masters of Education from the University of Georgia and has worked at the Georgia Center since 1990.
Chris Nesmith, Past Chair
Chris Nesmith is the Associate Provost for Palmetto College and Dean of Extended University at the University of South Carolina, where his academic and administrative career has focused on providing access to educational opportunities for working adult, first-generation, and underrepresented students. In addition to his administrative duties, he teaches freshman composition courses and American literature. Chris served on the board of the South Carolina Association for Continuing Higher Education (SCACHE) from 2008-2014, and as its President in 2012.
Beth Crews, Member-at-Large
Beth Crews is director of Undergraduate Evening Studies at Furman University. After earning her master’s degree from Clemson University in Student Affairs in 2012, she has worked at Furman advocating for the inclusion and needs of adult students. Professionally, she is involved with ACHE-South, South Carolina Women in Higher Education, Greenville Technical College Accounting advisory board, UPCEA, and Quality Matters.
Steven Frye, Member-at-Large
David Wood, Member-at-Large
Following his retirement after more than 20 years in the United States Army, David W. Wood has held leadership positions as Director, Executive Director, Dean and Assistant Vice President at Indiana University and Trine University in Indiana. David currently serves as the Executive Director of Continuing Education and Outreach at Stetson University in Deland, Florida.
David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Oakland City University, a Master’s degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and has completed his doctoral coursework at Northcentral University. David’s dissertation studies focus on the area of organizational structure and behaviors.
David has volunteered for numerous organizations, including the Indiana Council for Continuing Education (ICCE), where he served in numerous leadership positions including President. David loves spending time with his wife Lynda, their kids, and grandchildren.