Connection Leaders

Connection Leader Coordinators

The Connection Leader Coordinators serve as mentors and coaches for the Connection Leaders while also facilitating your transition to Lynchburg College from SOAR to the end of your first semester and beyond. They also facilitate your G S 100 course.

Abbigail AndersonAbbigale Anderson

Hometown: Goode, Va.
Major: Environmental Science
Advice for new students: “Do not be afraid to be a role model! Remain confident in your abilities, and always remember that it’s okay to ask for help.”

Kyle HodgesKyle Hodges

Hometown: Farmville, Va.
Major: Communication Studies – Communication and Social Influence
Advice for new students: “Get involved with clubs and organizations on campus!”

Miranda Mitchell

Miranda Mitchell

Hometown: Concord, Va.
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies – Elementary Education
Advice for new students: “Be yourself! Embrace all the opportunities you’re given, but stay true to yourself.”

Spencer MurraySpencer Murray

Hometown: Shaker Heights, Ohio
Major: History and Political Science
Advice for new students: “Find a great group of friends. They will become your family while you’re here.”

Lauren MuirLauren Muir

Hometown: Bel Air, Md.
Major: Biomedical Science
Advice for new students: “Know who you are and who you want to be. The rest will fall into place.”

Karla SchoolerKarla Schooler

Hometown: Fredericksburg, Va.
Major: Communication Studies and English
Advice for new students: “Put your education first, and be active in your education. You are your own best advocate, so take advantage of all the resources that are offered.”


Connection Leaders

Connection Leaders are current undergraduate students whose role it is to help facilitate the transition of our newest Hornets who are traditional-aged freshmen. They are available to assist you in your transition throughout your SOAR experience, first semester, and beyond. They serve as the facilitators for the G S 100 course during your first semester.

Haley BatesHaley Bates

Hometown: Durham, N.C.
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies – Elementary Education
Advice for new students: “Staying up to date with readings and classwork is crucial to being successful in college. It is also important to eat healthy, regular, balanced meals!”

Hattie BaysHattie Bays

Hometown: Bedford, Va.
Major: Music Education
Advice for new students: “Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.”

Kimber ButlerKimber Butler

Hometown: Vinton, Va.
Major: Exploratory
Advice for new students: “Set up a system for studying and doing homework. And get involved early in the year and become active on campus! My life became much easier after getting involved because I had people who I could talk to when I required help.”

Jordan CindrickJordan Cindrick

Hometown: Amherst, Va.
Major: Criminology
Advice for new students: “Stop and enjoy the moment, because the years go by way too fast! It’s important to meet people and build friendships. ”

Hannah CookeHannah Cooke

Hometown: Annandale, Va.
Major: Environmental Science
Advice for new students: “The single most important piece of information is to never be afraid to ask for help.”

Sarah CzerniakSarah Czerniak

Hometown: Middletown, Del.
Major: Psychology
Advice for new students: “Challenge yourself to get involved in things on campus, and go outside of your comfort zone!”

Tscharner deGraffenriedTscharner deGraffenried

Hometown: Kingwood, Tex.
Major: Criminology
Advice for new students: “Get involved, learn how to balance education and fun, and ask for help.”

Mariah DuBoisMariah DuBois

Hometown: Salem, N.J.
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies – Elementary Education
Advice for new students: “Take advantage of all the resources here on campus. Everyone here wants to see you succeed and is willing to help you.”

Dylan ElliottDylan Elliott

Hometown: Lynchburg, Va.
Major: Human Resource Management and Psychology
Advice for new students: “By having an open mind and trying new things, you will become more involved on campus and form significant connections faster!”

Chloe FisherChloe Fisher

Hometown: Selma, N.C.
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies – Elementary Education
Advice for new students: “Be proactive with your work and stay focused. But don’t be afraid to take risks, because college is the time and place to find yourself!”

Kathleen FitzpatrickKathleen Fitzpatrick

Hometown: Arlington, Va.
Major: Communication Studies – Public Relations
Advice for new students: “Ask a boatload of questions, and it will get you to your destination!”

Courtney ForstmannCourtney Forstmann

Hometown: Glen Allen, Va.
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies – Elementary Education
Advice for new students: “Don’t procrastinate! Time management will become your friend!”

Kristina GeislerKristina Geisler

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
Major: Nursing
Advice for new students: “The best way to have a flourishing experience at Lynchburg College is to get involved! Participate in class, create friendships with students and staff, and make the most of your college experience.”

Katie GranzowKatie Granzow

Hometown: Evington, Va.
Major: Psychology
Advice for new students: “Have fun and don’t stress yourself out!”

Kyle JacksicKyle Jacksic

Hometown: Hardwick, N.J.
Major: Exercise Physiology
Advice for new students: “Time management will make or break you; never be afraid to seek help.”

Brooke LindgrenBrooke Lindgren

Hometown: Richmond, Va.
Major: Criminology and Philosophy
Advice for new students: “Get involved in clubs and social activities. Always go to class, and don’t slack off or wait to the last minute for assignments.”

Megan LivelyMegan Lively

Hometown: Troy, Va.
Major: Biomedical Science
Advice for new students: “Welcome failure – it will lead to success.”

Allison MaierAllison Maier

Hometown: Midlothian, Va.
Major: Nursing
Advice for new students: “Make sure to have fun, while also focusing on your studies.”

Scott McClintockScott McClintock

Hometown: Richmond, Va.
Major: Sport Management
Advice for new students: “Be open-minded, challenge yourselves, and find your passion!”

Chilbuzor OgbonnaChilbuzor Ogbonna

Hometown: Abuja, Nigeria
Major: International Relations
Advice for new students: “Keep a schedule to help you manage your time. Believe in yourself, because that is the first step to success!”

Kristy PaxtonKristy Paxton

Hometown: Lynchburg, Va.
Major: Nursing
Advice for new students: “Remember to make good choices, study hard, stay ahead in school, and have fun!”

Maggie PayneMaggie Payne

Hometown: Charlottesville, Va.
Major: Marketing and Spanish
Advice for new students: “College is what you make of it. Get involved and make your college experience the best four years of your life!”

Heather ScearceHeather Scearce

Hometown: Danville, Va.
Major: Nursing
Advice for new students: “While you’re here you will meet a lot of people from different places, with different viewpoints. Have an open mind; this will give you an opportunity to learn about other cultures.”

Bryan StrawdermanBryan Strawderman

Hometown: Staunton, Va.
Major: History
Advice for new students: “Get involved on campus. Everyone is scared to make friends the first few weeks, but as soon as you do, it will make college a much better experience!”

Laina VitalieLaina Vitalie

Hometown: Cherry Hills Village, Col.
Major: Theatre Performance
Advice for new students: “Time management is an essential skill. It is your responsibility to finish all of your homework and attend all of your classes and meetings.”

Nicole WagnerNicole Wagner

Hometown: Chesapeake, Va.
Major: Management
Advice for new students: “Get involved! The more involved you get, the more you learn about yourself and others.”

Kimber WalkerKimber Walker

Hometown: Milford, Del.
Major: Communication Studies – Communication and Social Influence
Advice for new students: “Be active on campus and take your studies seriously! It’s important to remember why you’re here.'”