Who We Are

The Transition Leaders are a group of students who represent and support initiatives within the Department of Student Transitions. The goal of this student group is to provide support and resources to all UGA students at all points of transition during their college experience.

Our Mission

The Transition Ambassadors aim to serve and support students during all transitions throughout their collegiate experience by providing accessible resources as well as both small- and large-scale engagement opportunities with the goal of making the University of Georgia an inclusive space for all.

What We Do

Transition Leaders support UGA students and the Department of Student Transitions by:

  • Working on internal committees to plan, implement, and assess to create events and resources.
  • Facilitating individualized 1:1 meetings with students to discuss the transition experiences of various student populations.
  • Collaborating with Student Transitions professional staff and campus partners to promote UGA resources and services aimed at supporting student success, engagement, and well-being.
  • Advocating for the needs of both incoming and current UGA students.
  • Advancing the Student Transitions Pathways to Success and Uniquely U-GA population initiatives.

Meet the Team

Interested in talking with a Transition Ambassador? Follow the steps below to contact and schedule an individualized meeting with a Transition Ambassador. 

Step 1: Scroll down to meet the Transition Ambassador team and find a Transition Ambassador that you would like to meet with. 

Step 2: Review the hours the Transition Ambassador is available. 

Step 3: Email the Transition Ambassador and introduce yourself, explain the reason you are wanting to meet, and when are you wanting to meet with them. 

Step 4: Receive confirmation from the Transition Ambassador about a meeting date and time. 

Meet the 2022-2023 Transition Leaders

Alexis Adkins

Major: Computer Science

Identities/Involvement: Transfer Student, C.L.A.S.S. Advocate, National Society of Black Engineers

AvailabilityMon, 6 – 8 pm; Tue, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, 6 – 8 pm; Thu, 7 – 9 pm; Fri, 11 am – 4 pm; Sat/Sun upon request

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Majors: Financial Planning

Identities/Involvement: Transfer Student, UGA Swim Club, One Stop Shop Student Staff Member

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Jacob Battle

Junior

Major: Psychology

Identities/Involvement: Transfer Student, Camp Kesem, IM Softball

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JD Bryan

Graduate Student

Program of Study: Disaster Management

Identities/Involvement: Transfer Student, SPIA, UGA Medical Reserve Corp, UGA Office of Emergency Preparedness Student Ambassador

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Naomi Chen

Senior

Major: Management Information Systems

Identities/Involvement: UGA MindBlowers, Delta Sigma Pi, Studying Abroad Fall 2022

Ben Dozier

Major: Biological Science

Identities/Involvement: Rural Student, African-American, Pre-Med, Georgia Daze Minority Recruitment, IMPACT, LSAMP, Peer Tutoring Visitors Center

Availability: Tue/Thu, 4 – 6 pm; Fri, 3 – 6 pm; Sat. afternoons upon request; Sun, 1 – 4 pm

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Major: Political Science

Identities/Involvement: In-State Student, Georgia Commitment Scholar, Pre-Law, University Union, Criminal Justice Society, SPIA Research

Availability: Wed, 10:30 – 11:30 am

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Molly Gilarde

Sophomore

Major(s): Journalism

Identities/Involvement: Out-of-State Student, Greek Life, UGA Miracle, Public Relations Student Society of America at UGA

Availability: Thu/Fri, 3 – 5 pm

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Major: Management Information Systems

Identities/Involvement: In-State, Shop with a Bulldog, Dawg Camp

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Maggie Hill

Senior

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Identities/Involvement: Transfer Student, Rural Student, In-State Student, UGA Wesley, Greek Life, College of Education Ambassador

Availability: Mon/Wed/Fri after 2 pm

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Major: Geography

Identities/Involvement: Serve UGA, Demosthenian Literary Society

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Sam Hurley

Sophomore

Major: Journalism

Identities/Involvement: Red & Black, Dawg Camp, Resident Assistant

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Corey Jessop

Sophomore

Majors: Biology, Human Development & Family Science

Identities/Involvement: University Health Center Ambassador, Student Health Advisory Committee, Undergraduate Research, Campus Kitchen, Dawg Camp

Availability:                      Mon/Fri, 1 – 2 pm

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Nayna Jooma

Senior

Major: Biology

Identities/Involvement: Pakistani American, Pre-Dental, IMPACT, Oasis Católico Student Tutor, Undergraduate Research

Availability: Wed, 12:40 – 2 pm

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Major: Nutritional Sciences

Identities/Involvement: Person of Color, First Generation, Child of Immigrants, UGA Wesley, SWAB, Fresh Express, Community Services Assistant – UGA Housing

