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Charlene Manuel

Director, Global Marketing, Communications & Education
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" ~ Mary Oliver

A proactive and solutions-oriented leader, Charlene has delivered global, audience-centered strategies, initiatives, and programs for nonprofits and startups throughout her 15+ year career. Passionate about amplifying mission-driven organizations, she is adept at building from ambiguity and enjoys being a catalyst for growth and positive change. Charlene holds a B.S. of Media, Culture & Communications from NYU and an MBA from Georgia Tech where she also served as VP of Operations for the GEMS Board; GA Tech Leadership Fellow; and DEI Council Member, Scheller School of Business. Charlene’s work has been highlighted in The New Yorker, The Guardian and Graphic Design: New Basics and she has spoken as a panelist at the UN, the Ford Foundation and the White House Innovators and Communicators Summit. Her joys are her friends & family and her personal accomplishments include being a contributing author of Voices of the New Gen. Fil-Am Community, solo backpacking in Southeast Asia, completing the NYC Marathon and Chattanooga Half-Ironman, summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, Machu PIcchu & Kota Kinabalu, and continuing attempts at learning watercolor painting and the ukulele.

What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?: Charlene's personal mission is to amplify positive impact. Committed to empowering others to achieve, she hopes to support Coachees in their journeys of self-discovery and self-awareness to harness their capabilities as leaders. She is excited about helping others understand and develop their own unique set of tips & tactics to help them succeed. By working together on a shared journey of growth, Charlene hopes to explore motivations and self-imposed limitations with the aim of strengthening one's resilience muscle.

Francisco Javier Quintero Cortes

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill

Francisco grew up in a rural area in Colombia. After obtaining his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering at the National University of Colombia, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to pursue a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. He graduated in 2020 and started his own energy storage company, Capacitor Foundry. Outside the lab, Francisco won second place in the 3-minute thesis competition in 2018, and first place in the Teams for Tech pitch competition for GradChats, a student-led mental health initiative for graduate students. He also served as president of the Fulbright Student Association, outreach officer in Grad Pride, Graduate Vice President of Professional Development at the Student Government Association.

What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?: Francisco is a coach to learn from other leaders. For him, leadership is more about cultivating relationships and growing personally than about achieving any specific goals. In his experience, personal goals are always exceeded when different views, passions, and skills are put together. His experience has also shown that there are many elements that can lead to chaos and failure when working with others. Having/being a coach is a great way to recover enthusiasm in the middle of the chaos and in between failures.

Hasan Rashid

Incoming Associate Brand Manager
"A society grows great when older people plant trees in whose shade they may never sit" - Greek Proverb

Hasan recently completed his MBA at Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business. He earned his BS in Finance and Mathematics from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Before embarking on his MBA journey, Hasan spent about 5 years working in corporate finance, an experience that allowed him to grasp the significance of leadership skills. After reflecting on his career, he made the conscious decision to pursue an MBA, aiming to explore new career avenues and invest time in honing his leadership capabilities.

During his MBA program, Hasan had the pleasure of interning at Kenvue (formerly Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health), where he served as a Brand Management intern. Outside of work, you'll catch Hasan playing or watching soccer, hiking, diving into sci-fi reads, and simply soaking up the outdoors.

What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?: I was a LEAD coachee during the 1st year of my MBA program. The experience helped me learn how to handle stress and be a leader in a team environment. It was so valuable for my personal growth that I wanted to give back as a LEAD Fellow and help other coachees develop their leadership skills. I believe that having a strong support system, such as a coach, is essential for personal growth and reflection.

Jonathan R. Gosyne

Robotics Research Affiliate/Biomechanics Consultant
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another.

Dr. Gosyne hails from the beautiful Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. He moved to Atlanta to pursue robotics at Tech, where he completed his BS, MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering. His primary roles lies in industry, as a Technical Consultant specializing in Biomechanics at the Atlanta office of Exponent Inc, however, he hold an appointment as a Research Affiliate at Georgia Tech, where he conducts research in the the fields of wearable robotics, human locomotion and human augmentation, focusing on using robotic devices such as exoskeletons to help us go farther and further than ever before. His hope is that continued research into these devices can one day positively impact the quality of life of everyone from first responders to wounded veterans. He loves exploring and traveling, and spends his spare time trying new and interesting foods, cooking, volunteering, cycling, hiking, hitting the gym and taking impromptu road trips or flights.

