Leadership

Carys Petrie

Project Pyramid Chair

MBA '18

Bio

Carys Petrie

Project Pyramid Chair

MBA ’18

I grew up in Scotland and studied law at the University of Glasgow. Prior to Owen I was the Operations Director of a social enterprise group, spending 9 years launching and building businesses focused on funding global microfinance and domestic entrepreneurship education.  This work gave me the chance to travel across the developing world, while also building partnerships between corporations and non-profits.

Over the course of my first year at Owen, the TFC provided incredible opportunities to continue to pursue my passion for social ventures, while working with students from other graduate schools and applying classroom learning to real-life problems. I’m excited to lead Project Pyramid this year and help make an impact, both for our students and for partner organizations focused on tackling poverty in sustainable, meaningful ways.

Ashley Costello

Operations Director

MBA '18

Bio

Ashley Costello

Operations Director

MBA ’17

I grew up in Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at George Mason University. I then spent six years as a nurse in the emergency departments and critical care units of Washington, D.C.  During this time, I also worked for a non-profit organization providing forensic nursing services to trauma patients and spearheaded a city-wide outreach effort in partnership with several universities.  At Owen, I serve as co-chair of the Vanderbilt Business Healthcare Conference, a fellow for the Center for Healthcare Marketing Innovation, and the Director of Operations for Project Pyramid within the Turner Family Center. For our Project Pyramid 2017 trip, my team and I worked closely with the founder of a health insurance crowdfunding platform in Ghana, stoking my passion for social impact. I am pursuing a career in Healthcare Operations and spent my summer as a Redwoods Summer Associate at DaVita in Denver, Colorado, working on kidney care specific strategy. I enjoy travel, live music, and being outdoors.

Grace Callahan

Co-Director of Projects

M.Ed. IEPM '18

Bio

Grace Callahan

Co-Director of Projects

M.Ed ’18 | International Education Policy & Management

I graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Secondary Education and Math. After college, I received a State Department Fulbright Grant to teach English in Malaysia for a year. This experience left me with a love of cross cultural work as well as many questions about inequities in education. Upon returning to the states, I taught math for a couple of years until I decided that I needed to work outside the classroom to try to address the growing number of questions and concerns I had about the quality of education around the world. Pursuing my Master’s degree at Vanderbilt has helped me to better understand the complexity of education systems and it has given me avenues for exploring innovative ways of addressing poverty and the inherent disparities that it creates.

The Turner Family Center, and Project Pyramid in particular, have influenced me the most in understanding how effective and efficient ways of addressing poverty are possible. Most of my experience with alleviating poverty and addressing inequities has been through schools or non-profit organizations, but the reliance on market driven forces and enterprise, central to the TFC mission, really excited me. Enterprise is not something I would typically be drawn to study, but, in this instance, it is a fascinating solution to a pervasive problem. It is able to address the sustainability problem that many non-profits face while giving power and independence to those it is trying to help. I was able to see this in clinics in Guatemala where local nurses were giving the highest quality care to their patients and offering services that otherwise would be inaccessible. I am so excited to have the opportunity to continue working with Project Pyramid and the TFC this year and to form partnerships with organizations that are doing this critical work.

Hannah Allen

Co-Director of Projects

MPP '18

Bio

Hannah Allen

Co-Director of Projects

MPP ’18 | Education Policy

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, I received my BA in Religious Studies from Wheaton College (MA). Upon graduating, I received a Fulbright grant to teach English in rural Bulgaria. Throughout my first year in Bulgaria I noticed a lack of opportunities for students to think critically and engage thoughtfully in conversations around government, politics and current events. With a few other Fulbrighters, we founded the BEST Foundation, a non-profit that provides speech and debate programming to students in Bulgaria. We currently serve over 1000 Bulgarian students, conduct national teacher trainings in critical thinking, and partner with international organizations to send our students abroad.

After three years living and working in Bulgaria, I am now pursuing my Masters in Education Policy at Vanderbilt, hoping to hone in on the intersection between education reform and market strategy in order to create more impactful and meaningful changes in our public school systems. I am also interested in the transformation of mission work and the teaching of social innovation and enterprise to young people. Participating in Project Pyramid was an amazing introduction to seeing the role that the market plays in alleviating poverty in an effective and innovative way. I look forward to bringing these transformative experiences to other Vanderbilt students as co-director of projects for the 2017-2018 school year.

Suzanne Quon

Director of Curriculum

M.Ed. IEPM '18

Bio

Suzanne Quon

Director of Curriculum

M.Ed. ’18 | International Education Policy & Management

I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Chinese Studies and Philosophy. I continued to study Chinese and teach English in Taiwan afterwards. My interest in international education brought me to Peabody’s International Education Policy and Management program. Over the summer I worked at UCLA as a research intern on a program focused on getting underserved and minority youth informed about the college going process.

I believe in education as a form of development. During Project Pyramid 2016-2017, I worked on developing impact metrics for a pay-it-forward loan program in Nicaragua. As Director of Curriculum for the 2017-18 year, I hope to expand my knowledge of social enterprise and improve the student experience.