Elaine H. Timlin (Laynee)
Content and Media Manager
Office Location: 228 Marketing and Communications Suite, Godwin Hall
- Marketing and Communications
Laynee Timlin currently serves as Content and Media Manager in the Office of Marketing and Communications.
Her career at Virginia Wesleyan began in November 2009, when she was named Director of College Communications. In addition to leading the Office of College Communications in marketing and College promotions, she initiated moving management of the College's website to Communications and resurrected the College’s magazine, taking on the role of publisher of the freshly redesigned Marlin Magazine.
After three years as the Director of College Communications, Laynee was promoted to Special Assistant to the President / Director of Strategic Planning, under the leadership of longtime, beloved former president Billy Greer. Her years of leadership experience in three organizations proved helpful in guiding the institution in a comprehensive two-year strategic planning effort that resulted in VWC 2020: Pathway to Prominence.
From July 2015 - October 2016, Laynee served as Executive Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff during the College's presidential transition period, assuming greater responsibility for leading the College and implementing the new president's agenda and initiatives. She then served as Executive Director of College Relations and Strategic Planning until August 2020.
Laynee has a variety of professional experiences from previous leadership roles in both public and private, profit and non-profit sectors.
She began her career as a speech/language pathologist for the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and served in that capacity for 20 years, receiving recognition as "Teacher of the Year" twice, at both Holland and Tallwood Elementary Schools.
Years of dedicated service and positive interactions with students, parents and co-workers led her to administrative appointments with VBCPS, the second largest school system in Virginia, first as the division's Partnership Coordinator and subsequently as the Director of Community Relations for the division. In this role, she was certified as a meeting facilitator for the Malcolm Baldridge Quality Improvement initiative.
Laynee was nominated by her staff and subsequently selected as "Administrator of the Year" by both the Virginia Beach Association of Educational Office Professionals (2002-03) and the Virginia Association of Educational Office Professionals (2004).
After 30 years of service, Laynee retired from VBCPS to accept an appointment with Landmark Communications, Inc. as Organizational Development Manager for the Corporate Human Resources Division in 2006. In that role, she designed and facilitated leadership and training programs for the company's senior leaders on topics such as ethics in the workplace, effective employee engagement, and leveraging difference in the workplace. She was actively engaged in the company's succession planning, executive coaching and senior leadership development initiatives. She became certified as a facilitator for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
Laynee, a Pennsylvania native, earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology/Audiology and a Master of Education from California University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Ed, reside in Virginia Beach. They have three children, seven grandchildren, and a golden retriever named Pearl.
Timlin, Laynee Herron. "Mining for Diamonds in the Rough. . . Students at Risk: Identification and Intervention," A Tapestry of Knowledge, Volume I. Virginia Beach City Public Schools, 1998.