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Greg Fontus, M.Ed. M.Div | Assistant Director | Sarratt 335 | he, him, his

Greg is the current Assistant Director in the Office of Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence (IICC). He began working at Vanderbilt in June 2012 after graduating from the University of South Florida where he received both a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum. During his time at Vanderbilt, Greg has received certifications from the National Coalition Building Institute as a diversity and social justice workshop facilitator (Fall 2012), was named the Dean of Students New Professional of the Year (2012-2013), attended the Social Justice Training Institute (Fall 2013), and was named the OHARE Staff Member of the Year (2014-2015). Greg has conducted many social justice workshops for all parts of the Vanderbilt community in hopes of building a community where all people understand the importance of celebrating other groups of people. His passion for diversity stems from his desire to dismantle systems of oppression that have historically rendered people invisible.

Kristen Lemaster, M.S. | Program Coordinator | Sarratt 335 | she, her, hers

Kristen Lemaster, originally from Snellville, GA, completed her undergraduate coursework in English, History, and Spanish at the University of Georgia. Prior to working at Vanderbilt, Kristen earned a M.S. in Higher Education Student Affairs from Florida State University, where she worked with women’s leadership development, social change peer education, and advocacy for Hispanic/Latinx students. Outside of work, Kristen loves a good novel, running, and ice cream.

 

ReChard Peel, M.Ed. | Program Coordinator | Sarratt 335 | he, him, his

Originally from Gary Indiana, ReChard Peel is a Program Coordinator in the Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence Office. He completed his Undergraduate work in African American Studies at Purdue University where he focused his research and scholarship on Entrepreneurship as a form of resistance for Black men and women in the Midwest. He begin his work in higher education at the University in Notre Dame in the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services where he coordinated professional development programs for students of color. He received his Masters of Education in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University in April of 2017 and has received several awards for his scholarship around the African American college student experience. ReChard is extremely passionate about social justice, race and racism, and intersectionality.

 

Tassany Henderson Ed.D | Program Coordinator | Sarratt 335 | she, her, hers

Tassany is a native Nashvillian. She comes to Vanderbilt from Nashville State Community College where she served in the Office of Admissions from 2014 to 2017. She attended Middle Tennessee State University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and her Master’s degree in Administration & Supervision – Higher Education. She recently completed her doctorate in education at Trevecca Nazarene University in Leadership & Professional Practice. Tassany also serves as a Tennessee Promise mentor. She is a proud wife and mother. Her hobbies include spending time with family, enjoying SEC football (Go ‘Dores!), and attending live music events.

 

Rachel Winston | Executive Secretary | 615.322.8563 | Sarratt 315 | she, her, hers

Rachel joined the staff of Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence in March of 2017 after working in the Office of The Dean Of Student.  She is a graduate of Tennessee State University where she received her B.S. in Human Performance and Sport Sciences with a concentration in Exercise Science. Rachel grew up in Nashville and when she’s not working, she loves spending time with her husband and 2 kiddos, reading, and working out.

 

 

Sahar Khan B.S | Graduate Assistant | Sarratt 313 | she, her, hers

Sahar Khan is a second year students pursuing an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. Originally from Suwanee, Georgia she completed her undergraduate work in Science Education at the University of Georgia. While pursuing her bachelors, she was involved in orientation and various student organizations. In her final years at the university, she got involved with an NSF funded project focusing on higher education research. It was though these experiences that she desired to pursue a masters and found Peabody to be the perfect fit. Outside of work and school, Sahar enjoys hiking and traveling.

 

Brianna “Antonella” Valdivia B.S  | Graduate Assistant | Sarratt 313 | she, her, hers

Brianna “Antonella” Valdivia (or Anto for short) is born and raised in Miami, Florida and currently a first year Peabody College graduate student in the Higher Education Administration program. She is passionate about helping undergraduate students of underrepresented populations gain access and succeed in their higher education experience. During her undergrad, she was involved with student organization life, advocacy work, and service/leadership – all of which helped her discover a love for higher education and specifically multicultural student affairs. She loves mentoring others and creating experiences that students can develop and grow from. Outside of work, Anto enjoys writing, dancing and is obsessed with the Broadway musical Hamilton!

 

Danielle Bestfelt B.A  | Graduate Assistant | Sarratt 313 | she, her, hers

Dani is a M. Ed candidate in the Higher Education Administration program and joined the Office of Transition Programs in Fall 2018. She graduated from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish, and spent a year serving as the Interim Tutoring Center Coordinator there before attending Vanderbilt. Dani spends her free time listening to podcasts, cooking, and playing with her dog, Jinx.

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