Our Team

 

Meet the Team 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 currently teaches writing at Belmont University. Ms. Bostwick holds degrees in English from Stanford and Mills College.

Vicki Smith Vicki Smith

Writing Coach

Vicki Smith is senior manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at Nissan North America. She manages Nissan’s philanthropy program, which donates millions of dollars each year to nonprofits in communities in which Nissan operates, and she serves as executive director of the Nissan Foundation. During her Nissan career, she has been 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. Prior to joining Nissan, Smith worked at Dye, Van Mol, Lawrence & Ericson Public Relations in Nashville, Tennessee, as the head of the copywriting department. 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.

Stephanie Ventura

Writing Coach

Stephanie Gollobin Ventura has a B.A. in American Studies and German Studies from Connecticut College. After several years teaching English in Germany, she returned to the United States to complete an M.A. in TESOL from the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. In addition to her work at the ELC, she is an active site visitor for the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA). Her research interests include non-fiction reading, critical pedagogy, identity formation, and content-based language teaching. She enjoys reading, horseback riding, and cooking.

Meet the Team Blake Gore

Instructor, Professional Development & Communication

Blake Gore splits his time at the Career Management Center between working with MBAs and students seeking the MS Finance degree. Before joining Owen, he worked in executive recruiting for a top 10 global firm. Blake has also served as the Director of Huntingdon College’s Center for Career and Vocation and as a Career Planning Specialist and Course Instructor at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi. He is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Mississippi, where he earned his M.Ed. in Counselor Education.

Bob Sellers Bob Sellers

Writing Coach

Bob Sellers is a Financial Advisor for Robert W. Baird and TV talent agent for MediaStars Worldwide. He is an author of the book Forbes Best Business Mistakes: How Today’s Top Business Leaders Turned Missteps into Success. An Emmy-winning journalist at Nashville’s NBC affiliate WSMV-TV, Bob served as anchor at CNBC. He has written business columns for Success Magazine and Gear Magazine and has been a regular guest on Fox Business Channel’s “Bulls and Bears.” As a journalist at Fox News, he reported live from Baghdad during the Iraq War and anchored shows from Washington, D.C. during the Beltway Sniper Crisis.

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.

Kristin Keiper-Berneman

Writing Coach

 

Meet the Team Teresa Stephens

Administrative Assistant, Owen Communication Program

Teresa Stephens has worked with Owen students for 15 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.