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Phone: 615.322.6469

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Meet the Team

Christie St John - MBA AdmissionsChristie St. John

Director of Admissions, MBA program

PhD—Vanderbilt University, 1999

Christie returned to Vanderbilt in October 2012, from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where she served as Senior Associate Director of Admissions and Recruiting since 2003. Christie began her MBA admissions career at Vanderbilt in 1997, where she oversaw international recruitment and exchange programs. She completed a B.A. at Jacksonville University in Florida and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1999. She brings industry experience outside of education, ranging from publishing to crude oil trading to international marketing—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 75 countries; lived and worked abroad in Italy, France and Monaco; speaks French and Italian fluently and Spanish conversationally. Outside of work, Christie loves cooking, wine tasting, music and above all, her two dogs. She is our representative to the Forte Foundation for Women and staff advisor to the Armed Forces Club, Women in Business Club, Owen Alliance, and the Texas Club.

Christie is the Admissions representative for Massachusetts, Texas, Europe, and Canada and all Armed Forces candidates.

Kim KillingsworthKim Killingsworth

Director of International Recruiting & Relations

MA Spanish—Middlebury College
BA Spanish—University of California, Davis

Kim joined Vanderbilt in November 2012 after working in international exchange customized programming and prior to that at the Johnson School at Cornell where she oversaw international MBA admissions and the academic international exchange program. Kim began her career in international higher education in the selection, placement and advising of Latin American Fulbright scholars while at LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas, based at Harvard. Kim is fluent in Spanish and is learning Portuguese. She’s lived in Honduras and Chile as a two-term Peace Corps volunteer focused on micro-finance and micro-enterprise development and is curious about other cultures and passionate about international travel and cuisines. When traveling the world she tries to experience cities by bicycle and counts navigating Beijing traffic and visiting Thai temples by night in Bangkok as highly memorable. Kim is the staff advisor for the Global Business Association and Asia Business Club.

Kim is the Admissions representative for the world, except for Canada, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Consuela KnoxConsuela Knox

Director of Admissions Operations and Diversity Recruiting Manager

MBA—Vanderbilt University, 2004
BS Industrial Engineering—University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2000

Consuela worked in engineering for General Motors subsidiaries, Saturn Corporation and Delphi Corporation, prior to joining Owen in 2004. As Director of Admissions Operations, Consuela determines the return on investment of recruiting activities and manages reporting and analytics that inform admissions decisions. She leads process improvement initiatives and establishes best practices across Owen admissions departments. Under the diversity umbrella, Consuela ensures that candidates of all backgrounds are sought after, are well-informed about diversity at Owen and about the b-school application process, and are fairly evaluated for admission. She is staff advisor for the Owen Black Students Association. Consuela earned an MBA from Vanderbilt with two areas of focus—Operations and Human and Organizational Performance. As a student, she held leadership roles in the Human and Organizational Performance Association, Owen Black Students Association and Christian Business Fellowship. Consuela enjoys dancing, physical fitness, outdoor sports and involvement in Christian ministry.

Consuela is the Admissions representative for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Jill Dunham Jill Dunham

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 & 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 $25B 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, being outdoors and spending time with her family.  She is also the Staff Advisor for the Owen Partners Association, the Sports Club and the Outdoor Club.
Jill is the Admissions representative for all states located out West and on the West Coast. 

McChesney HeadshotBailey (Garrett) McChesney

Associate Director of Admissions

MA—Higher Education Counseling, East Tennessee State University, 2009
BA—Mass Communications, East Tennessee State University, 2006

Bailey McChesney began with the Vanderbilt Admissions team in March 2011 after starting her career in Student Services at a career college in Nashville. 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 MBA 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. She is the staff advisor for the Owen Non-Profit Board Fellows Program, Net Impact and Cork and Barrel.

Bailey is the Admissions representative for all states in the Southern part of the United States.

Rob SchicklerRob Schickler

Associate Director of Admissions

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 Owen last August. He now works with both MBA and MSF Admissions. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Rob loves travel, hiking, cultural festivals, trying new restaurants and bars in Nashville, and is still bitter about the series finale of “How I Met Your Mother.”

Rob is the Admissions representative for the Northeast (Conn. south), Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest.

Sam MazzucaSamantha (Sam) Mazzuca

Event Manager, CMC/Admissions

BS Hotel & Restaurant Management—Auburn University, 2012
M.Ed. Organization Leadership & Communication—Belmont University, 2014
Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)—Events Industry Council, 2016

Samantha graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management with minors in Business and French. She began her professional career as a Sales Coordinator for a major hotel chain, working on the team that opened a new hotel in the Nashville market, while earning a Master of Education in Organizational Leadership and Communication from Belmont University. Samantha has held hospitality and event management roles for major hotel chains and a large corporate organizations, in the Nashville market, prior to joining the Vanderbilt University team at Owen Graduate School of Management. Samantha is a proud member of the Auburn and Owen families. War Eagle and Go Dores!

Carjamin ScottCarjamin Scott

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. Her Admissions career began at Christian Brothers University as a work study and later evolved to other admissions support roles. After graduation, Carjamin worked for various colleges which were both non-profit and proprietary institutions; and was offered continuous promotion opportunities. Carjamin’s years of experience include serving on various education leadership committees, providing support and oversight to academic departments, helping students from all backgrounds achieve their goals and motivating peers. 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.In her spare time, Carjamin enjoys playing video games, watching The Chew, karaoke and traveling.

Carleen MatthewsCarleen Matthews

Admissions & CMC Administrative Assistant

Carleen joins Owen with 25 years of experience in the education and communications fields. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt ’79 (B.A. English & Political Science) and began her career as a member of Governor Alexander’s education policy staff in the early 1980’s. She then worked for two years as a lobbyist for a group of Tennessee non-profit hospitals, including Vanderbilt Medical Center. For fifteen years, Carleen served as communications director for Franklin Road Academy; most recently, she worked for Genesis Academy serving intellectually and behaviorally challenged students. She is a published author and editor with experience in grant writing, marketing, and public relations. Carleen has served on several advisory boards over the years, including the Tennessee Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse. She is originally from the Chicago area and loves Cubs baseball. She has four grown children—all born at Vanderbilt! Her family loves to travel, read, cook, and entertain friends.

Elizabeth BumpousElizabeth Bumpous

Program Assistant

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.

Irisa TrejisIrisa Treijs

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.

Tami Fassinger Tami Tinsley Fassinger

Chief Admissions 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 Virginia-based Graduate Management Admission Council®, 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 Admissions Officer overseeing Owen Admissions Directors, Tami helps students take a more career-centric approach to evaluating their choice of program within the Owen degree portfolio. Tami also has oversight for Owen’s Alumni tradition of “Closing Bell” networking and learning events in key cities.  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.