Meet the Faculty / Staff / Alumni Coaches
Coordinator for Parent & Family Programs within the Division of Student Life
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As an undergraduate student at Valdosta State University, Tyler was heavily involved in a various amount of student organizations that were geared towards leadership, service, and the cultural advancement of minority populations. As a former SGA President, Tyler learned a great deal about leadership and its importance on college campuses and society, which ultimately led to him exploring a career in Higher Education Administration. Tyler then went on to achieve a Masters degree from The University of Alabama, where he served also served as Graduate Assistant for Housing and Residential Communities for two years. Tyler is currently working on campus as a Coordinator for Parent & Family Programs within the Division of Student Life.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Tyler believes leadership is ever-changing and even the best leaders can always continue to grow themselves as a leader. Tyler credits his success to finding a driving purpose and also his willingness to care about the well-being and success of others. He wants to be a Coach who challenges his Coachees to understand themselves in a new light and to be apart of their growth as a leader through discussing shared experiences. Tyler is eager to learn from his Coachees and also challenge himself to grow as leader throughout this process.
Associate Director of Residence Life
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other”- John F. Kennedy
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 worked in Housing and Residence Life at Loyola University – New Orleans and the University of Connecticut before moving to Georgia in 2000. He started working for the Housing Department at Georgia Tech in 2001 and has served in three different roles over the years. He is currently the Associate Director of Residence Life and is responsible for North Ave Apartments and West Campus Housing.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Alex is always looking for different ways to connect and interact with students. Leadership Coaching allows him to interact with different students from across campus and figure out what they need to help them achieve their goals. The Institute offers a lot of challenges to its students and Alex believes leadership coaching is a great way to assist students in their own personal journey towards their personal and professional goals.
Alumni - Doctor of Physical Therapy
Life is like a camera. Just focus on what's important. Capture the good times. Develop from the negatives, and if things don't work out, just take another shot - anonymous
Andrew graduated from Georgia Tech in 2015 and has been actively involved with the school since graduation. Andrew coaches the men's ultimate team and has been involved with LEAD since 2015. Andrew started with LEAD as a coachee and became a leadership fellow in 2016. Andrew's undergraduate background is in mechanical engineering with experience in sales and he just attained his doctorate in physical therapy.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Andrew chose to become a leadership fellow to meet other growth minded individuals as well as help enable students to develop the skill set they will need to handle the world after school.
Administrative Professional III/Professional Education
"You don't become what you want, you become what you believe." -- Oprah Winfrey
At the moment, Chareé works for Georgia Tech Professional Education where she supports colleagues and the Executive Leadership Team, by supervising and coordinating administrative and logistical services within the department. She proactively manages important and time-sensitive projects and contracts. She compiles and analyzes data to prepare reports and presentations for the Executive Leadership Team. Chareé also works collaboratively with other teams to establish efficient systems of operations. Chareé worked for Cobb County School District as the Lead School Counselor where she created a comprehensive and high quality counseling program tailored to each student’s identified concerns and needs. As the lead, she was responsible for reviewing program processes and procedures and applying modifications as appropriate. Chareé provided individual and group counseling sessions to students regarding career development, academic achievement, social behavior, and mental and physical health. She served as the primary contact for students, parents, colleagues, and community stakeholders for her grade level. She also oversaw the school’s retention process. Chareé was responsible for organizing the counseling program’s yearly activities and calendar where the guidance curriculum was delivered to support the academic curriculum through interactive, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate student lessons focused on personal social education. She also used student data to collaborate with teachers, counselors, administrators, students, and family members to develop interventions, strategies, and accommodations to address learning and/or classroom behavioral concerns as well as oversaw data management/assessment for all academic and behavioral support programs.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Chareé agree with Aristotle, that one of the most important lessons in life is development of character. Character plays an essential role in leadership development in understanding why you act the way you do and taking these natural reactions further and aligning them with action. She decided to become a leadership coach, because she wanted to help guide and inspire others to recognize how their character affects their behavior which in turn affects the actions they choose to take. Chareé also believes in helping to raise the bar for others, it will also raise the bar for her. She is very excited about this opportunity.
Graduate Program Advisor, Online Master's of Science in Computer Science
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” - John Quincy Adams
Hailing from New York City, Jessica earned her B.S in Business Administration from CUNY and a MBA from Long Island University. She worked at the City University of New York (CUNY) system as a Director of Admissions and Recruitment for Undergraduate Enrollment. Since then she relocated to Atlanta and established the International Credentials Division for the Robinson College of Business MBA Programs at Georgia State University. She arrived at Georgia Tech in 2010 and has held leadership roles in the College of Computing's School of Interactive Computing Graduate Program. Currently, her digital enrollment expertise is with the Online Masters Program serving students worldwide.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Jessica chose to become a Leadership Fellow because the program allows her to collaborate with emerging leaders and share practical advice for advancement in a global society. As a higher education advocate she believes education is the cornerstone of our lives as individuals, a community, and a nation. She is thrilled to add another rewarding GA Tech experience and develop deeper human connections in her life's journey.
