Senior Associate Director, Manager
MS Finance Admissions
MA—Higher Education Administration, 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 the MS Finance admissions committee. 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 began 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.
Senior Associate Director, Career Management Center
BA, University of Mississippi, 2003
MEd, University of Mississippi, 2006
Early in his career, Blake realized that vocation is more than a job - it's an expression of your life's calling. Fascinated with this reality, he helps students discover where their gifts intersect with the world's needs and supports them as they transition into meaningful, fulfilling careers. Since joining Career Management Center at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management in 2010, Blake has worked with a variety of students, but is now focused on providing career services to students seeking the MS Finance degree. He is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Mississippi, where he earned his BA and an MEd in Counselor Education from the University of Mississippi. After serving as a Career Planning Specialist and Course Instructor at the University of Mississippi’s Career Center, he became the Director of Huntingdon College’s Center for Career and Vocation in Montgomery, AL. Before joining the career services team at Vanderbilt, he was recruited to Nashville to be an Associate at Stanton Chase International, a top 10 global retained executive search firm. A husband and father of four, Blake spends a lot of time attending soccer games and dance rehearsals. However, he sometimes is able to slip away to do non-profit work and explore hole-in-the-wall eateries around Nashville.
Director, MS Finance
Professor of the Practice of Management
MBA with High Distinction - Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
BA – Business Administration, Vanderbilt University
As Director of the MS Finance Program, Cherrie works with students, faculty, staff, alumni and companies who hire graduates to create a best experience for each student in the program. She also teaches Financial Modeling. Prior to joining the Owen faculty, Cherrie was an Associate Professor of the Practice of Managerial Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she served as Director of the Managerial Studies Program. Her teaching experience includes investments, marketing and entrepreneurship. She has taught at Vanderbilt since 2005. In May of 2011, Prof. Clark was named the Faculty Member of the Year during the annual Chancellor Heard Greek Awards. Prior to Vanderbilt, Prof. Clark was a partner for 13 years with Executive Perspectives, an entrepreneurial venture providing executive education to companies such as IBM, Xerox and AT&T. Prof. Clark was a management consultant with Bain & Co. in Boston before joining Executive Perspectives. At Bain, her team’s work led to a $60 million investment in a high-growth business for a slow-growing Fortune 500 client. At the time, it was the company’s largest capital investment in 10 years.
Admissions, MS Finance
BBA, Baylor University, 2001
MA, Journalism - University of Southern California, 2004
MBA, Vanderbilt University, 2014
Rob Schickler is the newest addition to the Owen admissions team and is a member of the Vanderbilt MBA Class of 2014. Rob graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University in Texas and began his career in television news production, working for CNN, ABC News, and other freelance outlets. He eventually transitioned to the field of higher education, where he spent six years working for the University of Southern California and American University in various financial aid and recruitment roles. As a student at Vanderbilt, he concentrated in HOP and Operations and participated in the China Maymester, Leadership Development Program, and Project Pyramid. After graduation, he worked as a change management consultant for Wipro Ltd. before returning to higher ed. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Rob loves travel, hiking, cultural festivals, trying new restaurants and bars in Nashville, Washington Nationals baseball, and is still bitter about the series finale of “How I Met Your Mother.”
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.
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.