Schnurman-Crook, Abrina

As Director of the Batten Leadership Institute at Hollins University, Abrina Schnurman-Crook is responsible for all aspects of the institute’s operation, as well as serving as faculty in the institute’s Certificate in Professional Leadership program for women leaders across the Roanoke Valley.

Schnurman-Crook is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Virginia Tech. She is currently pursuing an Executive Certificate in Management from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

She is a licensed professional counselor with a broad range of clinical experience, spending a number of years working in crisis services. She has experience working in two university counseling centers and has taught undergraduate courses at Hollins and graduate courses at Virginia Tech. She joined the Batten Leadership Institute in 2004.

Schnurman-Crook has had training and experience with multiple models of conflict and negotiation and facilitates group experiences in a variety of settings. Recently, she has focused her conflict and negotiation work and research in the context of leadership and training for students and professional individuals in a variety of fields to improve their performance through more effective approaches to conflict and enhanced communication skills.

She is a consultant for civil commitment hearings through the Supreme Court of Virginia as her schedule permits. She also serves on the finance committee at Second Presbyterian Church and is a member of Toastmasters International and the Roanoke Toastmasters Chapter.

She and her husband, TJ have been together for 15 years and have two children.

Expertise: Dual Earner Families; Overwork/ Workload; Work-Family Conflict


Batten Leadership Institute at Hollins University
2022 Maiden Lane
Roanoke VA 24015
United States