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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, Education, and Support

Katherine Drotos Cuthbert
Center for Student Wellbeing

Katherine Drotos Cuthbert, M.L.A.S., serves as the Assistant Director, Alcohol and Other Drugs Education and Support Services at the Center for Student Wellbeing. She is also the administrative facilitator for Vanderbilt Recovery Support, our collegiate recovery support program. She is a certified educator and executive coach with a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University along with a teaching for college certification. Katherine also earned a graduate certificate in Complementary Medicine & Wellness from Oakland University. Previously she 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 recently served on the NASPA Region III board as the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Knowledge Community Representative.

Ciara Smith
Center for Student Wellbeing

Ciara C Smith, M.A., serves as a Student Wellbeing Coordinator for the Center for Student Wellbeing and serves as the staff advisor for the Vanderbilt [IM]Perfection Project. Ciara earned a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Southeast Missouri State University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from University of North Alabama.  Ciara has a diverse background that includes experience in higher education and social services. She works with students in the areas of wellbeing and financial literacy. Ciara believes everyone should cultivate a healthy lifestyle to ensure balance and happiness.

Jason E. Steinas
Center for Student Wellbeing

Dr. Steinas serves as a Student Wellbeing Coordinator for the Center for Student Wellbeing and oversees the Center’s Peer Guide program. He has years of experience in higher education and non-profit administration at a variety of institutions. His work and studies have focused on student wellbeing, leadership, staff supervision, student engagement, and diversity affairs. He received his Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California, 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. Through the Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute, Dr. Steinas became certified personal and executive coach in the fall of 2020. He served 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 Assistant Director for Academic Wellbeing at 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. Jennifer 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. She has a deep love of people and culture and is passionate about food and feeding others, being in nature, long bike rides with her family, rollerskating and yoga. In 2020, Jennifer completed 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Training and looks forward to sharing her knowledge.


Graduate Assistant

Rich Gorman
Center for Student Wellbeing

Rich has spent the past 20 years living in and working for communities that are grappling with the devastating effects of intergenerational poverty and systemic injustice. Rich has come to Vanderbilt to better understanding how these challenging dynamics effect mental, emotional, relational and community health and wellbeing.

Rich holds a masters degree in American Indian Law and Policy from the University of Arizona as well as a Masters of Divinity from Emmanuel Seminary at Milligan College. Rich is now completing his third (and final!) masters degree in clinical mental health counseling through the Human Development and Counseling Program at Vanderbilt.
Rich has also been married to Dori for 13 years. They have two amazing daughters, Charis and Nia, who REALLY want you to know that they are 8 and 6 years old, respectively.