Associate Director of Early College Student Life
Christy Baker graduated from James Madison University with a BA in speech communication and minors in Spanish and English. She began working with PEG in 2000 as a Residence Life Coordinator, transitioning to Director of PEG Student Life in 2008. Christy is a member of the Administrative Processes Improvement Team at Mary Baldwin University. She also represents PEG and Mary Baldwin on the Boarding Schools Social Activities Committee. One of Christy’s favorite aspects of working with PEG is collaborating with students and staff to create a varied and exciting activities calendar each month. In her spare time, Christy enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her husband, Mike, and their two children.
Sarah Finnegan is from Buffalo, MN and recently received her bachelor’s degree in history from Mary Baldwin University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in the Arts of Teaching, specializing in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies. This is her first year as a PEG night staff member and she looks forward to a great year working with the students. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hiking, fishing, playing board games, doing puzzles, playing the guitar, and snowboarding.
Katie Hurlock is originally from Hampton, VA. She enrolled at Mary Baldwin in 2012, graduating three years later with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a minor in Women’s Studies. During her time as an undergraduate student, she participated in many of the activities Mary Baldwin has to offer, including serving on the board of CGIU: Changemakers for Women and as the chairwoman of the Honor Council. In addition to working in the PEG Center during the 2015-2016 school year, Katie currently interns at the American Shakespeare Center, where she is helping with the development of an e-newsletter for high school students and teachers. She hopes to attend graduate school for English in the upcoming years to continue pursuing her passion of women’s literature. Katie is enthusiastic about working with the Early College students and hopes to help them find their passion and place here at Mary Baldwin.
Mariah Jezek is a returning RA to the PEG staff for a third year. She is from Tappahannock, VA and was an undergraduate and graduate student at Mary Baldwin University. She completed her bachelor’s in Social Work in 2013 and completed her Master’s degree in Teaching, endorsed in Special Education as well as Elementary Education in May of 2015. Mariah also works with the Autism on the Seas organization, which has influenced her decision to also receive a certificate in autism through Mary Baldwin University. Currently Mariah also works for Augusta County Schools as a K-5 Special Education Teacher. Working with individuals as a mentor, advocate, and educator has always been Mariah’s passion. “It is important for me to have a career in which I love, but also one that can make a difference in the life of another person” (Mariah Jezek). Mariah is excited to have another opportunity to be part of the PEG staff again this year and is looking forward to learning from each and every one of the PEG students.
I have been at Mary Baldwin since 2011 and working on my MAT in elementary education. Working with others has always been a passion with mine. I love to see people work hard and succeed. During my time as an undergraduate I worked as a Peer Advisor and a traditional student RA. Both of these experiences have helped me get involved on campus and give back to the Mary Baldwin community.
I am from Buffalo Jct. Virginia. I graduated Mary Baldwin this past spring (2015) with a bachelor’s in Spanish and minors in education and English. I am currently working on my Master’s in Teaching through Mary Baldwin and I hope to graduate in the Spring of 2016. After graduation, I would like to teach Spanish at the high school level or at the community college level. Along with teaching, I would also like to be a translator for the court systems. In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports, as well as spending time with my family and friends. I am excited to have this opportunity and I hope to gain a great deal of experience for my future goals of becoming a teacher one day.