Assistant Director 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 the Assistant Director for Leadership Education and Development Programs and Systems. 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. 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. Stacey received her B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York in New Paltz and a Master in 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.
Training Generalist Senior in the Office of Human Resources
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” - John Bunyan
If you were to ask Yvette’s loved ones what they remember most about her as a child, they would say her inquisitive nature. Yvette believes she was destined to be a learning and development professional and she is passionate about fostering the development and growth of others. Over the last seven years, she has worked in the public and private sector, focusing on designing and facilitating learning experiences that equip adult learners with the tools and resources necessary to achieve their defined professional and personal success. Yvette also leverages her B.A. from Clark Atlanta University and her M.S. in Human Resource Development from Florida International University to enhance her effectiveness in the classroom.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:As a leadership fellow, Yvette plans to embody her most important and permanently ongoing belief, best articulated in John Bunyan's affirmation, that “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
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 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 learn and continue to 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 coaching.
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.
Academic Program Coordinator I Staff Member with GTPE Student Services Department
The important thing is this: to be able to give up in any given moment all that we are for what we can become. “DeSeaux”
Mimi graduated from Florida A&M University in Broadcast Journalism. Throughout her twenty year career she has worked in broadcasting at TBS, project manager with Crawford Communications for the Discovery Channel, Learning Channel, The College Television Network (CTN), The Black Family Network (MBC), and Outdoor life (OLN). She later transitioned into IT, and academia as a desk top Analytics with the Art Institute. She acquired both her Masters in Leadership, and a Doctorate in Higher & Post Education from Argosy University. Mimi is currently an Academic Program Coordinator I with GTPE Distance Learning Student Services department. She considers leadership an ongoing process in which to strengthen, and facilitate mental growth through motivation, creativity, and empathy. She believes these qualities fully developed incite, and empower others to lead courageously, and with purpose. Mimi would like to encourage others to grow in areas of leadership by embracing lessons learned coupled with reflection, self-study, and engagement.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:The choice to coach came with its own incentives. An opportunity to be nurtured, and change the narrative. A chance to pause distractions of yesterday, and tomorrow that we may miss excelling in leading the present. Mimi looks forward to growing with her coachees to transform their leadership abilities, and work environments.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Teaching and Learning
"A society grows great when elders plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit." - Greek Proverb
Evan currently works as a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning leading the Graduate Teaching Fellows program and is Program Co-Coordinator for the GT Sloan Fellows in the University Center of Exemplary Mentoring. He graduated from the GT School of City & Regional Planning doctoral program in 2019, and continues his research with the Urban Climate Lab, focusing on climate adaptation planning. Evan has been coaching with LEAD since 2018 and co-led the 2019 Summer iGniTe GT1000 Leadership course.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:He first heard about LEAD through a personal recommendation from a coaching colleague. With a deep interest in academic and professional wellbeing, Evan was excited for the opportunity to give back to the GT community and encourage personal growth and development as a LEAD coach. Staying involved even after graduation has been a great way to contribute to the success of our undergraduate and graduate students and maintain a growth mindset in his own work.
Jayanth Mohana Krishna
Alumnus, Human Computer Interaction
"It takes a wise, bold person to look inward to see what the truth is" - Kathopanishad
Jayanth currently works as a Technical Account Manager in Google's smart home space - if you've ever used a light, thermostat, kitchen appliance, lock, security system or pretty much anything else, chances are it passed through his team. His work involves a lot of cross-functional collaboration across product management, user experience, software and hardware engineering, business development, language and internationalization, privacy, legal and other teams across multiple companies, so taking initiative and being an effective leader is a day-to-day activity. Jayanth graduated out of the Masters program in Human-Computer Interaction at Georgia Tech in May 2018, specializing in interactive computing and IoT. He's have been a Coach through both LEAD and the other programs, and it has played a huge role in changing the way he interacts with people as well as handle situations. A passionate advocate of lateral and contemplative thinking, he believes in looking at life as a more structured distribution of possibilities than complete randomness.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Jayanth's journey into leadership started early on when he read Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Since then, he's been intrigued by qualities that make one an effective leader, seeking out opportunities to seek and promote leadership in himself as well as others. Especially since signing up for Georgia Tech's LEAD coaching in Fall 2018, he's been able to understand and appreciate the value of developing and carrying forward good leadership, and the rationale of letting his Coachees discover their own style of thinking and leadership while facilitating the process with critical questions and impromptu experiments. It is a process he's grown to enjoy immensely, for the connections it forms, the value it brings, and the lasting effect it creates in others' lives. An added bonus is being able to inspire Coachees to further coach others, in the true spirit of third-person learning.
