Professional Staff

Lauren M. Garrett

Director, First Year Experience
Hometown: Culpeper, VA
Undergraduate Institution:  College of William and Mary

In my role as the Director of First Year Experience, I have the privilege of working with faculty, staff, and student leaders in the development and implementation of a comprehensive first-year program for both first-time in college and transfer undergraduate students.  Prior to returning to my alma mater as a professional staff member, I most recently served as the Director of Residential Life and Student Services at Maine Maritime Academy with responsibilities in residential life, student conduct, new student orientation, and student engagement and involvement.  I hold a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and am completing my Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from the University of New Hampshire with a research interest in first-year student transition experiences and resources. 

Chrissy Linsinbigler

Graduate Assistant, First Year Initiatives
Hometown:  Crozet, Virginia
High School:  Western Albemarle High School
Undergraduate Institution:  Christopher Newport University

As the Graduate Assistant for First Year Initiatives in FYE, I work with year-round programming for first year students at William and Mary. I am a second-year student in the Master’s in Higher Education Administration program in the School of Education. As an undergraduate I attended Christopher Newport University, where I majored in English Literature and Classical Studies and worked as a writing tutor.