November 2022: Rachel Doring

Year/Major: Aerospace Engineering, 5th year   

Position: Aquatics Supervisor

How long have you worked at the CRC? 4 years

Clifton Strengths: 1. Achiever 2. Harmony 3. Input 4. Maximizer, and 5. Consistency

What is your favorite part of working at the CRC? My favorite part about working at the CRC is being surrounded by a great group of people that are dedicated and fun to be around. I have a lot of good memories from working in aquatics, but my favorite has to be being able to watch the incredible swimmers in person at the 2019 US Open such as Katie Ledecky and Caleb Dressel.

What your supervisor has to say about you:  Rachel Doring exemplifies what it means to be an employee of the CRC: dedication, professionalism, and commitment. She has been a lifeguard with the CRC since Spring 2019 and has continued to be a shining light for the Aquatics staff. Rachel is a role model to all of the lifeguard staff as one of the most experienced supervisors, all while being cool under pressure AND graduating with a degree in Aerospace Engineering in the process. She has been here for nearly every grand scale event that GT Aquatics has hosted, from US Open 2019 to NCAA Championships 2022. During a routine shift and coinciding lifeguard guard class, an emergency occurred in Aquatics, and Rachel diligently led all of the lifeguard candidates, patrons, and guests outside to safety while communicating with the rest of the staff to ensure everyone's safety. She reorganized the events schedule that day to accommodate for two birthday parties so that everyone would be able to have a blast with the time crunch that occurred. Only experienced and composed veterans are able to pull that off!”-Laura Liz Bryan, Aquatics Coordinator-Staff Development

October 2022: Gillian Kearney

Gillian KearneyYear/Major: Computer Science, 3rd Year

Position: Intramural Supervisor

How long have you worked at the CRC? Since Feb 2021 so 1.5yrs

Clifton Strengths: 1. Woo, 2. Competition, 3. Activator, 4. Command, and 5. Self-Assurance

What is your favorite part of working at the CRC?
I love all the friends I’ve made both my coworkers and all the IM players. I love meeting people from all across campus through intramurals. My favorite memory was refereeing my first Flag Football game and the teams that were playing were a team of supervisors and Darrin. I knew the least about the sport on the field but they were so nice and it was a really funny experience.

What your supervisor has to say about you.
“Gillian has gone above and beyond to lead the flag football committee for comp sports. This is the first major sport we offer in the school year and it sets the tone for the rest of the year. Gillian has elevated trainings, provided more resources for officials and is a positive leader both as a supervisor and official. Gillian has a demeanor that people want to be around, she is inviting while still challenging our officials to improve. With her influence more officials are attending trainings and training frequency has gone up to continue to develop officials. Intramural customer service is all about how well officiated a game is, and Gillian has done nothing but raise our standards on officiating both as a supervisor and an official. She is a model employee and an integral leader to Competitive Sports.” - Abby Harvey, Competitive Sports Coordinator

September 2022: Max Schoenfuss

Max at his ORGT post.

Year/Major: Aerospace Engineering, 3rd Year

Position: Wilderness Outpost Manager

How long have you worked at the CRC? Since Summer 2018.

Clifton Strengths: 1. Context, 2. Input, 3. Learner, 4. Intellection, and 5. Restorative

What is your favorite part of working at the CRC?
My favorite part of working at the Outpost is meeting all of the different and varied people curious about jumping into the outdoors. I don't really have a favorite memory to be honest.

