CHS welcomes new staff this winter

CHS is pleased to welcome Phoebe Dubois, Treysi Knox, Sydney Smith, Mary Wagner and Stefan Wolder
Phoebe Dubois

Phoebe Dubois has joined the College of Humanities and Sciences as a research assistant in the Department of Psychology. Phoebe previously worked for Radford University as a research assistant and student advisor. 

Phoebe holds a B.S. in psychology from James Madison University, and an M.A. in experimental psychology from Radford University.

Phoebe grew up in the Midlothian area. For fun, Phoebe makes and sells jewelry, reads and enjoys attending shows at Altria.

Treysi Knox

Treysi Knox joins the College of Humanities and Sciences as an academic advisor in the Department of Biology. Treysi previously worked as an academic advisor at the University of Phoenix, Walden University and South University.

Treysi holds a B.A. in liberal studies from the University of Central Florida and a M.A. in education with a specialization in adult education/training from University of Phoenix. The majority of her childhood consisted of international adventures as her family moved all over the world due to her mother’s work with the Department of Defense. Treysi’s lived in places like Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Taegu, Korea and Kaiserlautern, Germany.

Treysi has two children, Tatum (11) and Maddox (4), and three cats. In her spare time, Treysi enjoys spending time with family and friends, visiting restaurants and gossiping about the newest reality TV show. She also loves to cook, bake and meet new people.

Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith joins the College of Humanities and Sciences as a social media specialist for the communications team in the dean’s office. Previously, Sydney worked at JOY Creative, a marketing agency, where she collaborated with such clients as the NBA, Susan G. Komen, Dove Men+Care, Ad Council, as well as GetSocialRVA, a social media agency.

Sydney is originally from Roanoke, Virginia, and is a graduate of VCU’s Robertson School of Media and Culture where she focused on creative advertising. Sydney hopes to start her master’s degree in mass communication this summer.

In her free time, she loves to workout, go to concerts, try new restaurants, hang out with friends, shop, and spend time with family.

Mary Wagner

Mary Wagner joins the College of Humanities and Sciences as a research program coordinator for the dean’s office. In her role, she will provide event support for the Dean's Research Seminar Series, as well as manage communications for the Institute for Sustainable Energy and Environment.

Mary was previously an AmeriCorps member, serving refugee and immigrant populations in Richmond. She earned her B.A. in international studies with a concentration in social justice and a B.A. in religious studies from VCU in 2020. She loves traveling, live music, trying new restaurants in Richmond and playing soccer.

Stefan Wolder

Stefan Wolder joins the College of Humanities and Sciences as a senior academic advisor in the Department of Forensic Science. Stefan worked as an academic advisor for Hunter College, a public institution in New York City, where he had the pleasure of serving a caseload of over 1,000 pre-health students. Most recently, Stefan was the senior academic advisor for VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

He holds a B.S. in accounting from SUNY Old Westbury and an M.A. in higher education administration from Stony Brook University.

Stefan grew up in New York and has also lived in Florida and Arizona. He is happy to now call Richmond home. In his free time, you'll find him going to farmers’ markets with his wife, Lily, and dog, Flynn, catching a plane on the weekend to Universal Studios as an avid Harry Potter fan or binge watching House Hunters.

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