Director of Alumni Affairs

In November of 2018, I joined the Office of Institutional Advancement team at Maryville College.

I am a native of Tennessee and have been lucky to have lived in all three Grand Divisions of the state. However, as soon as I graduated from college, I decided to move across the globe and launch my career in international education and non-profit leadership.

In the early 1990s, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in Papua New Guinea and for the next six years lived and worked in South Korea and Nepal where I taught English and established the first ESL program for Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul and re-established the American Language Center in Kathmandu.

From 1999-2015, at the TN Foreign Language Institute (now UT's TN Language Center), headquartered in Nashville, I developed, implemented and managed four core programs for the state that included extensive teacher training and curriculum design for adults and children. The two programs I am most proud of are the 150-hour TESL certificate course and ESL to Go, the nations' first mobile classroom specifically designed to serve refugees.  

In my last position at the Dollywood Foundation from 2015-2018, I was the Director of International Programs for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library where I managed programs in the UK, Canada, Australia, Belize and piloted the first Imagination Library program in South Africa.  I helped to recruit and manage more than 300 volunteers for Dolly's My People Fund fire relief efforts for an 8-month period in 2016-2017.

In all of my positions, I have advised, trained and/or mentored staff, students, alumni and volunteers to identify a rewarding path in vocational and/or academic pursuits.  Bringing the skills I have gained throughout my career to Maryville College, I am eager to foster lasting relationships with current students of the College and to connect our MC alumni to them.

I am excited to be a part of the team at Maryville College!  Please reach out anytime, and stop by Willard House to say hello.  I am always happy to see old friends and make new ones.