What your supervisor has to say about you.
“Simply put, Max is a rockstar. His commitment to Outdoor Recreation ensures that experiences provided for students are better-organized, better-equipped, and communications are managed effectively. Some examples of his effectiveness: When I needed a right-hand person to help orchestrate checking out gear to 52 different people, on a Saturday, during the busiest expedition weekend of the year, Max stepped up and handled the situation with ease. Whenever I approach the Outpost desk with a list of tasks for the staff to accomplish that week, before I can finish, from somewhere across the room Max will interject, “it’s already done!”. His sense of humor, incredible work ethic, and dependability make him an invaluable part of the Outdoor Recreation team. Whether dealing with a complex trip registration issue that requires troubleshooting, leading an In-Service Training for the Outpost staff on new operating procedures, or managing some of the busiest weeks for equipment rentals in recent memory, Max makes it look easy. His dedication to building staff culture, providing quality experiences for CRC patrons, and commitment to the campus community are hard to match. If I haven’t said it already, the CRC is lucky to have him as a staff member, role model, and leader!” - Tyler Joing, Expeditions & Adventures Coordinator

August 2022: Kyra Barney

Kyra Barney

Year/Major: Biology, 4th year 

Position: Member Services Student Manager

How long have you worked at the CRC? Since Summer 2018

Clifton Strengths: 1. Restorative, 2. Developer, 3. Individualization, 4. Arranger, and 5. Relator

What is your favorite part of working at the CRC?
My favorite part of working at the CRC is being able to interact with the patrons and help them with any tasks they may need. It always makes my day to know I helped someone. My favorite memory of working was when a GT alumni called to ask about the bus routes for the 9/17 football game. Even though I had no idea about the bus routes, I helped as best I could and gave him the number for GT PTS, and this eventually turned into a conversation about his time here at Tech and the interesting people he's met in the GT community. It was a very enjoyable conversation during a stressful week of exams, so it really made me happy.

What your supervisor has to say about you.
“Kyra is so positive and helpful to everyone that enters the doors of the CRC - both members and coworkers alike. She provides great customer service, is calm in risk management situations, and a tremendous team player. Kyra is very knowledgeable and even if she is not working, is one of the first to step in and help a coworker find an answer or teach them how to do a sale. She was also recognized by another staff member for her professionalism and calm nature during a first aid situation. But what Kyra is most known for is helping - she is almost always the first one to take a shift when someone else needs help and hardly ever says no.” – Priscilla Gaona, Member Services Coordinator

January 2022: Bailey Martin

Bailey Martin

Year/Major: Mechanical Engineering, 6th year 

Position: Leadership Challenge Course & Outpost Student Manager

How long have you worked at the CRC? Since Summer 2018

Clifton Strengths: 1. Arranger, 2. Deliberative, 3. Analytical, 4. Relator, and 5. Achiever

What is your favorite part of working at the CRC?
My favorite part of working at the CRC is getting to impact people’s lives in a positive way through my work at the Leadership Challenge course. Getting to help students and corporate employees alike grow in their interpersonal skills and become closer as a team is an extremely rewarding experience.

What your supervisor has to say about you.
“In eleven years as assistant director of outdoor recreation, I have not worked with a more committed, more professional, or more pleasant CRC employee or ORGT volunteer than Bailey Martin. As an employee, he is very well-informed about operating procedures. He's adept at explaining them in easy-to-understand terms, too. Students and staff turn to him with questions frequently. In nearly every case, he is can reel off the correct answer immediately. In the few when he cannot, he has never left a customer at a dead-end or empty-handed. He makes it a point to research answers when he isn't sure and report back to the customer with the answer. He is exceedingly conscientious. As it should, a student's life on campus focuses on academics. At a rigorous institution like Georgia Tech, it becomes easy to take a casual attitude towards student employment in deference to burying oneself in studies. Never once have I seen Bailey's work responsibilities take a back seat to his role with the CRC. Whether facilitating challenge course groups, helping a student plan her own camping adventure, leading a whitewater kayaking trip, or helping to improve the efficiency of systems like reserving gear, he is 100% invested in service to other students. In this period of great transition, he has been indispensable in training staff--both student and professional--in how the Wilderness Outpost and Challenge Course operate. Thanks to Bailey Martin..” – David Knobbe, Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation

