Director of Admissions, MBA and MS Finance programs
PhD—Vanderbilt University, 1999
Christie St. John returned to Vanderbilt in October 2012, from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where she has served as Senior Associate Director of Admissions and Recruiting since 2004. St-John began her MBA admissions career at Vanderbilt in 1997, where she oversaw international recruitment. She brings industry experience outside of education, ranging from publishing to crude oil trading to hoteling in marketing roles—knowledge that helps us incorporate the needs of the Career Management Center with our admissions strategies. Christie’s international admissions experience both at Vanderbilt and Dartmouth is extensive; she has traveled to almost 70 countries, speaks French and Italian fluently and Spanish conversationally (and can read Portuguese), and has developed valuable relationships with educational advisors around the world. St-John handles recruiting and admissions for the full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) and one-year Master of Finance (MSF) programs.
Director of International Recruiting & Relations
MA Spanish—Middlebury College
BA Spanish—University of California, Davis
Kim joined Vanderbilt in November 2012. She began her career in international higher education in the selection, academic placement and advising of Latin American and Caribbean Fulbright scholars while at LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas, based at Harvard. This involved traveling throughout Latin America, interviewing faculty for graduate study in the U.S. At the Johnson School at Cornell she traveled the world, overseeing international MBA admissions and directorship of the academic international exchange program. Most recently she consulted in international MBA recruitment and sourcing executive speakers and curriculum development for MBA international immersion trips for multiple graduate and executive business programs and also led a program in women’s leadership for emerging female leaders from Afghanistan. Kim is fluent in Spanish, having studied a year at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and lived in Honduras and Chile as a two-term Peace Corps volunteer focused on micro enterprise development and microfinance. She is curious about other cultures and passionate about international travel and cuisines. New to Nashville, she looks forward to exploring the wonderful restaurant scene.
Director of Admissions Operations and Diversity Recruiting Manager
MBA—Vanderbilt University, 2004
BS Industrial Engineering—University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2000
Consuela Knox earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. She spent six years as an employee of General Motors. Her first four years of employment were part of a cooperative education program at Saturn Corporation. Then she accepted an industrial engineering position with Delphi Corporation. Her major responsibilities included workload distribution, facilities layout, operator-machine interface design and redesign and ergonomic analyses. Consuela entered the Vanderbilt MBA program with two areas of focus—Operations and Human and Organizational Performance. She served as Co-President of the Human and Organizational Performance Association, VP of Owen Black Students Association and VP of the Christian Business Fellowship. Upon graduation in May 2004, she accepted a position with Owen as Associate Director of Admissions. In July 2008, Consuela accepted the position of Senior Associate Director and Diversity Recruiting Manager of Admissions. She enjoys dancing, outdoor sports and involvement in Christian ministry.
Associate Director of Admissions
MA/PD Outdoor Education & Leadership—University of Edinburgh, 2003
BA Human and Community Service—Lenoir-Rhyne University, 1999
Jill Dunham earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human and Community Service from Lenoir-Rhyne University. For two years, Jill served as a college recruiter and admissions officer for the University of Tennessee's incoming freshman classes. She then went on to the University of Edinburgh for graduate school and spent three years in Scotland living and working. After returning to the States, Jill began working for Harvard Business School coordinating and implementing the Learning Teams Initiative, a program for first-year HBS students with a focus on team building and collaborative working models. After HBS, Jill joined the Cradlerock Group, a boutique-consulting firm, overseeing and facilitating domestic and international leadership development workshops for a $25 billion corporation, a leading worldwide consulting firm and a top U.S. business school. Jill joined the MBA Admissions team at Owen as Associate Director in August 2009. She enjoys rock climbing, reading, making pies, listening to live music, finding “hole-in-the-wall” restaurants and traveling.
