Lill Haber , Interim Associate Director, is originally from the Jersey Shore, but moved to Middle Tennessee in 2007 to pursue a Bachelor’s in German from Tennessee Technological University, where she stayed on to complete a Master’s in Educational Psychology and Counselor Education. Lill often struggled to know what she wanted to “do” and has held a variety of positions from interning for a paleontologist to working as a therapist for children, before realizing her passion for helping students find their own “why.” When not advising students, Lill enjoys reading and drawing comics (she has a pretty sweet Hawkeye collection), finger painting with her daughter, and playing Stardew Valley on the Nintendo Switch.
Raised on a farm in northwest Alabama, Ashley Heaton studied English and Anthropology as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt. She had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester at St. Andrews in Scotland, immediately after which she participated in her first archaeological project in Bolivia. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology at Tulane University, and she did excavations for her dissertation on the north central coast of Peru. Prior to joining CASPAR, Ashley served as Study Abroad Adviser as well as Assistant Registrar at Vanderbilt. She finds working in higher education and with students inspiring and energizing. Outside of work she has a longstanding love of literature with special appreciation for a well narrated audiobook, live music (bonus points if it’s outdoors), and learning what new shenanigans her talkative and clumsy cats, Hoss and Bullwinkle, have gotten into.
Antoinette Jones is originally from a small town called Pennington, Alabama. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Auburn University and a Master of Education Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at The University of West Alabama. She got her start in higher education as a student tele-counselor and her passion for working with students blossomed from there. She loves to see students reach for the stars and accomplish their goals! Before beginning at Vanderbilt, she was the Assistant Registrar at an osteopathic medical school in Alabama. She has a doggie named Lotto, who has his own Instagram page, and she enjoys going to parks, traveling, and trying new food.
Ryan Kim, a native of the Baltimore area, moved to Nashville at the end of 2011 and soon found himself a part of the Vanderbilt community where he received both his M.Ed in Human Development from Peabody College and his M.T.S. from the Divinity School. Before joining CASPAR, he worked directly with a variety of populations in community mental health settings—most notably with adolescents from trauma backgrounds. With his background in both the helping professions and in academia, he hopes to use his skillset to help students discover their strengths, establish new goals, and achieve academic success. In his free time he enjoys creative writing, nerd culture, discussing personality theories with others, and seeing his favorite bands live.
KellyNoel Waldorf was raised in New Jersey, Idaho, and a small Appalachian town called Murphy, North Carolina. She studied linguistics and international studies at Duke University and pursued her MA in sociolinguistics at NC State University. She has worked as a high school college advisor with the College Advising Corps and as an admissions officer at Duke University. As a first-generation college student herself, she loves to advise students through the higher education experience. Outside of work she enjoys hiking and cooking with her wife, Lauren. Other “hobbies” include seeing all the films at Belcourt (especially horror), listening to too many pop culture podcasts, writing snail mail letters to friends, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and eating ice cream.
David Gertler is a native of New Orleans and went to the University of Michigan for undergrad, where he studied Psychology. After graduating from Michigan, he earned his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt. Since graduating from Vanderbilt, David has been advising students and trying make a meaningful difference in their lives. Outside of work, David is an avid runner and loves to watch sports. David is especially excited for the future of the New Orleans Pelicans, who are proving the doubters wrong.
Amy Cesarone, originally from the suburbs of Chicago, has lived in Brentwood, Tennessee since 2012 with her family. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Human and Family Resources at Northern Illinois University while also competing as a student athlete. She completed her Masters of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education also from Northern Illinois University. Upon graduation, she worked as a tenured counselor for Triton College. Most recently, she’s been focused on her family. She is excited to be a part of Vanderbilt University’s Caspar Office and to share her experience, educational background and passion for student development. Helping students explore and navigate their own university experience is just one of the ways she plans to make an impact on campus.
When not working she loves to play tennis, go to Preds games, support her children as they compete on their High School hockey and lacrosse teams, and check out new Nashville restaurants.