Karen Cardozo, Executive Director of Career Development
Originally from: Born in Mombasa, Kenya; raised primarily in Claremont, NH
Education: B.A. in English, Haverford College; master’s in higher education administration, planning, and social policy, Harvard University; Ph.D. in literary American studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Career Pivots: I started out in career counseling at Harvard, then served as a dean of student and academic affairs at Mount Holyoke before becoming a visiting faculty member in the Five College Consortium of Western MA. When a tenure track job didn’t materialize, I pivoted back into career development at Williams College, only to then land a faculty position and eventually gain tenure in interdisciplinary studies at MCLA, where I taught courses on leadership, women’s studies, and the changing world of work. I came to Hollins in January 2018 because I’m excited about empowering every liberal arts student to lead a Life of Consequence through experiential learning and life design.
Key Values: authenticity, adventure, creativity, humor, spirituality
Elements of Life Design: quality time with husband Jonathan, sons Tom and Jonah, and large extended family; hiking with my dog Sadie; contemplative practices including writing and meditation; JustDance Roanoke, and occasional gigs with my indie band, Show of Cards.
Ándrea Martin, Associate Director
Originally from: Roanoke, VA
Education: B.A. in psychology, and public policy and community service, Emory & Henry College; M.A. in community psychology and social change at the Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg.
Career Pivots: I started out in nonprofit volunteer management at Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council, then transitioned to nonprofit workforce development at TAP-This Valley Works, followed by volunteer management and human resources recruitment for the city of Roanoke. I pivoted into higher education and Hollins in 2013, where I now lead career workshops, and manage the First-Year Internship Program along with the center’s technology and data systems.
Key Values: trustworthiness, competence, enjoyment, friendship
Elements of Life Design: I am an alumna of Leadership Roanoke Valley Class of 2017 (LRV) and serve as the Leadership Development Committee cochair for the LRV Alumni Association (LRVAA). In my spare time, I enjoy cooking – especially exploring new recipes and techniques from different cultures. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Sheyonn Baker, Events and Promotions Manager
Originally from: Roanoke, VA
Education: B.A. in mass communications with concentration in public relations, Clark Atlanta University; Master of Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.), Hollins University
Career Pivots: I started in hospitality public relations and marketing and was promoted into property management. I obtained my state certification as a massage therapist before moving to Bermuda to work in hospitality management. I worked as a human resource coordinator before joining the student affairs team at Hollins in 2016. I pivoted into my new role at the Career Center in fall 2018, where I organize and publicize events including the HireHollins Employer-Talent Showcase, and manage a squad of Career Connectors (peer mentors). At Hollins, I am also a co-advisor for the Black Student Alliance (BSA).
Key Values: loyalty, discernment, empathy, principled
Elements of Life Design: Staying active in the Roanoke Valley community as president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Beta Chi Omega chapter, president of Ivies Incorporated of the Roanoke Valley, and a member of the local chapters of the NAACP and SCLC. In my spare time, I love to write and travel.
Amber Becke, Administrative Coordinator
Originally from: Jacksonville, FL
Education: A.A. in general education, Florida State College at Jacksonville; currently pursuing a B.A. in communication studies at Hollins University
Career Pivots: I started in retail and customer service in Florida but yearned to work in higher education where I could help young people work toward their life/career goals, so I pivoted up North to Hollins. In my role I coordinate the Signature Internship program, handle office finances and scheduling, and supervise our student staff. I especially enjoy orienting students and alumnae/i to everything the Career Center has to offer.
Key Values: compassion, integrity, collaboration, helping others
Elements of Life Design: I enjoy traveling with my husband, Chris, cooking and baking, reading historical fiction novels, and spending time with my dog, Libby, and my two cats, Niles and Henry.