Freshman Experience Program Office

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 Campus Map

Hours 8am - 5pm Monday-Friday
Phone Number (404) 385-3739 (FREX)
Fax Number (404) 894-2981
Mailing Address   Georgia Tech, Dept of Housing
711 Techwood Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0580

Freshman Experience Program Office Staff

Brett Hulst Brett Hulst - 404-894-5680

Position: Associate Director of Residence Life
Education: B.S.Ed Health Promotion/Behavior, University of Georgia; M.Ed. Higher Education Student Affairs Administration, University of Vermont

"Working in a university environment surrounded by students as they strive to learn about themselves and the world around them is always exciting and rewarding. I have the pleasure of working with residents as they first move away from home until they finish as experts in their chosen fields.  I come to work every day knowing that I get to interact with the people who will have huge impacts on their communities and in our world. Great students and a great institution -- that is the reason I love my role at Georgia Tech."

Kourtney Bowie Kourtney Bowie - 404-385-3046

Position: Office Manager
Education: B.S. Sociology, Clayton State University

"Having the opportunity to work with incoming Georgia Tech students is an honor. I enjoy seeing the transformation that students undergo throughout their first year. Being away from home can be overwhelming at times, and I look forward to becoming a familiar face that will help them feel at ease."

Keith Echols Keith Echols - 404-894-5685

Position: Area Manager for Brown, Cloudman, Harris, 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 Matt Bloomingdale - 404-894-1141

Position: Area Manager for Glenn, Field, Fourth Street, Goldin, Hopkins, Hanson, Hayes, Perry, Matheson and Stein 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 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 Byron Kelly - 404-385-6587

Position: Hall Director for Hanson, Fourth Street Apts, Hayes, Stein, Goldin 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 Christopher Ruiz - 404-385-6574

Position: Hall Director for Matheson, Perry and Field
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."

Christopher Ruiz 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 Andrew Wright - 404-385-6585

Position: Hall Director for Smith, Harris and Brown
Education: B.A. Political Science, North Carolina State University; M.Ed. College Student Personnel, The University of Southern Mississippi

"I have been working in Housing since 2003 and love working with college students.  It is exciting to watch a student grow during their time at Georgia Tech.  So many of a student's experiences happen in the residence halls and I am privileged to be able to help those experiences be great."

Brett Scharf Brett Scharf - 404-385-3713

Position: Hall Director for Fitten, Freeman, and Montag
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 Picture 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  Picture 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."

Shauna Nefos Webb  Picture Shauna Nefos Webb - 404-894-8481

Position:Area Manager for Armstrong, Caldwell, Fitten, Folk, Freeman, Hefner, and Montag, supervising three full-time Hall Directors
Education:B.A. Sociology and Communications, Messiah College; M.Ed. College Student Affairs, Azusa Pacific University

"Freshman year is one of the most exciting and formative times in a college student's life, and it is an honor to work with students who are motivated to make the most of their time at Georgia Tech. I am passionate about helping students find their path and develop the skills necessary to succeed as leaders in society."