Director of Admissions, MBA program
PhD—Vanderbilt University, 1999
Christie St. John returned to Vanderbilt in October 2012, from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where she has served as Senior Associate Director of Admissions and Recruiting since 2004. St-John began her MBA admissions career at Vanderbilt in 1997, where she oversaw international recruitment. She brings industry experience outside of education, ranging from publishing to crude oil trading to hoteling in marketing roles—knowledge that helps us incorporate the needs of the Career Management Center with our admissions strategies. Christie’s international admissions experience both at Vanderbilt and Dartmouth is extensive; she has traveled to almost 70 countries, speaks French and Italian fluently and Spanish conversationally (and can read Portuguese), and has developed valuable relationships with educational advisors around the world. St-John handles recruiting and admissions for the full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.
Director of International Recruiting & Relations
MA Spanish—Middlebury College
BA Spanish—University of California, Davis
Kim joined Vanderbilt in November 2012. She began her career in international higher education in the selection, academic placement and advising of Latin American and Caribbean Fulbright scholars while at LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas, based at Harvard. This involved traveling throughout Latin America, interviewing faculty for graduate study in the U.S. At the Johnson School at Cornell she traveled the world, overseeing international MBA admissions and directorship of the academic international exchange program. Most recently she consulted in international MBA recruitment and sourcing executive speakers and curriculum development for MBA international immersion trips for multiple graduate and executive business programs and also led a program in women’s leadership for emerging female leaders from Afghanistan. Kim is fluent in Spanish, having studied a year at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and lived in Honduras and Chile as a two-term Peace Corps volunteer focused on micro enterprise development and microfinance. She is curious about other cultures and passionate about international travel and cuisines. New to Nashville, she looks forward to exploring the wonderful restaurant scene.
Director of Admissions Operations and Diversity Recruiting Manager
MBA—Vanderbilt University, 2004
BS Industrial Engineering—University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2000
Consuela Knox earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. She spent six years as an employee of General Motors. Her first four years of employment were part of a cooperative education program at Saturn Corporation. Then she accepted an industrial engineering position with Delphi Corporation. Her major responsibilities included workload distribution, facilities layout, operator-machine interface design and redesign and ergonomic analyses. Consuela entered the Vanderbilt MBA program with two areas of focus—Operations and Human and Organizational Performance. She served as Co-President of the Human and Organizational Performance Association, VP of Owen Black Students Association and VP of the Christian Business Fellowship. Upon graduation in May 2004, she accepted a position with Owen as Associate Director of Admissions. In July 2008, Consuela accepted the position of Senior Associate Director and Diversity Recruiting Manager of Admissions. She enjoys dancing, outdoor sports and involvement in Christian ministry.
Associate Director of Admissions
MA/PD Outdoor Education & Leadership—University of Edinburgh, 2003
BA Human and Community Service—Lenoir-Rhyne University, 1999
Jill Dunham earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human and Community Service from Lenoir-Rhyne University. For two years, Jill served as a college recruiter and admissions officer for the University of Tennessee's incoming freshman classes. She then went on to the University of Edinburgh for graduate school and spent three years in Scotland living and working. After returning to the States, Jill began working for Harvard Business School coordinating and implementing the Learning Teams Initiative, a program for first-year HBS students with a focus on team building and collaborative working models. After HBS, Jill joined the Cradlerock Group, a boutique-consulting firm, overseeing and facilitating domestic and international leadership development workshops for a $25 billion corporation, a leading worldwide consulting firm and a top U.S. business school. Jill joined the MBA Admissions team at Owen as Associate Director in August 2009. She enjoys rock climbing, reading, making pies, listening to live music, finding “hole-in-the-wall” restaurants and traveling.
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
MA - Higher Education Counseling, East Tennessee State University, 2009
BA - Mass Communications, East Tennessee State University, 2006
Bailey McChesney started with the Vanderbilt Admissions team in March 2011 after starting her career in Student Services at a career college in Nashville. Her responsibilities included student retention, tracking students' academic progress and planning graduation. Bailey earned both her Master's Degree in Higher Education Counseling and Bachelor's Degree from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, Tennessee, where she served as the Orientation and Preview Assistant, coordinating the first-year orientation program. Prior to her current role, Bailey served as the Assistant Director for Admissions Operations for the Owen BA program where she facilitated many of the operational procedures for the department and planned the national MBA recruiting tour, Inside the MBA. Bailey is an avid college football fan and can often be found cheering on her favorite teams in the fall. She loves Mexican food, coffee, watching golf, cooking, and sending cards.
BBA, Baylor University, 2001
MA, Journalism - University of Southern California, 2004
MBA, Vanderbilt University, 2014
Rob Schickler is the newest addition to the Owen admissions team and is a member of the Vanderbilt MBA Class of 2014. Rob graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University in Texas and began his career in television news production, working for CNN, ABC News, and other freelance outlets. He eventually transitioned to the field of higher education, where he spent six years working for the University of Southern California and American University in various financial aid and recruitment roles. As a student at Vanderbilt, he concentrated in HOP and Operations and participated in the China Maymester, Leadership Development Program, and Project Pyramid. After graduation, he worked as a change management consultant for Wipro Ltd. before returning to higher ed. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Rob loves travel, hiking, cultural festivals, trying new restaurants and bars in Nashville, Washington Nationals baseball, and is still bitter about the series finale of “How I Met Your Mother.”
