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Anna Catesby YantA native of Natchez, Mississippi, CASPAR Director Anna Catesby Yant has loved archaeology and history since she was little. She completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Vanderbilt, and her dissertation focused on the relationship between architecture, power, and social change. More recently, her research interests have shifted to the impact of media, and especially the Walt Disney Company, on American culture. During the fall, she loves to watch LSU football, and in the spring, she'll be boiling crawfish. In her spare time, she teaches barre, paints, and loves to travel.



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, originally from the Jersey Shore, has been on the hunt for a decent slice of pizza since moving to Middle Tennessee in 2007. She moved to the Volunteer State to earn 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 encouraging students to define what success means for themselves, Lill enjoys reading and drawing comics (she has a pretty sweet Hawkeye collection) and making up conversations she thinks her cats would be having if they spoke English.

Antoinette Jones is originally from a small town called Pennington, Alabama. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Auburn University and I am currently completing my Master of Education Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at The University of West Alabama. I got my start in higher education as a student tele-counselor and from there my passion for working with students blossomed. I love to see students reach for the stars and accomplish their goals! Before beginning at Vanderbilt, I was the Assistant Registrar at an osteopathic medical school in Alabama. I have a doggie named Lotto, who has his own Instagram page (J), and I enjoy going to parks, traveling, and trying new food.

Ryan Kim, a native of the Baltimore area, moved to Nashville in 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 helping professions and academia, he hopes to use his skillset to help students discover their strengths, establish new goals, and achieve academic success. On his free time he enjoys creative writing, nerd culture, discussing personality theories with others, and seeing his favorite bands live.

Anna Silverstein Anna Silverstein is originally from Boston, MA. After earning her B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin College, she worked with community and youth development nonprofits in Peru and Boston. She moved to Nashville in 2013 to earn her M.F.A. in fiction from Vanderbilt University. She has taught literature and creative writing for the department of English and Medicine, Health, and Society, as well as for local Nashville literary arts organizations. In her free time, she plays music with friends, hikes, and volunteers on a nearby organic farm.


Wietske Smeele Wietske Smeele grew up in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park in northern England.  In 2001, she traded in the heather-covered barrens for the tree-swathed hills of New York’s Hudson Valley, where she received a B.A. in English, German, and creative writing from the State University of New York at New Paltz.  She came to Vanderbilt in 2013 to pursue a Ph.D. in English, where she spent five years reading and writing about science, technology, and medicine in nineteenth-century Britain.  She teaches courses that bridge the gap between the humanities and the sciences, especially courses that explore how literature helps us comprehend developments in science and biomedical ethics.  In her spare time, she paints the landscapes of her Yorkshire childhood, plays board games, and teaches her golden retriever Maya new tricks.