Career Connections

What Connections Do You Need?

THE HARPETH HALL CAREER CONNECTIONS program links alumnae with current and past members of our National Advisory Council, who can serve as mentors. The National Advisory Council represents professional alumnae from various graduation years, cities, colleges, graduate schools, and professions.
  • Interested in switching careers but not sure where to begin?
  • Do you need an advanced degree to move up in your field?
  • Planning to move to a new city?
  • What is it like to live and work abroad?
  • Are you interested in starting your own business?
These are just a few of the questions our National Advisory Council alumnae can discuss with you.

Alumnae By Industries


Kristen Glasgow Solt '78
Profession: American Cancer Society; Strategic Director, Global Stakeholder Engagement
Location: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate: Auburn University - Public Relations, minor in Journalism
Graduate: Auburn University - Communications/Journalism
Previous Profession(s): advertising - several different advertising agencies/ client service/ creative
Community Involvement: volunteer for my company, American Cancer Society in walks, events, at Hope Lodge, health fairs, involved with P.E.O., Philanthropic Education Organization dedicated to women and education
College involvement: Ran varsity cross country and track, sorority; fraternity Little Sister
Areas of expertise to share: working in non profit/ management, fundraising and finding your identity after sports/sports injuries

Bradley Wright Ferrarini '02
Profession: Senior Development Officer at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location: New York, NY
Undergraduate: University of Richmond - BSBA in Business and Marketing
Graduate: New York University - MA in Visual Arts Administration
Previous Profession: Development Officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
College Involvement: Museum fellowships, Student Government, Sorority
Community Involvement: Bowery Mission Women's Center; ArtTable Member; NYU Arts Alumni Council
Interests and Hobbies: Arts and Culture, Travel, Painting
Ares of expertise to share: going back to school, non-profits, fund-raising, hosting Winterim students


Marcie Allen Van Mol ‘92
Profession: MAC Presents, Music Sponsorships - President
Location: New York, NY and Nashville, TN
Undergraduate: Rhodes College
Previous Profession(s): Music promoter - President, MAD Booking & Events; Talent Agency - Agent, Creative Artists Agency; Talent Agency - Assistant, William Morris Endeavor
Interests and Hobbies: Photography, Traveling, Scuba Diving
Community Involvement: Board of Directors of the T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry's largest foundation funding innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS; member of the Advisory Board for the Billboard Touring Conference; Beach 119 Hurricane Sandy Relief; Board of Directors of Musicians on Call
Areas of expertise to share: starting your own business, achieving life-work balance

Kimberly Irion ‘96
Profession: Actor in television, film, and commercials
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate: Kenyon College - BA in Theatre and BA in Environmental Studies

Previous Profession(s): classical theatre actor; also owns a consulting firm for entertainment branding; Outdoor guide, environmental educator

Interests and Hobbies: hiking, skiing, sea kayaking, mountain climbing, running, yoga, and travel
Community Involvement: Supporting environmental organizations and promoting conservation messaging through TV, film, and celebrity involvement; work with teenage girls promoting self esteem, particularly in the outdoor environment
Areas of expertise to share: starting your own business; melding together two seemingly different interests and making it work (ie, I work as an actor and work in the environmental field at the same time)

Alison Smith ’79
Profession: Senior Vice-President of Operations, Distribution, and Administrative Services with Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI)
Location: New York, NY
Undergraduate: Belmont University, BBA in Music Business
Previous Profession: Senior Vice-President Performing Rights with BMI
Interests and Hobbies: Travel, golf, being with family


Margaret Napier Morford '73
Profession: Management Consultant - The HR Edge, Inc. - Owner
Location: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate: University of Alabama - BS Major in Psychology, Minors in English, History, Sociology
Graduate: Vanderbilt University Law - JD
Previous Profession(s): Vice President of Human Resources for three different companies; Trial Attorney
Interests and Hobbies: Cooking, collecting art, reading, story telling, and teaching others to tell stories well.
Community Involvement: Serve on the Board of Luke 9:2 Ministries; Act as a dental assistant on annual mission trip to Honduras past two years; Participate in Harpeth Hall Career Day; Mentor one-on-one a group of people in various stages of careers
Areas of expertise to share: starting your own business; switching careers; going back to school; writing and publishing two business books; speaking all over the country on various business topics

