Meet the Staff

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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




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: 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‚Äč : 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 HoursI live here too, so check in with me anytime!




Nick Hale: Program Assistant


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!



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.




                                          Professional Staff


Michelle Canales, M.S

She, Her, Hers

Coordinator for the College of Sciences;Explore Living Learning Communities


(404) 894 2690



I serve as the Coordinator of the Explore Living Learning Community in the College of Sciences. I was born in Puerto Rico, and raised in the city of Brotherly Love in Philadelphia. After living in Florida for 2 years to pursue graduate school, I moved to the wonderful city of Atlanta to work with college students! With an M.S. in College Student Affairs, I am genuinely passionate about working with students in a variety of roles as well as diversity and inclusion! On a personal note, I love reality tv, going to the movies, spending time with friends, and traveling!

What can I help with:

I am here at your service and here to help with any programs or services you would like to engage in here while in the Explore LLC. Want to see a program or service we don’t offer? Come connect with me and we can figure out how to make it happen!

I can also help if you just want a listening ear or guidance through your time here with Explore!

Emma Blandford, M.Ed.

She, Her, Hers

Assistant Director for the College of Sciences; Explore Living Learning Communities


(404) 385 5591

Bio:  Welcome to Georgia Tech! I have worked all over departments in higher education from beginning as a Residence Hall Director at Eastern Connecticut State University, to taking on public health issues at the University of Connecticut, directing a Women's Center, and leading initiatives on diversity and inclusion. I earned my BA in Diversity Studies and Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut and my masters in Education from Western New England before moving to Atlanta in 2017 to work alongside of first year students as we developed the newest Living Learning Communities on campus. Because of the amazing work of our students and staff, we have been able to present at multiple national conferences in the areas of integrating academic, social, and student health. 

What I can help with:

If there is anything that I can do on campus for you this year, it is my hope that you will truly take the opportunities to connect to your "why". Why did you come to Tech? Why are you in the major you have chosen? What makes you excited to wake up everyday? Explore is here to connect you with all of the resources available to you through Tech, and to make them available to you right here in Folk and Caldwell Halls. Let me know how we can help, and we will work to make it happen.  



Dr Jennifer Leavey, Ph.D

She, Her, Hers

PrincipalAcademic Professional for the College of Sciences; Faculty Director for Explore 




Jennifer Leavey is a Principal Academic Professional in the School of Biology and the College of Sciences. She is the Director of the Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project, an interdisciplinary educational initiative with the goal of recruiting and retaining students in STEM careers through the study of how urban habitats affect honey bee health and how technology can be used to study bees.  She is also the faculty director of the Explore Living Learning Community.








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