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Lori Murphy
Program Coordinator

Lori Murphy is a Program Coordinator for Anchor Link in the Student Organizations and Governance area of the Office of the Dean of Students. Lori is passionate about supporting the co-curricular student experience and values the opportunity she has to connect with students and staff members across the University through her work with Anchor Link.

Originally from St. Louis, Lori now considers Nashville to be her home. She graduated from Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science in 2011 with a BA in American Studies and minors in Managerial Studies and Spanish. During her undergraduate career Lori was involved with Vanderbilt Student Government, VUcept, Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Alternative Spring Break, Vanderbilt Catholic, and the Chancellor’s Hosts program.

Lori began her career in higher education at the University of Virginia where she focused on alumni engagement and student government advising. She was fortunate to receive an opportunity to return to Vanderbilt to work in the Office of the Dean of Students starting in July 2012 to oversee the new Anchor Link initiative.  Lori serves as Co-Chair for the Events Committee of the University Staff Advisory Council, a member of the College Halls Assessment Design Team, a member of the Standing Team on Leadership Excellence, a Greek Fellow,  and a young alumni class giving agent for the Vanderbilt Alumni Association.

Outside of work, Lori is a provisional advisor for the Junior League of Nashville, a member of the Nashville alumnae chapter of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and a volunteer with the Room in the Inn program through Christ the King Catholic Church.

lori.t.murphy@vanderbilt.edu | Sarratt 339 | 615-875-2532

Laura Herrod
Graduate Student Staff

Laura Herrod came to Vanderbilt last fall as a professional student in Community Development and Action at Peabody College. Originally from Arizona, Laura moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue her B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from The King’s College. While at King’s, Laura founded the House of Corrie ten Boom, a community of 35 women sharing in adventure, pursuing truth and thriving together.

Upon graduation, Laura joined the staff of The Bowery Mission. With a flagship location on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Mission is dedicated to providing compassionate care and life transformational opportunities for the hurting and homeless. In her role at the Mission, Laura provided administrative support in the areas of Finance, Development, IT, Facilities, HR, Social Enterprise, and Youth Programs.

Laura is looking forward to the adventure of Nashville life! She loves coffee shops (well, coffee in general), antique stores, and of course, live music. Laura reads the New York Times religiously, and her favorite meal is brunch.

laura.herrod@vanderbilt.edu | Sarratt 313 | 615-875-2757

Ben Kees
Graduate Student Staff

Ben Kees hails from Russellville, Kentucky. He graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 2010 and worked for the College as an an admissions counselor until this past summer. Through his work, Ben realized his passion for higher education and looks forward to learning more about it as an M.Ed. Candidate in Higher Education Administration at Peabody College. Enrollment management, retention, and student engagement are Ben’s primary areas of interest. An avid sports fan and music lover, Ben enjoys going to concerts and playing guitar and mandolin.

benjamin.j.kees@vanderbilt.edu | Sarratt 313 | 615-875-2757