Meet Our Team

Christine Harriger

Christine Harriger, Director of Career Development & Life Design

Originally from: Harrisonburg, VA

Education:  B.S. in psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University; M.Ed. in counselor education, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Career Pivots: I began my career in recruiting and human resources so understand the corporate world of work. I pivoted into higher education and career counseling after I discovered that I really loved to help people. I started my higher education career working in career services at VCU and the University of Richmond. I then pivoted into the consulting world where I provided career counseling to former military in the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) as well as at the USDA. I made a pivot back into higher education and have worked at some amazing institutions to include: George Mason University, James Madison University, Western Carolina University, and Randolph College. I have a unique perspective on the world of work as well as extensive experience in career development. I am extremely excited to help students with life design at Hollins University!

Key Values: innovation, helping others, adventure, making a difference, career accomplishments

Elements of Life Design: day trips and adventures with husband Kevin; outdoor activities such as hiking and boating; meditation, reading, and relaxing with my two cats, Leo and Dakota; spending time with family and friends.

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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.

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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.