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Meet the Staff

Caroline Ott
Caroline Wagner, Program Director

Caroline is thrilled to be serving as the Director for Leadership by Design at William & Mary for a third year in a row. Caroline currently works at the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville with her husband, Adam.  Caroline is a graduate of the Master's in Higher Education Administration program in the School of Education, here at William & Mary. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate degree.  With many years of leadership development under her belt, Caroline is excited to invite Virginia students to William & Mary, a place where she has spent 2 years, to experience this campus and to learn more about leadership, their own strengths, and how to make a difference in their community!

Lauren T, Program Coordinator
Lauren Jordan, Program Coordinator

Lauren is in her third year working with Leadership By Design, focusing on logistics and curriculum development, and was formerly a counselor! She currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Admission at William & Mary Law School, and is a graduate of William & Mary's School of Education with a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration. Passionate about intentional leadership development and student success, Lauren is ecstatic to be a part of LBD again this year! You can find her most days strolling through campus and Colonial Williamsburg with her husband Adam and their fluffy pup Jersey!

Emily Hinton, Counselor

Emily is in her second year of the Higher Education Administration Master's program.  She has previously acted as a Graduate Assistant for the Student Assembly and Media Council and as an intern for the William & Mary Law School Admissions Office.  During the last year, Emily researched ePortfolio design and implementation with the University of Mary Washington.  When not in school, Emily moves around the country with her Air Force husband (most recently to scenic Las Vegas), creates pop culture embroideries and knitting projects, and bakes.  After graduation she plans to work in higher education focusing on pathways for non-traditional students.


NyJey Pope, Counselor

My name is NyJey Pope and I am a rising sophomore at William & Mary. I am currently still undeclared but I am an intended sociology major on a pre-law track, minoring in African American studies. I love it here because William & Mary makes those who come here, feel like they belong here. It is an awesome university, with a world class education. It has great professors and peers that make you feel at home, and that makes your college experience a thriller. On campus I am a part of a club named SOHHL (student organization for hip hop legacy) and I am a William & Mary Scholar. I was also a PLUS student, which resulted in me wanting to prepare others for their college journey as well. I was a sneak peek host, and now I have been given this wonderful opportunity!


Robert Metaxatos, Counselor

Robert Metaxatos is a rising junior at William & Mary majoring in English and Sociology. He has participated in research in gender studies, written for an academic conference, served as Undersecretary of Academic Affairs, and is a peer reviewer for the campus’s sociology journal. Soon he will undertake an exciting study abroad opportunity at Oxford University in literary theory. In addition, as a member of APO service group, Robert is always wondering about the meaning of service and community engagement. He is very much looking forward to serving as a counselor on the Leadership by Design team and learning from participants new and nuanced understandings of social justice. In his free time, you will find him reading, questioning, and listening (or playing basketball)!


Asia Randolph, Counselor

Asia started her journey as a Ph.D. student in the Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership program with a focus in Higher Education Administration in Fall 2016. Originally from San Diego, California, she holds a B.A. in Language Studies – Spanish from the University of California, San Diego and a M.A. in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University. Asia currently serves as the outgoing graduate assistant for the Center for Student Diversity and the incoming graduate assistant for W&M Libraries. Her personal mission is to uphold a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students. During her time at William & Mary, she plans to dedicate her research efforts towards understanding the pivotal role mentoring plays in the success of underrepresented students.


Krista Schroth, Counselor

I am originally from the Gulf Coast and attended FSU for my undergrad. I received a B.S. in Human Sciences and a B.S. in Psychology while there! I was part of Greek life, Dance Marathon and the Leadership Studies program among several other Student Organizations. I was also able to study abroad to 7 countries during my time at FSU! After college I did Teach for America and served as a High School science teacher in rural, Eastern North Carolina. From there, I went on to work in DC for several charter schools in an assortment of administrative positions. I love the outdoors, crafting and professional development. I am a certified fitness instructor and deeply value wellness; emotionally, spiritually and physically!

Drew Stelljes
Drew Stelljes, PhD, Program Advisor

Dr. Stelljes serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Leadership at William & Mary. He provides leadership and direction for an integrated portfolio aimed at enhancing student development. Stelljes is responsible for the oversight of the following departments: Office of Community Engagement, Student Leadership Development, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Sadler and Campus Centers. The thematic area overarching goals help students engage, explore and elevate their college experience. Leadership occurs in multiple formats – on alternative breaks, within recognized student organizations, as a building supervisor, as a volunteer, board member, employee and more. 

Stelljes is the author of Service-Learning and Community Engagement: Toward Long-term Developmental Social Concern and his engagement model has been widely published. He has authored an array of journal articles on placing students intellectual and developmental needs at the center of the learning endeavor, service-learning, community based learning, education policy reform measures, impacts of alternative breaks and measures of the efficacy of college based tutoring and mentoring programs.

He is a graduate of William & Mary with an earned PhD in Educational Policy. In 2008 Drew was selected as an inaugural member of the Engagement Academy for University Leaders. He has held an executive board seat on a variety of local non-profits and on the Governor’s Advisory for National and Community Service where he chaired the annual selection process for statewide Americorps funding. He teaches a class on Social Foundations of Education, he is the faculty member for the DC Office Summer Institute on Leadership and Community Engagement and he teaches the class Urban Education: Policy, Practice and Leadership through the W&M DC Office. 

Drew consults on topics ranging from the creation of civic engagement on college campuses, service-learning and student development in the college years. Stelljes is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. He has guest lectured, presented or consulted for 20 schools. He and his wife, Amy, have three children, Emma Grace, Braden Eberhardt and Elizabeth Marie. They live in Williamsburg, Virginia. 


Karen Schultz, PhD, Senior Advisor

Dr. Schultz graduated from William & Mary with a B.A. in Fine Arts in 1975; she earned her MBA from Shenandoah College in 1984, and her PhD from Virginia Tech in 2002. Since 2009 she has been a Professor and the Director of the Center for Public Service and Scholarship at Shenandoah University. Dr. Schultz was recognized by the Shenandoah University with the Outstanding Teaching award in 2009 and has numerous other awards for teaching. Student Government Association awarded her with the Director's Award for Outstanding Faculty for Civic Engagement. She is an Algernon Sydney Sullivan awardee. Active in community affairs and local government, she served on the Virginia Governor's Advisory Board for Service and Volunteerism and the Board of Trustees, Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury. She is a member of the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and the Rotary Club of Winchester City. She served on the Winchester School Board, the governing board for the Mountain Vista Governor's School, the Virginia School Board Association and the National School Board Association. Long active in support of her alma mater, she is currently a member of the William & Mary Giving Societies, has served on both her 35th and 40th year reunion committees and spent more than 10 years on William & Mary's Leadership Council. Dr. Schultz has also been involved with William & Mary's Active Citizens Conference, where she presented sessions in both 2012 and 2015. Her husband, Eugene Schultz, is a member of the Class of 1975, and their two children, Katie and Ben, are both graduates of the university. Dr. Schultz was appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2015.