Meet the Staff

Larry Cloud, M.Ed.

Director of New Student Orientation

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Larry is a Georgia native, graduating from Gordon Central High School (’03) and then attending Georgia Southern University (’08), where he received a degree in political science. While an Eagle, Larry became an Orientation Leader and found a passion for welcoming and helping new students successfully transition to university environments. Larry officially became a Dawg when he received a Master’s degree in College Student Affairs Administration from UGA. Since graduation, Larry has worked in various positions within higher education, each focused on first year student success including serving as the Assistant Director of Orientation at Georgia Tech and then Associate Director of New Student Programs at the University of Arkansas. As Director of New Student Orientation, Larry advises the overall direction of orientation programs and ensures that students and families attending orientation feel welcomed, informed, and assisted. Outside of work, Larry loves hanging out with his family and two dogs, playing tennis, and watching college football on a fall Saturday.

Tori Tanner, M.Ed.

Assistant Director of New Student Orientation

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Athens will always hold a special place in Tori’s heart, as she considers herself an Athens native. After graduating from North Oconee High School (‘13), Tori attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia (‘16) where she fell in love with first-year programs. As a Peer Advisor at Mercer, Tori realized she was called to work with college students in their transition into college. In May 2018, Tori completed her graduate degree with a Masters of Education in College Student Affairs Administration here at UGA. Upon graduation, Tori transitioned into the full-time position as Program Coordinator and enjoys applying all she learned as a Graduate Assistant to her full-time work. Tori’s primary role is with the Orientation Leader program, as she is passionate about developing student leaders and helping them realize their full potential. She loves working alongside the other members of the Orientation Leadership Team to welcome and support members of each incoming class. When she is not working with the orientation leaders, Tori is either hanging with her family, running, watching The Bachelor, or reading a book.

Emilee Saigh

Graduate Assistant for New Student Orientation

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Emilee graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2020 with a degree in public relations. She was no stranger to involvement, as she served many aspects of the Georgia Southern community. Emilee found a love for student affairs in becoming a resident advisor, serving first-year students for two years. As a first-year herself, Emilee became a Southern Ambassador and gave tours to prospective students and their families, spoke at admissions events, and served as an executive member for two years for the team. Becoming an orientation leader was what sealed the deal for her as she discovered that her passion for serving students and mentoring them can lead to a career in the field. She is now in the College Student Affairs Administration master’s program here at UGA, and will serve New Student Orientation and orientation teams as the Graduate Assistant for Student Programming in our office. She is excited to explore Athens, become part of the community, and to join the Dawg Nation.

Mary Elliott

Graduate Assistant for New Student Orientation

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Mary, originally hailing from Naperville, IL, serves as the Graduate Assistant for Family Programs and New Initiatives. After earning her Bachelors degree from the University of South Carolina in 2017, she went on to serve as a secondary science teacher in Charlotte, NC with Teach for America. Her experiences as an undergraduate student have led Mary to pursue a career in higher education, where she hopes to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students. Mary is currently working towards an M. Ed in College Student Affairs Administration, and looks forward to making a positive impact on campus. Go dawgs!