Meet the Faculty / Staff / Alumni Coaches
Program Director and Instructor in the Office of Leadership Education and Development (LEAD)
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving" - Albert Einstein
Stacey is a program director and 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 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.
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 their best selves she believes that they will, in turn, empower others along their leadership journey.
Course Management Coordinator
Live Every Moment, Love Beyond Words, Laugh Everyday
Tamar has worked at Ga Tech for over 20 years. She has more than 20 years of management experience and provider of 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 through
Training Generalist II in Workplace Learning & Professional Development
"The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership." - Harvey S. Firestone
As a Training Generalist II for GTHR, Bryan develops and facilitates learning interventions to help advance individual and organizational success. Projects include Institute-wide programs such as New Employee Experience and Departmental Onboarding, Talent Management & Planning, HR Knowledge Development, and Professional Development Circles. He brings experience in supervisory skills training, leadership program development and management, and HR process training from the City of Austin, Bank of America, and The Home Depot. Bryan received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Human Resources from The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development from the University of Georgia.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:This is Bryan's first time working in higher education, and even though his work does not directly impact students, he recognizes how important it is to always remember that they are the reason we are all here. Serving as a Leadership Coach offers him the opportunity to make that student connection, and provide support and professional development to his Coachees.
IT Support Professional Supervisor in the Division of Student Life
"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 for the Division of Student Life at Georgia Tech.
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.
MEd, NCC, LPC, CCC, BCC Retired Career Development Advisor, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Graduate Education, Georgia Institute of Technology 2009-2021
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin "Everyone can benefit from coaching to jump-start their job search, plot potential career path and or consistently overcome challenges. Graduate students sometimes try to handle everything but should consider-top performers in business, government, education, and athletics utilize coaching throughout their career to set goals and or work through problems to reach their potential." - Robbie Ouzts "Everyone can benefit from counseling and or coaching to jump-start their job search or plot potential career paths. Graduate students sometimes try to handle everything but…should consider-top performers in business, government, education, and athletics utilize counseling and coaching throughout their career to set goals and or work through problems to reach their potential." Robbie Ouzts
Robbie Brawner Ouzts, NCC, LPC, CCC, BCC, joined Georgia Tech in 2009 as a Senior Career Specialist, a position created to serve the graduate student population with all aspects of career and professional development. Robbie brings years of recruiting and consulting experience from the private sector and career/professional development from higher education and non-profits. Graduate students sometimes try to "handle everything," but athletics utilize counseling and coaching throughout their career to set goals and work through problems to reach their potential. Robbie earned a Master's in Counseling and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Career Counselor (CCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. Board Certified Coach (BCC). She has additional training in the WorkLIFE Planning Workshop with the late Richard Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute and Domestic Abuse Training and Professional Boundaries from the University of California, Davis. Robbie is also active in several professional organizations, American Counseling Association (ACA), National Career Development Association (NCDA), Georgia Career Development Association (GCDA), and volunteer. Robbie has served as Past President, President, Program Chair, and Director at Large for GCDA, Statewide Career Fair Committee, GACE, and was active as a member of the Georgia Tech Employee Resource Groups (ERG) RESILIENCE committee. Robbie has received the following awards, Institute Wide Service Award, Susan Cozens Administrator Award "Friend of the Graduate Student" awarded by Graduate SGA given to an individual who has gone beyond their duty to help graduate students and be an advocate for them. Former Graduate Student Body President "We all felt strongly that Robbie exemplified this. Her love for and desire to help graduate students are evident. We have had wonderful reports about her from students that have worked with her. We were also impressed by her enthusiasm and eagerness to work with Grad SGA to make things better for graduate students. She has truly gone above and beyond our wildest expectations, and we look forward to seeing what comes in the future." Robbie retired on January 1, 2021, but continues to volunteer with LEAD.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:It is an honor and privilege to work with GT students; LEAD provides an opportunity to give back, work with students, see growth, and work outside the Career Center role. My passion is working with students, and LEAD will allow one to get to know and understand student's challenges and opportunities as we move through the coaching process. LEAD will create a partnership for growth for both the Coach and the Coachee.
Alumnus, co-founder of Capacitor Foundry
“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.
Human Resources Business Partner
“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 Human Resources Business Partner for the Georgia Tech Library. She was previously the HR Business Partner for OIT. Sharon is actively involved on campus and has served as a founding leadership team member in the Web of Brilliance Employee Resource Group and currently serves on the leadership team of the Resilience Employee Resource Group. 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. 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.