Administrative Assistant, CMC/Admissions
BA Spanish—Bryan College, 2011
Dinah earned a BA in Spanish Language from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee in 2011. During her sophomore and junior years she had the opportunity to study abroad in Murcia and Segovia, Spain for a total of six months. While living abroad, she traveled extensively throughout Europe as well as parts of Great Britain and Morocco. She has also spent a considerable amount of time in Matamoros, Mexico for various mission trips. Prior to joining Vanderbilt in October 2013, Dinah worked for two years as an Academic Advisor for internationally based students at a globally recognized educational materials provider and most recently as a Case Manager at an immigration law firm in downtown Nashville. Dinah enjoys going to concerts, photography, cooking, and traveling.
Associate Director of Admissions Operations, Shared Services
BA—English for Corporate Communications and Management, Christian Brothers University, 2007
MA—Management and Leadership, Webster University, 2015
Carjamin is a native Chicagoan who moved to Memphis to attend Christian Brothers University. While at CBU, she worked as a work study in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She progressed to Student Ambassador and hosted incoming students on campus. While serving as a Student Ambassador, she also worked as a tele-counselor: advising students about CBU programs and scheduling campus visits. After graduation, Carjamin worked for various colleges which were both non-profit and proprietary institutions; and was offered continuous promotion opportunities starting as Admissions Assistant and advancing as: Enrollment Counselor, Director of Admissions, C-suite Regional Admissions Coordinator and Director of Education. Carjamin has over 10 years of experience helping students from all backgrounds achieve their goals. She also has had significant involvement working with academic teams. She brings a unique skill set to the Owen Admissions team. In her role at Owen, she will work closely with the Director of Admissions Operations to be involved in all operations supporting admissions and recruitment and will be a critical partner to all Directors and Associate Directors in student admissions across Owen Programs. Carjamin is passionate about education, serving the community, attending church and motivating others. Her husband was accepted at MeHarry Medical College. Together with their daughter, they have now made Nashville their home. In her spare time, Carjamin enjoys playing video games, watching The Chew, karaoke and traveling.
BA—Pensacola Christian College, 2001
Heather serves as Event Manager for MBA, MSF, MAcc, EMBA Admissions Departments as well as the Career Management Center, coordinating both on and off campus events as well as supporting departments as requested by the Chief Recruiting Officer. Her past experience in the event industry have helped her to define event goals, objectives and specific implementation plans. When she is not planning an event, she enjoys photography, music, coffee shops, traveling, and exploring her favorite part of the city—East Nashville.
Elizabeth serves as Program Assistant for the MS Finance and MBA programs. She supports the MS Finance Faculty Director, the lead admissions counselor for MSF and works closely with the application management team. Elizabeth has been the program assistant for the Executive MBA program since leaving the law school admissions team in 2009, and her knowledge of Vanderbilt systems is invaluable ongoing. Elizabeth enjoys music, gardening, and projects around her home.
Executive Assistant to the Chief Recruiting Officer
Irisa joined Owen bringing thirteen years of experience working with senior-level staff having served in various executive assistant roles managing support operations for C-suite in a rapidly growing healthcare start up. Irisa was raised in New York where she attended Hofstra University and graduated with a BS in Fine Arts (specialization in Ceramics), later studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, MFA program in Ceramics, where she also worked as a Teaching Assistant. After a long twenty year hiatus and relocation to Nashville, the Potter turned Painter is back in the studio and embracing her love of the fine arts and music. Irisa was one of the highlighted artists during the Nashville Gallery Art Crawl in September 2014.
Chief Recruiting Officer
MBA—Rollins College, 1987
BA Russian—Vanderbilt University, 1985
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Tami Fassinger began her MBA career in marketing and product management with NCR Corporation in Ohio, focusing on new product releases and marketing communications. Her recruiting and training expertise includes corporate recruiting and staffing in the consulting industry as a western regional director and national recruiting director for Cap Gemini; executive search work in the technology and consulting industries for MRI in Denver; consulting to the Graduate Management Admission Council in Virginia, owner of the GMAT exam; university administration including EMBA degree and executive non-degree program management, MBA career services and MBA student recruiting and admissions at Vanderbilt. While at Vanderbilt's career services office, Tami co-authored Adams Job Interview Almanac
, a popular business career book published in 1996. As Chief Recruiting Officer, Tami’s role helps students take a more career-centric approach to evaluating their choice of program within the Owen portfolio as well as maximizing potential career opportunities once enrolled.
A native of Sarasota, Florida, Tami lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, two daughters and her dog. She writes fiction, likes to cook, loves to eat, and spends as much time as possible outdoors or in Nashville's eclectic music venues.