Academic Programs and Student Life

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Phone: 615.322.4722

Fax: 615.343.1499

Meet the Team

Kelly ChristieKelly M Christie

Assistant Dean, Academic Programs and Student Life

When Kelly graduated from York University in Toronto, Canada with a combined honors degree in Human Kinetics and Psychology, she expected to work in sports administration. But after moving to Chicago with her husband Bill, she began editing “The Guide to Life in Hyde Park” (now called Chicago Life) a welcome booklet for students attending the University of Chicago. Working on this project developed her interest in student life and over the next seven years she held positions in registration, records and student life within the Biological Sciences Division, the Committee on Cancer Biology and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology. In the latter position, she assisted doctoral students completing field studies at Argonne National Laboratory, Brookfield Zoo, and the Field Museum of Natural History. Upon moving to Nashville in 1989, Kelly volunteered in the Owen admissions office and when the registrar’s position became available in 1995, she knew it was a great fit. She has been working with Owen students for the past 15 years. Kelly loves spending time with her 3 cats, visiting her 14 nieces and nephews and 5 great-nieces and great-nephews in Canada, singing, reading, hiking, drinking chai tea and playing board games. 

Betsy Karounos Betsy Karounos

Assistant Director, Academic Programs & Student Life

Betsy Karounos joined the Office of Academic Programs and Student Life as an Assistant Director in August of 2015. Betsy preciously worked at Owen, first in the Admissions Office from 1998-2001 and then in the Student Life Office from 2002 through 2010. Betsy is a native of Chicago and a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Aside from her vast academic administrative experience, she is an accomplished artist having commissioned numerous portraits, paintings and book covers. You may have seen some of her work if you have been to Fido in Hillsboro Village. She was an adjunct faculty member of art at Welch College and Trevecca University. Betsy lives in Ashland City, TN with her husband Michael, who is a Professor of literature at Trevecca.  They have two children – a daughter, Eleni who is a Ph.D. Candidate in literature at Baylor University, and a son Thanasi  who is an Airman stationed at Hurlburt AirForce Base in Ft Walton Beach.

Jeri West Jeri West

Assistant Director, Academic Programs & Student Life

Jeri holds a BA in Cross-Cultural studies and an MA in Counseling. Her administrative experience in higher education includes offices of the Dean and Registrar, with a wide range of experience including administration in small business, legal practice and non-profit, having also lived for 4 years outside the US. Jeri is happy to be part of the vibrant community at Owen and supporting students through their MBA journey, especially through exchange and international opportunities. She likes exploring Nashville, finding new trails, and spending time with her family.


Liz Scowden

Assistant Director, Academic Programs & Student Life

Liz earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics from the University of Kentucky in 1992. Her diverse work experience includes pharmaceutical sales, university admissions, retail management, and co-owner of a luxurious women’s clothing business. She worked for Cornell University in Undergraduate Admissions before starting her family, and later joined the Owen Admissions team at Vanderbilt in 2007. Liz has been with Academic Programs and Student Life at Owen since August of 2010. She enjoys power walking, reading, and most of all, enjoying life and spending time with her two kids and husband.