Alison Spannaus (she/her/hers) grew up in Minnesota and Arizona and loves that North Carolina is a great mix of the two places. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Political Science at Texas Christian University and her Master of Arts in Leadership in Student Affairs at the University of St. Thomas. She is passionate about the first-year experience and how a solid partnership between an institution and family members can help students through the transition process. Alison enjoys crafting, the theatre, reading, and spending time outdoors. She has lived by the quote “find something you love so much you would do it for free, but you do it so well you get paid for it” since hearing it from Byron Garrett in high school and advocates living your strengths daily.