Our Team

Kimberly Pace Kimberly Pace

Professor for the Practice of Management
Director, Owen Communication Program

At Owen, Kimberly teaches courses in management communications to the MBA students, ethical leadership and communications to the Master of Accountancy students, professional communication to the Master of Finance students, and communication special topics to the Executive MBAs. She teaches executive workshops in leadership communications, emotional intelligence, and strategy to companies such as Nissan, NASA, FedEx Ground, Altria, AutoZone, and Community Health Systems. As a former television executive and on-air talent for a program aired on Fox, CBS, and NBC, she directed and produced broadcasts, interviewed guests, and trained other on-air hosts. Kimberly’s focus outside the classroom is training executives to Think, Lead and Act Like a CEO, including how to build a personal brand, to leverage team members’ strengths, and to create an engaging culture.

Shayna 3 Shayna Humphrey

Adjunct Professor, Vanderbilt Business Communication Academy

Shayna Humphrey, M.Ed., has over 15 years of experience in designing and delivering executive courses for clients including HCA, Johnson & Johnson, Amsurg, Exxon-Mobil, AIG, and Sony Music. Her work focuses in the areas of business writing skills, executive presentation skills, and leadership development. Shayna created a corporate university for a large medical system that resulted in significant improvements in patient satisfaction and customer service. The Gallup Organization recognized this education initiative as a “best practice” and invited Shayna to present at Gallup’s National Healthcare Summit. Shayna earned her undergraduate degree in English and sociology from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on organizational psychology from the University of Virginia.

Meet the Team Jim Cracraft

Adjunct Professor, Managerial Writing

Jim Cracraft teaches the Managerial Writing elective course offered in Mod 2 at Owen. Jim received an M.S. degree in language education from Indiana University, where he specialized in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning). Before joining the staff of Vanderbilt’s English Language Center (ELC) in 1999, he spent six years as an English teacher and trainer in Taipei, Taiwan. With the ELC, Jim develops curriculum and teaches classes in writing and speaking, US Business Culture & Communication, and pronunciation. At Owen, he has also created materials for a Mandarin Chinese language course. Jim has a passion for writing that is clear, concise, complete, and compelling.

Meet the Team Jennifer Bostwick

Writing Coach

A professional writer, author and editor, Jennifer Bostwick has worked for various clients including JLS Language Corporation, Cooney and Ringold Translation, and Macworld magazine. For several years, she served as a publicist for the music department at Stanford University. In addition to coaching Owen students, she has also taught writing at Belmont University. Ms. Bostwick holds degrees in English from Stanford and Mills College.

Vicki Smith Vicki Smith

Writing Coach

Vicki Smith recently retired as senior manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at Nissan North America. She managed Nissan’s philanthropy program, which donates millions of dollars each year to nonprofits in communities in which Nissan operates, and she served as executive director of the Nissan Foundation. During her Nissan career, she was responsible for corporate communications for its US Manufacturing operations and Southeast Region. From 2002 to 2005, she worked at Nissan’s global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, as the executive speechwriter for Nissan’s Chief Executive Officer. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Lipscomb University and an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Nashville Business Breakfast and the board of the Girl Scout Council of Middle Tennessee. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Lipscomb University.

 

Eleni Reid

Writing Coach

 

 

Susan Morgenstern

Writing Coach

 

Jennifer Weinblatt Jennifer Weinblatt

Writing Coach

Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in French and comparative literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the American University. She has taught English and writing for over twenty years. Her experience includes teaching college level composition, high school and middle school English, and adult writers’ workshops. Since 1999, Jennifer has taught middle school English at Harding Academy in Nashville.

Shea Davis

Writing Coach

Shea Davis began her career in print journalism for Atlanta area newspapers and a national employee wellness journal. She transitioned to public relations, working at agencies and within corporations. At full-service agencies in Atlanta, Ga., Nashville, Tenn., and Fayetteville, Ark., Shea had the opportunity to support such companies as Hospital Corporation of America, Johnston & Murphy, Jack Daniel’s, BellSouth, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International and Walmart. She headed all internal and external communications for two Fortune 500 healthcare companies, each with more than 40,000 employees across the United States. Her areas of expertise include business-to-business communications, crisis and issues management, financial media relations and internal communications. Shea is a graduate of the University of Georgia and The Institute for Crisis Management.

Teresa Stephens

Program Coordinator, Owen Communication Program

Teresa Stephens has worked with Owen students for 19 years, beginning with proofreading student resumes and cover letters in the Career Management Center. She currently works with the Owen Communication Program and Leadership Development Program. Teresa earned a degree in English from Lipscomb University and, prior to her time at Vanderbilt, she edited books and videos for a local publishing company.