“Baily is consistently serving the student communities in the outdoor recreation area with technical know how, strategic solutions, and a human touch from a student leadership perspective. In addition, he demonstrates a passion for setting up the new Leadership Challenge Course (LCC) pro staff for success by openly and fairly sharing his knowledge and experience. This has allowed the recently reopened LCC to begin the rebuilding process on a strong footing into the future.” – Dale Robinson, Leadership Challenge Course Coordinator

December 2021: Laura Liz Bryan

Laura Liz Bryan

Year/Major: Psychology, 4th year 

Position: Aquatics Lifeguard Training Manager

How long have you worked at the CRC? Since September 2018

Clifton Strengths: 1. Adaptability, 2. Restorative, 3. Individualization, 4. Developer, and 5. Futuristic

What is your favorite part of working at the CRC?
I get to interact with people from all walks of life. I can go from helping a kid who coming in for his first swim practice, to guarding one of the many professors who come in for Rec Swim, to helping an Olympian find the right locker rooms.

What is your favorite memory of working at the CRC?
My favorite memory is from an activity that we did in one of our 2019 in-services. Tahlia and our managers made pieces of paper for all of us to tape on our backs. The goal was to write on as many people’s backs as possible with something you like about them or any great memories with them. I wrote on a lot of people’s backs with some funny memories or little inside jokes, not really expecting a lot of messages on my sheet because I had only been there for a year. When it was over, we got to read all of the messages to us and keep the sheets. Seeing all of the messages that were written to me made me really feel loved where I worked. They were from guards that were there when I started and guards I had just met. I still have that sheet in my room and look at it every day. I haven’t found a place that really makes me feel like I belong other than in Aquatics.

What your supervisor has to say about you.
“Effective, Composed and Committed There were countless schedule changes due to the lighting emergency in Aquatics. On a moment's notice Laura Liz was able to adjust the lifeguard schedule and communicate to all impacted staff. The schedule is not one of Laura Liz's responsibility but she completed the tasks without any question. During the senior state swim meet Laura Liz stayed hours past the end time of her shift to help with the meet operations. She helped me with touchpads, staffing and pool ops throughout the entire day. She is committed to seeing aquatics succeed and it shows with everything she does.” – Tahlia Pate, Aquatics Operation & Risk Manager

November 2021: David Weinberg

David Weinberg

Year/Major: Chemistry, 3rd year 

Position: Intramural Supervisor & Tech Wreck Camp Counselor

How long have you worked at the CRC? 2 years

Clifton Strengths: 1. Context, 2. Deliberative, 3. Intellection, 4. Responsibility, and 5. Consistency

What is your favorite part of working at the CRC?
My favorite part of working at the CRC has been meeting so many fun and amazing people that are hardworking and caring. Being in intramurals also means I get to just play around with those people all the time. I can’t pick a specific favorite memory of being at the CRC, but I love working in intramurals because sports can create so many great moments. Two of my favorite sports are volleyball and basketball, and those playoffs are always fun, exciting, and intense, so I’ve definitely made a few great memories participating in those events.

What your supervisor has to say about you.
“David truly cares about "intramurals. It isn't hard to see that at all. He has really gone above and beyond for the program. He came to us several times outside of meetings to give recommendations or tell us about problems because they needed to be fixed for the next night. He sees the program bigger picture rather than just game by game and it really helps him excel in his role. David also took the lead on volleyball training so far this semester and has absolutely been rocking it. It's my favorite sport of ours and I don't trust just anyone with it.” – Abby Harvey, Competitive Sports Coordinator

October 2021: Isabelle Du Plessis

Isabelle Du Plessis

Year/Major: Biology, 3rd year 

Position: Wilderness Outpost Manager

How long have you worked at the CRC? 2 years

Clifton Strengths: 1. Empathy, 2. Relator, 3. Input, 4. Developer, and 5. Adaptability

What is your favorite part of working at the CRC?
My favorite part of working at the CRC is the people I work with. I genuinely enjoy being around everyone on my team, and I always look forward to coming to work. My favorite memory was working over winter break with two of my coworkers last year on some projects to improve our gear rental system and reorganize the ORGT space.

