Everyday Georgia

The Personal Stories of Georgians and their Connection to Georgia Tech

About the Project:

The Everyday Georgia project is exploring the lives of those touched by Georgia Tech’s research and technology initiatives. Through the coupling of photographs and interviews, the project shares the personal stories of Georgians – their challenges and accomplishments, and their vital role in Creating the Next at Georgia Tech. The interviews are also a valuable way to give agency and additional context to the subjects documented in the photographs.

The Institute for People and Technology at Georgia Tech will showcase the portraits and stories during a public exhibition in Fall 2018, and the project will have an online presence through the Georgia Tech Library with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Georgia Tech Library will preserve audio and photos in its Special Collections and Archives, which maintains the historical records of the Institute. These interviews will provide valuable insight into the effects of Georgia Tech’s innovations in practice.

Everyday Georgia is made possible by the Institute for People and Technology at Georgia Tech, with sponsorship by the Georgia Tech Library’s IMLS-funded Communication Through Art Program (Sparks Ignition Grant SP-02-16-0031-16),  in partnership with the Georgia Tech Office of the Arts Creative Curricular Initiatives program.

Our Stories:

Karen Wasilewski-Masker
Dr. Karen Wasilewski-Masker, Atlanta
Joan Prittie
Joan Prittie, Athens
Kelly Campbell
Kelly Campbell, Woodstock
Jacqueline Gwinn-Villaroel
Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel, Atlanta
Joey Helton
Joey Helton, Atlanta
John Quigley
John Quigley, Atlanta
The Dickson Family
The Dickson Family, Woodstock
Shelena Hawkins
Shelena Hawkins, Albany
Bashel Lewis
Bashel Lewis, English Avenue & Vine City
Griffin Middle School
Griffin Middle School, Smyrna
Gwen Davies
Gwen Davies, Decatur
Larry Lehman
Larry Lehman, Decatur
Cooper Middle School
Cooper Middle School, Austell


Amanda PellerinAmanda Pellerin

Amanda Pellerin is the Access Archivist at the Georgia Tech Library. She equally enjoys working in quiet solitude with archival materials and in the louder world of archival reference, instruction, outreach, and advocacy.Amanda is the current Chair of the Society of American Archivists Oral History Section.  She holds a Masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University.  


Alyson Key PowellAlyson Powell Key

Alyson Powell Key is the creator of Everyday Georgia and the Marketing Communications Manager for the Institute for People at Technology (IPaT) at Georgia Tech. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has worked as a news producer, videographer, and video editor in television markets in the Midwest and South. More recently, Alyson developed marketing solutions (websites, e-newsletters, and media strategies) for non-profit organizations and small businesses. She currently leads IPaT’s Marketing Communications team—creating publications, website and social media content, planning events, and providing brand management and marketing strategy. Alyson also writes and produces the monthly IPaT Insider e-newsletter, which highlights IPaT’s research, news, and events. Outside of work, Alyson enjoys exploring new cities and writing.


Alison ValkAlison Valk

Alison Valk is the program architect of the Georgia Tech Library’s Communication Through Art program. This IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services) funded program provides a framework and support for projects such as Everyday Georgia. Since 2013, the Communication Through Art program has supported over 20 specialized initiatives that integrate art, library resources, special collections, multimedia and storytelling into campus culture. Alison holds a Masters in Library & Information Studies from Florida State University. She coordinates the Georgia Tech Library’s instruction program and has developed numerous educational programs that foster community engagement. She regularly teaches video editing, audio editing and visual design at Georgia Tech. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys exploring nature and keeping her 35mm film camera collection active.


Allison Carter

Allison Carter is originally from Ringgold, Georgia. She has lived in and documented communities all across the Southeast while working as a photojournalist for newspapers. Now, she is a photographer at Georgia Tech and hosts a podcast called Not Your Little Lady. In her free time she likes to bake, learn languages, travel, be outside, explore Atlanta and spend time with her cat named Wednesday.

Sean McNeil

Sean McNeil is a staff photographer at GTRI. Previously, he was a photo editor at CNN and a Telly award-winning director of photography at Presslaunch, a Florida-based commercial film production company. Sean was also a photojournalist for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, where he shot everything from pro-sports to presidential campaigns. He’s a USAF vet, who first took up photography while stationed in Turkey. Sean lives OTP with his wife Kari, their new son, young daughter, and pup Roxy. He likes blazing mountain bike trails, craft beer and Trini food.

Jerrold Mobley

Photographer Jerrold Mobley is interested in personal storytelling and the documenting of fragile societal trends through his camera lens.  An autodidact that picked up photography as a teen, Jerrold developed his eye via assistant gigs with local professionals.  He launched Pixelegant as a wedding photography business in 2004, mixing traditional and journalistic approaches, and became known for his highly stylized custom albums.  Today his work is purely personal projects, having removed himself from the service side of photography in 2009.  When Jerrold is not shooting, he is pleased to serve as an Information Associate with the Georgia Tech Library.

Andrew Humphrey

Andrew Humphrey is an undergraduate at Georgia Tech studying Industrial & Systems Engineering with expected graduation in December 2018. Andrew has a passion for creating images for professional, personal, and charitable use. He works part-time as a wedding, event, and portrait photographer, but enjoys landscape photography as a hobby.

Meghna Das

Meghna Das will be graduating in May 2019 with an Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, concentrating in Supply Chain and Operations.  Though experienced in travel, event and nature photography, Meghna enjoys portraiture the most since she loves capturing people’s emotions and hearing their stories.

Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore

An Atlanta native, Christopher Moore has worked in Communications and Marketing for over 20 years for some of Georgia’s largest companies, including Georgia Pacific, Southern Company and Bank of America. He has held a variety of corporate positions including photographer, product designer, technology training specialist and in consumer product development. Currently, he works in Institute Communications Digital Projects at Georgia Tech where he uses photography and digital asset management to support the professional and strategic communications, marketing, and special events of the Georgia Tech campus. He studied sociology and communications at Georgia State University. Christopher lives in Gwinnett with wife Deidre and is the father of 3 children. In his free time, he volunteers in the video ministry of his church, loves cycling and teaches competition judo.


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