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Meet the Team

Krystal N. Clark, M.Ed. | Director

Krystal’s Top 5 Talent Themes: Maximizer | Input | Relator | Focus | Significance

Krystal Clark is the Director for the Office of Student Leadership Development at Vanderbilt.  Clark is a native of Portsmouth, VA. She spent her undergraduate years at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA where she double majored in Sociology and Psychology. Upon graduation, she decided to pursue a career in Student Affairs and earned her Masters of Education in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park. After four years as the Program Coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Life at Duke University, she made the move to Nashville, TN to serve as the Associate Director of Greek Life at Vanderbilt University. In 2015, Krystal was promoted to Director of the Office of Student Leadership Development.

Leadership has always been a passion for Krystal as she was a very involved student leader, co-taught leadership development courses while in graduate school, and served as a fellow for the National Leadership Symposium. Clark served as a member of the Leadership Engagement Alliance at Duke University and the Leadership Taskforce at Vanderbilt.  She serves as a facilitator and speaker for leadership development programs at colleges/universities, nonprofits, and for inter/national fraternal organizations.

Krystal is a proud member of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity serving as a member of the Inclusion Taskforce and in the Nashville Alumnae Chapter as a member of the Eve of Janus Planning Team, she is currently Vice-Chair of the Belcourt Theatre Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Grants Committee for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Women’s Fund, Chair of YP Nashville, a Friend of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and a Friend of the Nashville Ballet.  Clark has also served as the President of the Junior League of Nashville (2017-2018), a former Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, a former Board of Directors members of Girls on the Run Middle Tennessee.  She was a finalist for the 2012 Nashville Emerging Leader Award in the field of Education as well as the Junior League’s YP 2015 Nominee for the Nashville ATHENA Award. Krystal is also a member of the 2015 class of Nashville Emerging Leaders a 2016 Fellow and a member of the 2017 Class of Leadership Nashville. You will often find her laughing loudly and desk dancing while at work. When she is not working or volunteering she is probably on social media, at a concert, shopping, binge-watching all of Netflix, seeing movies at the Belcourt,  working out at all of the incredible fitness studios in Nashville, acting as a residential tourist, and sending out Doodle polls to plan fun events with friends.

You can contact her on social media at @krystalnclark (Instagram) or @clarkkn (Twitter).  Learn more about her and her work at she and posts pretty often on Facebook.

Tassany C. Henderson, Ed.D | Program Coordinator

Tassany’s Top 5 Talent Themes: Ideation | Strategic | Learner | Belief | Woo

Tassany Henderson is a Program Coordinator for the Office of Student Leadership Development at Vanderbilt. 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.

Chance R. Ryon, M.Ed. | Program Coordinator

Chance’s Top 5 Talent Themes: Input | Intellection | Individualization | Adaptability | Empathy

Chance Ryon is a Program Coordinator for the Office of Student Leadership Development at Vanderbilt. Chance is from the small town of Kenansville, Florida. He received his Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL. After graduation, Chance moved to Nashville, TN to pursue a Masters of Education in Organizational Leadership and Communication from Belmont University while serving as the Graduate Assistant for the Department of Fitness and Recreation.

Chance’s passion for leadership comes from his involvement in various leadership roles and experiences in student affairs and higher education, fitness and recreation facility management, non-profit leadership, and student engagement. He has also facilitated workshops for various organizations including the Belmont Office of Leadership Development and the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association. Outside of his work, Chance is often trying new restaurants in Nashville, going out for a run, or catching up on reality tv!

Allie B. McHugh | Graduate Assistant

Allie’s Top 5 Talent Themes: Intellection | Achiever | Relator | Developer | Responsibility

Allie McHugh serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Leadership Development. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Allie graduated from Clemson University in 2018 with a degree in English Literature. Her primary interests in higher education include student leadership development and access and equity for traditionally underrepresented students. Outside of the office, Allie enjoys reading, spending time with her pets, singing along to the Hamilton soundtrack, and exploring all that Nashville has to offer.

As a first-year graduate student in the Higher Education Administration program, Allie is excited to learn more about Vanderbilt, its students, and how she can best support them in their personal and academic growth. She values any opportunity to interact with students, so please come by and visit!