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Dwayne V. Elliott  MA Student Development |
Director of Arts & Campus Events | |

Organizations: Vanderbilt Programming Board Exec Board; Music Group, Vandy Fanatics

Dwayne has been working as an event planner in higher education for nearly thirteen years. His experience and devotion to higher education and working with young adults are exemplified in every project that he supervises. Dwayne has helped implement and facilitate a wide array of events and concerts hosting crowds ranging in size up to 14,000 patrons.

Prior to working at Vanderbilt University, Dwayne served as the Program Coordinator at Georgia Sate University, in Atlanta, GA, where he advised and planned several events, ranging from musical acts to educational programming.

Dwayne began his career at Vanderbilt in May of 2004, and served as the Associate Director for the Office of First Year Programs and then was promoted to Director of the office in 2006. Elliott boosted attendance to non mandatory first year programs and developed a comprehensive first year programs for 1,600 students and their families.

In 2007, Dwayne took the position of Director of Student Campus Events at Vanderbilt University. In this position, Elliott advises the Vanderbilt Programming Board and serves as the liaison for Vanderbilt Athletics for the Office of the Dean of Students. During his tenure, he has increased student involvement and ticket sales for both the homecoming Commodore Quake concert and the Rites of Spring Music Festival. He also produced the very first ever back to back sold out Commodore Quake shows in Vanderbilt history and sold out the very first Rites of Spring Music Festival in its 30 plus year history. In May of 2013, Dwayne took the position of Director for Arts & Campus Events which merged his previous department, Student Campus Events with the Arts & Creative Engagement Office.

Dwayne earned his Master’s degree in College Student Development with a concentration in College Counseling from Appalachian State University and his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University. Dwayne is originally from Morganton, NC.  Dwayne loves spending time with his wife Shellian and daughter Amya and in his spare time he enjoys playing golf and attending concerts.

David Heustess | Assistant Director for Visual Arts and Dance| |

David says that he knew when he was eight years that he wanted to be an artist; he just didn’t know how to tell anyone.  His actual journey in the arts began with musical theater in high school. While studying theater and dance at Appalachian State University, he began to realize that he was being cast more as a dancer. So he focused his training on modern dance and in 1982 began performing with a company in Charlotte, NC under the direction of choreographer Mary Ann Mee. For six years David danced as a soloist in original works choreographed by Mee and other nationally recognized choreographers, plus the repertory works by Doris Humphreys and Charles Weidman. A highlight in David’s dance career is being involved in the first restaging of Weidman’s Christmas Oratorio.  He also attended two summers at the prestigious American Dance Festival at Duke University on scholarship. In 1988, David moved to Nashville to join the Tennessee Dance Theater. This opportunity not only allowed him to continue to perform and choreograph, but also was the catalyst for his training in visual arts.

After studying pottery in Nashville area art programs, David attended the Appalachian Center for Crafts and in 1995 completed his BFA degree with concentrations in clay and fiber arts. David began teaching clay classes at Sarratt Art Studios and became director of the program in the spring of 2004. David has a passion for arts education and brings an array of educational experiences to Sarratt Art Studios from his involvement in various nationally known arts programs from the Lincoln Center for the Arts and Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.

David has exhibited his work locally in various fairs and events including the American Artisan Festival, and artclectic. David is working on a series of sculptural beaded vessels. An avid traveler, David has been site leader for two trips to Sri Lanka for Vanderbilt students. If he was not a visual artist, David is fairly confident he would be involved in culinary arts (who doesn’t love to eat?) and dreams of working in a small pastry shop in Paris, France.

Nina Khampha | Program Coordinator | |
 Vanderbilt Programming Board, Vanderbilt Performing Arts Community, Vandy Fanatics, CityVU, VenUe, The Music Group

Nina is a proud Boise, Idaho native who started her event planning career as a freshman at Boise State University in 2010. The rumors are true, she says the potatoes are that amazing in Idaho and birds do crash on the blue if you’re talking about the Sept. 3rd, 2009 football game. After she graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Science in K-12 Physical Education, Nina knew 12 years of school wasn’t enough.

Besides her passion towards creating meaningful experiences for all students on a college campus, Nina finds many more enjoyments in life! If she could, Nina would adopt all the dogs from the humane society and consume donuts all day long. She also enjoys exploring, half marathons, live music, dancing, and all the simple things in life.

Linda Marks | Senior Graphic Designer | |
Organizations: The ACE Design Team

Linda hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she grew up above her father’s printing shop across the street from the Homestead Steel Works steel, coal, and ink therefore run in her veins.

She graduated with a degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to working at Vanderbilt, she worked for Pennzoil Company in Houston, Texas. Coming to Music City with her performing songwriter husband, she managed Zimmerman/Saturn Gallery for many years. Also a visual artist, Linda has been represented by ZSG, Cumberland and Zeitgeist galleries. Linda has been a graphic designer with Vanderbilt’s office of the Dean of Students since 1996 where she has helped to create a face for the programs in Arts and Campus Events in particular. She presently advises and supervises the ACE Design team which performs graphic design for the myriad of student groups on campus. She is passionate about all things artistic including music, art, books, and movies.

Annetta Pickett | Administrative Assistant II | |

Annetta has over 28 years of experience as an administrator assistant in the higher education field.  The first thirteen years were at Meharry Medical College in the Physiology Department.  Her employment with Vanderbilt began in 1998 as a Program Assistant for the Sarratt Student Center.  In 2000 she was promoted to Administrative Assistant II.  She completed her Bachelor Degree of Science in Professional Studies from Austin Peay State University in 2008.  She has served as a member of the University Staff Council Committee and the Green DOT Committee.



Erin Bailey | Graduate Assistant
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Organizations: VPAC, Speakers, CityVU, Music Group

Erin Bailey is a second-year master’s student at Peabody specializing in Higher Education Administration and Policy.  Erin attended Furman University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. During her time at Furman, Erin served as the Furman University Panhellenic President and was involved in her sorority, Delta Gamma and participated in the Furman University Dance Company.



Alicia McCormick | Graduate Assistant |
Organizations: Homecoming, VenUE, Music Group, Vandy Fanatics,

Alicia McCormick is in her first year of Peabody’s Higher Education Administration master’s program. She is from Massachusetts and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston College. As an undergraduate, Alicia was a tour guide for the Admissions office, she trained student organization leaders, and she worked for University Advancement and Fundraising.