Shirley Fan-Chan is the Director of U-ACCESS at the University of Massachusetts Boston since its inception in 2012. She oversees the office that offers support services on campus primarily serving homeless and aged out from foster care students. Shirley brings a wealth of knowledge related to serving homeless families to her current position. Her active participation and leadership in immigrant issues, women and children’s issues led to her appointment as one of the commissioners to the former Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, and the Immigrants and Refugees Committee; and Today’s Girls Tomorrow’s Leaders Advisory Council of United Way of Mass. Bay. She has recently joined as an at-large board member of the National Association of Education for Homeless Children and Youth, a national organization advocating for homeless children and youth succeeding in public education. Since her role at UMass Boston, she has created the MA Homeless Post-Secondary Students Network, to address the issues and barriers homelessness post-secondary students facing in MA.
David Meyers came to UGA in January 2010. David works on a variety of youth and family initiatives with a primary focus of supporting youth in foster care and the families and institutions that serve them. Current projects include the Georgia Education and Training Voucher program, Embark and the Together Georgia professional development series. He has a particular interest in developing training, pre-collegiate and college access programs and initiatives to support foster families. David serves on several committees in support of children including the Georgia Youth Opportunities Initiative, the Child Protective Services Advisory Panel, and the College Access Challenge Grant Leadership Committee. David is adjunct faculty in the School of Social Work. David’s career focus has been dedicated to the field of child welfare and has worked in the field of children and families for the last 20 years in a variety of settings with both organizational and direct practice experience. His first job was as a foster care case manager for the Department of Family and Children Services. Prior to his appointment at Fanning, David operated a consulting business for 11 years. He has worked directly with foster and adoptive parents as a trainer and home assessor.
Lori Tiller is a public service faculty member at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, with a focus on nonprofit organizations, college access for underrepresented populations, and skills in program evaluation and group facilitation. Lori is currently working on a statewide and campus based initiative called Embark Georgia which aims to support youth who have experience with foster care or homelessness access and attain their post-secondary goals. In addition to Embark, Lori is working to complete a feasibility study to bring an inclusive post-secondary program for youth with intellectual disabilities to campus, she is the self-evaluation coach for the Georgia Youth Opportunities Initiative, and she works with a variety of nonprofit and community based organizations building their leadership capacity, group dynamics, and volunteer management skills.
She joined Fanning in 2008 after serving for seven years with UGA’s Office of Performing Arts. Throughout her seven years in arts administration, she worked with professional artists, community schools and administration, in addition to managing community volunteers, facilities and events. Lori earned her master’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of Georgia’s Nonprofit Institute in 2007 and her bachelor’s degree in music education from UGA in 2001. She is a current Ph.D. student at the Institute of Higher Education.