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STUDENT CENTERS TEAM

 

Clayton Arrington 
Senior Director | Student Engagement & Leadership

Clayton has been working at Vanderbilt since 2001, serving in a variety of roles to support students and the Vanderbilt community. After completing a degree at Middle Tennessee State University, Clayton received his Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from The Ohio State University.  Along with providing support for Student Centers, Clayton also works on special projects and initiatives within the Student Affairs Office. He centers equity and inclusion in his work, whether it’s with a student initiative or supporting staff in the department. His passion also includes coaching basketball and enjoying all that the summer brings

 

RESERVATIONS & SYSTEM MANAGEMENT


Angela Covington

Associate Director | Reservations & System Management

Angela has been working at Vanderbilt University since 2008. Her previous hospitality experience includes 10 years at the Walt Disney World Company and 5 years at Gaylord Opryland Hotel. She finds VU so rewarding because of her work family and the student staff she interacts with on a daily basis. She has been married for over 20 years and has two children. In her free time, Angela loves to garden and hike in Warner Parks.

 

 

 

Karen Burnett
Sr. Coordinator of Reservations & System Management

Karen is a known triple threat – singing, dancing, and event planning.  She was active in her university programming board at her alma mater, Auburn University, and honed her customer service skills for 17 years at a little hotel in town, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.  She lives wayyyy out of town on an animal-less farm with her husband Erik, son Jack, one well-behaved dog, and one manic labradoodle.

 

EVENTS

 

Jordan Hajacos
Associate Director | Events

Nashville native and Auburn University alum Jordan Hajacos has been with Vanderbilt University since 2008 and has been doing events for over 15 years. After joining the team as an event manager, Jordan now serves as an Assistant Director for Student Centers. A foodie and live music lover, Jordan’s sense for Nashville culture and cuisine helps her shape the unique event spaces at Vanderbilt University for clients. Outside of work Jordan enjoys spending time with her family, eating at all the local hot spots and enjoying the music scene.

 

 

 

Riley Munger
Senior Coordinator of Events & Operations
Sarratt Student Center | Rand Hall / Student Staff Development

Riley came to Vanderbilt after moving from Buffalo, NY, where he studied Communications at the University at Buffalo and Higher Education Administration at Canisius College. Riley began work in student affairs as a Student Union Event Manager and is using his experience to support the Sarratt | Rand events team. Outside of work, Riley enjoys rock climbing, playing guitar, and reading Stephen King thrillers. He lives in the Bellevue area of Nashville with his fiancé and rockstar cats, Mick Jagger & David Bowie.

 

 

 

Abi Enockson
Senior Coordinator of Events & Operations
Student Life Center, Alumni Hall/Student Staff Development

Abi joins Vanderbilt from Asheville, NC where she served as the Assistant Director of the Academy for the Arts for nearly five years. While there, Abi worked with faculty and students of all ages to present high-quality recitals and concerts. A native of Fargo, ND, Abi graduated with a degree in Music on viola and Management Studies from St. Olaf College. Her passions lie with people, accessible education, and arts management, which has directed her to work for other impactful organizations in Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, and Asheville. Abi enjoys hiking, traveling, making music, spending time with her perfect cat, Frankie, and eating at local restaurants as much as fiscally possible.

 

 

 

Nicholas Brazelton
Coordinator of Events & Operations
Student Life Center, Benton Chapel, Alumni Hall

Nick joins us from Belmont University where he graduated with a B.B.A in Music Business and later worked as an Event Coordinator in the Office of Strategic Venues and Event Services. His passion for event management began in college, where he interned for the Nashville Predators, worked for the Walt Disney Company, and served on the Belmont University Orientation Council. Outside of work, Nick enjoys traveling, going to concerts, running marathons, and spending time with friends and family. He is excited to join the Vanderbilt team and share his passion for purposeful programming with the campus and local community.

 

 

 

Charlie Gray
Coordinator of Events & Operations

Alumni Hall, Rothschild Black Box Theater

Charlie first fell in love with working in live events when he worked for his alma mater’s radio station KSJS at San Jose State University. Originally hailing from Sonoma, CA, he has spent the last five years of his life working in live music and events here in Nashville for such companies as Paradigm Talent Agency, Wasserman Music, & Marathon Music Works. Most weekends you can still find him enjoying live music somewhere in the city, hiking around with his dog, or finding new restaurants to enjoy.

 

 

 

Zach Greene
Coordinator of Events & Operations

Sarratt Student Center | Rand Hall, Community Event Space

Zach joins Vanderbilt from Corpus Christi, Texas where he previously worked at his alma mater, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s, Student Union as a student worker and professional staff. While there he oversaw building operations and worked with students and staff to put on many great events and shows. Zach’s passion lies within Student Unions, helping turn ideas from scratch into successful events, and helping students succeed. Outside of work, you can find him hiking with his dog Warden, frequenting Gold’s Gym, or following wherever the sound of country music is coming from.

 

 

 

Trey Grevious
Coordinator of Events & Operations

Student Life Center, Alumni Hall, Engineering and Science Building 

Trey joined Vanderbilt from Belmont University where he completed his Master’s Degree in Strategic Communications and Leadership. Before earning his Master’s Degree, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Bellarmine University. Trey discovered his passion for student affairs during his time as Student Government Association President. He is excited to blend his passion for student affairs and event management with the events team team. Outside of work, Trey spends his time trying new restaurants, party planning with his friends, and going to trivia.

