University Working Group on Schools and Childcare


The working group will focus on our community’s child care needs associated with the prospective closing of schools and childcare facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic this fall. The working group will advise university leadership by providing feedback and recommendations that allow the university to support the child care needs of faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and graduate/professional students in ways that are empathic, effective, and equitable.


Ben Harris, senior lecturer in vocal music and incoming Faculty Senate vice-chair

Kathleen Seabolt, executive director of the Vanderbilt Child and Family Center


Vivian Gama, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology, Vanderbilt Center for Stem Cell Biology

Carla Harper, division of finance senior tax accountant

Kathryn Humphreys, assistant professor of psychology and human development

Max Joffe, postdoctoral Fellow in pharmacology, Warren Center for Drug Discovery, Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research

Audrey Jones, executive director for people and business services

Megan Lawrence, assistant professor of strategic management

Shihong Lin, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering

Scotty Mann, associate dean, development & alumni relations, Law School

Michelle Murray, assistant professor of Spanish

Bo Payne, associate director data center services (VUIT)

Lauren Petty, PhD student in epidemiology

Jermaine Soto, director for faculty development

Michelle Towns, assistant athletic director for human resources operations

Ty Trejo, law student

Laine Walters Young, assistant director for the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions


Tracey George, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty, professor of political science

Laura Nairon, (interim) Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Capital and Business Services