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 23 years of experience in higher education and served on the National Board of Directors for six years with AHEPPP: Family Engagement in Higher Education. 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 also is a parent!


img_4608_0.jpgTyler Barker, M.Ed. - Coordinator, Parent and Family Programs

Tyler serves as the Coordinator for Parent and Family Programs. He graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Speech Communication: Intercultural Organization Communication emphasis. Tyler then went on to earn his Master's degree at The University of Alabama in Higher Education Administration. He has over 4 years of experience within higher education with experience in Student Government, Greek Life, and Housing and Residential Communities. Prior to working at Georgia Tech, over the past two years Tyler has served as an Graduate Community Director in Housing and Residential Communities at The University of Alabama.

In his current role, Tyler will be assisting Laci, Director of Parent & Family Programs, with planning and coordinating of Family Weekend, Sibs Day, Grandparents & Friends Day and all other office operations and communication. Tyler will be directly supervising the Parent Assistant Leaders (PALS), managing social media content, GT H.U.B. and overseeing first generation initiatives for the parents, families, and students. Tyler is dedicated to enhancing the Georgia Tech experience of all parents, families, and students through establishing a sense of belonging within the Institute. 


Student Assistants


Andreea Lucaciu
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Classification: Third Year
Home Town: Oradea, Romania  
Advice for Parents: Be openminded and loving! It's easy to become overwhelmed in college while learning how to grow independent, so be there for them when they need you. Your support means a lot to them!
Favorite place on campus: Clough roof garden


Rachel Hudson
Major: International Affairs and Modern Languages
Classification: Second Year
Home Town: Duluth, GA   
Advice for Parents: Remind your student to take care of their relationships. Tech will remind them how important academics and career preparation are, so remind them to place that same importance in their relationships with friends, professors, and classmates. They need someone they can go to here when things become difficult. 
Favorite place on campus: The dance studios at the CRC

Click on the link below to meet our other student leaders on our team.

Parent Assistant Leaders(PALs)