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

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.

Nate LuceNate Luce

Director, Business News and Communications

MBA—Vanderbilt University
BS, Journalism—University of Colorado, Boulder

Nate joined Owen’s Marketing and Communications team in 2017. He oversees content and communications efforts, including Social Media and Public Relations, for the school. A 2014 graduate of Owen, Nate worked most recently as a Business Development and Account Executive for Infosys Limited. He began his career as a writer and editor, working predominantly in the financial sector, first for FBR, Inc. and later for GlobeNewswire, a NasdaqOMX company. He has also worked in the non-profit world as an advocate for local business. Nate enjoys cooking, goofing around with his wife and two children, and consuming as many televised sports as his family will allow.

Alicia Claxton -Marketing Alicia Claxton

Marketing Manager

MBA—Mississippi State University
BBA—Mississippi State University

Alicia joined Owen’s Marketing and Communications team in 2015. She leads the marketing efforts for all Career Launcher Programs including Accelerator®—Vanderbilt Summer Business Institute, Master of Marketing, MS Finance, Master of Accountancy (MAcc Assurance and MAcc Valuation). Prior to Owen she was a freelance writer, editor and marketing consultant. She worked for Lifeway Christian Resources for almost 10 years in various roles ranging from marketing, event coordinating and editing. She spent her early career as a marketing professional at several companies in the music industry. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys being with family and friends, watching Netflix and exploring new places. She is a coffee enthusiast, avid reader, aspiring novelist and fan of all things baseball. 

Kristina McCloskey-MarketingKristina McCloskey

Marketing Manager

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.

Amy Katz

Director of Marketing and Communications

MBA—University of Texas at Austin
BA—University of Pennsylvania

Amy joined Owen’s Marketing and Communications team in 2017. She leads marketing for all of Owen’s executive programs including Executive MBA, Americas MBA for Executives, Master of Management in Healthcare, and Executive Education. Amy most recently worked in the healthcare industry, as director of customer relationship management for ReviveHealth, an integrated marketing communications agency, and before that as a marketing manager for Healthways, a global well-being improvement company. Amy began her career by providing crisis communication to financial services clients at Sard Verbinnen, and after business school she was as an e-commerce product manager at FedEx. Amy enjoys watching college football with her husband and taking their two sons and golden doodle to Percy Warner Park.

Ann Robinson Ann Robinson

Digital Assets Coordinator

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.

Tara Taylor-Marketing CoordinatorTara Taylor

Marketing Coordinator

BA—University of California, Irvine
M.Ed.—University of California, Irvine

Tara Taylor joined Owen’s Marketing and Communications team in 2016 as Marketing Coordinator. Tara graduated with her Masters in Education in 2008  from the University of California, Irvine.  Prior to Owen, Tara served as a faculty member and administrator at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, CA. In her spare time, Tara writes and performs music in and around the Nashville area.  She also loves spending time outdoors with her family.