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Meet Our Staff


E. Rachel Eskridge
Center for Student Wellbeing

E. Rachel Eskridge, M.Ed. is the Director of the Center for Student Wellbeing  in the Office of the Dean of Students at Vanderbilt University. Previously, she worked for three years as the Outreach, Prevention, and Education Coordinator at the Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center creating relationships, partnerships and programming across campus. She works specifically in the areas of substance use prevention, suicide prevention, stress management, faculty and staff training, and coordination of care for students of concern. She created and oversees the peer educator group, LEAPS (Liaisons Educating & Advocating for Psychological Support) as well as serves as co-advisor for the Vanderbilt [IM]Perfection Project.

Outreach and Education

Katherine Drotos Cuthbert
Center for Student Wellbeing

Katherine Drotos Cuthbert, M.L.A.S., serves as a Student Wellbeing Coordinator for the Center for Student Wellbeing and is the administrative facilitator for our collegiate recovery support program, Vanderbilt Recovery Support.  She previously developed and implemented the Health & Wellness program at Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit, which focused on nutrition, self-care, stress management, and substance misuse prevention.  Katherine graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Liberal Arts and Science degree, along with earning graduate certificates in both Complementary Medicine & Wellness from Oakland University, and Creative Arts from Vanderbilt University.  Currently, she serves on the NASPA Region III board as the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Knowledge Community Representative.

JaNiene E. Peoples
Center for Student Wellbeing

JaNiene E. Peoples, M.S., CHES, serves as a Student Wellbeing Coordinator for the Center for Student Wellbeing and serves as the staff advisor for the Vanderbilt [IM]Perfection Project. JaNiene earned a Master of Science in Health Education from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Memphis. She has instructed students on a number of health and wellness practices, including exercise, nutrition, weight management, stress and performance management, tobacco and alcohol use, and sexually transmitted infections. JaNiene understands the need for health behavior change and is committed to providing the most effective services to vulnerable populations.

Jason E. Steinas
Center for Student Wellbeing

Jason E. Steinas, M.S., serves as a Student Wellbeing Coordinator for the Center for Student Wellbeing and oversees the Center’s Peer Guide program. Jason has years of experience in higher education and non-profit administration at a variety of institutions. His work and studies have focused on student wellness, training, staff supervision, student engagement, and diversity affairs. Jason earned a Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College and a Bachelor of Science in Adolescence Education and History from the State University of New York College at Cortland. He serves as a mentor for a group of Posse Foundation, Inc. students at Vanderbilt University and engages with the local community via volunteer efforts and consulting work.

Samantha York
Center for Student Wellbeing

Samantha York, M.A., serves as the resident Academic Skills Coach for the Center for Student Wellbeing. Samantha holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education from the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver with coursework in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the affiliated Iliff School of Theology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Literary Studies (English major), with minors in French and Psychology of learning. Her varied educational interests have led to a diverse range of professional experiences, including work in housing, conduct, advising, programming, student orgs and leadership, assessment and accreditation, and disability services. While working from theoretical grounding in best practices for learning, she works with students to find novel and responsive ways to apply those theories. Samantha’s favorite part of her work is always the direct student service and the opportunity to meet students where they are.


Jennifer Bowman
Center for Student Wellbeing

Jennifer hails from Park City, Utah and grew up skiing and snowboarding.  At age nineteen she was scouted to work in the fashion industry, travelled extensively and spent six years living between Italy and Spain where she became fluent in Spanish and Italian.  During her time abroad, she developed her interests for fashion, food and nutrition. After settling back in the United states, she resided in the San Francisco Bay area. She promptly met and married her drummer husband, had two beautiful children and moved to Nashville in 2007, where she freelanced as a translator and interpreter, throwing in some additional work as a hair and makeup artist, all the while volunteering and coordinating programs in her children’s elementary, middle and high schools.

Jennifer previously worked for 2.5 years in the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Pediatric Speech department as a Patient Services Representative I and II. Being trilingual, gives her the ability to connect with people and their families putting them at ease in what can sometimes be a scary visit to “the doctor”. She has a deep love of people and culture and is passionate about cooking, yoga, long bike rides with her family and rollerskating.


Graduate Assistants

Margaret Drummond
Center for Student Wellbeing 

Maggie Drummond is a graduate student in the Human Development Counseling M.Ed. program with a concentration in school counseling. After spending a year studying communicative disorders at New York University, Maggie came to Vanderbilt University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Child Studies. She has spent the last year working as a teacher in a non-profit that aims to serve preschoolers with special needs and their families. As an undergraduate, Maggie worked closely with Vanderbilt’s collegiate recovery program, and now looks forward to working more with students on wellness at the CSW this year.

Lauren Schmidt
Center for Student Wellbeing

Lauren Schmidt is a graduate student in the Human Development Studies M.Ed. program with a concentration in clinical mental health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. Lauren is passionate about wellbeing and has explored the topic through her experiences in research, the non-profit sector, and her work with students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Lauren believes everyone deserves to lead a happy and healthy life, and she is thrilled to work with students to help them reach their optimal wellbeing.