What your supervisor has to say about you.
“Isabelle really exemplifies what it means to be part of the welcoming, knowledgeable, and approachable staff on the Wilderness Outpost team. She greets everyone with a warm smile and is constantly working to improve the experience of anyone who interacts with the Outpost, whether that be a gear rental customer, ORGT trip participant, fellow staff member, or ORGT volunteer. Isabelle consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty; coming in early to research ways to better streamline our equipment reservation process, staying late to ensure a rental customer can pick up their gear before the weekend, or offering to help out as a driver when a trip encounters an emergency. She’s currently taking the initiative to improve our incoming staff training model, mapping out projects for winter break to enhance our efficiency and continually raising the bar of what it means to be a part of the CRC and ORGT team.” – Tyler Joing, Expeditions & Adventures Coordinator

September 2021: Ben Hays

Ben Hays

Year/Major: Business Administration, 5th year

Position: Intramural Supervisor/Student Coordinator

How long have you worked at the CRC? Since October 2017

Clifton Strengths: 1. Harmony, 2. Intellection, 3. Ideation, 4. Relator, and 5. Maximizer

What is your favorite part of working at the CRC?
My favorite part is the people, both all of my co-workers and interacting with everyone that plays intramurals. I also like that I am able to stay involved with sports and continue to learn more about the rules and how to get better both as an official and as a supervisor leading trainings. This semester I have been able to work with Darrin and Abby more, and I enjoy how much student input they welcome. This job has encouraged me to continue to officiate in the future, and the skills I've learned this semester in the Student Coordinator role can easily be applied in a corporate setting.  My favorite memory is always our champ nights. Almost everyone working in Comp Sports will come out to watch, the games are exciting and competitive, and it is an honor to be selected to officiate or supervise a championship game.

What your supervisor has to say about you.
“When we offered Ben the official Development Student Coordinator position, he was immediately so excited and eager, as he had really found a passion for teaching the new officials in his previous semesters. He was instrumental in our lead up to the supervisor workshop, planning the bulk of it right alongside Darrin and I. After that he turned right back around and led the Officials welcome back meeting, and all of the flag football trainings. I can't speak for Darrin but I was really nervous starting the semester one person down, but with Ben being with us I haven't felt that at all. He picked up exactly where Darrin left off and I think it says a lot that we are functioning as normal right now because of Ben.” -Abby

August 2021: Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson

Year/Major: Architecture, 3rd year 

Position: Member Services Student Manager

How long have you worked at the CRC? Since November 2020

Clifton Strengths: 1. Achiever, 2. Futuristic, 3. Maximizer, 4. Empathy, and 5. Learner

What is your favorite part of working at the CRC?
My favorite part of the job is getting to know our regulars as well as introducing new people to all we have to offer at the CRC. I always love talking to the prospective students and their parents who come to visit, and I love how amazed they always are when they find out we have two pools!

What your supervisor has to say about you.
“Katie has stepped up since the start of summer, being thrown into a Student Manager position. She had a few shadow shifts, but for the most part had to learn everything on her own - with few questions - and has done so successfully! In that, she has been Effective and Committed to the job. She is also very composed and remains calm in any situation (and finds way to solve problems when they do arise). Recently, we have been short on staff, and she stepped up to take shifts or work longer shift to ensure the desk had coverage. In general, I can always count on her to be willing to help with whatever I ask of her!” - Priscilla Gaona, Member Services Coordinator

July 2021: Allie Barone

Allie Barone

Year/Major: Biomedical Engineering, 4th year 

Position: Office Manager with Comp Sports & Head Counselor with Tech Wreck Summer Camp

How long have you worked at the CRC? 3 years

Clifton Strengths: 1. Empathy, 2. Adaptability, 3. Developer, 4. Positivty, and 5. Activator

