C-PIES Leadership

Lewis A. Wheaton is the inaugural director for C-PIES. He is a professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Tech, with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Since his arrival at Georgia Tech in 2008, he has been the director of the Cognitive Motor Control Laboratory, which has a goal of improving rehabilitation outcomes in people with brain injury. He has also been actively involved in rehabilitation policy within the state of Georgia as a Governor-appointed member of the State Rehabilitation Council, a congressionally mandated council that oversees the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. He serves as a member of the Executive Board of the American Society for Neurorehabilitation. 

Lea Marzo is the inaugural Program Operations Director for C-PIES.  She is a first-generation, low-income student of color and draws from first-hand knowledge of issues surrounding underrepresented groups to promote diversity and equity in higher education. She has been a staff member at Georgia Tech since 2014, previously in the School of Mathematics as the Office Manager/Assistant to the Chair II. In 2021, Lea completed her Ph.D. in Sociology and Urban Studies focusing on the intersectionality of race, gender, and class. She has served as a member of the College of Sciences Task Force on Racial Equity, a member of the College of Sciences Staff Advisory Council, and the co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee in the School of Mathematics.