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.
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.