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Professional Staff

Professional Staff

Professional staff in The Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons support the academic mission of the University and the pillars of The Commons Experience (Intellect, Community, Personal Well-Being, Self-Discovery, and Cultural Awareness) through intentional programmatic and leadership development initiatives. Our programs are designed to both challenge and support students as they navigate their first year at Vanderbilt, and our goal is to connect students with valuable resources and learning opportunities that will help them achieve their academic and personal goals. Staff members plan, coordinate, and lead a number of programs and initiatives including but not limited to:

  • CommonVU Orientation
  • Vanderbilt Visions and VUcept
  • The Commons Leadership Council
  • The Commons Lecture Series
  • The Commons Ball
  • iSeminars
  • Commons Immersion Pathways Workshops
  • Fall For The Arts (Parents & Families Weekend)
  • First-Year Honor Societies
  • The Commons Cup

Gregory Melchor-Barz

GREGORY MELCHOR- BARZ 
pronouns: he, him, his
ASSOCIATE DEAN OF THE INGRAM COMMONS 

Gregory Melchor-Barz is a professor of ethnomusicology at the Blair School of Music, with joint appointments in anthropology and the Divinity School. Professor Melchor-Barz also recently completed a documentary film on the role of music in post-Genocide Rwanda, and he continues his field research on the role of hip-hop and HIV/AIDS in South Africa and Lesotho. 

Natalee Erb

NATALEE ERB 
pronouns: she, her, hers 
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF STUDENT INITIATIVES

Natalee Erb received her Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Sewanee: The University of the South. Afterwards, she moved to Nashville to complete her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Peabody College. Natalee is responsible for coordinating the Vanderbilt Visions program and advising the VUcept organization. Additionally, she oversees the Commons Leadership Council and all student programming on The Commons. Natalee enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her sweet puppy, Layla. 

Jennifer Atwood

JENNIFER ATWOOD 
pronouns: she, her, hers 
ASSISTANT TO THE DEAN OF THE INGRAM COMMONS

Jennifer Atwood received her undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She began working at Vanderbilt in the fall of 2012 as The Commons Center Evening Building Manager before moving into her current position. She loves working at Vanderbilt because the students are empowered to succeed by the diverse amount of opportunities they are offered. If you visit the office during breaks, you may get to meet her dog Logan, an adorable (although she may be biased) german shepherd mix.

Ben Fields

BEN FIELDS 
pronouns: he, him, his 
GRADUATE ASSISTANT

Ben is in his second-year in the Higher Education Administration program at Peabody College. Ben graduated from Hamilton College in Upstate New York in 2015. He is responsible for assisting in the coordination of The Commons Cup and other student programming. A native of Seattle, WA, Ben spends much of his free time running and swimming. He is interested in pursuing a career in research in the sociology of education after finishing his M.Ed. 

Christina Bailey

CHRISTINA ROBBINS
pronouns: she, her, hers  
PROGRAM MANAGER & DIRECTOR OF COMMONVU ORIENTATION

Christina Robbins has been with The Ingram Commons since it opened. As the program manager, Christina has a hand in almost every aspect of The Commons. Christina also holds a bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership from Union University. In addition to her love of Vanderbilt students, Christina enjoys traveling when she can and spending time with her family.

Elizabeth Scott-Francis

ELIZABETH SCOTT-FRANCIS
pronouns: she, her, hers
COLLEGE HALLS PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Elizabeth Scott-Francis earned a Bachelor's Degree in Gender Studies from The College of William & Mary and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Virginia. She is responsible for implementing the marketing and strategic communications plan for College Halls. Elizabeth supervises design, social media and website development for all College Halls. She is currently completing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt's Peabody College. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Adam, and their puppy, Biscuit.

michelle healey

MICHELLE HEALEY  
pronouns: she, her, hers 
GRADUATE ASSISTANT 

Michelle is a first-year graduate student at Vanderbilt's Peabody College studying Higher Education Administration. She first earned her bachelor's degree in Corporate Communications from James Madison University in 2015 and has since been working at another university in Washington D.C., before joining the Vanderbilt community this year. In her free time, Michelle enjoys hiking, crafting, and spending time with friends and family. 

 

Dani
DANI ALEJALDRE
pronouns: she, her, hers
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT WORKER

Dani Alejaldre is a senior from Weston, Florida majoring in Economics and Asian Studies with a concentration in China. At Vanderbilt, she is involved with the Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic Students and Alpha Phi Omega (co-ed service fraternity).

 Partners in Residential Education

Traci Ray

TRACI RAY
pronouns: she, her, hers
DIRECTOR OF RESIDENTIAL EDUCATION FOR COLLEGE HALLS

Traci Ray's primary role is to supervise the residential education staff in The Ingram Commons and in Warren and Moore College Halls. Additionally, Traci works with Commons faculty and staff to help shape each first-year student's Commons Experience. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Counseling Psychology and Student Personnel Services, both from Oklahoma State University. Traci is currently completing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Miami, Coral Gables campus.

Lisa Martinson

LISA MARTINSON
pronouns: she, her, hers
AREA COORDINATOR

Lisa Martinson is new to Vanderbilt! Most recently, she served as a residence hall director at the University of Georgia.  Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology (Human Service specialization) from South Dakota State University and a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (emphasis in Adult and Higher Education and Native American Studies) from the University of South Dakota. Lisa oversees Crawford, Stambaugh, and North Houses.

Toni Viola

TONI VIOLA  
pronouns: she, her, hers 
AREA COORDINATOR

Toni Viola graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where she received her undergraduate degree in Business Management and Spanish as well as a Master of Business Administration.  Additionally, she has worked with international students for several summers as a director with Summerfuel at UMass University and Stanford University. Toni oversees Gillette, Murray, and Sutherland Houses.

Nadine De La Rosa

NADINE DE LA ROSA   
pronouns: she, her, hers 
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR FIRST-YEAR ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Nadine De La Rosa is originally from New York State. She earned a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Western Kentucky University and later pursued a master's degree in Higher Education Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. Her experience in Student Affairs includes working with diverse student populations, Living and Learning, Sophomore Experience, and Themed Living Communities.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and visiting her family in the Caribbean Islands. Nadine oversees the three area coordinators. 

Jorge Wellmann

JORGE WELLMANN
pronouns: he, him, his 
AREA COORDINATOR

Jorge Wellmann first obtained his bachelor's degree from Indiana University Bloomington before earning his master's degree in Higher Education Administration at Western Kentucky University. In addition to residential education, his experience in Student Affairs includes diversity education and judicial affairs. Jorge oversees East, Hank Ingram, Memorial, and West Houses.

Debra Pugliese

DEBRA PUGLIESE
pronouns: she, her, hers
GRADUATE AREA COORDINATOR

Debra Pugliese earned her bachelor's degree from San Diego State University, where she studied Kinesiology with an emphasis in physical therapy. Pugliese serves as at the primary support to the three area coordinators on The Ingram Commons.  Primary responsibilities include direct supervision of the Front Desk Assistant staff, shared supervision of the Resident Adviser staff, facilitation of the area Community Development Plan, student care and follow-up, and weekend crisis response.

Contact the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons

Office Phone: (615) 322-4948 Office Hours: M - F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Office Fax: (615) 343-9251 Office Location: Commons Center, Suite 203
New Student Helpline: (615) 322-4948 New Parent Helpline: (877) 887-2736
Email: commons@vanderbilt.edu Mailing Address: PMB 621, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203