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.
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.