Marketing and Communications Staff

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Phone: 615.343.7570

Fax: 615.322.2667

 

Meet the Team

Yvonne Martin-KiddYvonne Martin-Kidd

Chief Marketing Officer
615.322.8787


MBA—University of Southern California
BS—Arizona State University

Yvonne joined the staff of the Owen Graduate School of Management in 2003 and oversees all marketing and communications programs for the school. Since arriving at Owen, she has brought the school's various marketing initiatives into a centralized, coordinated effort and spearheaded a comprehensive branding and identity campaign encompassing all advertising, print and electronic marketing materials, including the Owen web site. After earning her MBA at the University of Southern California, Yvonne began her career with Lawry's Foods, a division of the Thomas J. Lipton Company, serving as consumer promotion manager and later as product manager on established and new products. While at The Walt Disney Company, her work on strategic alliances for the Disney Channel with McDonald's, Kodak, Procter & Gamble, Mott's and the Children's Miracle Network earned her recognition as a "young promotional star” by Adweek. Yvonne also worked as marketing director for NationsBank, a predecessor to Bank of America; TCS/Aspect Communications, a B2B telecommunications software firm; and Progeny Marketing, the direct-response marketing arm of Cendant, Inc. She shares her experience, expertise and her personal passion for marketing’s ability to “move the needle” with Owen students, both inside and outside the classroom.

Brett Israel Brett Israel

Director, Content Strategy
615.322.3469
 
MBA—New York University
BS—University of Georgia

Brett joined Owen's Marketing and Communications Department as Business Editor in 2015. Brett comes to us from Georgia Tech, where he served as a public relations professional. He was responsible for life sciences, biomedical engineering, health technology and environmental sciences. Brett also has worked with national and international media outlets on coverage of our scientific research, train faculty and staff for media appearances, and give presentations on science communication to students. He was responsible for having Georgia Tech's research featured in media outlets such as CBS Evening News, New York Times, NPR, Washington Post, PRI, Vox, BBC, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Reuters, USA Today and many others. Brett has nearly a decade's worth of experience in science and communications. He is a former journalist, most recently a senior editor and staff writer at Environmental Health News. As a reporter he was recognized as one of the best young journalists in the nation, was part of an award-winning series on environmental justice, and his reporting literally changed the formula of Gatorade. Brett has a passion for telling stories and living his own adventures. He grew up in Warner Robins, a military town in middle Georgia, where his family worked on Robins Air Force Base. Brett enjoys spending time with his wife, Courtney, and their dog, Hanks.

Amy Murphy Amy Murphy

Director, Marketing and Communications
615.343.6009

BA—University of Alabama


Amy joined Owen’s Marketing and Communications team in 2013 and leads marketing for the Executive Programs, including Executive MBA, Americas MBA for Executives, the Executive Development Institute, Custom Programs for Organizations and Master of Management in Health Care. She has a well-rounded background in marketing including both agency and corporate experience in the healthcare, retail, food service and packaged goods industries. She brings a unique perspective to the Owen marketing team having managed international business relationships and handled brand life cycle management, integrated marketing and product development with Fortune 500 companies. In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, frequenting local restaurants and making it to the beach as often as possible.

Mary Shelato Mary Shelato

Associate Director
615.322.3382

MBA—Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management
BS—Auburn University

Mary joined Owen’s Marketing and Communications team in 2012 after graduating from the Vanderbilt MBA program. She leads the marketing for the Young Professionals Programs which include Accelerator®—Vanderbilt Summer Business Institute, MS Finance, Masters of Accountancy (MAcc) and MAcc Valuation. She began her career as a pre-calculus teacher, and later made the switch to marketing. Prior to Owen she was working as a buyer for the nations largest distributor of art supplies and handling accounts such as Sharpie, General Pencil and Princeton Brushes. In her spare time she enjoys baking, walking with her dog Briggs, and spending time with her husband, who she met during Owen orientation and exploring Nashville eateries.

Kristina McCloskey Kristina McCloskey

Associate Director
615.343.7873

BA—Southern Methodist University


Kristina joined Owen’s Marketing and Communications team in 2015. She leads marketing for the MBA program, the Career Management Center, Owen’s Leadership Development Program and the Development and Alumni Relations team. Kristina began her career developing brands and marketing strategies on the agency side before crossing over to marketing for corporations and top business-to-business service providers. She also has a wide-range of nonprofit marketing experience, including work she completed while living in Germany. Prior to coming on board full-time in 2015, Kristina was already a part of the Owen family working for the Marcomm team. In her spare time, Kristina enjoys time with her family, serving as a mentor for teenage girls and exploring the world.

Victoria ScottVictoria (Torie) Scott

Office Manager
615.343.7570

BA—Duke University


Victoria (Torie) joined Owen’s Marketing and Communications team as Office Manager in October 2014. She graduated from Duke University in May of 2014, with a double major in English and Psychology, and relocated to Nashville one month later. Her experience includes freelance portrait photography, internships at an academic press and a regional magazine, and work as a writer and editor for numerous university publications. In her spare time, Torie enjoys watching Netflix, reading, trying new recipes, and rooting for the Blue Devils with her husband.


Ann Robinson Ann Robinson

Digital Content and Social Media Coordinator
615.343.7570

BS—University of Mississippi


Ann recently rejoined Owen’s Marketing and Communications team in August of 2014 as the Digital Content and Social Media Coordinator. She began her career in office management, working in accounts receivable and payable. But in the last several years, she has switched her focus to graphic design and web content management. Prior to Owen, she was working as the office manager for All Phase Exteriors and Davis Tool and Die, Inc. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, running, spending time with her husband, photography and loves being an aunt. Ann is an avid college football fan and can often be found cheering on her favorite teams in the fall. She was born and raised in Oxford, Mississippi.