At Presence, offering game-changing software isn’t enough for us.
In order to make campus life dreams come true, we build long-lasting partnerships with our hundreds of campus partners. It’s all thanks to our Happiness Team. They guide student affairs professionals along the Presence journey every step of the way — from the initial onboarding, to ongoing education, and in everything in between. Our Happy folks especially love inspiring institutions to innovate, using Presence not just to solve the most obvious campus life problems but to truly make the campus life experience a better one for every single student and staff member.
And in order to inspire our superstar campuses to grow and thrive, we need to grow right alongside them. That’s why, today, we’re delighted to welcome two new fabulous people to our Happiness team. As a Happiness Ally, Christina Borg will answer questions in real-time — from students, staff, faculty, and anyone else logged onto their campus’s Presence portal — via our virtual chatbox. And as a Happiness Expert, Beth Warner will be a champion for individual institutions, collaborating with staff and student leaders to utilize Presence in truly game-changing ways.
But before Beth and Christina dive in and get to know our wonderful partner schools, let’s get to know them! Below, they share what brought them to Presence, how they seek to grow within the team, what they love to do outside of the office (or Zoom meetings), and more.
Welcome, Beth and Christina! We’re already so, well, happy.
What led you to Presence?
After we started implementing and using Presence on my campus, I just found it incredibly useful and helpful for solving a lot of the problems that we were facing with paper processes and outdated websites. I saw how big of a difference it made for me and wanted to be able to help other SA pros going through that kind of change.
Even more, I found that I really enjoyed my interactions with everyone at Presence and realized that I had found a team that I really wanted to be a part of.
As I began job searching, I realized that so many jobs, companies, and institutions seemed the same. Nothing was really speaking to me and grabbing my attention.
Then I saw a post on Higher Ed Jobs for the Happiness Ally position at Presence. I was immediately drawn to it because of the title, and as I started researching the company and reading reviews, I knew this was a place I could thrive in. While the interview process was long, I spent a lot of it laughing and smiling and knew that this was the perfect place for me to begin my career!
How do you see this position fitting into your future career? What benefits or experiences do you hope to gain from working at Presence?
I’m really excited to get an opportunity to connect with SA pros from all over and find out about (and help support!) the awesome things that they are doing on their campuses. It really feels like the next step for me in terms of being able to scale up my ability to help students and professionals thrive on their campuses, and I can’t wait to get started!
As a new professional, I wanted my first (grown-up) job to be somewhere that would be challenging, creative, and, above all, filled with amazing people to learn from. I knew I needed coworkers who would allow me the space to make mistakes and grow from them.
Just based on my interview process, I know that Presence will be an environment where I will hone my skills and develop new talents. I think the possibilities for my future are endless now that I am getting such an amazing start in the world of student success.
Where did you attend school? What was your major(s)? Were you involved with any co-curricular or extracurricular activities?
I went to DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. I majored in English literature and was a Media Fellow. I was a copy and design editor at the student newspaper, hosted my own radio show on the campus radio station, was president of the campus service organization Circle K, and was a first-year student mentor.
I attended college at Stetson University, where I double-majored in political science and sociology. While there, I was a member of Alpha Chi Omega and heavily involved with democratic engagement at the university. My main extracurricular, however, was singing; I took voice lessons all four years and was a member of Stetson’s women’s choir, Opera Theatre, and a capella group Treble in Paradise.
I attended graduate school at the University of South Florida, where I was a student in the Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction program. I was a member of the Association of College Student Affairs (ACSA) and the Kappa Pi Delta education honors society.
Why are you excited to be a part of the Presence team?
Everyone with whom I have worked or interacted at Presence has been unbelievably helpful, responsive, engaged, and, most importantly for me, excited about what they do. I am really pumped to be part of an engaged and invested team… and to keep helping SApros and students on campuses succeed.
I am excited to work at Presence because of the overwhelming positivity of the company. All of the team members I met were so wonderful throughout my interview and made me feel like I was already a part of the Presence family!
In addition to this, the combined experience, knowledge, and creativity of the staff at Presence is incredible; I can’t wait to start learning from this group of professionals!
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love baking and cooking, as well as all different kinds of fabric and sewing crafts. I’m also a huge Disney and Harry Potter nerd. My favorite thing, though, is spending time with my husband, two kids, and our dog outdoors. We love walking, hiking, disc golfing, and biking.
I have an adorable almost 2-year-old pup named Sebastian (AKA Bash), and my social life pretty much revolves around him. As a Florida native, I love spending time at the beach, preferably Fort DeSoto so Bash can come! I also love yoga, reading, traveling, and listening to way too many true crime podcasts.
left: Beth enjoying Disney World with her husband, Jason, and daughter, Ginny; right: Christina celebrating Christmas with her fiance, Wesley, and dog, Bash
What is something you’ve always wanted to try? What are some goals you have in the future you’d like to accomplish? Why?
I’ve always wanted to take formal training classes in baking and pastry because everything I know I’ve pretty much learned from watching the Food Network and The Great British Bake-Off.
I’d love to get a Ph.D. in Higher Ed Administration at some point because I’ve always thought that the Herculean task of finishing a dissertation would be incredibly rewarding.
I would love to learn Spanish! It’s always been a goal of mine to learn another language so that it’s easier for me to communicate when I travel. I’d also like to get my yoga teacher trainer certification. Yoga has been a huge part of my life for many years now, and while I practice regularly, I’ve always wanted to deepen my own practice by getting certified to teach.
I’ve always wanted to try scuba diving and skydiving but am honestly terrified of both. I know I’d feel so proud of myself if I actually did it though! Also, I have a huge and kind of unexplainable fear of cows, but have always wanted to visit a real farm and not just a petting zoo (but haven’t because of the whole cow thing).