Meet the Team

Lyn KruegerLyn Krueger Baier is the Director of New Student Programs and is responsible for overseeing the First-Year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS) and other academic programs. 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 in Undergraduate Academic Affairs, 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 BennettSusan Bennett joined the New Student Programs as Assistant Director in 2014. Susan helps to oversee the FIGS Program and other work of the New Student Programs office. 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.


Lauren FosterLauren Foster is a Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Academic Affairs . As Program Coordinator, she provides support to New Student Programs, the FIGS Program, Educational Enrichment, and the Office of Distinguished Fellowships. Lauren has worked in higher education since 2010. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University and studied Product Development at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California.


Christabel Cruz Christabel Cruz, Graduate Coordinator, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science. Christabel joined the Office of New Student Programs in 2015 where she provides administrative and curricular support for the FIGS program. She has previous experience in Undergraduate Academic Affairs as an undergraduate intern and later as a graduate coordinator in the Offices of Learning Communities and Multicultural Engagement from 2008 to 2012. She holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Art History as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. Her research specialties include women and politics, American politics, and race & ethnicity politics.


Christina Spoleti Christina Spoleti is a Graduate Coordinator for the FIGS program.  During the fall of 2014, Christina served as a FIGS Peer Instructor and taught Exploring Anthropology.  Christina received her two Bachelor’s degrees in Evolutionary Anthropology and Cell Biology & Neuroscience, and certificate in Evolutionary Medicine, from Rutgers University.  She currently attends the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences working towards a Master’s degree in Biomedical Science.  Her interests and experiences are rooted in community outreach, education, and medicine.