The Freshman Experience Program Office is located
on the ground floor of
the Matheson Residence Hall on the eastern side of campus.
It is building 91 on the
Brett Hulst - 404-894-5680
Position: Assistant Director of Housing for Freshman Experience
Education: B.S.Ed Health Promotion/Behavior, University of Georgia; M.Ed. Higher Education Student Affairs Administration, University of Vermont
"I like working with freshmen because the first year of college is an exciting time for them as they begin to make adult choices and have new experiences. I like watching them grow as they move away from home and become citizens of the world."
Sheree Gibson - 404-894-8481
Position: Area Manager for Armstrong, Caldwell, Fitten, Folk, Freeman, and Montag, supervising two full-time Hall Directors
Education: B.A. Sociology, The Ohio State University; M.A. College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University
"I am excited to work with first-year students at Georgia Tech because of their enthusiasm, energy, and excitement about being in a new place. First-year students are eager to build relationships, get involved, and experience collegiate life. I enjoy helping them make it happen!"
Keith Echols - 404-894-5685
Position: Area Manager for Brown, Cloudman, Harrison, Howell, Smith and Towers, supervising three full-time Hall Directors
Education: B.S Information Technology, Georgia Southern University; M.S. Higher Education, Florida State University
"I consider it a privilege to be able to work with the first-year students here at Georgia Tech. As these students are beginning their transition into adulthood, we have the opportunity to partner with them on this wonderful journey. I am passionate about helping first-year students to become well-rounded, positive members of our campus, local, and global communities. The first year in the life of a student is a time of much change and growth, and I am excited to be a part of that process in a positive way!"
Matt Bloomingdale - 404-894-1141
Position: Area Manager for Glenn, Field, Hopkins, Hanson, Perry, and Matheson, supervising three full-time Hall Directors
Education: B.A. Organizational Communication, Dana college; M.A. Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, Ball State University
"It is a privilege to work in the Freshmen Experience at Georgia Tech. The opportunity to have a positive impact on a student's experience is a great responsibility. Watching students develop during their tenure at Tech is certainly one of the most rewarding parts of my position."
Mandy Garcia - 404-385-6588
Position: Hall Director for Cloudman, Harrison, and Howell
Education: B.A. Spanish, B.F.A. Studio Art, New Mexico State University; M.A. Higher Education, University of Arizona
"Hello! I am thrilled to be working with such a talented and diverse student body here at Georgia Tech. I'm honored to be working with the Freshmen Experience, aiding first-year students with their transition to the institute and creating environments where students can live, learn, and thrive."
Byron Kelly - 404-385-6587
Position: Hall Director for Field and Hopkins
Education: B.S. Biology, University of West Georgia; M.Ed. Professional Counseling with a Concentration in College Student Affairs, University of West Georgia
"I'm excited to be a part of the Freshman Experience team as we strive towards building communities within our residence halls that are not only inclusive, but also socially just. Your freshman year is the time when you will experience freedom, responsibility, new friendships, and leadership opportunities. My staff and I look forward to guiding you through this exciting time of your life at such a forward-thinking and technologically-advanced institution as Georgia Tech."
Christopher Ruiz - 404-385-6574
Position: Hall Director for Matheson, Perry, and Hanson
Education: B.A. Psychology, Texas Tech University; M.Ed Higher Education: Student Affairs, Texas Tech University
"Working with the Freshmen Experience students is very exciting. The students are very motivated and dedicated to do what they say they are going to do. In my time here at Georgia Tech I have found the students to consistently strive for more and I am excited to see what things are in store for these students throughout the year."
Michael C. Jones - 404-385-6575
Position: Hall Director for Glenn
Education: B.S. Multinational Business Operations, The Florida State University; M.Ed. Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration, University of South Carolina.
"Serving as a central nexus of living and learning, I believe working within a residence hall in the Freshman Experience will best serve students by providing many opportunities to get involved in their campus community. The student staff and I have the privilege of aiding first-year students' academic success and personal development while attending Georgia Tech. I am eager to assist your students to seize their future by connecting with their peers on campus, members of the surrounding Atlanta community, and beyond."
Andrew Wright - 404-385-6585
Position: Hall Director for Smith and Brown
Education: B.A. Political Science, North Carolina State University; M.Ed. College Student Personnel, The University of Southern Mississippi
"I have spent 6 years working in residence halls is with first-year students. I love working with freshmen because of the growth and changes you see. There are always a few students who barely know how to microwave popcorn and can't do their own laundry when they move in and over the course of the year, they learn how to do those things and they are noticeably more mature and wise."
Brett Scharf - 404-385-6584
Position: Hall Director for Towers
Education: B.A. Health Science, University of Florida; M.P.H. Epidemiology, University of Florida
"As part of the Freshmen Experience, I aim to provide a home away from home that encourages both personal and professional development for students. The opportunities are endless, as is my excitement to be part of the Georgia Tech family!"
Amber Galusha-Patel - 404-385-6586
Position: Hall Director for Folk and Caldwell
Education: B.S. Secondary Education, Florida International University; M.S. Higher Education Administration, Florida International University
"As a Hall Director at Georgia Tech, I have the opportunity to help create a home for freshmen students to LIVE, WORK, and PLAY together. I am excited to supervise student staff members who are passionate about their institution and position. Freshman year is a pivotal time in a student’s life. My goal is to ensure each student is challenged and supported both inside and outside of the classroom."
Sarah Strohmenger - 404-385-7611
Position: Hall Director for Armstrong and Hefner
Education: B.S. Psychology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; M.A. Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, Ball State University
"The first year of college is a time for discovery. Students will start to step outside of their comfort zones, challenge themselves to think in new ways, and learn more than they ever might have thought about themselves and what they hope to achieve. Through the Freshman Experience at Georgia Tech, students on campus will be supported as they explore all of these things during their first year. I am so excited to be a part of this journey and look forward to helping each student discover who they can become during their time at Georgia Tech."
Sarah Argiero - 404-385-3713
Position: Hall Director for Freeman and Montag
Education: B.S. Dietetics, Michigan State University; M.S. Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University
"I am excited to be working with the Freshmen Experience at Georgia Tech because of the energy and enthusiasm first-year students bring to campus. The first year of college is an exciting time full of challenges and opportunities and I enjoy assisting first-year students in their transition."