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Phone: 615.322.2513

Fax: 615.343.2293

Meet the Team

Paula Varney Paula Varney

Associate Director, Online Educational Programs

As the Associate Director of Online Educational Programs, Paula oversees the advancement of the Executive Development Institute via the development and delivery of high engagement online programs, both synchronous and asynchronous, focusing on universal business topics taught at Owen by our outstanding Faculty. Paula collaborates with our technology partner and our Faculty to produce, direct, edit and market visually dynamic materials for students interested in learning in an online manner with a rigor and high touch style that typifies our product offerings. Paula earned her BS degree in Electronic Media from Middle Tennessee State University and has more than 18 years of professional work experience in the entertainment industry in Nashville, New York, and Los Angeles. She has served in numerous capacities there including television casting and production (ask her for her stories!), promotions and marketing, managing special events, recruiting and talent booking. She has worked with various celebrities from the film, television, and music industries on networks such as NBC, FOX, ABC, CMT, GAC, Comedy Central and AMC. Some of her more notable works are the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, The Grand Ole Opry, The CMT Awards, Hell’s Kitchen and The Sharon Osbourne Show.

Maureen Writesman Maureen M. Writesman

Associate Director, Executive Education Programs

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

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

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).

Dave Goodridge David Goodridge

Director, Executive Education Custom Programs

Dave Goodridge is responsible for the development and delivery of Custom Programs for Vanderbilt's Executive Development Institute. With an MBA from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, Dave is passionate about Human and Organizational Performance and delivering high quality educational experiences and solutions to his clients. Prior to joining the team, Dave led the sales efforts of several startups in the education and higher education space. He’s been a Brand Manager for Club Med and an Associate for the Advisory Services line of Cushman & Wakefield. He holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration. Outside of his role with EDI, he serves on the Board of the Crescendo Club of the Nashville Symphony, enjoys live music, cooking and golf.