Meet the Staff


Our staff is a unique and diverse group of current Georgia Tech students who are here to help you succeed! Their skills and majors vary greatly, giving you the best chance at finding someone who can answer questions or help you find resources on campus. 

Student Staff

Rebecca Robbins Program Assistant


Major: Computer Science Minor: Health and Medical Sciences

Bio: I’m a third-year CS major from Kansas City, Missouri!  I love tennis, music, and Netflix.  On campus I’m involved in Greek life and GOALSoccer.

What I can help with: I originally came to Tech as a biology major, switched to neuro, and finally switched to CS at the end of my second year.  So, if you’re struggling with choosing a major or deciding what is the best major for you, I can definitely help with that and finding the resources to help you through that process.  I can also help with resumes, class scheduling, and other general Tech questions you may have!

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Bryce Matlock Program Assistant


Major: Biology

Bio: I was born Dallas, Texas but I grew up in Woodstock, Georgia which is about 30 minutes north of Georgia Tech. I am a HUGE fan of all Atlanta sports: Falcons, Braves, Atlanta United, and Hawks. My favorite past time is watching movies/tv or playing sports mainly basketball, football, and soccer. 

What I can help with: As a biology major with a focus on pathology and public health I can help with classes, scheduling, research (on campus and at Emory), internships, and advice about life at Tech!

Office Hours: 

Monday: Working in Caldwell Basement 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Tuesday: 1st Floor 4:00 - 5:00 pm; 2nd Floor 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 3rd Floor 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Thursday: 4th Floor 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Bryan Gomez​ Program Assistant


Major: BS Biochemistry and BS Neuroscience

Bio: I'm a first-year student here at Tech and love getting involved with Residence Life! On a typical day, you can see me planning events for the Folk and Caldwell Residence Halls, working on advertisements and other marketing initiatives for the EXPLORE LLC, and enjoying my time in lab.

What I can help with: If you ever need help planning an event or getting the word out about it, I'm your guy! I love making flyers and newsletters to make sure that our residents stay in the loop of things.

Office Hours: I live here too, so check in with me anytime!

Nick Hale ​Program Assistant

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Major: Physics

Bio: Hi! I'm Nick Hale, one of the Student Assistants for the EXPLORE Living-Learning-Community. I grew up in Acworth Georgia, which you've likely never heard of. It's not a big city, but sometimes it certainly felt like it. Being a Georgia Native, I was thrilled to come to Georgia Tech to major in Physics. I'm not just a nerd though! I love playing soccer and basketball, playing video games as most boys do, as well as coding in my spare time.

What I can help with: If you ever need any help on some physics or Python Coding, or even some general things in the other sciences, or just want to talk, I'm here!

Office Hours: 3-4pm on Tuesdays, 3-5pm on Wednesdays, and 3-4pm on Thursdays


Elisa Koolman Explore Hall Council Representative - Pre-Health Focus


Major:Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Biomedical Engineering

Bio: I'm originally from Daphne, AL, which is right on the Gulf of Mexico. This semester I'll be involved in the Molecular Gastronomy club, the Little Einsteins Organization at Georgia Tech, and try to go to as many EXPLORE events as I can. I'm also interested in prosthetics and medical robots, so if you want to chat about that, feel free to reach out!

What I can help with: I'm the EXPLORE liaison, formerly SHaRP Liaison. I act as a direct line between students of EXPLORE and the coordinating staff. If you have any suggestions on how to improve the LLC, I'm all ears. Feel free to email me!

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Avery Timmons Explore Hall Council Representative - Research Focus


Major: Neuroscience with Research option, Minor in French, Health and Medical Sciences

Bio: I am currently a first year student at Georgia Tech, I grew up in Douglasville, Georgia which is a little west of Atlanta. On campus I am a part of DramaTech which is a theatre club, I have also been a part of EXPLORE's intramural soccer team. On the weekends I enjoy exploring the city of Atlanta, my goal is to visit the Krog Street Tunnel soon, and hopefully run into a movie set or some type of filming. 

What I can help with: ​I work as an EXPLORE liaison in which I communicate with first years on a daily basis getting to know what type of events and activities they are interested in. If you have ideas for an event you want to happen or want to have dinner with a faculty member, hit me up with the details and I can help make it happen.

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Professional Staff

Michelle Canales, M.S. Coordinator for Explore Living Learning Communities




Emma Blandford, M.Ed. Assistant Director in the College of Sciences; Explore Living Learning Communities



Dr Jennifer Leavey, Ph.D. Principal Academic Professional for the College of Sciences; Faculty Director for Explore Living Learning Communities





Contact Us

Emma Blandford
Assistant Director in the College of Sciences
Explore Living Learning Communities

Michelle Canales
Coordinator for Explore Living Learning Communities

General Contact & questions