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

Originally from Miami, Florida, Greg 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), was named the OHARE Staff Member of the Year (2014-2015), and completed a Master in Divinity with a concentration in Black Church Studies from the Vanderbilt Divinity School (Spring 2018). As a member of the Haitian-American community, Greg has been an advocate for social justice throughout all parts of the Vanderbilt and Nashville community in hopes of fostering a place where all people understand the importance of celebrating other groups of people. It is his passion and calling to dismantle systems of oppression that have historically rendered people invisible. When not working, Greg enjoys reading, sports, traveling, and spending time with his family.

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.

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!

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