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Anna Wade, Assistant Director

Headshot of Anna Wade for the Office of the Dean of Students on August 26, 2019. Photo by Steven Bridges/University of Tennessee

 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

What I love about what I do: I feel honored to be a part of the lives of the students I work with and to help them find peace in areas where they struggle. As they grow and explore new paths I find that I also learn and grow from them, which I believe makes me better at what I do and a better person.

How long I have worked at UT: I have been at UT since December of 2013.

What I love most about UT: I love the history, the amazing alumni that have graduated from UT, the sense of community, and how Vols are not afraid to help their fellow Vols!


Allison Cole, Case Management Coordinator

Headshot of Allison Cole for the Office of the Dean of Students on August 26, 2019. Photo by Steven Bridges/University of Tennessee

Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider

What I love about what I do: I love being a helper, and I especially like working with students. I think this is such an important time in their lives when they are on the threshold of going into the adult world and also figuring out what they want to do with their life and career.

How long I have worked at UT: I have been at UT since October of 2017.

What I love most about UT: The resilience of the student population at UT is really special.


Madisien Steele, Case Management Coordinator

Headshot of Madisien Steele for the Office of the Dean of Students on August 26, 2019. Photo by Steven Bridges/University of Tennessee

What I love about what I do: I love the opportunity to connect with students and to support them with actualizing their goals and holistic wellness.  In this capacity, we are able to bridge students with the vast array of support services, organizations, and opportunities here at UT and the broader community.  Not only that, I am also able to have an amazing time doing what I love! This is just an all-around amazing way to serve!

How long I have worked at UT: I just started working at UT at the beginning of August!

What I love most about UT: I am most appreciative of the family spirit of UT.  Since joining the team, it has felt just that—a team.  This spirit of unity and connectedness transcends my department into the larger body of UT, from administrators to staff and students.  This is a great place to be!


Dez Newcomb, Administrative Support Assistant III

Headshot of Desiree Newcomb for the Office of the Dean of Students on August 26, 2019. Photo by Steven Bridges/University of Tennessee

What I love about what I do: I absolutely love being an encourager, helper, and confidant. Being part of the 974-HELP team gives me the opportunity to do this on a daily basis.

How long I have worked at UT: I have worked at UT Since September 2017. I started out in the Counseling Center and then I won the job lottery when I got to become a team member with the Dean of Students office.

What I love most about UT: I love that our UT community is so very supportive. We are a neighborhood of people striving toward different goals and objectives. We may have different opinions and thoughts, but we all support one another when it comes down to it. That is the definition of teamwork and community and I am so glad I get to be a part of that.

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