What is your favorite part of working at the CRC?
I started working at the CRC on a whim, applying for a position as a camp counselor between studying for finals in my freshman year. I loved my time with Tech Wreck and Comp Sports so much, that I found myself working in the Comp Sports Office the following fall, as well as becoming a referee, score keeper, and amateur sports photographer for them. I was charmed by the amazing people that I met in our little corner of the CRC and decided to make it my home. I love summer camp with all my heart, but the people in Comp Sports are truly my favorite part of working at the CRC. I met and am continuously meeting more fun, driven people who love their jobs and make coming to work truly enjoyable. The friendly environment at Comp Sports is curated by the students who also call Comp Sports home and our awesome bosses. I don't know where I'd be without the support and encouragement of Abby, Darrin, Dan, and all the friends I've made in Comp Sports.

What your supervisor has to say about you.
“Allie is a rockstar in our area, but as our head camp counselor she really shined. She was able to run the camp singled handedly when both Darrin and I were out for various reasons, and she is the first student I have felt comfortable doing that with. Customer service for camp isn't just patrons, it's really about the kids and how they talk to their parents and parents cannot stop raving about Allie. She genuinely cares about the kids and provides a welcoming environment to them each and every week. She is creative in her planning of activities, so it always stays fresh and new for the kids. Most importantly, because of Allie camp was always safe and the kids were always well looked after. Every time a kid got in trouble it was a learning moment between them and Allie and there is no doubt in my mind that she made a huge impact on them."  -Abby Harvey, Competitive Sports Coordinator

 

June 2021: Noah Longhi

Noah Longhi

Year/Major: Industrial Design, 3rd year 

Position: Fitness Attendant

How long have you worked at the CRC? Since August 2020

Clifton Strengths: 1. Positivity, 2. Adaptability, 3. Restorative, 4. Woo, and 5. Developer

What is your favorite part of working at the CRC?
I really love the people here. My coworkers and most of the patrons are always amazing to talk to. To hear new perspectives, interesting stories, and constructive feedback from regulars about how we can improve the fitness floor is incredible. There is never a day I go without learning here.

What your supervisor has to say about you.
“Noah has been fantastic with the transition to Facilities. He is constantly giving feedback on improving processes and helping design training for the newly hired combined staff. He is a constant ball of positive energy and a joy to be around.” – Luke Mozena

“Noah has been instrumental in the transition of Fitness Attendants to the Facilities' team. He is working with both the Fitness and Facilities supervisor to ensure everyone is trained properly. He is also helping with the Fitness Floor transition post COVID restrictions." – Elisha Smith, Assistant Director of Fitness

May 2021: Kassidy Spayd

Kassidy Spayd

Year/Major: Industrial Design, 3rd year 

Position: Fitness Attendant

How long have you worked at the CRC? Since August 2020

Clifton Strengths: 1. Positivity, 2. Adaptability, 3. Restorative, 4. Woo, and 5. Developer

What is your favorite part of working at the CRC?
I really love the people here. My coworkers and most of the patrons are always amazing to talk to. To hear new perspectives, interesting stories, and constructive feedback from regulars about how we can improve the fitness floor is incredible. There is never a day I go without learning here.

What your supervisor has to say about you.
“Noah has been fantastic with the transition to Facilities. He is constantly giving feedback on improving processes and helping design training for the newly hired combined staff. He is a constant ball of positive energy and a joy to be around.” – Luke Mozena

“Noah has been instrumental in the transition of Fitness Attendants to the Facilities' team. He is working with both the Fitness and Facilities supervisor to ensure everyone is trained properly. He is also helping with the Fitness Floor transition post COVID restrictions." – Elisha Smith, Assistant Director of Fitness

April 2021: Zariah Brown

Zariah Brown

Year/Major: Material Science & Engineering, 5th year 

Position: Competitive Sports Student Manager, Intramural Supervisor, & Camp Counselor

How long have you worked at the CRC? Since Fall 2018

Clifton Strengths: 1. Developer, 2. Relator, 3. Restorative, 4. Harmony, and 5. Adaptability

What is your favorite memory of working at the CRC?
The convenience and paycheck are nice, but what kept me here is the people. All of my most memorable moments during my 3+ years here have come from genuine, organic interaction with my beloved coworkers in Comp Sports. We get the job done and we have fun doing it. It’s incredible how much of a cohesive unit we’ve become, and all the friendships that developed while being part of this community are ones I’m sure I’ll take with me even beyond GT.

