MS Finance Program Director
BC, Australian National, 1999
BE, Australian National, 2000
PhD, Australian National, 2007
Kate comes to Owen with a PhD from Australian National University. She has written papers including: "A State-Contingent Claim Approach to Asset Pricing” and “Scaling Regression Equations: Solution or Problem?” Previously she was a manager at KPMG Canberra as a Financial Consultant to the Australian government. This background is yet another example of the way in which research, teaching and real-world experience come together within the Owen faculty. Under her guidance, MS Finance has introduced a new course on financial modeling (which she teaches), formed a board of advisers made up of distinguished alumni and friends of the school, and created an internship program for the MS Finance Class of 2012. The latter was an initiative proposed by alumnus Bruce Heyman, BA ’79, MBA ’80, who is Managing Director and Partner at Goldman Sachs in Chicago and a member of Owen’s Board of Visitors.
Director of Student Services & Career Management, MAcc Programs
MS in Educational Administration--Texas A&M University, 2005
BBA in Accounting--North Georgia College and State University, 1997
Lindsay Donald joined Vanderbilt University in 2011 with the specific focus of helping build the MAcc Valuation Program. Lindsay manages the admissions, career management and program implementation for this program, drawing on more than 10 years of experience with KPMG's recruiting function and significant experience working with the student activities functions at two academic institutions.
Lindsay provides services to current students including helping them navigate the partner firm recruiting process, and the CFA and CPA review courses.
Associate Director of MAcc Programs
BA in Mass Communication—Louisiana State University, 2003
Emily Cochran is seasoned in recruiting priorities for professional services firms, having managed the Audit and Tax practices at KPMG in Atlanta. During her six years there, she developed and executed campus recruiting strategies at KPMG’s Premier universities and provided counsel to recruiting partners and other team members. She joined Vanderbilt in August 2013, and she provides valuable, industry-relevant insights to the admissions process for Vanderbilt MAcc and MAcc Valuation programs.
Emily enjoys meeting prospective MAcc students on the various campuses she visits. When she’s not spending time on the road or recruiting “right fit” students for Vanderbilt MAcc, Emily likes to travel, try new restaurants and enjoy virtually any activity outdoors.
Accelerator Program Director
BS, Public Policy Studies, Vanderbilt University, 1995
Greg has been with Vanderbilt University since 2008. He is responsible for all aspects of marketing, recruitment and operations of the Accelerator program. During his two years directing the program, Greg has increased the diversity of the program, attracting students from all regions of the country. Accelerator has become the premier Summer Business Institute for students looking to work on real-world projects and gain practical business skills. Greg resides in Franklin with his wife and twin sons. He is an avid hockey fan and enjoys working in his garden and yard.
Associate Director of Admissions
MA—Higher Education Administration, The George Washington University, 2010
BA—English Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
Prior to joining the Owen Admissions team, Maura served as a Career Management Advisor in the Kogod School of Business at American University. While at Kogod, she coached business students in the areas of career and professional development, instructed a career exploration course for American University students, created and presented workshops, and facilitated career events for the business school community. Before moving to Washington, D.C. to pursue her Master’s degree, she began her career directing a professional development program at an association in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her undergraduate education included concentrations in Women’s Studies and Education. In her spare time she enjoys finding great restaurants, antiquing, traveling, Zumba, reading and spending time with friends and family. She was born and raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania and does love chocolate.