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.

DJ Bowles

Hometown: Haymarket, VA

Major: International Relations

Advice for new students: "Get involved! Joining clubs/organizations early will help introduce you to new people and find your place on campus."

Amber Green

Hometown: Yorktown, VA

Major: Psychology

Advice for new students: "Don't try to cram everything in on the night before the test."

Holly Lovern

Hometown: Salem, VA

Major: Psychology

Advice for new students: "College is a time for learning, but not just inside the classroom. Try to learn from everything you can - the classes you take, the experiences you have, the people you meet, and the clubs and organizations you get involved with. If you look to learn from everything, you'll be amazed at how much you can grow during your short time here."

M.V. Ness

Hometown: Midlothian, VA

Major: Communication Studies - Public Relations

Advice for new students: "Always believe in yourself. LC has so much to offer to our students and with this mindset you will be able to accomplish so much during the four years you'll spend here."

Sami Sharkey

Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA

Major: Communication Studies – Communication & Social Influence

Advice for new students: "Get involved and be open-minded!"

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.

Katie Barlow

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Major: Undeclared

Advice for new students: "Never get a credit card!"

Spencer Becker-Siggins

Hometown: Goodview, VA

Major: Political Science

Advice for new students: "Don't panic."

Stacy Bresson

Hometown: Laurel, MD

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies - Special Education

Advice for new students: "Manage your time wisely because work done before the due date is better than work that is done on the day it is due."

Asya Brown

Hometown: Hayward, CA

Major: Criminology

Advice for new students: "Get involved! It makes your college experience more enjoyable!"

Alex Cash

Hometown: Gretna, VA

Major: Biology

Advice for new students: "Do what makes you happy. Don't base your life on what others expect you to do."

Lindsey Davis

Hometown: Cedar Grove, NJ

Major: Environmental Studies

Advice for new students: "Be respectful! Be yourself! Be independent!"

Ashlee Fitch

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Major: Criminology

Advice for new students: "Appreciate where you are in your life and enjoy it as much as you can."

Courtney Gentry

Hometown: Forest, VA

Major: Communication Studies - Communication & Social Influence

Advice for new students: "Be open to all new experiences and opportunities! Lynchburg College has so many things to offer! You'll meet so many people and make a ton of friends within the first few weeks in college! Keep yourself busy and get involved! Prepare for the best years of your life!"

Theresa Gillette

Hometown: Prospect, CT

Major: English

Advice for new students: "Time management, attending class, and getting involved on campus are all important, but remember to have fun and appreciate your time here."

Katie Granzow

Hometown: Evington, VA

Major: Studio Art

Advice for new students: "Have fun and don't stress yourself out!"

Kristen Gulick

Hometown: King George, VA

Major: Undeclared

Advice for new students: "Keep an open mind about trying new experiences and have fun, but make sure you know when to settle down and take things seriously."

Joshua Hall

Hometown: Evington, VA

Major: Marketing

Advice for new students: "Be ready. This is not cryptic, there is no hidden meaning. Be ready to learn more about what the journey you are beginning means. It is beyond just 'being yourself' or 'being open' or 'trying new things' or 'getting along' (please get along) - just be ready. Have fun, see you soon, drive safely."

Liz Hall

Hometown: Gretna, VA

Major: Biology

Advice for new students: "Take your time and figure out what you really want to do with your life. It's okay to be unsure of your goals coming into college. Don't let anyone pressure you into rushing into a path that may not be the one for you. Slow down and be yourself."

Andrea Herrera

Hometown: Burke, VA

Major: International Relations

Advice for new students: "No matter how much work you have, always remember to take step back every once in a while to relax and have fun! College isn't meant to be all work and no play."

Kyle Hodges

Hometown: Farmville, VA

Major: Communication Studies - Communication and Social Influence

Advice for new students: "Get involved with clubs and organizations on campus!"

Teddy Holmes

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Major: Psychology

Advice for new students: "Make plans for the future, but not too far ahead. You never know what life has in store for you so don't ever write anything in stone."

Hillary Johnson

Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA

Major: Health Promotion

Advice for new students: "Take a breath and relax. It is a big life adjustment coming to college but once you get acclimated you will love it. The best way to adjust is to keep a positive attitude, meet new people, and get involved!"

Megan Lively

Hometown: Troy, VA

Major: Biomedical Science

Advice for new students: "Welcome failure - it will lead to success."

Melissa Micek

Hometown: Magnolia, DE

Major: Philosophy, Political Science

Advice for new students: "Do not stress - just take one step at a time."

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 and don't change! 'Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.'  - Dr. Seuss"

Lauren Muir

Hometown: Abingdon, MD

Major: Biomedical Science

Advice for new students: "Know who you are and who you want to be. The rest will fall into place."

Spencer Murray

Hometown: Shaker Heights, OH

Major: History

Advice for new students: "Find a great group of friends; they will become your family while here."

Lisa Quell

Hometown: Fairfield, CT

Major: Psychology

Advice for new students: "Don't be afraid to ask anyone any questions you may have, even silly ones. Better to get an answer than to be left wondering!"

Taylor Rabon

Hometown: Dillwyn, VA

Major: Communication Studies - Electronic Media

Advice for new students: "Don't be afraid to be yourself! An original is always better than a copy."

Sean Rigney

Hometown: Lynchburg, VA

Major: Psychology

Advice for new students: "This is very important to remember for your college experience: 'You can only get out what you put in.'"

Billy Saulle

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies - Elementary Education

Advice for new students: "Make sure you find a time management schedule that works best for you. This is one of the most important things to learn in college."

Clara Sommer

Hometown: Camden, NC

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies - Special Education

Advice for new students: "Use all the College has to offer for help - the Writing Center, teachers' office hours, and PASS sessions. It all helps so much!"

Danny Sweeney

Hometown: Arlington, VA

Major: International Relations

Advice for new students: "Go to every interest meeting because you'll never know what organizations are appealing until you see them first hand."

Jessie Thornton

Hometown: Danville, VA

Major: Psychology

Advice for new students: "Don't be scared and remember to just breathe."

Colleen Treichel

Hometown: Easton, MD

Major: Mathematics

Advice for new students: "Go out of your comfort zone and try new things, whether it is a new sport or asking someone on your hall to go get dinner. Try something new and, more than likely, you will not regret it!"

Ellen Tyler

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies - Elementary Education

Advice for new students: "Don't wish it away. It is the beginning of the best years of your life and it goes by faster than you could ever imagine."

Beth Wehr

Hometown: Ellicott City, MD

Major: Exercise Physiology

Advice for new students: "Get involved!"

Izzy Zaru-Roque

Hometown: Springfield, VA

Major: Biology

Advice for new students: "Get to know people! It can be hard sometimes when you are in a new environment, so prop your door open when hanging out in your room, get to know your classmates, bring a Frisbee out on the dell and see who wants to play!"