Meet the Team

Catherine "Cassie" Thomas, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Undergraduate Transition Seminars

Catherine Thomas is Associate Director of Undergraduate Transition Seminars and Senior Academic Professional at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She oversees the first-year and transfer seminar program and supports other high-impact learning initiatives within the Office of Undergraduate Education. Prior to joining Tech, she served for seven years as Associate Dean for Student Success Programs at Georgia Gwinnett College. Thomas is a member of the 2024 cohort of the Georgia Tech Inclusive Leaders Academy, served as a 2023 Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education (GAWHE) Leadership Program Fellow, and participated in the 2023 American Council on Education (ACE) Women's Leadership Mentoring Program.

She is passionate about providing equitable and inclusive access for all students to succeed in higher education, as well as supporting faculty and staff development toward that goal. Her co-edited volume with Dr. Roze Hentschell, Transforming Leadership Pathways for Humanities Professionals in Higher Education, was published by Purdue University Press in 2023. Thomas has additional research interests in Shakespeare and the comic arts and has published articles, book chapters, and a coedited essay collec­tion on early modern gender and violence. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the Pennsylvania State University and B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Jacquée Williams

Program and Operations Manager, Undergraduate Transition Seminars

Jacquée Williams is the Programs and Operation Manager of Undergraduate Transition Seminars at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She manages and coordinates the GT 1000 & GT 2000 student leaders/peer mentoring programs and offers operational assistance for course scheduling and event planning.

Prior to Georgia Tech, she lived in Salt Lake City where she held positions at the Utah Film Center and the University of Utah. She earned an M.S. in International and Comparative Education from Indiana University and her B.A. in Film and Video from Georgia State University.

Team Leader Ambassadors

Team Leader Ambassador Gbemi Adeleye
Team Leader Ambassador Brandon Durfee
Team Leader Ambassador Isa Magdusian
Team Leader Ambassador Ashley Zhou

Gbemi Adeleye
Recruitment + Development

Brandon Durfee
Success + Retention 

Isa Magdusian
Marketing + Promotion 

Ashley Zhou
Events + Programming