Meet the Staff

Laci WeedenLaci Weeden, M.S.
Director, Parent and Family Programs


Laci Weeden serves as the Director of Parent & Family Programs.  She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree at Indiana State University in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Counseling.  She has over 20 years of experience in higher education and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals (AHEPPP).

Before becoming a Yellow Jacket at Georgia Tech, Laci served as the Director of Parent & Family Programs at UC San Diego and the Assistant Director of the Parents & Families Services at North Carolina State University.  Prior to working with parents, she served as the Assistant Director of the North Carolina State Women's Center and Assistant Director of Housing at North Carolina State University. She also worked at UNC Charlotte and the University of Akron with Housing and Residence Life.

In her current role, Laci is working on increasing the visibility for Parent & Family Programs.  She is collaborating with various campus partners to enhance Family Weekend and Sibs Day.  She created a new student leadership position – Parent Assistant Leaders (PALs) - to allow students to get involved and gain valuable leadership skills.  Laci also created a new volunteer program called the Parent & Family Ambassador Program, to create more opportunities for parents and families around the world to stay connected to Georgia Tech.

Laci has a special passion for work focused on parents and families, first generation students and families, and multicultural education. She is also a Mom, too

 

Student Assistants

Jonathan headshotJonathan Burke
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Classification: Second Year
Home Town: Johnson City, Tennessee

Advice for Parents: Allow your student to make big decisions themselves. Although it is a good idea to advise them in these decisions, having your student make their own choices is a crucial step for them to become an independent adult.
Favorite place on campus: My favorite place on campus is the Campus Recreation Center. Nothing is a better stress reliever than a little physical exercise.

 

 

Charlotte Goguillon
Major: Business Administration with a concentration in Leading and Managing Human Capital
Classification: Second Year
Home Town: I never know how to answer this question… but originally French, born in Singapore, lived in Atlanta for 10 years.

Advice for parents: Trust your child. You raised them, and you have done a good job, otherwise they wouldn’t have been accepted to Georgia Tech. So trust them, they will do a good job here, there is no reason for them to not be as successful here at Tech as they were in high school. But do keep in mind that this is a hard school so be understanding and supportive!

Favorite place on campus: around Tech green. I love being in the sun and there are plenty of tables and chairs around Tech green for students to eat, study, or socialize. Plus it’s in the middle of campus so location wise it is also perfect!

 

Joyce Kinsey
Advice for parents: My advice to parents of new college students is to encourage their student to remember that college is not just academics. Advise your student to take a light load for their first semester to get used to college and be able to explore non-academic interests – like joining a club or sports team, and meeting new friends. This will definitely give your student a solid foundation for their next college years.

From my experience, my overall advice to all parents is to stay in contact with your son/daughter and continue to give them words of encouragement. Even if they don’t say it, it means the world to them.

Favorite place on campus: My absolute favorite place is the Roof Garden of the 5th floor at the Clough - when the weather is nice. I love the view it has of both the city and Georgia Tech campus. I have on my bucket list to one-day see fireworks and/or a sunrise on the roof!