 

 

 

Anne Koehler

Coordinator of Events & Operations

Commons Center

Anne joins us from Iowa State University, where she graduated with a B.S. degree in Event Management. While there, she worked as a Special Events Assistant at the Memorial Union and gained a passion for coordinating diverse events. She is excited to be at Vanderbilt and help make people’s dream events come to life. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Goji, reading, listening to music, traveling with friends and family, as well as finding new hidden gems in Nashville.

 

 

 

Zoe Mitchel

Graduate Assistant

Zoe is currently an M.Ed. student in the Higher Education Administration program at Vanderbilt. Zoe is originally from Little Neck, New York. Before moving to Nashville, she studied opera/vocal performance with a minor in psychology at Purchase College. While at Purchase, she worked as a Student Orientation Coordinator, Admissions Ambassador, and Operations/Marketing Intern. Zoe is looking forward to spending the rest of her professional life supporting student success on a college campus. In her free time, she enjoys working out, reading, listening to music, hiking, traveling, and trying different vegan foods!

 

FACILITIES AND OPERATIONS

 

Sara Cope
Associate Director | Facilities & Operations

Sara has been at Vanderbilt since 2014 when she started the Higher Education Administration Master’s program at Peabody College. After joining the Student Centers team in 2016, Sara has held many roles: Event Coordinator, Senior Coordinator focused on the student employment program, and now an Associate Director focused on the department’s Facilities and Operations. She truly loves the atmosphere of learning at VU and the ability to serve on a team where staff and students collaborate and grow together. Outside of work, she is busy keeping up with two rambunctious kiddos and spending time with her husband and dog. She is a proud alum of Centre College (Danville, Kentucky) and is a member of the Nashville Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association.

 

 

 

Brooklyn Barnes
Facilities & Operations Coordinator 

Brooklyn comes to Vanderbilt from Knoxville, TN, where she worked as a Student Building Manager at The University of Tennessee’s Student Union while completing her Bachelor’s in Education. Through her work there, she oversaw events and facilities operations, became an active volunteer for ACUI’s Regional Leadership Team, and discovered a newfound passion for college unions and their influence on campus to foster collaboration, community, and positivity. In her free time, Brooklyn enjoys staying active through hiking, running, and doing yoga. She is also an avid foodie who loves good books and spending time with friends.

 

 

 

Keysi Spahr
Facilities & Operations Coordinator 

Keysi is originally from Virginia where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Management at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has held various administrative roles throughout her professional career and is a collaborative team player, always striving for excellence and continuously seeking opportunities to learn and grow. She is committed to fostering an inviting and warm atmosphere at Vanderbilt and making significant contributions to Student Centers. In addition to her professional pursuits, Keysi enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats. She loves to travel, craft, and go to concerts with friends and family.

 

 

 

Dennis Shillingburg

West End Neighborhood & Greek Life Coordinator

Dennis comes to the Student Centers team with a background in construction project management and ministry. He is a photographer and has been actively involved in humanitarian relief projects in Kenya, Mexico, and Honduras for many years. He loves motorcycles, guitars, and as much family time as possible. You can see some of his work and travel here.

 

PRODUCTION SERVICES

 

Jonathan Spencer 
Associate Director | Production Services

Jonathan brings a long list of professional experiences in the Audio Visual space, including work at the Omni, Embassy Suites, and Lipscomb University.  Jonathan is originally from Louisiana and completed his Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a Recording Industry Management emphasis at Middle Tennessee State University in 2000.

 

 

JT McLoughlin 

Sr. Coordinator of Production Services

JT relocated to Nashville from New Haven, Connecticut. He received a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Southern Connecticut State University, as well as a graduate certificate in audio engineering from the Yale School Of Drama. Before joining the team at Vanderbilt he had an active and eclectic career in theatrical sound in the Northeast, following his passion of facilitating art through the creative use of technology. When he’s not working he enjoys fishing, road trips, and dreaming about New Haven pizza.

 

 

Suzanne Freeman

Production Services Assistant

Suzanne has been swimming in the Social Religious Building (now the Wyatt Center), caught a train at Union Station, ridden in a paddle boat at Centennial Park (Lake Watuga), and on the Skyliner (a wooden roller coaster) at the fairgrounds. Now, she works in a booth designed by Sir Cecil Creape (Russ McCown) of Creature Feature. 

 

 

Brady Brown

Production Services Assistant

Brady is originally from Illinois where he received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at Illinois State University. After working in the Exercise Science field in Denver, Colorado, he relocated to Nashville to pursue his new passion in the Audio-Visual industry. After completing his Associate of Applied Science in Audio at the SAE Institute of Technology, he worked at SAE as a Studio Technician, Audio Engineer, and Repair Technician. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife and dog, playing guitar, going to concerts, and traveling to National Parks.

 

 

Presley Hopper

Production Services Assistant

Presley was born and raised in Forth Worth, Texas and went to Belmont University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Media Production and where she got her start in working in live event production. In and outside of school, her experience ranges from live theater to concerts to sports production. When not working, she is a film enthusiast and avid book reader, and occasionally plays video games, even if she isn’t that great at them.

 

 

Jaylin Milis ✉

Production Services Assistant

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Jaylin is a multiyear audio technician having graduated in Recording Arts and Show Production at FIRST Institute in Orlando, FL. He has worked for notable theaters around Orlando, such as the Dr. Philips Center for Performing Arts and the Orlando Shakes Theater. He relocated to Nashville to further his knowledge, experience, and education here at Vanderbilt University.