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Meet the Staff

The OACS Team!

Vacant | Director

Meagan Smith, M.S. | Assistant Director

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Meagan Smith received her Master of Science degree in College Counseling and Student Development at Azusa Pacific University, where she focused her graduate studies on the development and impact of academic service-learning. Meagan leads the OACS Community Engagement Strategy,  facilitates the Local OACS DIVE: Affordable Housing, advises student-led service organizations, and provides administrative leadership for the OACS team. In previous roles she worked closely with faculty and community partners to integrate service engagement with academic coursework, oversaw voter engagement initiatives, led division-wide program assessment review efforts, managed the university’s web-based service involvement tracking platform, supported development of service-learning faculty fellows programs, and advised student organizations. Meagan has also has experience as a residence hall director, and learned and served with a community in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India for four months to develop an internship program for the organization. She is a member of the Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) Affordable Housing Task Force Steering Committee, the Hands On Nashville Volunteer Action Network (VAN) Council, and The Nations 615 Neighborhood Association, and volunteers with Room in the Inn as a winter mobile shelter coordinator. Meagan is passionate about inspiring students to become active members of their communities who are committed to creating a more just society. She also loves a good hike at Radnor Lake, teaching knitting classes with Nashville Community Education, spending time with her husband and her family, and discovering new podcasts.

Contact Meagan: meagan.smith@vanderbilt.edu or (615) 322-7822

Melissa Looby, M.Ed. | Senior Program Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Melissa Looby earned her Masters of Education at the Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Higher Education Administration – Student Affairs. Melissa joined the OACS team in 2017 after serving as the Graduate Assistant since 2015. Melissa came to Vanderbilt following the pursuit of her B.A. in Music, Spanish, and Secondary Education from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. By combining each of these areas of study, Melissa found her passion for working with diverse populations and sustainable community development. Through these experiences, Melissa gained experience in both domestic and international community development and non-profit consulting, specifically interested in Spanish-speaking countries. In her work through OACS and guided by critical service-learning theory, Melissa seeks to challenge students to think critically about their role in sustainable community engagement work, make critical connections between social injustices locally and globally, and develop leadership skills that enable students to be active citizens in their own communities. Melissa oversees the OACS Global Service Programs and facilitates the OACS Global Service Program in Ecuador and the Local OACS DIVE: Refugee Resettlement cohort. She is a member of the Social Enterprise Alliance and regularly volunteers with tnAchieves, Crēdo Catholic Young Adults, and Alive! Hospice. In her free time, Melissa enjoys camping, hiking, playing volleyball, going to concerts and hockey games, dog-sitting, and trying out new recipes in her home kitchen.

Contact Melissa: melissa.v.looby@vanderbilt.edu or (615) 343-4856

Meagen Crawford | Administrative Assistant II

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Meagen Crawford has worked in many different departments within Vanderbilt, experiencing the University from a variety of perspectives, before joining the OACS team in October 2018. Originally from California where she earned her BA in Literature and Poetry, Meagen has lived in Nashville for seven years. She spends her spare time painting, reading, writing, walking with her dog Hank, and going to art events around town.

Tandra Martin | Program Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Tandra has been deeply inspired and influenced by local communities in the U.S. and around the world. She is proud to play a role in helping students develop the skills and mindsets needed to build resilient communities through civic engagement and action. She was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN and holds a B.S. in International Relations from Middle Tennessee State University where she was a Buchanan Fellow in the Honors College. Tandra recently completed a Master’s in Leadership and Public Policy at Lipscomb University. Prior to joining the OACS team, Tandra served as the director of postsecondary coordination and alignment at the Tennessee Department of Education where she worked to help expand students’ access to advanced coursework and industry credentials. As a Fulbright scholar in Bloemfontein, South Africa she supported literacy initiatives and began a college access program for high school learners. She was also awarded a Boren scholarship to Morocco where she studied Arabic and completed her undergraduate research thesis on women’s and girls’ access to education in the Middle East. Tandra remains committed to actively engaging with whatever community she finds herself a part of and she’s excited to learn alongside the Vanderbilt community!

Contact Tandra: tandra.martin@vanderbilt.edu

Alexis Coulter| Graduate Assistant

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Alexis Coulter received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Iowa State University, where she was actively involved in the University Honors Program. After college, she moved to Minnesota to serve two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer at a college access nonprofit. Upon completion of her term of service as a virtual college advisor, she transitioned into a Program Coordinator role for the organization. Inspired by her work in the college access space, Alexis is passionate about social justice and educational equity, and is currently pursuing her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration at Peabody College. She is excited to continue learning from her community, the OACS staff, and supporting students as they discover and engage in meaningful service opportunities. In her spare time Alexis enjoys the outdoors, reading, reality television, podcasts, traveling, and playing board games.

Contact Alexis:alexis.m.coulter@vanderbilt.edu