What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?: After being involved in different aspects of LEAD and seeing coaches in action- Jonathan Is incredibly excited to be a coach himself. He loves the fact that it empowers both the students and Coaches to tackle difficult issue across a scope of magnitude, all while effecting visible changes in their day to day lives. He truly values the way that the program challenges both Coaches and Coachees to grow as servant leaders on our beautiful campus.

Kaleitha Johnson

Talent Development Coordinator, Department of Housing & Residence Life
“If we want people to speak to us honestly, we must be willing to honestly listen" - Simon Sinek

Kaleitha comes to us from the small town of Lima, Ohio. She was taught to value education, athleticism, and service. Being a student-athlete, tutor, and community volunteer allowed her to thrive AND give back to others. Kaleitha has a B.A. in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and an M.Ed. in College Counseling & Student Development from NC State University. She is an accomplished learning and development leader with 20+ years of experience in the field. Kaleitha has had multiple positions within Residence Life over her 19-year tenure. Her career contributions have expanded from guiding and advising college-aged students, to coaching and developing new and young managers. Kaleitha has a passion for Strengths-based development because it allows her to focus on positivity, self-awareness and excellence in action. 

What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?: Kaleitha believes everyone should have the opportunity to grow, develop and transform. She is interested in helping others reach new heights through personal, career, and leadership development. Being a Leadership Fellow allows her to help participants focus on their own unique challenges and opportunities. The program allows Kaleitha to merge two of her greatest loves, coaching and leadership. Each meeting presents a chance for coach and coachee to get to know themselves and each other a little better. She is looking forward to working with students and helping them build a foundation for becoming great leaders.

Myers, Dale

IT Support Professional Lead
"Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.” - Steve Jobs

During his undergraduate career at Brewton-Parker College, Dale worked on contract with Ryder Logistics to develop databases to support vehicle production for the General Motors auto plant in Doraville, GA. After graduating with a degree in Computer Science, Dale joined Ryder Logistics Systems team full time as a Systems Administrator for General Motors facilities in Doraville, GA, Detroit, MI, Indianapolis, IN, Wilmington, DE, and Pickering, ON. After Ryder, Dale worked as an IT Support technician for Primedia magazines and then spent a year as a Product Specialist for Apple, Inc. Starting in 2006, Dale joined Georgia Tech as a Computer Operator and quickly moved into a Support role with the Technology Support Center. Currently, Dale is serving as the IT Manager Student Life, part of the Division of Student Engagement & Well-Being. 

What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?: Dale believes that the key to strong leadership is through the study and execution of efficient time management processes and a deep understanding of the importance of rest. Learning time management is a constant process and is a great way to adapt to change, which is a very important leadership skill. Rest is also vital as a great leader needs to be without fatigue. I hope to work with other to further my understanding of these important traits as well as strengthen others in their leadership skills. Dale is very excited to be a part of this program and the opportunities it will provide for both me and those that I am working with.

Prerna Singh

Adjunct Professor
"If it doesn't scare you, you are not dreaming big enough" - Tory Burch

Prerna is from India, where she completed her B.Tech with Honors in Civil Engineering from IIT Gandhinagar. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a student guide for freshmen and a Peer Assistant Tutor for academically weak students. It was an amazing experience, and she got to know a lot of great people! Prerna also leads a social initiative for the education and health of underprivileged kids, which is the most satisfying experience of her life so far. She was the recipient of the Director’s Silver Medal for outstanding overall performance in the class of 2017 CEE and an award for outstanding social service to the community at my undergraduate school, IIT Gandhinagar. Prerna graduated with her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from GaTech in 2021, and is currently working in a sustainability startup, and also teaching at Tech in CEE, and serving as a transportation specialist consultant for UNDP. In her free time, she likes to eat, sleep, and repeat!!

What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?: Prerna believes that everyone has aspects of leadership and a collective leadership front combining the best of all can prove to bring greater good to any system and the society at large. She attributes most of my (somewhat small) success to the immense support, guidance, and learning from peers as a part of collaborative learning, along with perseverance and a positive attitude toward any challenge ahead. Prerna wishes to inculcate the spirit of leadership inspired by the surrounding into others along with developing herself with the same approach. Being a Leadership Coach will be a great opportunity to connect with people with their special attributes and bring out the best of the Coachees along with herself.