What your supervisor has to say about you.
“Zariah has really stepped up for Competitive Sports this semester with Dan filling the Interim Associate Director role and with Abby and my roles expanding. She has taken over scheduling intramural official shifts and ensuring that all staff submit their negative COVID test results weekly. Without Zariah's hard work and commitment this semester, Comp Sports would not be as high functioning as it is. I believe she has earned and is definitely deserving of the WE R CRC Employee of the Month recognition.” – Darrin Wolfe, Interim Assistant Director of Competitive Sports

March 2021: Sam Winegarder

Sam Winegarder

Year/Major: Aerospace Engineering, 3rd year 

Position: Wilderness Outpost Manager

How long have you worked at the CRC? 2 years

Clifton Strengths: 1. Command, 2. Achiever, 3. Competition, 4. Significance, and 5. Self-Assurance

What is your favorite memory of working at the CRC?
My favorite part of working at the CRC is the awesome relationships I’ve built – not just my with my fellow students, but also with the amazing professional staff. The random side conversations and goofy adventures I’ve had with everyone make up some of my favorite CRC memories.

What your supervisor has to say about you.
"On a daily basis, Sam brings his "A-game" to his role with the CRC. Sam is a consistently positive influence throughout ORGT. His work ethic is unparalleled; he is a hard worker; he motivates others through his enthusiasm and his commitment to the mission of the CRC and ORGT. Sam believes in what the CRC & ORGT represent and inspires others to do the same. He is committed to creating opportunities for other students. He seeks "problems" and then solves them. He is always on the lookout for ways to enhance his contribution." - David Knobbe, Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation

February 2021: Nam Trinh

Nam Trinh

Year/Major: Aerospace Engineer, 6th year   

Position: Fitness Supervisor

How long have you worked at the CRC? 2 years

Clifton Strengths: 1. Restorative 2. Connectedness 3. Input 4. Belief, and 5. Consistency

What is your favorite part of working at the CRC?
One of my favorite things to do as Supervisor, is testing my team on their CPR/first aid knowledge by doing red-shirt drills. I like to see how they would react whenever a situation like this may happen.

What your supervisor has to say about you.
"Nam has stepped up since the winter break in making sure we have coverage for the fitness floor and helping the Building Supervisors when needed. Much of this he has not even told me about - I found out through talking with Luke and other staff. Nam even covered for one of the other Fitness Supervisors during the winter break. He did not bother me since I was out on vacation. He just came in to fill the holes. He has continued to lead the Fitness Attendants throughout the spring semester." - Elisha Quillen Smith, Assistant Director of Fitness

February 2021: Maddie Schuster

Maddie Schuster

Year/Major: Literature, Media, and Communication, 4th year 

Position: Marketing Assistant

How long have you worked at the CRC? Since August 2020, about 7 months.

What is your favorite memory of working at the CRC?
I love doing social media coverage at our events. One of my first days working for the CRC was at RecFest 2020. Although it was a little different this year, I still loved getting to connect with all the new students and competitive sports teams and interacting with campus community, both in-person and virtually!

What your supervisor has to say about you.
"Maddie is a crucial part of the CRC marketing team given where that team is in current times. She is constantly thinking of creative ways to engage our members and campus community through social media. While a lot of our campus community isn't physically coming into the CRC, she's finding ways to still get information and engage through social media. She has passed all expectations I've had, and I am very confident in her abilities to where I just give her a list of what we need, and she goes above and beyond in delivery." - Kelli Rockwell, Assistant Director of Member Services & Staff Development