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Meet Our Staff

DeAnte’ Smith | Director

DeAnte’ Smith is a native of Jackson, Ms. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Communications, a Master’s degree in Counseling Student Personnel, and he has been working in Higher Education since 2008. Prior to working at Vanderbilt, he served as the Director of Greek Life at Southeast Missouri State University and the Assistant Director of Student Engagement at the University of North Alabama. He has a passion for student engagement, student development, and working with student organizations. He has been a presenter at multiple conferences that have a focus on supporting student organizations on college campuses. He is committed to developing students and building relationships at Vanderbilt. Go Dores!

Chandler Harris | Graduate Assistant

Chandler Harris is currently in her second year of graduate school at Vanderbilt pursuing a Master’s degree in higher education. Prior to grad school, Chandler attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in which she received a Bachelor’s degree in organizational communication. She found her passion for higher education whilst serving her undergraduate institution as the Student Government Association President. Additionally, Chandler worked as an intern for the Student Affairs Division at UL Lafayette. In accordance with her interest in higher education, Chandler particularly enjoys success evaluation via data collection and assessment.



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.

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.

Braylon Junior | Program Coordinator

Braylon Junior earned his Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Arkansas and his Master’s degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from Clemson University. Currently, Braylon is a doctoral student in Trevecca Nazarene University’s Leadership and Professional Practice program. Prior to his work at Vanderbilt, Braylon served as a Coordinator of Residence Education at the University of South Alabama. He is passionate about student development through co-curricular experiences and committed to creating accessible environments for students to build community.



Wil De Los Santos | Program Coordinator

Wilalberto (Wil) De Los Santos earned his Bachelor’s degree in Radio/Television Production and Black Studies from the State University of New York at New Paltz and received his Master’s degree in Africana Studies from the University at Albany.  Prior to his arrival at Vanderbilt, he served in the Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies in the New York State Education Department. Afterward, he provided academic and mentoring services to first-year students and assisted with the Emerging Leaders Program in the Office of First Year Programs and Leadership Development at Marist College.  At Vanderbilt, Wil enjoys providing guidance and support to the campus community with the Office of Student Organizations and Governance.