Alumni Profiles

  • Vanderbilt University

    W.G. “Tres” Scheibe, MBA’91: Family Business

    W.G. “Tres” Scheibe and his son, Nate, own Scheibe Design, a high-end furniture studio based in Franklin, Tennessee, where they make handcrafted pieces showcasing modernist design and gorgeous woods.  Read More

    Dec 19, 2022

  • Musbah Shaheen

    Extracurricular experiences shaped alumnus from Syria’s career in interfaith diversity

    When Syrian native Musbah Shaheen, BA’17, traveled to the U.S. for the first time to attend Vanderbilt, he had no idea how the university’s cornerstone philosophies of equity, diversity and belonging would stretch him personally or shape his professional future and Ph.D. research. Read More

    Dec 12, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    Krystal Grant Folkestad, BMus’05: More Than Music 

    Blair alumna Krystal Grant Folkestad uses her musical skills to serve multiple audiences while focusing on how life affects art and art influences activism.  Read More

    Dec 5, 2022

  • Anana Upton

    Compassionate care drives alumna Anana Upton to pursue pediatric nursing career

    Growing up, Anana Upton, BS’21, spent endless hours in hospitals as her younger brother underwent care. That experience spurred a passionate drive in her to elevate the quality of health care available to underserved communities while also educating them about their medical choices and affording them the dignity they deserve. Read More

    Nov 18, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    Jennifer Janes, BMus’02: Veterinary Pathologist

    When Jennifer Janes arrived at Vanderbilt Blair School of Music in 1998, she had two career paths in mind—veterinary medicine and teaching piano at the college level. Her abiding interest in horses and veterinary medicine eventually won out. Today, Dr. Janes is an associate professor of veterinary anatomic pathology at the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Read More

    Oct 31, 2022

  • Anighya Crocker

    A call to serve through law, public service and music spurs Anighya Crocker

    Anighya Crocker, BMus’21, came to Vanderbilt as a multiracial, first-generation college student with big dreams to serve the community through public office and music. His Vanderbilt experience as a double major in Law, History and Society and music performance has helped him to hone both of those dreams. Read More

    Oct 24, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    Alexis Garcia, BA’99: Film Endeavor

    Alexis Garcia, BA'99, is executive vice president for the film group at Fifth Season, formerly Endeavor Content, the production company behind movies such as Cha Cha Real Smooth, Ambulance, The Peanut Butter Falcon and the Academy Award-recognized The Lost Daughter. Read More

    Oct 12, 2022

  • Tommy Oswalt

    Building community at Vanderbilt paves the way for career in New York City

    Tommy Oswalt, BA’20, did not come to Vanderbilt with a mapped-out plan for his major. That initially made him nervous, but the first-generation college student jumped in with an open mind and a passion for building community—paving the way for a successful career. Read More

    Sep 30, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    A Hive for Entrepreneurs: Michael Berolzheimer, BS’00, and Kira Noodleman, BA’08

    San Francisco-based venture capital firm Bee Partners now boasts two Vanderbilt graduates among its leadership: Founder Michael Berolzheimer, BS'00, and Kira Noodleman, BA'08, who recently was promoted to partner and now leads the Denver office.    Read More

    Sep 22, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    ‘Leaps of faith’ led engineering alumna to career in problem-solving through tech

    Miti Joshi, BS’19, has been taking what she calls “leaps of faith” ever since she left Mumbai, India, to attend Vanderbilt University. These bold and sometimes scary moves have led her to experience life-changing opportunities at the School of Engineering and have helped her find her passion as a successful woman in tech. Read More

    Sep 6, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    Jim Schifman, BS’90: ‘Bee’ for Business

    Jim Schifman, BS'90, and his wife, Melissa, launched Project Hive Pet Company last year, selling dog toys and treats that directly contribute to rebuilding bee habitats. Their beehive-themed dog toys are sustainably manufactured in the United States and the company donates 1 percent of gross sales to the Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund, which works with private, public and corporate partners to help establish and manage pollinator habitats on their lands. Read More

    Aug 15, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    School of Engineering alumnus develops location technology to help visually impaired navigate independently

    Chris Webb, BE'90, is the CEO and co-founder of Foresight Augmented Reality, a cutting-edge technology that allows those with visual impairments to live more independently. Read More

    Aug 8, 2022

  • Prisca Mojica Rodriguez

    Prisca Mojica Rodriguez, MDiv’15: Rebel Writer

    Alumna Prisca Mojica Rodriguez rebuilt the framework for understanding her identity after enrolling at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Now as a published author, she speaks at colleges and universities around the country and continues to monitor “Latina Rebels,” an Instagram account she started while at VDS, that now numbers more than 200,000 followers and functions as a place to question and explore the complexities of Latinidad. Read More

    Aug 1, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    Imani Ellis, BA’12:  From Dreams to Reality 

    Imani Ellis, BA'12, went from being an NBC page to vice president in 10 short years. As the NBCUniversal’s vice president of communications, she leads a team that creates comprehensive press strategies and media campaigns for unscripted shows across the NBCU portfolio.  Read More

    Jul 18, 2022

  • Portrait of Angela Boutté against greenery

    Angela Boutté, PhD’05 Balanced Biochemist

    Angela Boutté, PhD'05, has been no stranger to breakthroughs in brain research and medical care. In January 2022, she became director of clinical chemistry for, a San Francisco-based public benefit corporation working to make diagnostic testing accessible to all. In 2019, she founded Aries Biotech to assist other brain disease and injury researchers with fine-tuning their work. Read More

    Jul 5, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    Richard Batey, BD’58, PhD’61: Sepphoris Scholar

    The research of New Testament scholar Richard Batey, BD'58, PhD'61, into the ancient city of Sepphoris in Galilee broadens ideas about Jesus and gives a new perspective for understanding the Gospels. Read More

    Jun 8, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    Joyce Searcy, MS’78: Making Libraries Accessible

    Joyce Searcy grew up in segregated Yazoo City, Mississippi, where going to the public library would have meant entering through its back door.  Today she is the first Black person to serve as chair of the Nashville Public Library board. Read More

    Apr 22, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    Michael Brasseur, BS’97: From Vandy Commodore to Actual Commodore

    In his long U.S. Navy career, Michael Brasseur, BS'97, has had numerous command postings, including his latest as a full commodore. Based in Bahrain, he commands Task Force 59, the Navy’s first unmanned task force dedicated to securing the waters around the Arabian Peninsula. He directs a team dedicated to rapidly harnessing the power of unmanned and artificial intelligence integration to promote the free flow of commerce in the area. Read More

    Apr 19, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    Dr. Erika Dillard, BS’01: Biomedical Entrepreneur

    Dr. Erika Dillard, BS’01, received her M.D./Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, then founded Memphis-based PopCheck Technologies Inc., which uses artificial intelligence-driven monitoring technology to help prevent clots in surgical patients recovering at home. Read More

    Apr 5, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    Trent Shores, BA’00: In Service to His Heritage

    Trent Shores, BA'00, who closed out his public career with a 2017 presidential appointment as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma--the country’s only Native American in such a role--has been nationally recognized for his efforts to develop and implement strategic responses to Native American policy.   Read More

    Dec 17, 2021