Meet the Team

Lyn Krueger Lyn Krueger Baier is the Director of the First-Year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS). Lyn has enjoyed working with the FIGS program since 2008 and appreciates the opportunity to work with such a unique peer instruction model.

Prior to her work with the FIGS program, Lyn spent ten years working in Residence Life programs. Lyn is originally from Iowa and received her Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Northern Iowa. She holds a Master's degree in Higher Education from New York University.


Susan Bennett Susan Bennett joined the FIGS program as Assistant Director in 2014. Prior to arriving at Rutgers, Susan spent six years working with first-year students in new student orientation and student retention programs at other universities. Susan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Education from Bucknell University and a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University.


Kat Whitaker joined the FIGS team as a First-Year Engagement Program Director in 2018.  Kat is excited to help students connect their co-curricular experiences to career readiness competencies and prepare for the world of work after Rutgers. Prior to arriving at Rutgers, Kat spent two years working with first-year experience programs with an emphasis on developing curriculum and mentoring programs to support the successful transition of students to college.  Kat earned her Bachelor of Arts in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University and her Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University. 


Emily ReinekeEmily Reineke is one of the Program Coordinators for the FIGS Program. After serving as a Peer Instructor herself in 2016 teaching Exploring Music, she is excited to return and become even more involved with the FIGS program.  Emily received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Rutgers University and is currently attending Graduate School at New York University to pursue a Master's in Performing Arts Administration. She is committed to improving communities through the use of education and creativity, and is thrilled to be working for a program which exemplifies both of these characteristics.

Ankita Veta is one of the Program Coordinators for the FIGS program. In 2016, Ankita taught a FIGS herself in Exploring Psychology and served as a Senior Peer Instructor in 2017. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Cell Biology & Neuroscience and Psychology. She is thrilled to continue working with the FIGS program this year before she heads to medical school. Ankita values the strong interpersonal relationships she has built through FIGS and is dedicated to continuing to develop and grow the program for future peer instructors.