Executive Development Institute

Contact Us

execed@owen.vanderbilt.edu

Phone: 615.322.2513

Fax: 615.343.2293

Meet the Team

Paula Varney Paula Varney

Program Assistant, Executive Education Programs
615.343.2412


As the Program Assistant, Paula handles logistics and day-to-day operations for all of EDI’s Open Enrollment and Custom programs. Paula earned a Bachelor of Science in Radio/TV Broadcasting from Middle Tennessee State University. Before coming to Owen, Paula began her career working in the television industry working on various talk shows, award shows and reality shows in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles.


Maureen Writesman Maureen M. Writesman

Associate Director, Executive Education Programs
615.322.2513


As the Associate Director, Maureen handles all of the logistics for Open Enrollment and Custom Programs. She plans and schedules all program dates and coordinates with faculty program materials and resources, in addition to handling invoicing and payments. Maureen has worked with the Executive Programs for more than nine years. She has a BS in Geography and Remote Sensing from Middle Tennessee State University. Maureen is also co-owner of Wilderness Foxes, which is an outdoor adventure company for women over 40.


Skip CulbertsonSkip Culbertson

Executive Director, Executive Development Institute
615.322.2513

Robert “Skip” Culbertson joined Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management after nearly a decade at UVA’s Darden School of Business, where he worked as Associate Director of Marketing and Admissions for the Executive MBA program and Senior Director of Custom Programs and Thought Advancement in Executive Education. Prior to that role, he served as Managing Director of Blue Sky Consulting Group and as Chief Human Resources Officer at Chevron Chemical Company and Chevron Products Company, where he worked to help implement strategic leadership development processes on a global scale. Culbertson is also the co-author of Iron Has Memory, a nonfiction book that explores organizational change through evidence-based assessment.

Skip has recently relocated to Nashville with his wife Char, an avid greeting card designer and craftsperson. They are excited to explore the many cultural delights of the region, especially the food, music, and art, and also to meet new friends.

Hermano Rocha Hermano Rocha

Director, Executive Education Programs
615.322.6752


As Director of the Executive Development Institute, Hermano is focused on nurturing relationships with key corporate clients, establishing new clients and managing the portfolio of Open Enrollment Programs. In addition, he is responsible for the financial and operational aspects of the Executive Education Programs. He holds an MBA degree from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management and a Chemical Engineering degree from the Universidade Mackenzie (Sao Paulo, Brazil).


Tim Pierce Tim Pierce

Director, Executive Education Custom Programs
615.343.9551


Before becoming Director of Owen Executive Education Programs, Tim worked for 12 years in sales and business development with EMC Corporation, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard and AutomSoft, an Irish software company based in Dublin. As part of Owen’s Executive Development Institute team, Tim is responsible for the business development of Custom Programs for organizations. Tim has developed relationships and programs for companies such as Nissan, Louisiana Pacific, AutoZone, Cisco Systems, FedEx Ground, HealthSouth, NASA, Community Health Systems, The Rogers Group and Video Gaming Technologies. Tim holds degrees from Boston College (BA) and New York University (MFA). Prior to beginning his sales career, Tim was an actor for seven years in New York City.


David Owens

David Owens

Faculty Director, Executive Development Institute
615.322.2673

PhD, Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 1998
MS, Engineering Product Design, Stanford University, 1993
PE, Registered Professional Electrical Engineering, 1991
BS, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 1987

Professor Owens serves on the faculty at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management in the area of management, where he also directs the Executive Development Institute. Specializing in innovation and new product development, he is known as a dynamic speaker and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards. He provides consulting services for a wide range of clients around the world, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, London Guardian and San Jose Mercury News, as well as on NPR's Marketplace.