Associate Director of Admissions
MA—Higher Education Administration, The George Washington University, 2010
BA—English Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
Prior to joining the Owen Admissions team, Maura served as a Career Management Advisor in the Kogod School of Business at American University. While at Kogod, she coached business students in the areas of career and professional development, instructed a career exploration course for American University students, 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 finding great restaurants, antiquing, traveling, Zumba, reading and spending time with friends and family. She was born and raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and does love chocolate.
Program Director, MS Finance
BC, Australian National, 1999
BE, Australian National, 2000
PhD, Australian National, 2007
Kate comes to Owen with a PhD from Australian National University. She has written papers including: "A State-Contingent Claim Approach to Asset Pricing” and “Scaling Regression Equations: Solution or Problem?” Previously she was a manager at KPMG Canberra as a Financial Consultant to the Australian government. This background is yet another example of the way in which research, teaching and real-world experience come together within the Owen faculty. Under her guidance, MS Finance has introduced a new course on financial modeling (which she teaches), formed a board of advisers made up of distinguished alumni and friends of the school, and created an internship program for the MS Finance Class of 2012. The latter was an initiative proposed by alumnus Bruce Heyman, BA ’79, MBA ’80, who is Managing Director and Partner at Goldman Sachs in Chicago and a member of Owen’s Board of Visitors.
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 splits his time between working with MBAs and 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.
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.