Quashavia Harper

Faculty Affairs Administrative Specialist
"She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future"
-Proverbs 31:25

Quashavia is a Faculty Affairs Administrative Specialist at the Scheller College of Business. She is the Professional Development chair for Scheller’s Staff Enrichment Committee, a member of Georgia Tech’s Event Coordinators Network, and a GT 1000 Instructor. Quashavia received her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration from Strayer University. In 2021, Quashavia was awarded the Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Award for Staff Excellence, and in 2022 she completed the ASPIRE: Cultivating a Leadership Mindset Program that is designed for aspiring leaders. Quashavia is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from former President Barack Obama’s administration. Moreover, she has worked as an Administrative Professional at Georgia Tech since 2017 in a variety of departments including GTPE, and the Renewable Bioproducts Institute. Although, not having a “leadership title”, Quashavia has influenced others from a position of leadership. Her best practices are listening, seeing it through and helping others.  Her portfolio of skills and abilities showcase how resourceful, decisive, and rewarding professional development is to her. Quashavia is often recognized for her above-board competency and professionalism. She is a learner at heart who believes a positive thought pattern will bring positive results and outcomes. Inspiration is important. “The most resourceful leadership tools are those that inspire us to reflect on how a small change in attitude can strengthen our resolve, create insight and reflection or resolve a conflict”. – Rosie Mercado.

What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?: Becoming a leadership coach expands my bandwidth to engage, not just my own encounters, but others as well. Hearing amazing stories with happy or surprise endings is good, but I imagine doing life with those on their journey, advising, listening, being supportive, suggestive and engaging. All of this interaction and encouragement from an unbiased advantage is why becoming a Leadership Fellow is one accomplishment on my professional development path.

Samantha Lie-Tjauw

Senior Research Scientist
“To see and to be seen. That is the truest nature of love.” - Brené Brown

Samantha Lie-Tjauw holds a Master in Public Health (MPH) and Master in Business Administration (MBA). Her work can be defined as collaboration with local communities to develop strategic, sustainable solutions in tackling issues in the domains of health and enterprise modernization/transformation. As a Senior Research Scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, Samantha leads user-centered, mixed-methods research to provide a rich understanding of information technology needs to diverse clients, including the Georgia Department of Community Health, the US Department of the Army, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?: Samantha believes coaching is one of the most meaningful and intentional skills you can develop as an individual in order to support the development of others. As she continues to grow into leadership positions both personally and professionally, she sees becoming a coach as developing a new way of communicating and thinking so that she may learn to listen differently and therefore be able to empathize while also asking the challenging questions; empowering others in their own strengths to tackle whatever is ahead. Samantha’s mother has always been a powerful influence in her life and one lesson of the many lessons she learned from her mother was that she will often be her own harshest critic and that failure is part of the process of growing. This advice has allowed Samantha to balance her heart and her head when processing a decision or responding to a situation.

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Sean Alexander

Incoming Analyst for Deloitte Consulting Government & Public Services
“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better." - JK Rowling

Favorite Quote: “We do not need magic to change the world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.”-JK Rowling

While at Georgia Tech, Sean was involved on campus through the Student Government Association, Grand Challenges, Consult Your Community, Asian American Student Association, Ramblin' Reck Club, and Startup Exchange among other communities. Sean has also interned at Porsche Cars North America and Deloitte with a focus on the intersection between business, technology, and transformation. Outside of classes and extracurriculars, he enjoys working out, playing volleyball, hanging out with friends, and trying new foods/experiences. With the LEAD Program, he also served as the teaching assistant for PUBP 4140 Foundations of Leadership class and one of the co-directors for Teams for Tech. He's excited to continue working with students as a coach!

What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?: Sean was inspired by those who came before him. While becoming a strong advocate and leader on campus, he realized that he was able to learn a lot from previous leaders and that leadership requires building up other leaders. Sean understands the importance of having intentional discussions and effort to understand leadership, something that is so nuanced and intricate, and it starts here with coaching. He is passionate about investing in others and helping build communities and leaders. 

What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?: Sean has been through our coaching program twice already and was inspired to be a Leadership Fellow to help give back to the program and community. He truly enjoys working with students and helping them achieve their full potential. Sean believes in continuous improvement and is excited to also learn from his coachees.

