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Meet the Staff

The OACS Team!

 Vacant | Director

Meagan Smith, M.S. | Assistant Director

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Meagan Smith received her Master of Science degree in College Counseling and Student Development at Azusa Pacific University, where she focused her graduate studies on the development and impact of academic service-learning. Meagan joined the OACS team in 2015 after serving as the Associate Director for Service-Learning and Communications at East Carolina University, where she worked closely with faculty and community partners to integrate service engagement with academic coursework. She was also responsible for managing voter engagement initiatives, program assessment, the university’s web-based service involvement tracking platform, the service-learning faculty fellows program development, and student supervision and advisement. Meagan also has experience in residence life as a hall director, and with international service after spending four months living, serving and learning with a community in northeast India. Meagan is passionate about inspiring students to become active members of their communities who are committed to creating a more just society. She also loves a good hike at Radnor Lake, Live on the Green concerts, spending time with her family, and anything by Brene Brown.

Contact Meagan: or (615) 322-7822

Melissa Looby, M.Ed. | Program Coordinator

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Melissa Looby earned her Masters of Education at the Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Higher Education Administration – Student Affairs. Melissa joined the OACS team in 2017 after serving as the Graduate Assistant since 2015. Melissa came to Vanderbilt following the pursuit of her B.A. in Music, Spanish, and Secondary Education from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. By combining each of these areas of study, Melissa found her passion for working with diverse populations. Through these experiences, Melissa gained experience in both domestic and international community development and non-profit consulting, specifically interested in Spanish-speaking countries. In her work through OACS and guided by critical service-learning theory, Melissa seeks to challenge students to think critically about their role in sustainable community engagement work, make critical connections between social injustices locally and globally, and develop leadership skills that enable students to be active citizens in their own communities. In her free time, Melissa enjoys volunteering as a refugee youth mentor and tnAchieves college access mentor, backpacking, attending sporting events, dog-sitting, and exploring Nashville.

Contact Melissa: or (615) 343-4856

Vacant| Administrative Assistant II


Vacant | Program Coordinator

Vacant | Program Coordinator


Tiffany Vazquez | Graduate Assistant

Tiffany Vazquez is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Peabody College. Tiffany received her B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. During her undergraduate career, she volunteered with Schools of Hope and The Urban League of Greater Madison. From 2014-2015 she served as an AmeriCorps member with Public Allies Chicago; her AmeriCorps placement was as an Enrichment Program Coordinator in a Chicagoland charter school. From 2015-2017 she worked as a Language and Culture Assistant in Madrid, Spain. At OACS, Tiffany works with OACS global service-learning program. Additionally, she advises student service organizations and collaborates with OACS staff on campus wide strategic planning initiatives. At Vanderbilt, she is a member of First Friends with International Student & Scholar Services.