Hollins Staff Updates

New Staff Members

Lauren Walker

Lauren Walker ’04, Hollins’ new director of alumnae relations!

Walker is a 2004 graduate of Hollins and for the past six years has served as director of catering at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. Previously, she was the wedding/social event manager at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. She started her career at The Homestead in Hot Springs, where she was the resort’s convention services manager and subsequently worked as wedding and special event coordinator.

“Lauren has strong leadership, management, and event planning experience, as well as a strong connection to the Roanoke community,” said Audrey Stone, Hollins’ vice president for institutional advancement. She returns to her alma mater with an enthusiastic commitment to Hollins alumnae everywhere. We look forward to her exceptional organizational skills and dynamic presence.”


Sarah Grace

Sarah Grace McCormick ’15, Hollins’ new alumnae relations coordinator!

Sarah Grace completed her B.A. in psychology at Hollins before achieving her graduate certificate in addiction and recovery from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She is now enrolled through Boston University online for her master’s in higher educational leadership and policy studies. Sarah Grace joined the alumnae relations team at Hollins in October as the department’s coordinator. Previously, she had served as a victim advocate and campus prevention specialist on the rape recovery team at Jacksonville University. As a student, she held an internship with the One Love Foundation, and remains close to the intern sponsor, Sharon Love ’71.

“Sarah Grace has a rich Hollins legacy and we are excited to have her join our team.  She looks forward to reconnecting with Hollins and working with our alumnae on their local chapter events as we grow our network.”


Karen M. Cardozo

Karen M. Cardozo, Hollins’ new executive director of career development!

Karen will oversee Hollins’ Career Center and its programs and services, implementing the university’s strategic goal of collaborating with internal and external partners to create career development initiatives that will engage students throughout their undergraduate education and beyond. Cardozo will serve as a consultant starting September 4 and will begin her full-time employment with Hollins on January 2, 2018.

Cardozo has worked as a career counselor at Harvard University and at Williams College, as a dean of student and academic affairs at Mount Holyoke College, and as a faculty member on all campuses of the Five College Consortium of Western Massachusetts (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts). She comes to Hollins from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the Berkshires, where she was a tenured associate professor of interdisciplinary studies.

“I am well-equipped to translate career placement from the field back to the campus and vice versa: to educate families, employers, and the public about why a Hollins education is an excellent investment, and why hiring Hollins alumnae would be a smart move,” Cardozo said.