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. As Executive Director, Liz manages the organization’s operations and staff and oversees all Georgia Watch programs in the areas of Health Access, Consumer Energy, Civil Justice and Financial Protection. She serves as primary liaison to the board of directors 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.
Director of Community Education and Financial Protection
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.
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 on the board of the Public Interest Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. She is also a member of the Women in the Profession Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. She is a former board member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and a former member of the Emory Lamar Inn of Court.