LITTLE ROCK — The EAST Initiative has named David Rainey, a Dumas educator and former state legislator, to its board.

LITTLE ROCK — The EAST Initiative has named David Rainey, a Dumas educator and former state legislator, to its board.

EAST, a non-profit organization that provides project-based learning opportunities to schools, has expanded its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) expertise with the addition of Rainey and Michael A. Gealt, as new board members.

They were confirmed at the board’s quarterly meeting in June and each will serve four years.

Rainey is superintendent of public schools in Dumas and is formerly a state representative. He is assistant state director for the JBHM Education Group, a school improvement company; visiting professor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; program manager with Southwest Educational Development Laboratory; and director of the Southeast Comprehensive Assistance Center.

Rainey has a doctorate in educational administration and supervision from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a master’s degree in secondary school administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a bachelor’s degree in history and government from UAPB.

Gealt is currently the dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at UALR, a position he has held since 2006.

EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology), is a project-based, service-learning oriented class that provides students with modern, high-end technology.