Bonnie Marschner is a Georgia native and is a product of the Atlanta suburbs. While she will always have a piece of Georgia on her mind, she loves being a current Nashvillian. She graduated with a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) in 2006, and after graduating, moved abroad to spend a gap year in Buenos Aires, Argentina to brush up on her Spanish skills and to be an English teacher. She found her experiences living abroad post-college and studying abroad in college(San José, Costa Rica/Cádiz, Spain) to be among her most impactful and informative as a young adult, and decided to pursue a Master’s degree in International Education from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has spent the past decade working in international higher education and has served as a Study Abroad Advisor as well as an International Student and Scholar Advisor. In her “spare time” she enjoys chasing around her toddler daughter, bopping around to Disney music, taking her rescue dog and spirit animal, Lola, on countless walks around the neighborhood and local parks, and she enjoys running and fitness classes she can squeeze them in. She also has a weakness for donuts.
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 is currently completing her 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.