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Dr. FergusonStephanie Ferguson, PhD
Executive Director of Early College
After earning her bachelor’s degree in education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Ferguson (formerly Nugent) began teaching middle and high school reading and English, both in Pennsylvania and in Louisiana. Six years into her teaching career, she found a position working with gifted children grades 6–8 and got her first glimpse of Mary Baldwin’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted. Dr. Ferguson was working on her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Southeastern Louisiana University at the time, and she investigated PEG while she focused on gifted studies as a concentration for her degree. She completed her doctorate — with a concentration in gifted studies — at The University of Southern Mississippi. Her dissertation on moral development and self-concept among gifted residential high school students explored many of the elements present in MBC’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted. She has done extensive research on social and emotional issues of gifted students, about which she has published a book, Social and Emotional Teaching Strategies, a textbook chapter, “Affective Education: Addressing the Social and Emotional needs of Gifted Students in the Classroom,” and several journal and newsletter articles. In her spare time, she enjoys entertaining her three cats, Neko, Joss, and Jain, writing (both for work and pleasure), reading, needlework, and riding motorcycles with her husband, Bruce.

Christy BakerChristy Baker
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 College. She also represents PEG and MBC 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.


PEG Residence Life Staff

Jessica Applegate photoJessica Applegate
Jessica Applegate is originally from the Fredericksburg, VA area. She came to Mary Baldwin in the fall of 2010 and graduated in May 2014 with her BA in painting and education. She has returned to Baldwin this year to finish pursuing her Master’s in Teaching with the hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher. When Jessica isn’t working on her school work or working, she enjoys painting, reading, running, yoga, and relaxing. She is a big believer in doing everything from the heart to the best of her abilities. Helping people and working with young people has always been a passion for Jessica.  She is so excited to working with and get to know the PEG students!

1981912_10152364638542845_129987833_nRachel Cox
Rachel is originally from Springfield, Virginia. Rachel is a senior at Mary Baldwin College and is majoring in Psychology with an emphasis in Mental Health, and is also very interested in Applied Behavior Analysis. Rachel ended up at Mary Baldwin College because she fell in love with the campus, and believed that small class size would be a good fit for her. Along with working with PEG, Rachel is also a Team Leader at Grafton Library. Rachel is interested in pursuing multiple fields after she graduates this May. She would like to obtain her Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, get her ABA certificate, and would also like to become a RN. The reason why Rachel wishes to continue her education in these specific fields is because she enjoys working with, and helping people. Obtaining her Doctorate in Psychology, will allow her to fully understand the way people think and function;  having an ABA certificate will allow her to be able to implement the types of therapy that she finds the most fascinating; and becoming an RN will help her fully understand the physical and chemical limitations of children and adults who suffer from different mental and physical disabilities. Each one of these degrees/certificates will allow Rachel to do the best job possible within these fields.

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Mariah Dittrich was born and raised in Snow Hill, MD and has been a student at Mary Baldwin College since 2010. Mariah earned her BA in French/Education from MBC last year in 2014. During her time as an undergraduate at Mary Baldwin, Mariah served as a Peer Advisor, President of the Global Honor’s Society, Chairwoman of ACORNS, a tour guide for President’s Society, and a Team Leader in Grafton Library.  This year, she plans on finishing her MAT endorsed in Foreign Language k-12 education. She will also continue working at Grafton Library as well as serving as the senior class adviser. When Mariah is not at Mary Baldwin, she enjoys spending time with her parents and three older brothers. This past summer she completed her eighth trip with Appalachian Service Project. She is very excited to continue to grow and learn as a Resident Assistant for the PEG program this year.

Mariah Jezek photoMariah Jezek
Mariah Jezek is from Tappahannock, VA and has been a student at Mary Baldwin College since 2010. She has completed her bachelor’s in Social Work and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Teaching, endorsed in Special Education as well as Elementary Education. 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 College. Working with individuals as a mentor, advocate, and educator has always been Mariah’s passion. “It has always been second nature for me to care for another person. 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.

SGAPicEmily Miller
Emily Miller is a Mechanicsburg, PA native, but was drawn to the beauty of Staunton by a love of theatre during her junior year of high school.  She completed her bachelors in history, graduating in May of 2014, and is now continuing work toward her Master of Arts in Teaching.  After completing her degree, she plans to teach at the high school level.  While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Emily was involved in various on campus clubs and organizations including student government, choirs, and President’s Society.  She also enjoyed working in Grafton Library as a student assistant and team leader, which she plans to continue while working in the PEG Center this year.  Each of these activities helped foster a passion for all things Mary Baldwin and a desire to form deeper connections and understandings of group dynamics and individuals. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends.  She is a baseball fan, crafter, and music lover.  Emily is very excited to get to know everyone and be a part of the night staff.

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Colena Roberts graduated from Mary Baldwin College in 2009, after three years, with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology/Sociology. After graduation she worked as an Archaeologist in Virginia and Louisiana. During her time at MBC she competed on the volleyball team and achieved the all-time kill record, as well as the top three spots for kills per season. In 2012 Colena returned to Mary Baldwin as the Graduate Assistant Volleyball Coach. Over the next two years she earned her Masters of Education with an emphasis in Higher Education and graduated in May of 2014. Colena joins the PEG staff as an RA and will also be interning with MBC’s Sports Information Director, as well as Volunteer Assisting on the Volleyball team when time allows. She plans to further her education in the future by pursuing a Ph.D. or Ed.D in Athletic Administration. Athletics has played a large role in her life and she wishes to continue to participate in college athletics in the future. Colena also likes to play tennis and crochet.