Sharon Riehl

Director Culture Inclusion & Engagement
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sharon is the Director, Culture, Inclusion & Engagement in the Staff Diversity, Equity & Engagement office of Institute Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. She was previously a Human Resources Business Partner for the Library and OIT. Sharon is actively involved in many on campus initiatives. In addition to her experience at Georgia Tech, Sharon’s professional career includes diverse Human Resources leadership roles in business ranging from corporate to start-up ventures. In these roles, Sharon has served as an advisor and coach leading and facilitating talent and change management initiatives. She received her B.S.B.A in Human Resources Management from the University of Louisville and her M.B.A. in Human Resources Management and Development from Kennesaw State University.


What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?: Throughout her career, Sharon has been told that she is “good at bringing people together” and has used this strength in facilitating connections, relationships and solutions for the people, teams and organizations that she has served. At the heart of “bringing people together” is coaching individuals and teams to see as well as achieve their individual potential to drive positive results and personal transformation. Sharon has a passion for working with young adults and helping them unlock and leverage leadership talent and potential for both personal and professional growth. She is excited to combine so many passions in serving as a Leadership Fellow and looks forward to the mutually rewarding journey of discovery, growth and development with the students she coaches.

Stacey Doremus

Program Director, Leadership Education and Development
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving" - Albert Einstein

Stacey is a program director and staff instructor for Leadership Education and Development (LEAD). She works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff, as well as other universities to support the development and enrichment of student leadership skills through LEAD's program initiatives. She is also a professional staff advisor for SMILE, Seek Discomfort Club and the First Year Leadership Organization (FLO) - SEED (Seek Discomfort). Prior to pursuing her passion for encouraging student leadership growth and development, Stacey held a variety of positions in the corporate world focusing on marketing and innovative product design and development. She currently has a professional affiliation with the International Leadership Association and the Institute of Coaching at McLean, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate (a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring scientific integrity in the field of coaching). Stacey received her B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York in New Paltz and a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University with an emphasis on leadership in church and community. She enjoys spending time with family and is an avid swimmer and scuba diver.

What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?: Stacey chose to be a leadership fellow because she believes that everyone has the opportunity and capacity to lead. By empowering individuals to be the best version of themselves she believes that they will, in turn, empower others along their leadership journey.

Tamar Grimes

Course Management Coordinator
Live Every Moment, Love Beyond Words, Laugh Everyday

Tamar has worked at Georgia Institute of Technology for over 20 years. She has more than 20 years of management experience and logistical support. She delivers exceptional customer service and works in a cross-functional team environment. She was Project Coordinator for Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Deputy Director’s Office for 10 years. Also, Tamar has over 10 years of management experience in handling multiple portfolios for Georgia Tech’s Professional Education – Education Logistics department. She is a focused, dedicated, and highly motivated leader. Tamar works well independently as well as with a team. She also offers initiative, energy, creativity, innovative thinking, outstanding communication and organizational skills, sound judgment and a work habit and leadership style that are grounded in the principles of teamwork. Tamar graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. She also graduated from Fort Valley State University with her Master of Public Health in Environmental Health. Tamar believes that you can lead from whatever position you currently hold. She attributes her success to hard work and dedication. When others say no, Tamar says yes! She inspires and motivates others! She is confident and effective in her leadership abilities. Tamar is highly respected by all of her peers for the hard work and dedication that she gives to her positions. Although Tamar has many years of experience in leadership, she is excited to continue to learn and grow with her Coachees and take on some great challenges and opportunities!

What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?: I was inspired to be a Leadership Fellow so that I can become a better leader. I want to attain a leadership style that is visible, selfless, and committed to making a positive change in the world. I want to serve as a voice of positive influence and proactive change.

Vikrant Kamble

5th Year PhD Student in Economics
“All you have to do is take a close look at yourself and you will understand everyone else.” – Isaac Asimov

As a Ph.D. candidate in the school of economics, Vikrant studies how people react to changes in the environment and natural resources. His research focuses on environmental policies in the context of developing nations. He is passionate about teaching and wants to be an academician.

Vikrant believes our life is about finding ‘Ikigai’. In the Japanese language, iki means life and gai means purpose or meaning. Together Ikigai literally means ‘purpose of life’. Our journey is about finding this Ikigai. Great leaders and coaches helped him during this journey from a remote village in India to Georgia Tech.

What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?: Two years of experience as a Coachee has been rewarding for Vikrant. It helped him explore his own potential, as well as reorganize his thoughts and aims. Vikrant felt a strong desire to be part of the program by taking on this new challenge to be on the other side of the table. Coaching is an opportunity to help others find their true potential. As a budding academic, he believes he can make a larger impact by helping his students find their ‘ikigai’.