SEA Welcomes Dora Bayliss and Jessica Davis to the Team

SEA is delighted to welcome Dora Bayliss to the team as Director of Program Support and Jessica Davis as Research and Projects Associate. Bayliss and Davis bring a variety of expertise in squash, health, education, and nonprofit management and will help SEA provide high quality support to our member organizations and network staff.

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Bayliss comes to SEA with a decade of network experience under her belt. She spent seven years in leadership positions at SquashBusters Lawrence, first as Program Director and later as Executive Director. Prior to working at SquashBusters, Bayliss was CitySquash’s Director of High School Academics and College Support and held positions at an arts education nonprofit and PBS. Bayliss has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and M.Ed. from Harvard University and has previously worked with SEA as a consultant helping oversee program safety initiatives. As Director of Program Support, Bayliss serves as a point person for network staff and leadership, identifying and sharing best practices, overseeing member reviews, student safety, staff trainings and presentations, and more.

“The SEA network means a lot to me personally; it is where I have built some of my strongest relationships, made some of my fondest memories, and experienced some of my greatest moments of learning,” Bayliss says. “I am thrilled to be back in the network full-time, and look forward to working closely with member programs as I dive into my new role.”

“We are enormously fortunate to have Dora on the SEA team, and she is ideally suited to lead our efforts to support our member organizations,” says Executive Director Tim Wyant. “She has a unique and layered set of perspectives on our network, having worked at two SEA member organizations — in direct-service and management roles. It will be exciting to watch Dora make SEA and our network better.”

As Research and Projects Associate, a new position at SEA, Jessica Davis supports data collection and analysis, member program evaluations, squash events, and special projects. A native of Manchester, England, Davis joins SEA from the University of Pennsylvania, where she completed her B.A. and M.P.H. At Penn, Davis captained the varsity squash team and was an All-American and two-time All-Ivy selection. During her time at the Perelman School of Medicine, Davis worked on various research projects, partnering with the Penn Medicine Abramson Cancer Center, Independence Blue Cross, the Mixed Methods Research Lab, and faculty in the nursing and public health programs.

“I’m really grateful to have the unique opportunity to combine my experiences in research, data analysis, and program evaluation with my passions for exposing more young people to squash,” Davis says. “I’m also looking forward to building and implementing SEA’s special projects and initiatives that seek to improve the accessibility and visibility of the sport. It’s an incredibly exciting time to join the growing SEA team!”

“We are incredibly fortunate to have a power-hitter like Jess on the SEA team,” says Managing Director Jennifer Sewell. “With her squash expertise and background in research and data, we are primed to make a tremendous impact across the network.”