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
Tyler 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, and all other office operations and communication. Tyler will be directly supervising the Parent Assistant Leaders (PALS), managing social media content, 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.
Major: Chemical & Biomecular Engineering
Classification: Third Year
Home Town: Marietta, GA
Advice for Parents: Trust your abilities to have raised a great kid that will thrive here at GT and be there to listen when they need to talk. Tech is a hard place and sometimes we just need to vent to our moms.
Favorite place on campus: The balcony behind the Ford building, it has a great view of the city skyline.