Strategic Communications Staff

The Strategic Communications team within the Division of Communications designs and executes integrated communications strategies to protect and enhance Vanderbilt’s local, national and international reputation, and positions the university as one of the world’s leading academic research institutions through the distribution of compelling content across a variety of digital and traditional channels.

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  • Ian Morrison
    Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications
  • Lauren Hammond
    Deputy Director, Strategic Communications
  • Kara Furlong
    Manager, Internal Communications; Editor, myVU

Media Relations

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  • Damon Maida
    Associate Director, Media Relations
  • Melinda Rogers
    Senior Media Relations Specialist
  • Julia Jordan
    Media Relations Specialist
  • Spencer Turney
    Media Relations Specialist
  • Brian Smokler
    Senior Broadcast Technician

Social Media

  • Beth Fox
    Director, Social Media
  • Jaclyn Antonacci
    Senior Social Media Specialist
  • Siovhan Johnson
    Social Media Specialist
  • Nick Hessler
    Senior Social Media Specialist, Athletics

Issues Management

  • Princine Lewis
    Director, Issues Management

Communications Strategy

  • Carrie Moore
    Director, Communications Strategy

Community Engagement

  • Katherine Keith
    Senior Communications Strategist
  • Neha Khetan
    Communications Strategist
  • Elizabeth Flier
    Communications Specialist

Research & Innovation

  • Marissa Shapiro
    Senior Communications Strategist, Science (School of Engineering, School of Medicine Basic Sciences, School of Nursing, College of Arts and Science, Trans-Institutional Programs)

Athletics Communications

  • Alan George
    Associate Director, Athletics Communications/ Associate Athletic Director • Communications
  • Eric Dolan
    Communications Specialist, Athletics/Director • Communications (Men’s Basketball, Swimming, Cross Country, Track and Field)
  • Michael Scholl
    Communications Specialist, Athletics/Director • Communications (Football)
  • Asha Evans
    Communications Specialist, Athletics/Associate Director • Communications (Women’s Basketball, Women’s Golf)
  • Chad Bishop
    Communications Specialist, Athletics/Associate Director • Communications (Bowling, Men’s and Women’s Golf)
  • Josh Foster
    Communications Specialist, Athletics/Associate Director • Communications (Baseball, Football)
  • Gavin Nevill
    Communications Specialist, Athletics/Associate Director • Communications (Lacrosse, Soccer)