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.
Career Development Advisor, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Graduate Education
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin "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, 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 sectors. 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 has Masters Counseling and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. Board Certified Coach (BCC). She has additional training in WorkLIFE Planning Workshop with Richard Bolles 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 the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC). Robbie has served as Past President, President, Program Chair and Director at Large for GCDA, Statewide Career Fair Committee, GACE and is active as a member of the Georgia Tech Employee Resource Groups (ERG) RESILIENCE committee member. 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."
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 me 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.
Financial Analyst III, Georgia Tech Professional Education
“just do what works for you, because there will always be someone who think differently...” ― Michelle Obama
My name is Arnel Richardson and I am a Financial Analyst III in the Georgia Tech Professional Education department. After earning my BS in Accounting from Morgan State University, I entered the financial world to explore my passion for accounting and finance. I am originally from Baltimore, Maryland and relocated to Atlanta, Ga in 2006. In 2017, I completed a MBA from The University of North Alabama. I am a wife and mother of three. Actively involved in my community, I am a board member of She Steams Foundation, an organization that focus on exposing young girls to the STEM field. I am passionate about the youth and consistently offer my expertise and time to make a difference in my community.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:My decision to participate in the Leadership Fellow program aligns with where I see myself in the near future. I am grateful for the opportunity to development professionally by gaining valuable coaching skills while at the same time helping someone accomplish their goals.
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.
"Greatness is many, many individual feats, and each of them is doable." (Angela Duckworth)
Pralav completed his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. During his time there he held several on campus jobs, internships, and research positions. After attaining his B.S. degree, he pursued a Ph.D. degree at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the field of Materials Science. At Illinois, his research focused on reducing environmental degradation to structural components in turbine engines and pipelines. Currently, he works on electronic materials at Georgia Tech. It is his belief that a positive mindset, hard work, and seeking coaching are crucial to attaining professional goals. Since he attributes his success to the mentorship he has received, he joined the LEAD program to offer the same opportunities to other students. However, he also values the opportunity to mentor students as he believes it will better equip him to serve as a professor in the near future. He is happy to start a journey of personal and professional growth with his coachees.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:My reason for becoming a LEAD Fellow is two-fold: to improve my coaching skills so I may be better equipped to run a research group someday, and to invest in the community at Tech by setting coachees up for personal and professional success.
Database Administrator/Technical Writer in Workplace Learning and Professional Development
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same - Maianne Williamson
Paula is currently the Database Administrator and Technical Writer for the Georgia Tech Human Resources Office of Workplace Learning and Professional Development. Before beginning her 12 year run at Georgia Tech, Paula spent time at Invesco in the corporate financial world as an e-commerce project manager. Paula believes in building bridges, but not the kind Georgia Tech students build. Holding firm the belief that we are all hard wired for connection, she loves to make a nurture these connections with and between people. Paula specializes in leadership, culture building and intentional life coaching. She has dedicated herself to helping people find their inner strengths to create leadership and intention in their own lives that they can carry with them where ever the go. She is looking forward to taking these skills to work with her Coachees as well learning from them in return.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:I know that I was put here on this earth to help others know that they are not alone. I feel that there’s more to life and want to experience a greater purpose and meaning in my life and work.Being a part of Leadership Fellows gives me the opportunity to use my gifts and do what I was put here to do.
Academic Support Coordinator, Georgia Tech Athletic Association
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” - Pele
Shelby Varner began working in higher education and athletics at Florida State University, where she earned her Master’s degree in Educational Learning Systems and Sport Psychology. Upon graduating in 2018, she started an internship with the University of Miami, as an Assistant Athletic Advisor for Olympic Sports. Shelby moved to Atlanta in August 2019 to begin her role as Academic Coordinator with the Georgia Tech Athletic Association. She currently supports the Men’s Basketball, Volleyball, and Men’s Golf teams. Shelby assists student-athletes in degree planning, maintaining academic eligibility, time management, organization, and study skills.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Shelby is passionate about supporting those around her and assisting others in unveiling their leadership skills. As a strong believer in growth mindset and the power of grit, Shelby encourages others to learn from mistakes, fall in love with a challenge, and enjoy the process of lifelong learning.
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.