ECN Leadership Elections - Candidate Information

As a member of the Event Coordinators' Network, you are eligible to vote in the ECN leadership election. The election will open the week of October 23 and close Friday, November 3, 2017. The bios and photos provided by the candidates are listed alphabetically within each category. Once the leadership positions are filled, members will be appointed to the roles of Workshop, Specialty Events, and Membership Chairs.

ECN President

Candidate Biography

Olivia Watkins

Manager, External Engagement, Government and Community Relations

As a graduate of Georgia Tech and current employee in the Office of the Vice President for Government and Community Relations, Olivia brings seven and a half years of experience within Georgia Tech to the Event Coordinators’ Network. She has acquired a vast knowledge about campus departments and employees which will be extremely vital when representing the Event Coordinators’ Network. In her role as Manager for External Engagement in Government Relations, a large percentage of Olivia's job includes planning and executing her office’s events. Olivia has served as vice president, workshop chair, and has participated in the strategic planning process.

What is the ECN to you?
I volunteer to assist with as many of the ECN events and initiatives as I can, because I absolutely love being a member of this incredible group and helping give back to the organization in any way I can! If I were fortunate enough to serve as president, I would bring all of these past experiences, knowledge, and skills to represent the ECN.

ECN Vice President

Candidate Biography

Serena Wallace

Event Coordinator, Institute Communications
Serena Wallace is an Event Coordinator in Institute Communications who currently serves on ECN leadership as the Communications Manager. She has been involved in the organization since she came to Georgia Tech six years ago and assisted with the creation of the strategic plan. Her event responsibilities include Commencement, New Student Convocation, and the Student Honors Celebration. 

What is the ECN to you?
The ECN is a small community that helps people navigate the sea of options and information at Georgia Tech.  Through the group, I have made new connections, new friends, and learned the policy updates that impact campus event planners. This group helps me perform better at my job and have fun doing it. I want to ensure the ECN remains an informative community for novice and veterans planners alike.

ECN Communications Manager

Candidate Biography

Eric Neville

Administrative Porfessional II, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
A Stanford alumni who majored in Japanese and lived in Kyoto for a year after getting through all the (very few) fun courses in mechanical engineering, Eric Neville has spent a good portion of his educational time studying digital communications – social media, marketing and advertising, web development, human-computer interactions – with a focus on designing for and improving user experience. He is also a graphic designer and illustrator, loves iced coffee and comics, and knows way too much about Batman.

What is the ECN to you?
ECN has been opportunity – opportunity as a newer staff member to engage and connect with staff in similar roles all across campus, to find mentorship and advice when struggling, to further develop a skillset as a professional, and to escape the desk once or twice a month under the guise of legitimate work activities.

Susan Ryan

Administrative Professional Senior, Institute of Sustainable Systems
As a member of the ECN Communications Committee for the past two years, Susan has gained valuable knowledge and hands-on experience in understanding how this committee supports the goals and activities of the ECN. Susan has also served as a member of the ECN Strategic Plan Task Force, the Workshop, Professional Education, and Special Events committees, and volunteered at multiple ECN events. These experiences have been invaluable in building relationships with our members across campus. Susan coordinates events ranging from interdepartmental meetings to international workshops and conferences as well as all-campus events like Earth Day. Her experience prior to Georgia Tech includes academic communications and newspaper writing and editing.

What is the ECN to you?
The ECN affords its members timely resources and professional development to bring events to the next level and represent Georgia Tech in the best way possible. I have found it to be extremely helpful in planning my events and creating a network of people with whom I can share ideas. My commitment to this organization that benefits so many of us is firm, and I would be honored to serve on the leadership team as the ECN continues to grow.

Diana Tiernan

Administrative Professional III, Campus Sustainability
Diana Tiernan started at Georgia Tech in the President’s Office before moving to the Office of Campus Sustainability. An honors graduate from University of Georgia and current MBA student at Georgia State University, Diana has always had a passion for excellent communications and producing relatable, relevant, and timely content. She honed her communication skills through being the communications manager of a non-profit, and practices daily in her current role at Georgia Tech. Her experience includes newsletter writing and production, producing blog and website content, building social media accounts, and doing event photography.

What is the ECN to you?
To me, the ECN is a network of vibrant and talented professionals who comprise one of the most engaging and delightful staff organizations on campus. The nature of the organization gives the opportunity for members to connect with peers and colleagues across campus who, without the ECN, may not have had the opportunity to connect. The programs and opportunities afforded by the ECN build up members through engaging and relevant information I am glad to have benefited from. I am so thankful for all of my experiences in the ECN, and I want to serve the ECN by continuing to build upon the great work done in this organization.