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Professional Staff

DeAnte’ Smith | Director

Top 5: Context | Achiever | Responsibility | Input | Relator

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!

Roshaunda “Ro” Ross-Orta | Assistant Director

Top 5: Communication | Woo | Activator | Input | Connectedness

Roshaunda “Ro” Ross-Orta is excited to support students on their leadership journeys as the Assistant Director of SOLS. Ro joined the VU community in 2019 as the Program Manager for Residential Colleges. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Student Life at Watkins College of Art. Throughout her career, Ro has worked in many facets of student affairs including leadership initiatives, new student programs, transfer programs, multicultural student affairs, and residential life. As a certified Strengths coach, Ro loves helping students identify and utilize their natural talents. She earned her M.A. from Indiana University and her B.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Outside of work, Ro loves being Mommy to Tre and wife to Jorge…and watching horrible reality TV.

Tassany C. Henderson, Ed.D | Program Coordinator

Top 5: 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

Top 5: Harmony | Consistency | Restorative | Developer | Includer

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, Leadership, and Service.

Emma Y. Duncliffe | Program Coordinator

Top 5: Individualization | Empathy | Activator | Strategic | Input

Emma Y. Duncliffe is a Nashville transplant by way of New York and Ohio. She is originally from Long Island, New York and attended The Ohio State University where she earned her degree in New Media and Communication Technology in 2018. Upon graduation, Emma attended Vanderbilt University in the Peabody College of Education where she completed her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, concentrating in Student Affairs. While at Vanderbilt, she served as a Graduate Assistant in the Arts and Campus Events Office, working with Vanderbilt Programming Board to plan and execute events on campus. Emma is passionate about the student organization experience and cultivating engaging, meaningful, leadership opportunities on campus. She will be working primarily with service organizations on campus and building connections with community partners. In her free time, you can find Emma on long walks around the city, trying out a new recipe, or planning her next vacation to visit family and friends.

Kenzie Poston | Program Coordinator

Top 5: Futuristic | Empathy | Activator | Individualization | Command

A Nashville native, Kenzie Poston is a recent graduate of Clemson University, earning her Master’s degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs. She attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. She is passionate about equity in higher education, helping students create communities of belonging, and developing students as leaders and active citizens. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, traveling, attending concerts, and cheering on her favorite sports teams.

 

Mike Rahimzadeh | Graduate Assistant

Top 5: Includer | Adaptability | Positivity | Maximizer | Context

Mike Rahimzadeh is a second-year master’s student in the Higher Education Administration program at Peabody College. Originally from Richmond, Kentucky, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at Princeton. Mike’s previously been seen around Nashville as a Program Assistant in the Office of Service-Learning at Belmont and a Research Assistant for the Tennessee Education Research Alliance, and he’s thrilled to now be joining the SOLS team. On the weekends, Mike is probably exploring the local food scene or trying to score concert tickets.

 

Chad Jordan | Graduate Assistant

Top 5: Restorative | Includer | Ideation | Empathy | Arranger

Chad Jordan is a first-year graduate student from Alpharetta, Georgia pursuing his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. He attended Samford University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Chad was heavily involved in student government and his greek organization, while also working with a variety of administrative offices, including the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement, the Office of Admission, the Office of Residence Life and the Office of the President. He is passionate about encouraging students to surpass their own expectations and to continually understand the “why” behind everything they do.