Executive Programs Portfolio



Phone: 615.322.3120

Fax: 615.343.2293

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.

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).

Tim Pierce Tim Pierce

Director, Executive Education Custom Programs

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

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.

Juli Bennett Juli Tate Bennett

Executive Director, Executive MBA and Americas MBA Program

MBA—Vanderbilt University, 1993
BS Retail Management—Brigham Young University, 1988

After earning her MBA at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, Juli was hired by an Owen Executive MBA graduate as Manager, Benefit Programs for Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1993.  Her benefits work included expertise in health, life, disability, dental, retirement and tuition discount plans.  Juli spent 10 years in Vanderbilt's Executive Development Institute running Custom Programs with clients including Performance Food Group, TVA and BAI Graduate Banking Schools with up to 200 participants.  In her current role since 2006, Juli is responsible not only for recruiting the Executive MBA class, but also for planning the EMBA International Residency.  Prior to earning her MBA, Juli was Manager for the Limited, Inc.'s flagship store in the Los Angeles market.  

Juli grew up in Southern California. In her free time she enjoys spending time on Tennessee lakes and in the Utah mountains with her husband and three children.

Sarah Fairbank Sarah Fairbank

Program Director, Executive MBA and Americas MBA Program

JD—Vanderbilt University, 1997
Master of Theological Studies—Vanderbilt University, 1997
BA English—College of the Holy Cross, 1991

A former attorney specializing in non-profit organizations, Sarah joined Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management in 2006 as Assistant Director of the Executive MBA program. Beginning in 2008, Sarah began providing admissions guidance and support to the MM Health Care students, faculty and alumni and served as Program Director for the MM Health Care program until 2011. In 2011 Sarah took over the role as Program Director for the Executive MBA and Americas MBA programs, where she is responsible for all recruiting and admissions functions in conjunction with the Executive Director.

Originally from Southern California, Sarah lives in Nashville with her husband and four children. She appreciates Nashville’s friendly lifestyle, beautiful seasons and can almost always be found rock climbing, biking, or hiking with her kids through the Tennessee hills. 

Macie Smitherman Macie Smitherman

Associate Director, Executive MBA and Americas MBA Program

MBA—Vanderbilt University, 1991
BA Marketing & Finance—University of Texas, 1986

A graduate of the Vanderbilt's MBA program, Macie began her post-graduate career at Continental Airlines as a Revenue Management Analyst. Macie spent the next 11 years working at a variety of corporations in positions ranging from Marketing and Sales to Business Ethics and Project Management. In 2010, Macie joined the Marketing Department at the Owen Graduate School of Management, and was instrumental in helping launch the new Owen website in the fall of 2010. In 2011, Macie joined the Executive Programs office. As Associate Director, Macie is responsible for executive student support and services, managing recruiting events and communications, and other program coordination to support the Faculty Director and Executive Director.  

Macie grew up in Nashville where she was a competitive swimmer for 13 years. Besides her Sudoku habit, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending her free time with her husband, 2 boys, 2 dogs, and extended family.