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 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.
Associate Director of Volunteer Outreach
Kelley Ferguson is now the Associate Director of Volunteer Outreach for the Owen School in the office of Annual Giving. Kelley will continue to work closely with our office and manage the Owen School’s alumni volunteer efforts, including the ACR’s (Class Agent), Corporate Giving, Class Gift and Reunion Fundraising programs.
Alumni Relations Coordinator
A.J. Carroll is our Alumni Relations Coordinator for the Owen School. He has an extensive background in Alumni Relations and was the Director of Volunteer Support & Alumni Services for Sigma Pi Fraternity, International for over four years, where he was responsible for managing 250 volunteers and 45 Alumni Associations.
Toogie BensonAlumni Relations Assistant
Toogie Benson is our Development and Alumni Relations Assistant for the Owen team. She recently worked at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP in Jacksonville, FL where she worked as an administrative assistant. She relocated to Nashville in January 2015.
Program Coordinator for Volunteer Outreach
Susan Gleiser is Program Coordinator for Volunteer Outreach for the Owen Graduate School of Management and the Law School. She will work closely with Kelley to support volunteer programming efforts within the office of Annual Giving.