• Ashley E. Brady, Ph.D.

    ASPIRE Program Manager
    Director of Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships
    Office of Career Development

    Ashley E. Brady, Ph.D., is Director of Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships and the ASPIRE Program Manager for the Office of Career Development. Dr. Brady is also an Assistant Professor of Medical Administration with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She manages the design, development, and delivery of curricula and programs to provide professional skills training for biomedical sciences PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. She is also responsible for developing and managing relationships with internal and external partners, and providing career advising services for trainees. Prior to her role in the BRET office, Dr. Brady served as Associate Director of Foundation Relations at Vanderbilt University. In this role, she cultivated relationships with private foundations and served as a match-maker to help faculty and trainees identify and apply for non-federal funding opportunities. Dr. Brady obtained her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University in 2003. She pursued post-doctoral studies at both the Centre Nationale de Researche Scientifique (CNRS) in Montpellier, France and the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.

  • Kate Stuart

    Assistant Director
    Office of Career Development

    Kate Stuart is the Program Manager for the Office of Career Development. She writes the bi-weekly career newsletter, facilitates PhD Career Connections events as well as the annual Career Symposium, and manages the BRET website. After completing her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University, she spent time doing corporate communications for a hospital in Athens, GA, and then in 2007, began work for the Vanderbilt Alumni Association. Her role there was to connect undergraduate students to alumni for career advice in the form of small dinners, advice panels, and a resource guide. Kate also provided resources for alumni in career transition, including a webinar series, a job posting site, and career seminars in different cities.

  • Angela Zito

    Program Manager, Office of Career Development

    Angela Zito is the Program Manager for the Office of Career Development. In her role, Angela will focus on professional development opportunities, include the module program. After completing her BA in Psychology at CSU Sacramento, she went on to receive her MEd in Higher Education Administration at Vanderbilt University. She began working for the Commons Center during her graduate program, and continued on with Vanderbilt Student Centers working on training and development programs for the undergraduate student employees.