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.


Justin Barker Justin Barker, Program Coordinator, is a Clinical Psy.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Justin joined the FIGS team in 2017 where he provides administrative and curricular support for the FIGS program.  Previous to joining FIGS, Justin has worked in sales, executive recruitment, career services, college counseling, and community mental health.  Justin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Rutgers.  His research specialty is on psychodynamic approaches to the treatment of chronic pain.


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.