Development & Alumni Relations
Meet the Team
Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations
Cheryl joined Owen in November of 2011, although she has been involved with Vanderbilt’s development efforts for the past five years and at the university for nine years. In her previous position as Director of Development for Vanderbilt University Medical Center she led a major gifts effort for Vanderbilt’s Orthopedic Institute and Bill Wilkerson Center that resulted in raising $7.2 million last fiscal year. Prior to working at the medical center, she worked as Senior Associate Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations Development and as the Director of Corporate Relations for the Medical Center. Cheryl also brings valuable experience from the private sector where she held leadership roles in health care and marketing. She has a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University, a master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago. She is a member of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and serves on several non-profit boards in the Nashville area.
Director of Development
Bill has served as the Director of Development at Owen since 2006. His primary responsibilities include major gift fundraising, Owen’s Corporate Campaigns and the Executive MBA class gift. These duties require Bill to travel extensively in order to build and maintain relationships with Owen alumni throughout the country. Bill grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Economics.
Director of Annual Giving
Kelly joined Owen as Director of Annual Giving in January 2012. Her primary responsibility is increasing annual support by working closely with Owen alumni volunteers and managing direct appeals. She has served as Director of Undergraduate Reunion Giving, Senior Class Fund, and Young Alumni in the Office of Annual Giving at Vanderbilt University. Kelly is originally from Hammond, LA. She received her BBA in Business Administration from Millsaps College and earned a M. Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University.
Director of Alumni Relations
Jonathan joined Owen as Director of Alumni Relations in December 2013. His primary responsibility is to grow and sustain alumni connectivity to Owen by working with the entire alumni population in order to create innovative and meaningful connections that encourage a lifelong relationship between Owen and the alumni community. Jonathan came from Fisk University where he was the Assistant Vice President for Development and was responsible for oversight of THE FISK FUND. He previously served as the Chief Operations Officer for the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation, and Assistant Executive Director for Sigma Pi Fraternity. Jonathan brings extensive experience working with alumni relations and fostering value-added relationships. He received his BS in Special Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and his MBA from Middle Tennessee State University.
Alumni Relations Assistant
Meg Hale joined Owen as the Alumni Relations Assistant in November 2011. Meg will provide assistance and lead communications for all alumni events, the website, the Alumni Board, and all initiatives that foster alumni community. Meg came from The Ritz-Carlton where she was the Catering Sales and Meeting and Special Events Manager. Meg grew up in Annapolis, MD and received her Bachelors in Communication Studies from College of Charleston.
Development and Alumni Relations, Assistant
Mariah Brooks joined Owen August 2012. She assists the Owen DAR Team in all of their Development efforts. Mariah has been employed at Vanderbilt working with Vanderbilt Temporary Service. She has assisted with Owen DAR during Alumni Weekend, and also in the Medical Center at The Oxford House. Mariah is also a native of Nashville, TN and a graduate from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she received a BA in Mass Communication and a Minor in Promotions.