Availability: Thu, 10 am – 2 pm; Sun, 1 – 3 pm

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Shannon Lorusso

Sophomore

Major: Journalism

Identities/Involvement: Greek Life, Dawg Camp, Catholic Dawgs

Availability: Tue/Thu, 12:30 – 2 pm; Fri, 8 am – 2 pm

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Lizzie Rice

Junior

Major: Journalism

Identities/Involvement: Transfer Student Club Founder/President, Leadership UGA Peer Facilitator, Photographer with Pandora Year Book and The Chapel Bell

Availability: Mon/Wed/Fri, 9:30 – 11 am & 12:30 – 1:40 pm; Tue/Thu, 9 – 10 am; Sat/Sun, 10 am – 2 pm

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Fiona Roche

Junior

Majors: Criminal Justice, Sociology

Identities/Involvement: Rural Student, Pre-Law, UGA @ Oxford, Community Services Assistant – UGA Housing

Availability: Mon/Wed, 3 – 5 pm; Tue/Thu, 4 – 5 pm; Sun, 12 – 2 pm

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Major: Landscape Architecture

Identities/Involvement: Out-of-State Student, UGA Hillel, Sigma Delta Tau, Georgia Students of Landscape Architecture, Filipino Student Association

Availability:  Mon/Wed/Fri, 12 – 5 pm

Kaylee Scott

Kaylee Scott

Junior

Majors: Public Relations, English

Identities/Involvement: In-State Student, Female, Multiracial, Dawg Camp, Digital Dawgs, Undergraduate Admissions, Talking Dog Agency

Availability: Mon, 8 am – 12 pm

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Carson Story

Junior

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Identities/Involvement: Secular, Spring Admit, STEM Major, Pre-Law, Athens Chautauqua Society, Student Government Association, Socratic 

Availability: Mon/Wed/Fri, 1:30 – 4 pm, Sun, 12 – 4 pm

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Turner Templeton

Sophomore

Major: Exercise Science

Identities/Involvement: Spikesquad, BYX, Dawg Camp

Availability: Mon/Wed, 12 – 1 pm & 4 – 5 pm; Tue/Thu, 5 -6 pm; Fri, 4 – 5 pm

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Kaley Terlep

Junior

Majors: Political Science and Criminal Justice

Identities/Involvement: Women’s Studies Student Organization, Serve UGA, Delta Phi Epsilon

Availability: Mon/Wed/Fri, 3 – 5 pm, Thu, 4 -6 pm

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Majors: Business Management & International Business

Identities/Involvement: Dawg Camp, Women in Business, Rescue Paws UGA, Rural Student Ambassadors

Availability: Wed, 3 – 5 pm

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Katy Wilczynski

Sophomore

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Identities/Involvement: Greek Life, UGA Miracle, Intramural Sports

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JD Bryan

JD Bryan

Graduate Student

Email: jdb55367@uga.edu  Identities & Involvement: Transfer Student, Graduate Student, Medical Reserve Corps, Office of Emergency Preparedness  Availability: Friday 1-3; Monday 12-3; available upon request for weekends 

Naomi Chen

Junior

Email: ngc62676@uga.edu 

Identities & Involvement: UGA MindBlowers, Delta Sigma Pi, Terry College of Business 

Availability: Thursday afternoons, available upon request for weekends 

Ciarra Cunningham

Senior

Email: clc24110@uga.edu 

Identities & Involvement:  Woman of Color/POC, Transfer Student, Dawg Camp, UGA HEROs, Leonard Leadership Fellow, UGA CHAARG 

Availability: Tuesday 2-5; Wed 10-11; Thursday after 2; available upon request for weekends 

Alana Gerdes

Sophomore

Email: azg50287@uga.edu 

Identities & Involvement:              Out-of-State, Dawg Camp, UGA Doctors without Borders, Greek Life, UGA Miracle, Pre-Med

Availability: Tuesdays after 3:45; Wed after 4; Thursdays 1:10-4; Fridays 12:20-2:45; Sundays after 11am 

Nolan Hagadone

Senior

Email: njh24690@uga.edu  

Identities & Involvement:            In-State, Dawg Camp 

Availability: MWF 11-1:30 & 3-6 

 

Elijah Humphries

Junior

Email: elijahhum@uga.edu 

Identities & Involvement: Demosthenian Literary Society, Service Ambassador (ServeUGA) 

Availability: Monday 8-12

Anna Keys

Senior

Email: aek64401@uga.edu 

Identities & Involvement:          First-Generation Immigrant, Woman of Color in STEM, First-Generation College Student 

Availability: MWF 10-12; TTh 11:30-12, 2:30-4:30 

Nick Milavec

Junior

Email: nem59449@uga.edu 

Identities & Involvement: Christian, In-State, Grady College, UGA Freshley/Wesley, Greek Life (Beta Upsilon Chi), Aces for Athens, Digital Dawg

