The Vantage Point
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Nell Desmond

Director

Nell Desmond

With over a decade of international experience in the fields of education, NGOs, politics, and business, Nell is dedicated to change making at Mary Baldwin University, helping students develop personally and professionally in a variety of ways. As the Director of the Vantage Point, she is committed to providing learning opportunities for students to understand who they are so that they are better able to be of service to themselves and their community, living and working on purpose.

Nell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies from George Mason University and a Master of Arts in International Relations and World Order from the University of Leicester. She is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute, a Sullivan Foundation Fellow, and an alumna of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leaders.

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Lindsey Walsh

Assistant Director, Employer Relations/Internships

Lindsey Walsh

Service is at the heart of Lindsey’s diverse work experience, drawn from college admissions, non-profit service, human resource management, and business ownership. As the Assistant Director, she is excited to work with students and community members to develop internship and employment opportunities for student talent. She believes Mary Baldwin students can create meaningful impact in their communities and their world, after examining and cultivating their passions in their college experience.
Lindsey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Christopher Newport University, and completed the President’s Leadership Program there. She is a current MBA student at Mary Baldwin, and a graduate of the Leadership Greater Augusta course hosted through GARCC.

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Faith Parker

BOLD Coordinator

Faith Parker

As a Graduate student at Mary Baldwin University, Faith takes full advantage of the experiential opportunity working in the Vantage Point offers. In the future, she would like to work in educational policy and improve the education system. Working at the Vantage Point has allowed her to enhance her organizational, management, and communication skills.
With her work at the Vantage Point, Faith is dedicated to facilitating and reinventing the Baldwin Opportunities for Leadership Development (BOLD) curriculum. Additionally, she is responsible for training the Leadership Coaches, working with students in the BOLD 101 class room, designing programs, and giving resume feedback.

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Malala Penn

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Malala Penn

Malala is a junior majoring in business with an emphasis in marketing. In the future, Malala would like to be a private contractor and travel the world while doing what she loves and also aspires to start her own nonprofit one day. Working at the Vantage Point allows her to express and develop her skills in a variety of ways.

At the Vantage Point, Malala is the Communications/Marketing Coordinator and designs and disseminates all marketing materials for services and programs. She is also very involved in a variety of organizations and clubs at MBU.  In particular she loves being an Ubuntu Mentor and a part of the African Student Kollective Club. Working at the Vantage has helped her view how professionalism works and uses all that she has learned on and off campus.

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Jamal Carter

Organizational Systems Coordinator

Jamal Carter

Jamal is currently now a sophomore at Mary Baldwin University, planning to major in Business Management with a special emphasis in Accounting/Entrepreneurship. Jamal is a hard-working motivated individual. He wants to seize many of the opportunities here at Mary Baldwin to further his college experience.

In the future, Jamal plans to get his MBA and then someday become a stockbroker on Wall Street. Not only that, Jamal wants to start his own clothing brand someday. Nonetheless, holding the position of Organizational Systems Coordinator, he assists with efforts in organizing information gathered from various sources, and planning/co-hosting related campus events, information sessions, workshops, etc. Being in The Vantage Point, Jamal hopes to make connections and make a name for himself in the world of business.

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Mabel Rose

Visual Media Coordinator

Mabel Rose

Mabel is a sophomore at Mary Baldwin University with a major in Communications. Mabel hopes to travel down a path that combines her love of the environment, love of community, and love of storytelling. She would like to use her strengths to uplift the stories of young people rebuilding and resisting in Appalachia. Her heart is in the mountains, but feels the pull from the rest of the world before settling down.

At the Vantage Point, Mabel works as the Visual Media Coordinator and draws from her knowledge of video production and website design to create visually appealing marketing materials to increase traffic to the office. She hopes that she can guide students on their path of finding their purpose while simultaneously finding her own way.