Aleksija (Leksi) Simic
Healthy Lifestyle Engagement Specialist from the Campus Recreation Center
"Just because the song is over, is that any reason to not enjoy the music?" - Unknown
Leksi attended California State University San Bernardino where she received her degree in Kinesiology. While going through her classes she realized she wanted to work with students in a different capacity. During that time, she fell in love with Higher Education and decided to pursue her master's degree in College Student Personnel Administration at the University of Central Missouri. This led Leksi to take some time to work in the Housing Department as a Hall Director. Leksi was and still is very passionate about creating a safe space for students to grow and learn how to obtain the tools needed as adults. While Leksi's journey continued in Higher Education, she began to find her passion in Health and Wellness. This took Leksi to the new role at the CRC as the Healthy Lifestyle Engagement Specialist. This role is now combining her goal to make students feel at home and work on creating healthy life habits students can take with them once they leave Georgia Tech.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Through Leksi's time in Higher Education, she has seen that one of the most impactful experiences is to be able to lead others in a positive manner. Leksi wants to be able to enhance the student experience by becoming a coach to those who are eager to learn and develop their leadership skills. One of the biggest focus areas for Leksi is being able to connect and build relationships. Through coaching, Leksi wants to engage with those who are interested in being leaders to assist them to acquire all the skill set needed to succeed. To Leksi, success in leadership is not only a title, but to have the tools to help others build better relationships, influence those to be proud of the work they accomplish, and see the change they can achieve working as a team with a strong leader. While going through the journey with a Coachee, Leksi is excited to continue to learn and develop skills herself that would further assist others in their journey in becoming the leader they aspire to be.
Be the change you wish to see in the world - M.C. Gandhi
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 the freshmen and a Peer Assistant Tutor for the 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 education and health of underprivileged kids which is the most satisfying experience of her life so far. She was the recipient of Director’s Silver Medal for outstanding overall performance in the class of 2017 CEE and award for outstanding social service to the community at my undergraduate school, IIT Gandhinagar. Prerna is currently a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Infrastructure Research Group in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 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 positive attitude towards any challenge ahead. Prerna wishes to inculcate the spirit of leadership inspired from 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 bringing out the best of the Coachees along with herself.
Hall Director in the Department of Housing and Residence Life
“Everything you want to be, you already are. You’re simply on the path to discovering it.” - Alicia Keys
Amber is in her fifth year as a Hall Director (HD) at GA Tech. Amber currently serves as an HD in the North Ave North and West (NANW) community and has worked in the Graduate and Family Housing area. Amber has student and work experiences at Bowling Green State University, The Ohio State University, University of South Florida, Michigan State University, and Purdue University Global. Amber is a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), Alpha Phi Omega Co-ed Service Fraternity, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Amber has served as an advisor for the NANW, NAS, NAE, and the GAF Hall Councils. Amber received the 2019-2020 & 2020-2021 Hall Council Advisor of the Year awards and is in her second year in the Co-Advisor role with Residence Hall Association. Amber has also won the 2020-2021 Housing and Residence Life Program of the Year for the Baked Feta Pasta Cooking Demo. Amber enjoys social media (e.g. TikTok, Instagram), going out to different restaurants, and her favorite GA Tech tradition is the Midnight Bud. Amber is serving as a Program Planning & Development Co-Chair for the Professionals of Color Committee through ACUHO-I (which is an international housing professional organization) and will be presenting on a professional development program at a Regional Housing conference in March 2022.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Amber is looking forward to developing coachees and expanding her skillset beyond advising and supervising.
Digital Learning Support Specialist, Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE)
“Either lead, follow, or get out the way”
Christopher has degrees in both Electronic Engineering Technology and in Telecommunications. He has over 25 years’ experience in a higher education and was instrumental in the transition of Georgia Tech's Distance Learning program from a taped based program, to a file based virtual program in which all elements are digital and distributed online. An avid music lover and fan of the creative arts, many of Christopher's hobbies mirror his professional life, additional Christopher believes in community service and volunteering
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Christopher has chosen to become a Leadership Coach out of a desire to give back to Tech community. To become a resource for students to lean into and to assist helping students find solutions on their own and share life experiences.
Academic Coordinator, Georgia Tech Athletic Association
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel - Maya Angelou
Kristen Wingate began working in higher education at Benedict College while completing her graduate degree at Full Sail University. After working at Benedict College for 4 years, Kristen made her way to Atlanta after accepting an offer to become an Academic Coordinator for the Georgia Tech Athletics Association. She currently provides support to several student-athletes and teams within the department. She is a native of South Carolina and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Benedict College and Master’s Degree from Full Sail University in the areas of Communication and Sports Management. Kristen finds it rewarding to assist others and watch them grow to their highest potential. She understands that having a solid support structure is the foundation for helping others to achieve their goals. Kristen is excited about being a Leadership Fellow and see it as an opportunity to help make a positive impact in the lives of students here at Georgia Tech.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Kristen loves to help others reach their goals.