Availability: TTh after 1 

Elena Mitchell

Elena Mitchell

Junior

Email: egm69558@uga.edu 

Identities & Involvement: Georgia Club Dance Team, Dawg Camp, Children’s Ministry 

Availability: TTh 9-11 

 

Viviana Ojeda

Senior

Email: vo15589@uga.edu 

Identities & Involvement: Hispanic, Multi-Cultural Greek Life 

Availability: Monday 12-2; Wed 12-3

Wyatt Pitts

Sophomore

Email: wyatt.pitts@uga.edu 

Identities & Involvement:        Tutor for Athens Prison Tutorial and Division of Academic Enhancement, Pre-Med 

Availability: Saturdays & Sundays; available upon request for weekdays 

Erika Rosenzweig

Sophomore

Email: etr38225@uga.edu 

Identities & Involvement: Georgia Students of Landscape Architecture, Sigma Delta Tau, University of Georgia Hillel 

Availability: M-F 11:30-1:30; T-Th after 4; MWF after 5 

Kaylee Scott

Kaylee Scott

Sophomore

Email: kes54206@uga.edu 

Identities & Involvement:        Dawg Camp, Freshly, Red & Black, PRSSA 

Availability: MWF afternoons 

Jayden Shepherd

Senior

Email: jrs52308@uga.edu 

Identities & Involvement: Transfer Student, Pre-Law, Former Crew Rower 

Availability: Available upon request for early afternoons 

Adriana Tharp

Junior

Email: ajt28101@uga.edu 

Identities & Involvement:      UGA Golf Course, UGA Wesley/Freshley 

Availability: TTh after 3:30 

 

Abigail Ventimiglia

Sophomore 

Email: aev50195@uga.edu 

Identities & Involvement:      Public Service and Outreach Student Scholar, Sigma Delta Tau, Jewish 

Availability: available upon request 

If you are passionate about the student experience and looking for a way to gain leadership skills, support and give back to UGA students, and represent the University of Georgia, consider applying to be a member of the inaugural class of the Transition Ambassadors!

Are you interested in learning more about the Transition Ambassadors? Keep reading to find out who we are, how to join, and what to expect during the recruitment and selection process. If you have any questions about joining the Transition Ambassadors, please contact Sam Sego at samcs@uga.edu.

Transition Ambassadors serve the students of the University of Georgia through impactful and wholistic transitional support.

The Transition Ambassadors is a brand-new student group that will represent and support initiatives within the Department of Student Transitions. Student Transitions is the newest department in the Division of Student Affairs, created in July 2020 with the goal of providing support and resources to all UGA students at all points of transition during their college experience. To learn more about Student Transitions, click here!

Transition Ambassadors represent the Department of Student Transitions within the Division of Student Affairs. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to:

  • Support students at key moments in their transition to UGA and during their time as a student
  • Plan and facilitate events/programs designed to support specialized student populations, including but not limited to first-year students, second-year students, and transfer students.
  • Organize Ambassador recruitment and outreach initiatives
  • Provide departmental support at various large-scale student events such as Welcome UGA, Freshman Welcome, FreshCheck, and New Student Orientation
  • Share student experiences and perspective with new students and UGA administration

Because the Transition Ambassadors will represent all UGA students, they will have the chance to create initiatives and programs that range in size, scope, and purpose. For example, Ambassadors will have the opportunity to:

  • Work with first-year students as they enter and acclimate into college life
  • Provide individual and group support to the transfer student population as they come to UGA from a previous institution
  • Create programs to support and engage second-year students as they transition off-campus from their first to second year at UGA
  • …and many more!

Ambassadors will be encouraged to explore ways to support a wide range of student populations and to partner with departments across campus to meet their goals.


By serving as a Transition Ambassador, students will be able to…

  • Identify the diverse needs and key components of transition commonly experienced by students at UGA
  • Gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their personal leadership style throughout their experience
  • Create inclusive environments and programs that build a sense of community among specialized populations of students, including first-year, second-year, and transfer students
  • Gain knowledge and strengthen skills in event planning, mentoring/advising, public speaking, and representing the University of Georgia in an official capacity

Students must…

  • Be enrolled full-time at UGA through Spring 2022
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing as set by the University of Georgia
  • Welcome Meet & Greet – April 28 (5:30-7:00PM)
  • Fall Training Retreat – September 11-12
  • Monthly Meetings – Wednesdays 5-7pm / September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1, January 12, February 16, March 16, April 13
  • Welcome UGA Kickoffs – August 20, 2021 9am-3pm AND January 10, 2022 9am-3pm
  • Freshman Welcome – August 17 (4pm-10pm)
  • National Transfer Student Week (October 2021, Dates TBD)