ODOS Ambassadors

The Office of the Dean of Students Ambassadors are 13 outstanding student leaders who represent the office at official functions and who focus on helping new students connect to the larger University community.

Their motto is “As Dean of Student Ambassadors, we promote positive student interaction with the Office of the Dean of Students by engaging our peers and enhancing campus community through guided programs and connection to resources.”

Alexas Durr

Alexas Durr

Alexas is a fourth-year human development and family science major from Atlanta. Outside of the classroom, she is involved in Georgia Daze Minority Recruitment and Road Dawgs and is a member of the Eta Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Her favorite tradition is “Light Up Sanford” in the fourth quarter of every football game, and her favorite time of year is Homecoming, specifically the Black Alumni Homecoming Tailgate. Alexas’s favorite part of being an ambassador is being able to interact with students from various areas of campus and show them that the Dean of Students Office really does support them. 

Ali Elyaman

Ali Elyaman

Ali is a third-year student from Americus majoring in history, political science, and religion with a minor in public policy and management. He currently serves as the vice president of administration of Campus Kitchen at UGA, is a Student Government Association senator, a member of Demosthenian Literary Society, a legislative fellow for Representative Spencer Frye, and a mentor with the Office of Student Financial Aid. His favorite thing about Dean of Students Ambassadors is all of the amazing people he’s been able to meet. A fun fact about Ali is that he played a soccer game against the president of Bolivia in high school.

Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt

Andrew is a third-year intended business major who plans on pursuing a finance bachelor’s degree in the Terry College of Business. He was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia and transferred to UGA this past fall with the intention of pursuing a new start line of academic and optimistic success. In his involvement as an ODOS student ambassador, he contributes his time to doing community service and social events with fellow students at the UGA Catholic Center and the UGA Christian Campus Fellowship Group. He enjoys meeting new students every day, learning about the different cultures on campus, and spending time with new and recently transferred students. In his free time, he looks forward to playing video games, hiking, watching anime, and reading fantasy novels.

Clay Bartley

Clay Batley

Clay is a fourth-year student from Alpharetta majoring in psychology and sociology while also pursuing a Terry College certificate in entrepreneurship. Along with being a two-year member of the ODOS Ambassadors, he is also a member of the UGA Men’s Club Lacrosse team and a research assistant in the Leadership and Performance Dynamics Lab in the department of Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Clay loves being a DOS Ambassador because it allows him to get to know lots of students – especially first years – and connect them with ideas, knowledge, and resources that I’ve become familiar with during his time at UGA. Fun fact: both his parents went to Georgia! Go Dawgs!

Daniel Martinez

Daniel Martinez

Daniel is a fourth-year finance major from Alpharetta. He’s loved his time in Athens so far and he’s had the opportunity to participate in programs like Shop With a Bulldog (SWAP) and Impact, along with being in leadership for the Student Government Association and Relay for Life. What he loves most about the ambassador program is getting to interact with students and the other ambassadors, especially when they get sidetracked about food. Fun fact: His second most-liked photo on Instagram was of a dog he found on Google images.

Dara Ogunsakin

Dara Ogunsakin

Dara is a third-year social work major with a minor in human development and family sciences; she hails from Warner Robins. On campus, she works as a resident assistant in Brumby Hall. She is also a member of the Arch Society, the Student Government Association, and UGA Wesley. Dara tutors fourth graders in the local community. This is her second year serving as a Dean of Students Ambassador, and through her service she’s enjoyed listening to the experiences of other students and working to connect them with resources to better their overall experience here at UGA.

Maria Solares

Maria Solares Wilde

Maria is a third-year international affairs major with a French minor. She was born in Bolivia and was raised in Lawrenceville. As a student at UGA she is involved in multiple student organizations including Gamma Sigma Sigma Service Sorority, the Wesley Foundation (as a discipler) and the Catholic Center. What she loves most about the ambassadors program is being able to help students get connected to resources around campus and the amazing people she has met through the organization. In her free time, Maria likes to journal, pet dogs, and cheer on the Dawgs.

Michael Earl

Michael Earl

Michael Earl is a computer science major from College Park. He is a senior at UGA and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated. Michael is also a member of the Association of Computing and Machinery (ACM). He has worked at the Tate Student Center in the Information Technology department for four years. His favorite thing about being an ambassador is being able to make a meaningful impact on campus while helping students. One interesting fact about Michael is that his birthday is on the fourth of July.

MMachi Okeke

Mmachi Okeke

Mmachi Okeke is a second-year biological science major on the pre-med track with a Spanish minor from Lithia Springs. Her interests include pediatric care, language, researching intervention programs for teenagers with autism in order to decrease stigmas, and reality television. She aspires to become a pediatrician who specializes in autism with her own practice. She loves the African student community at UGA and is a Child Attention and Autism Research/Evaluation (CAARE) Lab research assistant. Fun fact: her favorite musical genre is 90s R&B. Her favorites include “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” by H-Town and “All I Do Is Think of You” by Troop.

Monique Alavi

Monique Alavi

Monique Alavi is a second-year international affairs major with a Spanish minor on the pre-law track. In addition to being a Dean of Students Ambassador, she is heavily involved on campus as the internal affairs director of the Coalition of Student Leaders, a legislative felllow in the Representative Spencer Frye Fellowship, and a CURO Researcher. She also works as a circulation desk assistant at the Law Library. Her favorite part of being a Dean of Students Ambassador is helping first-year students make new connections and transition to life at UGA. A fun fact about her is that she’s published a book, titled “Ameerah.”

Saloni Gupta

Saloni Gupta

Saloni Gupta is a third-year computer science major with a certificate in new media. A native of Suwanee, she is a teaching assistant for CSCI 1301 and currently serves as the corporate outreach officer for the Association of Computing and Machinery (ACM). Her favorite thing about being a Dean of Students Ambassador is interacting with students and being able to provide insight about resources on campus. Her interesting fact is that she has lived in five states: Connecticut, New Jersey, California, Kansas, and Georgia.

Sarah Palmer

Sarah Katherine (S.K.) Palmer

S.K. is a fourth-year marketing and sport management double major from Newnan. She has loved spending her college career at UGA. Outside of the classroom, she is a member of the Professional Entertainment and Sports Association. She also works on marketing for the Soles for Cole 5K, a charity race held in her hometown each year to raise money for cystic fibrosis. She has enjoyed her time as an ambassador for the Dean of Students. Her favorite part has been connecting with other students and helping them find what they’re looking for at UGA.

Will Quartman

Will Quarterman

Will Quarterman is a fourth-year student from Savannah majoring in risk management & insurance with minors in public policy & management and disaster management. Since attending the university, Will has been involved with the Student Government Association, Resident Housing Association, the National Association of Black Accountants, the Terry Student Diversity Advocacy Council, and was a resident assistant for the fourth floor of Myers Hall for two years. To Will, being a part of DOSA is a chance to connect with students and show them all of the opportunities and resources that the campus has to offer. Will enjoys walking around campus and listening to 90’s R&B. As he prepares to graduate in May, he is looking forward to finally being able to walk under the Arch.