Holly Whetsell Coltea ‘94
Profession: Owner of barre3 franchise in Nashville
Location: Nashville, TN, previously Chicago and New York City
Undergraduate: Northwestern University- BS - Communications and Art History
Graduate: Fordham University - MBA - Business (Marketing focus)
Previous Profession(s): Management Supervisor, The Buntin Group - Marketing/Advertising; Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide - Associate Director, Partnership Marketing; Digitas - Senior Manager, American Express; Business school - Fordham University
Interests and Hobbies: Modern, Jazz and African dance; Cooking
Community Involvement: The Women's Fund Board-Co-Chair of The Women's Fund Forum on Human Sex Trafficking; The YWCA Board under 40; First Presbyterian Church of Nashville-Young Adult Minister Search committee and Co-chair of Christmas program; Westminster Preschool Fundraiser
Areas of expertise to share: going back to school, taking time off to start a family, achieving life-work balance


Noni Nielsen ‘93
Profession: Senior Vice President, Bank of America, risk management
Location: Nashville, TN - 30 years; previously Charlotte, NC
Undergraduate: Davidson College - BA in Art History
Graduate: Vanderbilt University - MBA in Business/Finance
Previous Profession(s): Construction - The Wills Company - estimator
Interests and Hobbies: golf; gardening; travel; real estate investing
Community Involvement: most significant involvement is with my undergraduate alma mater
Areas of expertise to share: going back to school


Cynthia Averbuch Albin '88
Profession: Attorney and Partner with Bauer Soule Garnholz Albin
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Undergraduate: Emory University - BA in Political Science
Graduate: Washington University School of Law - JD
Community Involvement: participate in several legal organizations where I have held leadership positions; volunteering for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri; board member of National Council for Jewish Women which is an organization that supports programming for women and children
College involvement: sorority (AEPhi), College Council student government
Areas of expertise to share: starting your own business, achieving life-work balance

Lauren Melkus ‘96
Profession: Attorney at the Melkus Family Foundation
Location: New York City, previously Nashville and Boston
Undergraduate: Boston College - BS in Business - Marketing
Graduate: Fordham University School of Law - JD
Previous Profession(s): Public Interest (Homeless Shelter) - The Doe Fund - Child Support and Visitation Coordinator; Music Marketing - Track Entertainment - Director of Client Services; Sport Marketing - SFX Sports
Interests and Hobbies: Travel, Horseback Riding, Event Organizing
Community Involvement: Chair Young Professionals Board at Maloto; Serve on Executive Committee of Associates Council at Children's Aid Society; Coordinator for LGBTQ Homeless Youth Outreach Program at Sanctuary for Families
Areas of expertise to share: switching careers; going back to school

Marketing/Media/Public Relations

Melissa Hampton Burghardt ‘93
Profession: Vice-President, Search & Yield, YP
Location: Los Angeles, CA; previously London and Switzerland
Undergraduate: California Institute of Technology - BS - Chemical Engineering
Previous Profession(s): Vice-President, Partner Services - OpenX, a digital and mobile advertising technology company; Senior Director of Online Display Advertising Yield Management at Yahoo!; Search Marketing Marketplaces - Yahoo! / Overture - Director, Monetization; Senior Manager, Professional Services; High-tech Product Marketing - Zambeel (start up) - Senior Manager Product Marketng; Management Consulting - Mitchell Madison Group - Associate
Areas of expertise to share: international or global experience; working in the online sector; early stage vs. late stage high-tech experience; applying STEM education in the job market

Kate Sherrard Chinn ‘93
Profession: VP Investor Relations at Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Location: Nashville, formerly New York, NY
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - BA in English
Previous Professions: Senior Director of Marketing - Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rock, and Rainbow Room with Tishman Speyer, Interior Designer/Project Manager with Peter Marino & Associates
Community Involvement: New York Cares and Salvation Army
Interests and Hobbies: spending time with family, reading, crosswords, skiing, soccer, and travel
Areas of expertise to share: switching careers; full-time working mom; launching new businesses; tourism/destination marketing; moving to NYC

Rebecca Miller Spicer ‘89
Profession: Senior Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs - National Beer Wholesalers Association
Location: Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate: University of the South (Sewanee) - BA in Fine Arts
Graduate: Indiana University - BA in Telecommunications
Previous Professions(s): Associate Director of Communications, The White House (Executive Office of the President); Producer, WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.); Producer, KTRK-TV, Houston; Producer, WTNH-TV, New Haven; Producer, WVTM-TV, Birmingham
Community Involvement: National Council for Adoption - Board Member, Salvation Army/National Capitol Region - Board Member, Sewanee Class Chair and former Board Member
Interests and Hobbies: cooking, running, and spending time with family
Areas of expertise to share: switching careers; taking time off to start a family; cancer survivor; achieving life-work balance

