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CharlesErin Charles is a Lecturer in the five-year music teacher education program at Vanderbilt University. A graduate of the program, Dr. Charles received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Blair School of Music in 2006, a Masters of Education in 2007 and a Doctorate of Education in 2014 from Peabody College of Education.  Dr. Charles teaches Music Education Philosophy and serves as an Associate Conductor of the Vanderbilt Wind Symphony.

Since joining the faculty in 2011, Dr. Charles has accentuated the importance of cultural awareness and outreach at the Blair School of Music. She founded the Blair Hot Topics Committee which provides a safe space for students and faculty to discuss controversial subject matters such as race, mental health, and the #MeToo movement. She also founded the annual Music Advocacy Concert which features local music programs within the Metro Nashville area in partnership with the Blair Wind Symphony,and established the Vanderbilt University Concert Band to cultivate musicianship for non-major musicians while providing a teaching laboratory for undergraduate music majors. Moreover, Dr. Charles surged her career toward the research of diversity in music education. Her current study is The Effects of Motivational Factors and Sociocultural Factors on Minority Student Retention in Music Programs which explores internal and external factors that influence both white and non-white students’ commitment to band. Dr. Charles also serves as a faculty member of the Vanderbilt University Shared Governance Committee, Undergraduate Honor Council, and Ingram Scholars Program.   

Formerly the Director of Bands at Forest Meadow Junior High in Richardson, Texas, Dr. Charles taught beginner and intermediate woodwind, brass, and percussion in addition to conducting both the Concert Band and Symphonic Bands.She is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Music Educators Association, the Tennessee Band masters Association, Florida Music Education Association, and the College Band Directors National Association. Of all her accomplishments, Dr. Charles’ highest honor is being the mother of her 4-year-old son Aidan.  


Corbette S. Doyle, is a Senior Lecturer of Leadership and Organizational Performance at the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on gender diversity at the leadership level. In addition to diversity, Corbette teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in strategy and analytics, and consults on equity, diversity, and inclusion strategies. Until she joined Vanderbilt’s faculty in the summer of 2008, Corbette was the Chair of the Health Care Industry practice and global Chief Diversity Officer at Aon, one of the two largest risk and health consulting firms in the world. For the latter role, she reported directly to the CEO.

Prior to her role as CDO, her responsibilities included leading a dozen different industry practices, launching new practice groups, acquiring companies, closing companies, and serving on the boards of companies that Aon invested in. She serves on multiple boards, including: Martin Methodist College, the Friends of REAL Foundation, and Evolve Women’s Foundation. She serves on the Mayor of Nashville’s Gender Equity Council and is an External Member of Nissan America’s Executive Diversity Council. She previously served on the Boards of Definity Health, Sterling Life Insurance, the Professional Liability Underwriting Association, the CPCU Board of Governors, ASHRM, and was the president of the Owen Alumni Board. She earned her doctorate at Northeastern University, graduated first in her EMBA class at the Owen School at Vanderbilt, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Oswego in Economics (Major) and Math (minor).

Liz Gilchrist headshot Leigh Z. Gilchrist  is an Assistant Professor of the Practice and currently serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Human and Organizational Development (HOD) Program at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College.  She received her M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling and her doctorate in Higher Education Administration both degrees from Vanderbilt University. She has taught throughout the HOD program in courses that include health service delivery to diverse populations, small group behavior, mental health and mental illness, non-profit leadership, service-learning, and college student development.

Leigh’s research and practice interests focus on experiential education in both higher education and secondary education with particular focus on service-learning and community engagement. She has published and presented on a variety of topics exploring the relationship between academic service-learning and features such as academy-community partnerships, student development, servant leadership, small group dynamics, program design, and assessment.

As a consultant, Leigh works with local and national non-profits in the area of organizational systems, professional development, and program design. She also enjoys working with college and universities as well as K-12 institutions in developing their service-learning programs and their campus-community partnerships.

She lives in Brentwood, TN with her husband, two children, and dog.

Chalene Helmuth

 Hiskey Jonathan Hiskey is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Graduate Studies at Vanderbilt University. Hiskey received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, completing a dissertation, entitled Does Democracy Matter? Electoral Competition and Local Development in Mexico, that was awarded the American Political Science Association's Gabriel A. Almond award for best dissertation in comparative politics. His longstanding research interests have centered on local development patterns in Latin America and, in particular, the political and economic consequences of Latin America's highly uneven democratic landscape. Hiskey has carried out extensive fieldwork on these questions in Mexico and, more recently, Argentina.

Hiskey's other line of research addresses several issues related to Latin American migration. First, he has explored the question of why people choose to emigrate, with a particular focus on those deciding to leave from the northern region of Central Americal, and the role crime and violence play in that decision. Second, he has examined the political impact of emigration on the thousands of sending communities across Latin America. His work on these questions has appeared in such journals as the American Journal of Political ScienceBritish Journal of Political ScienceComparative PoliticsElectoral Studies and the Latin American Research Review. Hiskey also was a contributor and co-editor of a special volume of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science entitled "Continental Divides: International Migration in the Americas."  

Josh McGuire

Paschal head shotCynthia B. Paschal, Ph.D., is Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University.  As such, she is responsible for all aspects of the undergraduate experience for engineering and computer science students.  In previous roles in the Dean’s Office, she oversaw interactions with industry including recruiting employers and coordinating the advisory board.  She was responsible for the school's international relations including facilitating one of the highest percentages of engineering and computer science students studying abroad of any US university.

Paschal's research background is in cardiac and pulmonary vascular magnetic resonance imaging.  She wrote the #1 downloaded paper in 2004 for the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  Her passion for teaching is reflected in several awards including the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching and the Tau Beta Pi – TN Beta teaching award.  She has interests in engineering design education and has overseen the design program and annual exposition.  She teaches service learning courses involving biomedical engineering in resource limited settings in Guatemala.  Her service to the university includes chairing the Faculty Senate and serving as University Marshal.  She is the proud parent of two daughters, enjoys engagement with St. George’s Episcopal Church, and stays active through hiking, swimming, and other activities.

Frank WadeFrank Wade is a native of Nashville, and has been affiliated with Assured Partners (formerly Wade & Egbert) for 45 years.  Within the community Frank is a ruling Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church and is currently a board member for the Mary Parrish Center and Cumberland Heights where he serves as Chair of the Development Committee.   He has served as past board chair for the Martha O’Bryan Center, the Tennessee Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Nations Ministry Center, and Travellers Rest Historic Home. He has served as past President of the Battle Ground Academy Alumni Association, the Nashville Chapter of the  Birmingham-Southern Alumni Association and the Insurors of Nashville.  He was a finalist for Board Member of the Year and also was nominated for a Mary Katherine Strobel Award.  Frank and his wife Sissy have 2 adult sons, Will who lives in Baton Rouge with his wife Lauren and their daughter Caroline and Jay who lives in Chicago and is engaged to be married in the summer of 2019.      

Frank has worked with the Ingram Scholars Program since 2009.