Meet the Staff
Michael Alston, EdD
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Rights and Conduct & OED Director
Michael Alstonís employment within The University of Tennessee System spans several years with stints at UT- Martin (1989 to 1993) and UT-Knoxville (1993 to 2002), and UT Health Science Center (2002 to present). He has also worked 4 years as an adjunct instructor of psychology (i.e., Human Relations in Organizations; Human and Lifespan Development) with State Technical Institute/Southwest Tennessee Community College. As a result, Michael's work experience in higher education encompasses residence life administration, student enrollment services, undergraduate instruction, and employee relations.
He is an alumnus of The University of Tennessee at Martin earning a B.S. in Psychology (1988) and M.S. in Educational Psychology and Guidance (1991). Michael also has an Ed. D. in higher education administration from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.
Michael is a native of Brighton, Tennessee in Tipton County and graduate of Munford High School.
Ethics Compliance Specialist
Dustin Fulton serves as an Ethics Compliance Specialist for the Office of Equity and Diversity. He joined UTHSC in 2014. Previously, Dustin worked for a local law firm. He is an alumnus of The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and is currently pursuing a Masterís degree in Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Memphis.
Within the Office of Equity and Diversity, his duties primarily include non-academic student conduct administration, training to the university community, and conducting investigations. He provides direction in the evaluation of discrimination or harassment claims of varying degrees relevant to Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX amendments.
Additionally, Dustin assists in reviewing and auditing faculty and executive administrative search processes to ensure compliance with EEO/AA laws and guidelines, UT policies and procedures, and federal requirements.
Marian Harris, MBA, CAP
Diversity & Inclusion Specialist
Marian Harris is the Diversity and Inclusion Specialist in the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), and she has been a UTHSC employee since July 2011. Her professional background encompasses customer relations, business administration and secondary education.
In the Office of Equity and Diversity her duties include, but are not limited to, the following: EEO/AA/Diversity and Training; ADA/Section 504 Accommodations and Compliance and Student Relations. She serves as the departmental liaison for the ADA Advisory Committee, Chancellorís Exempt Staff Award Selection Committee and Lichterman Employee of the Year Award Selection Committee. Marian also represents, OED at New Employee Orientation and Student Orientation. Marianís duties and responsibilities are inclusive to assisting faculty, staff, students, residents, postdocs and the public.
She is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee at Martin earning her B.S.B.A. with a concentration in Business Management (2006). Marian also completed requirements for an M.B.A. in Human Resources Management at Strayer University in Memphis, TN (2009) in addition to courses in Education at Union University.
Marian is originally from Memphis, Tennessee and a graduate of East High School.
Administrative Services Assistant
Ann Denise Steverson started here at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in June of 2005. Starting out as a Temp in the General Clinical Research Center, and then moving to the Department of Medicine working with the Division of Dermatology as the Administrative Service Assistant.
As an Administrative Services Assistant her role is to develop, implement and maintain operations in Equity and Diversity, to make decisions that fall in the established practices and procedures for Equity and Diversity and UTHSC, and to greet and assist students, staff, faculty, and general public needing assistance from OED.
Denise is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.
Tanya Biscardi has been with UTHSC since June of 2012, starting out as the Administrative Secretary for Student Academic Support Services and moving into the role of Health Career Programs Coordinator in July of 2013. Tanyaís career experience also includes management, student housing, event planning, and student life at the post-secondary level.
As a member of Health Career Programs, Tanyaís main objective is to facilitate the increase of underrepresented groups in the health professions. Her duties include student recruitment, student relations, program coordination and implementation, event planning, maintenance of the Alumni Database, annual reporting, payroll and other financial duties.
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Tanya moved to northern Ontario to attend Laurentian University where she received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Law and Justice. She is currently pursuing certification in Choice Theory and Reality Therapy with the William Glasser Institute.
Health Career Programs is located in the basement of the General Education Building, room BB9.