Liz Coyle joined the team at Georgia Watch in February 2012. She provides leadership for the organization and fosters an entrepreneurial environment in which the team works collaboratively to achieve its mission; serves as primary liaison to the board; assists the board in recruiting new members, and engages the board, staff and stakeholders in implementing the organization’s strategic plan. She brings to her position more than 25 years of experience as a non-profit manager, communications professional and grassroots advocate.
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From the early days of its inception, Liz has been a follower and supporter of the Atlanta BeltLine. She is a founding member and chair of the BeltLine Network, an alliance of organizations including Park Pride, Georgia Stand-up, Concerned Black Clergy, Trees Atlanta, Georgia Conservancy, Community Housing Resource Center, AHAND, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and Sierra Club, all working to ensure the BeltLine lives up to its vision to connect Atlanta and its citizens through transit, trails, parks and economic development. Additionally, Liz was the citizen representative on the board of directors of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. from September 2006 to August 2009.
Liz lives in Atlanta with her two sons, Grant and Dylan, and her “daughter,” beloved 14-year old beagle, Penny.
Director of Community Education
Elise Blasingame, LMSW, is the Director of Community Education for Georgia Watch where she works to empower consumers in the areas of healthcare, personal finance and consumer energy. Elise presents workshops to teach consumers how to build wealth, grow assets and avoid predatory products, such as payday lending.
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Elise received her MSW from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and is licensed in the State of Georgia. She holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, where she focused on issues pertaining to inequality and human rights. At the University at Buffalo, Elise received the Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence and the Terese Eusanio Memorial Award for her dedication to community service. Elise has extensive experience in community organizing and program evaluation in the fields of economic justice, women’s welfare, and LGBTQ rights. Elise’s research has focused on gender inequality, working conditions and community health programs.
Beth Stephens, J.D.
Health Access Program Director
Beth Stephens is the Health Access Program Director at Georgia Watch, where she works to ensure and expand access to safe and affordable health care for all Georgians through consumer education, policy development and advocacy.
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Beth received a J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) and a B.A. in English and Political Science from Emory University. At UDC-DCSL, Beth received the LeClercq Award for legal writing and served on the Law Review Editorial Board. She was a Merit Scholarship recipient and the President of her law school’s chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.
Beth currently serves as the Chair of the Public Interest Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. She is also a member of the Emory Lamar Inn of Court and the Women in the Profession Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. She is a former board member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers.
Certified Healthcare Navigator
Pranaya Rana joined Georgia Watch in September 2014 as a Certified Healthcare Navigator for the second year of Affordable Care 2015 enrollments. Pranaya is a doctoral student at Kennesaw State University’s International Conflict Management Program with a focus on refugee economic self-sufficiency issues.
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Pranaya is a former Lieutenant from the Nepalese Army Elite Forces with specialization in counter-insurgency tactics. He has served as a U.N. Peacekeeper in post-earthquake Haiti and as a Refugee Resettlement Program Officer in Connecticut before he came to Georgia to pursue his Ph.D. He also went to Nepal with the Carter Center during the summer of 2013 in a supervisory mentorship role for elections monitoring and local governance programs.
Pranaya has a Master’s Degree in Global Development and Peace from the University of Bridgeport ‘11 and a B.A. in Sociology and Strategic Studies from Tribhuwan University, Nepal ‘07. He was awarded the 2011 Bosserman Fellowship by the Center for Conflict Resolution at Salisbury University for his contribution in academia and humanitarian work.