Executive MBA and Americas MBA for Executives Programs

Contact Us

Executive MBA: emba@owen.vanderbilt.edu

Americas MBA: amba@owen.vanderbilt.edu

Phone: 615.322.3120

Fax: 615.343.2293

Meet an Owen representative in one of the following cities:

Domestic:
Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Evansville, Houston, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.

International: Bangkok, Beijing, Bogota, Caracas, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo and Vancouver


Meet the Team

The Executive MBA team is unique in that the admissions team is also your 2-year program team interfacing with you throughout your degree experience.

Juli Bennett Juli Tate Bennett

Executive Director, Executive MBA and Americas MBA Program
615.343.9865

MBA—Vanderbilt University, 1993
BS Retail Management—Brigham Young University, 1988

After earning her MBA at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, Juli was hired by an Owen Executive MBA graduate as Manager, Benefit Programs for Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1993.  Her benefits work included expertise in health, life, disability, dental, retirement and tuition discount plans.  Juli spent 10 years in Vanderbilt's Executive Development Institute running Custom Programs with clients including Performance Food Group, TVA and BAI Graduate Banking Schools with up to 200 participants.  In her current role since 2006, Juli is responsible not only for recruiting the Executive MBA class, but also for planning the EMBA International Residency.  Prior to earning her MBA, Juli was Manager for the Limited, Inc.'s flagship store in the Los Angeles market.  

Juli grew up in Southern California. In her free time she enjoys spending time on Tennessee lakes and in the Utah mountains with her husband and three children.

Sarah FairbankSarah Fairbank

Program Director, Executive MBA and Americas MBA Program
615.322.0745

JD—Vanderbilt University, 1997
Master of Theological Studies—Vanderbilt University, 1997
BA English—College of the Holy Cross, 1991

A former attorney specializing in non-profit organizations, Sarah joined Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management in 2006 as Assistant Director of the Executive MBA program. Beginning in 2008, Sarah began providing admissions guidance and support to the MM Health Care students, faculty and alumni and served as Program Director for the MM Health Care program until 2011. In 2011 Sarah took over the role as Program Director for the Executive MBA and Americas MBA programs, where she is responsible for all recruiting and admissions functions in conjunction with the Executive Director.

Originally from Southern California, Sarah lives in Nashville with her husband and four children. She appreciates Nashville’s friendly lifestyle, beautiful seasons and can almost always be found rock climbing, biking, or hiking with her kids through the Tennessee hills. 


Macie Smitherman Macie Smitherman

Associate Director, Executive MBA and Americas MBA Program
615.322.7092

MBA—Vanderbilt University, 1991
BA Marketing & Finance—University of Texas, 1986

A graduate of the Vanderbilt's MBA program, Macie began her post-graduate career at Continental Airlines as a Revenue Management Analyst. Macie spent the next 11 years working at a variety of corporations in positions ranging from Marketing and Sales to Business Ethics and Project Management. In 2010, Macie joined the Marketing Department at the Owen Graduate School of Management, and was instrumental in helping launch the new Owen website in the fall of 2010. In 2011, Macie joined the Executive Programs office. As Associate Director, Macie is responsible for executive student support and services, managing recruiting events and communications, and other program coordination to support the Faculty Director and Executive Director.  

Macie grew up in Nashville where she was a competitive swimmer for 13 years. Besides her Sudoku habit, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending her free time with her husband, 2 boys, 2 dogs, and extended family.

Marisa Barber Marisa Barber

Assistant Director, Executive MBA and Americas MBA Programs
615.322.3120

MS Business Administration—University of Rochester, 2012
BA Economics—University of Rochester, 2011

Marisa joins Owen from the University of Rochester in New York, where she worked as Project Assistant for the Executive Programs office. At Rochester she helped with recruiting and student communications, event planning and CRM database projects. Marisa also focused on the social media realm, working extensively with LinkedIn and Facebook to expand awareness of Rochester’s Executive Programs. In her role with Owen, she will be working closely with the Executive MBA Team to facilitate recruiting operations and create a superior experience for the Executive MBA and Americas MBA students.  

Marisa grew up in Upstate New York, where she played varsity softball and basketball. An avid sports fan, she spends much of her time watching the New York Yankees, Chicago Bears and other favorite teams. She also enjoys camping and snowboarding in the Adirondack Mountains and spending time with her family.

Irisa TreijsIrisa Treijs

Executive Assistant to the Chief Recruiting Officer
615.322.4069

Irisa joined Owen bringing thirteen years of experience working with senior-level staff having served in various executive assistant roles managing support operations for C-suite in a rapidly growing healthcare start up and orchestrating detailed international & domestic travel logistical arrangements and calendar for senior level executives and as well as streamlined and directed overall office operations for efficiency and effectiveness for the administrative group. Mostly recently Irisa served as the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Vivere Health. At Owen, Irisa provides support and administrative assistance to the Chief Recruiting Officer with daily office activities, personnel management, and operations management. She also coordinates complex and confidential issues and assume responsibilities in absence of more senior-level staff. Irisa was raised in New York where she attended Hofstra University and graduated with a BS in Fine Arts (specialization in Ceramics), later studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, MFA program in Ceramics, where she also worked as a Teaching Assistant. After a long twenty year hiatus and relocation to Nashville, the Potter turned Painter is back in the studio and embracing her love of the fine arts and music. Irisa was one of the highlighted artists during the Nashville Gallery Art Crawl in September 2014.

Tami Fassinger Tami Tinsley Fassinger

Chief Recruiting Officer
615.322.2402

MBA—Rollins College, 1987
BA Russian—Vanderbilt University, 1985

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Tami Fassinger began her MBA career in marketing and product management with NCR Corporation in Ohio, focusing on new product releases and marketing communications. Her recruiting and training expertise includes corporate recruiting and staffing in the consulting industry as a western regional director and national recruiting director for Cap Gemini; executive search work in the technology and consulting industries for MRI in Denver; consulting to the Graduate Management Admission Council� in Virginia, owner of the GMAT� exam; university administration including EMBA degree and executive non-degree program management, MBA career services and MBA student recruiting and admissions at Vanderbilt. While at Vanderbilt's career services office, Tami co-authored Adams Job Interview Almanac, a popular business career book published in 1996. As Chief Recruiting Officer, Tami’s role helps students take a more career-centric approach to evaluating their choice of program within the Owen portfolio as well as maximizing potential career opportunities once enrolled.    

A native of Sarasota, Florida, Tami lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, two daughters and her dog.  She writes fiction, likes to cook, loves to eat, and spends as much time as possible outdoors or in Nashville's eclectic music venues.