Adell Crowe ‘74
Profession: Director of Student Media at West Virginia University
Location: Morgantown, WV formerly Washington D.C.
Undergraduate: University of Missouri, BJ in Journalism
Graduate: George Washington University, MEd in Education
Past Professions/Areas of Employment: Assistant Director of Student Activities/Media at American University, Reporter, editor, Olympics Editor, Politics Editor, Assistant to the Editor, Standards and Development Editor, Senior Editor USA TODAY - 25 years; Reporter, The Tennessean - 5 years
Interests/Hobbies: Masters Swimming, bicycling, and community gardener
Areas of expertise to share: switching careers, going back to school, helping students make the most of college, and advice on journalism careers

Real Estate

Delphine Sloan Damon '86
Profession: Real Estate Development; Principal - Damon Development
Location: San Francisco, CA
Undergraduate: Wellesley College - Asian Religion - BA
Graduate: University of California, Berkeley - Law - JD - securities and contract law
Previous Profession(s): Adjunct Professor at University of California, Berkeley School of Law; Attorney in securities, specializing in Venture Capital and M&A at Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison
Community Involvement: Volunteer for Deerfield Academy, Rafael House, Green Belt Alliance, Caltrout; Previously chaired the San Francisco Fall Antique Show, served on Foundation Board of UCSF and San Francisco Art Institute
College involvement: Literary club at Wellsley; Interned for MALDEF, the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization working on redistricting issues and civil rights
Areas of expertise to share: starting your own business; switching careers; achieving life-work balance

Morgan Stengel ‘05
Profession: Project Manager, Giarratana, LLC
Location: Nashville, TN formerly Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - BS in Business Administration
Previous Employers: Investment Analyst with Mesa Capital Partners (Commercial Real Estate),
Jones Lang LaSalle and Cassidy Turley / Carter
College Involvement: member and team captain of the varsity cross country and track & field teams
Interests and Hobbies: sunshine, running, hiking, reading
Areas of expertise to share: licensed real estate salesperson for Georgia; identifying jobs and companies in commercial real estate to find the best fit and team for you; balancing personal health and wellness in the workplace

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math )

Bennett Manning Brady ‘61
Profession: Nuclear Engineer and Program Manager for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, License Renewal
Location: Washington D.C. (Bethesda, MD)
Undergraduate: Vassar College - Mathematics, BA
Graduate: University of California – Berkeley - MA, Mathematics; George Washington University, PhD - Operations Research and Statistics
Previous Profession(s): Reactor Reliability Analyst, Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Research Statistician, Bureau of Labor Statistics; Mathematical Statistician, Office of Management and Budget
Interests and Hobbies: aerobics, biking, and cooking
Area of expertise to share: taking time off to start a family

Gina Klein Jorasch ‘81
Profession: Instructor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; Co-Founder and V-P Marketing for Zurvo Software
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Undergraduate: Yale University, BS in Applied Mathematics
Graduate: Stanford Graduate School of Business, MBA; Stanford Graduate School of Education, MA
Past Professions/Areas of Employment: Director, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies; Director, Stanford GSB Center for Social Innovation; Co-Founder & VP Marketing, Nexo Systems; Director of Marketing, VeriSign
Community Involvement: Silicon Valley Social Venture Partners; Girls Learn International; Theatreworks; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Feminist Majority Foundation; Stanford Women on Boards
Interests and Hobbies: Golf, tennis, biking, reading, and travel
Areas of expertise to share: switching careers; on and off-ramping

Mary Laird Warner Stewart '82
Profession: Physician, Swedish Hospital – Associate Professor, National Jewish Health and University of Colorado
Location: Denver, CO
Undergraduate: Princeton University, BA, Art History
Graduate: Vanderbilt University, MD
College involvement: Women's crew team, Women's sailing team, Campus Fund Drive (similar to United Way), Elm Club (local Princeton social/eating club)
Interests and Hobbies: Tennis, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Gardening
Community Involvement: Volunteer with sons' boy scout troop; parent leader and committee chair; Previous Sunday School teacher for boys' preschool/primary school class; Sustaining member, Junior League of Denver
Areas of expertise to share: achieving life-work balance