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Virginia Schaffer

Fredericksburg,VA

Summary

Highly organized and self-motivated professional experienced in project management, process improvement, and strategic planning. Extensive knowledge in domestic and international higher education industry with a passion for helping people reach their goals and collaborating with others to deliver high-quality programs.

Overview

26
26
years of professional experience

Work History

Integrative Medicine Coordinator

Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC), Regional Cancer Center
2015.08 - 2024.03
  • Attended rounds, tumor boards, and cancer conferences to counsel Oncologists, Nurse Navigators, Administration and Staff with evidence-based research on integrative therapies and support services for patients
  • Provided direct patient support, connected with patients as a cancer survivor, and developed integrative medicine plans through consultations.
  • Supervised on-site integrative therapists, wrote and maintained MWHC Foundation grants ($250,000) for Integrative Medicine program, and coordinated schedules and community referrals for therapies such as yoga, massage, and acupuncture (1,200 visits a year)
  • Fostered community relationships with over 100 integrative therapists and related community health organizations to create and maintain a robust integrative medicine network for patients, physicians, and staff
  • Developed special events, workshops, and conferences to foster education and awareness as well as served as a patient advocate through public speaking and media.

Associate Director

Educational Resource Center, Boston University
2004.11 - 2014.05
  • Managed daily operations of academic services center, responding to over 15,000 student, faculty, staff, parent, and external constituent inquiries each year
  • Supervised 3 professional staff, 6 doctoral writing fellows, and roughly 60 student employees; hired and trained according to position duties and responsible for budget and payroll ($300,000)
  • Mentored, advised, counseled and taught students through individual and group settings on topics such as behavior modification, time management, sleep habits, and public speaking
  • Developed targeted academic and career support programs such as ESL skills development workshops and specialized skills appointments, peer leadership training curricula, and mentoring programs
  • Executed event and facilities management for new student center and colleagues such as Admissions, Orientation, and Residence Life; monitor room reservation system for 22 study rooms, 2 lounges, and 4 large conference rooms
  • Participated in various university task forces and committees on Emergency Preparedness, Health and Wellness, and Lean Six Sigma Operations.

Project Director

University of Florida, Institute for Child Health Policy
2000.10 - 2004.05
  • Coordinated and supervised research activities that analyzed child and adolescents’ health, risk behaviors, and family interaction
  • Created and maintained survey productivity and grants management tracking system for over 12,000 surveys and awards ranging from $100,000 to $750,000
  • Managed communication and travel schedules between multiple faculty members, technical staff, and contracted vendors
  • Represented a multi-disciplinary academic research team at various state and federal legislative sessions and conferences.

Academic Testing Coordinator

University of North Florida, Career Services
1998.07 - 2000.09
  • Organized and supervised state and national standardized testing examinations, including state teaching certification exams; hired and trained staff of 15 part-time testing proctors
  • Advised and published university policies and procedures regarding testing and accommodations
  • Scheduled and conducted academic conduct hearings with deans, faculty members, and students.

Education

Doctorate of Philosophy - Community Engagement

Point Park University
Pittsburgh, PA
05.2026

Specialist of Education - Higher Education Administration

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
12.2004

Master of Arts - Counseling Psychology

Marymount University
Arlington, VA
05.1998

Bachelor of Arts - Sociology

University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, VA
05.1995

Skills

  • ADA, FERPA, HEA, and HIPAA expertise
  • Collaborative Relationship Building
  • Customer Service
  • Evidence-Based Research and Implementation
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management and Schedule Coordination
  • Staff Development and Training
  • Strategic Planning

Affiliations And Awards

Fredericksburg Area Service League, Member, 2017-present

  • Diaper Bag Program Chair, 2019 - 2024
  • Chairwoman of the Year, 2020-2021
  • Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, Program of the Year, 2023

Fredericksburg City Schools, PTA Member and Board Member, 2014-2021

  • Fredericksburg City Schools, City Schools Health Advisory Board, Parent Member, 2014, 2020
  • Fredericksburg City Schools, City Schools Mission and Vision Advisory Group, Parent Member, 2023, 2024

NASPA - Student Affairs in Higher Education, Member, 1997-2015 

  • Graduate Intern, 1997-1998
  • Massachusetts Outstanding Mid-Level Professional, 2010
  • Outstanding Student Supervisor, 2013
  • National and Regional Conference Program Reviewer, 2006, 2012
  • Region I International Education Knowledge Community Conference Coordinator, Dublin, Ireland, 06/2009
  • Region I International Education Knowledge Community Conference Coordinator, Lugano, Switzerland, 06/2011

Society for Integrative Medicine, Member, 2019-2024

  • Patient Advocacy SIO Conference Scholarship Recipient, 2019, 2022
  • Patient Advocacy Committee, 2020-2023

Presentations

Examples of Academic Support Presentations


  • 24/7: Effective Time Management
  • Academic Integrity: Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Got Sleep?: Avoiding the All-Nighter
  • Study Smarter, Not Harder: Effective Study Strategies
  • Understanding Differences between High School and College

Timeline

Integrative Medicine Coordinator

Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC), Regional Cancer Center
2015.08 - 2024.03

Associate Director

Educational Resource Center, Boston University
2004.11 - 2014.05

Project Director

University of Florida, Institute for Child Health Policy
2000.10 - 2004.05

Academic Testing Coordinator

University of North Florida, Career Services
1998.07 - 2000.09

Doctorate of Philosophy - Community Engagement

Point Park University

Specialist of Education - Higher Education Administration

University of Florida

Master of Arts - Counseling Psychology

Marymount University

Bachelor of Arts - Sociology

University of Mary Washington
Virginia Schaffer