Public Safety Captain “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” ― Viktor E. Frankl
Randy earned an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice degree from Georgia Military College, a Bachelor of Science degree at Mercer University, and his Master of Science in Public Safety Leadership at Mercer University. Randy joined the Georgia Institute of Technology Police Department as a sworn police officer in 1992. He was promoted to sergeant during his first year and has held several leadership positions within the department including commander of the Office of Homeland Security and Administrative Services. Currently he serves as the commander of the Uniformed Patrol Division. Prior to joining the Georgia Institute of Technology Police Department, Randy served four years in the United States Army Military Police Corps where he completed Airborne training and a tour in South Korea.
After serving as a GT1000 instructor for two years, Randy was drawn to the GT Leadership Fellows program. It appealed to him because of his interest in leadership, coaching, and helping students succeed.
Associate Director of Residence Life
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Alex received his B.S. in Accounting at Bentley University in Waltham, MA in 1991. After a brief stint as an Auditor for Webster Bank in Waterbury, CT, Alex returned to school and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a M. Ed. in College Student Personnel in 1994. Alex has worked in Housing and Residence Life at Loyola University – New Orleans and the University of Connecticut before moving to Georgia in 2000. Alex started working for the Housing Department at Georgia Tech in 2001 and has served in three different roles in this time. He is currently the Associate Director of Residence Life who is responsible for all the Undergraduate Apartment spaces on campus.
Alex choose to become a leadership fellow because of his desire to continue to develop his own leadership skills and developing different types of relationships with the students who attend Georgia Tech. The Institute offers a lot of challenges to its students and leadership coaching is a great way to assist students in their own personal journey towards their personal and professional goals.
Laboratory Coordinator in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
“Our Greatest Weakness lies in giving up.” –Thomas A. Edison
Ms. Bernoudy is a Laboratory Coordinator in the Freshman Chemistry Program supporting the teaching laboratories in Clough Commons. After working at Emory University as a researcher and lab manager she came to Georgia Tech to utilize her expertise to train student assistants and manage the daily work load. Her background stems from biochemical and analytical chemistry and she holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology as well as a Master’s of Science Degree in Chemistry from Clark Atlanta University.
While working in the laboratory has been rewarding, Ms. Bernoudy continues to seek opportunities to encourage growth in others. In her spare time she coaches various people in the field of personal growth, development, and maximizing their success. She has a certificate in Executive Coaching and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Behavior from University of Texas in Dallas. As a coach she provides a space for individuals and groups to uncover and discover all the resources they have to overcome challenges and reap more accomplishments.
Seeking to utilize her coaching skills with students, Ms. Bernoudy sought out to become a leadership coach. She is excited to help Georgia Tech students become more effective leaders.
Brandy Ball Blake
Communication Specialist in ISyE
“The story ... is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind for the purpose of understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” --Ursula K. Le Guin
With a PHD in English Literature in hand, Brandy came to Georgia Tech to teach English 1101 and 1102 as a postdoctoral fellow. However, since then she was hired as full-time faculty--first as the Associate Director of the Communication Center and then, in 2014, as a Communication Specialist for the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, where she helps the engineering students improve their communication skills. Brandy teaches undergraduate and a graduate courses on technical communication and also help with career documents, fellowships/scholarships, etc.
Brandy became a leadership coach because, having been born an introvert, she didn't realized until working in an administrative position that leadership isn't just for extroverts. It's not about leading people by the nose and telling them what to do; it's about understanding yourself, your co-workers, and the situation well enough to ask the right questions, motivate others, and navigate challenges. Helping students figure out what makes them a great leader is one of her favorite responsibilities as a teacher.
Director of Community Relations in the Office of Government and Community Relations
We are not products of our environments, but products of expectations
Christopher Burke is a professional networker, educator, and strategist. As Director of Community Relations at Georgia Tech, he has the opportunity to foster relationships with local government, education, religious, business, and civic leaders to assure that Tech plays an integral role at improving the quality of life in the metro-Atlanta region. Prior to arriving at Georgia Tech in 2011, Chris served as the vice president for government affairs at the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, and as a research associate at the American Planning Association. He has published numerous articles on zoning, housing economics and other land-use topics. Chris also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that serve as platforms to engage students in the Atlanta communities that surround Georgia Tech’s campus.
Chris chose to be a leadership fellow because it provides him with the wonderful opportunity to foster deep human connection and help students grow, which he believes is the path to deepen his own self-discovery.
Director of Assessment and Quantitative Services in the College of Computing
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Elijah is a proud alumnus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. The majority of his 20-year professional career has been spent in the field of assessment and educational research. Currently, he is approaching his 8th year as the Director of Assessment and Quantitative Services within the College of Computing, here at the Institute.
Elijah’s passion for helping others to reach their full potential was the reason behind him becoming a leadership fellow. The program offers the perfect opportunity to sow into the lives of future leaders’, while refining and improving upon his own leadership skills. He believes that where much is given, much is required and by developing strong leaders, we thereby create strong communities. Elijah looks forward to experiencing this part of his own journey and being a part of creating lifelong goals and positive motivation within the lives of others.