Associate Director of Admissions
MA—Human and Organizational Development, The George Washington University, 2010
BA—English Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
Maura joined the Owen Admissions team in 2011. Currently, Maura leads the MS Finance program recruiting and serves on both the MBA and MS Finance admissions committees. Prior to Vanderbilt, she served as a Career Management Advisor in the Kogod School of Business at American University. While at Kogod, Maura coached business students in the areas of career and professional development, instructed a career exploration course, created and presented workshops, and facilitated career events for the business school community. Before moving to Washington, D.C. to pursue her Master’s degree, she launched her career directing a professional development program at an association in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her undergraduate education included concentrations in Women’s Studies and Education. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, antiquing, traveling, Zumba, and spending time with friends and family. She was born and raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Associate Director of Admissions
MBA—Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, 2001
BA English—Western Kentucky University, 1992
Suzanne joined the Owen Admissions team in January 2013 after spending eight years as marketing director for the Vanderbilt MBA program, Career Management Center and Alumni Relations. Suzanne began her career in book and magazine publishing, earned an Executive MBA from Vanderbilt in 2001, and has worked in senior marketing and business development roles for Athlon Sports, Smallbusiness.com, LEGO and Education Networks of America. At LEGO, she established and nurtured key alliances with consulting firms, managing relationships with clients throughout the world for the LEGO Serious Play organizational development and strategic planning tools and processes. Suzanne loves spending time with her musician husband and their toddler daughter, reading, going to yard sales, playing guitar and documenting family history.
Assistant Director, Admissions Operations
MA—East Tennessee State University, 2009
BA—East Tennessee State University, 2006
Bailey McChesney earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, Tennessee, where she served as the Orientation and Preview Assistant, coordinating the first-year orientation program. While working in the Office of Student Affairs, she went on to pursue her education earning a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Counseling in the spring of 2009. Prior to joining the Admissions Team in March 2011, Bailey worked in Student Services at a career college in Nashville where she was responsible for student retention, tracking students' academic progress and planning student activities and graduation. Bailey is an avid college football fan and can often be found cheering on her favorite teams in the fall. She loves Mexican food, music, running, coffee and sending cards.
MBA Admissions Coordinator
Prior to joining Owen in January 1989, Sharon worked in the hotel industry for three years as a Reservations Sales Representative for Wyndham Hotels in Corpus Christi and Austin, Texas. Before working in the hotel industry, Sharon worked for two years at the Harris County Appraisal District in Pasadena, Texas, as a Real Property Appraisal Clerk and for eight years in the Quality Control Lab for Libby McNeill and Libby Cannery in Northern California. Sharon and her identical twin sister, Karen, were born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. Although a proud Texan, she lived in the Sacramento, California, area for 13 years and has lived in the Nashville area since 1988. Sharon is married to her high school sweetheart, has four grown children and is the proud grandmother of six grandchildren. Sharon’s interests include emerging songwriters and country music.
Administrative Assistant, CMC/Admissions
BA Spanish—Bryan College, 2011
Dinah earned a BA in Spanish Language from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee in 2011. During her sophomore and junior years she had the opportunity to study abroad in Murcia and Segovia, Spain for a total of six months. While living abroad, she traveled extensively throughout Europe as well as parts of Great Britain and Morocco. She has also spent a considerable amount of time in Matamoros, Mexico for various mission trips. Prior to joining Vanderbilt in October 2013, Dinah worked for two years as an Academic Advisor for internationally based students at a globally recognized educational materials provider and most recently as a Case Manager at an immigration law firm in downtown Nashville. Dinah enjoys going to concerts, photography, cooking, and traveling.
BA—Pensacola Christian College, 2001
Heather serves as Event Manager for MBA, MSF, MAcc, EMBA Admissions Departments as well as the Career Management Center, coordinating both on and off campus events as well as supporting departments as requested by the Chief Recruiting Officer. Her past experience in the event industry have helped her to define event goals, objectives and specific implementation plans. When she is not planning an event, she enjoys photography, music, coffee shops, traveling, and exploring her favorite part of the city—East Nashville.
Elizabeth serves as Program Assistant for the MS Finance and MBA programs. She supports the MS Finance Faculty Director, the lead admissions counselor for MSF and works closely with the application management team. Elizabeth has been the program assistant for the Executive MBA program since leaving the law school admissions team in 2009, and her knowledge of Vanderbilt systems is invaluable ongoing. Elizabeth enjoys music, gardening, and projects around her home.
Executive Assistant to the Chief Recruiting Officer
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.
Chief Recruiting Officer
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.