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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!

Braylon Junior | Data Analyst

Top 5: Learner | Input | Intellection | Strategic | Relator

Braylon Junior earned his Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Arkansas, his Master’s degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from Clemson University, and his doctorate from 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 helping students and staff members tell their stories through data collection and visualization.

Wil De Los Santos | Program Manager

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.

 

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. Kenzie is passionate about the student organization experience, helping students create communities of belonging, and developing students as leaders and active citizens. She works primarily with service organizations on campus, building connections with community partners, and student leadership initiatives. In her free time, you can find Kenzie gardening, cooking, traveling, attending concerts, and hanging out with her dog, Iris.

 

 

Mike Rahimzadeh | Program Coordinator

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

Mike Rahimzadeh recently earned his Master’s in the Higher Education Administration program here at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Originally from Richmond, Kentucky, he received his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from 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. 

 

 

Charlie Zimmerman | Graduate Assistant

Top 5: Relator, Achiever, Responsibility, Context, Learner

Charlie Zimmerman is a first-year graduate student pursuing a M.Ed. in Leadership and Organizational Performance. Charlie is from Delaware, Ohio and recently earned a B.A. in History from Ohio State University. He is passionate about leadership training and culture development, working with several organizations in the summers during undergraduate studies to design training programs. Charlie was also heavily involved in student government and the Department of Recreational Sports at Ohio State. In his time outside of work and class can be found attending any local sporting event, concert or exploring a museum.