Meet the Staff
Michael Alston, EdD
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Rights and Conduct & OED Director
Michael Alston’s 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.
Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator
Marian Harris is the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator 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; Employee Relations; Student Relations; and monitoring departmental finances and expenditures. She serves as the departmental liaison for the ADA Advisory Committee, Chancellor’s 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. Marian’s 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.
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 Secretary her role is greeting and assisting 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. Tanya’s career experience also includes management, student housing, event planning, and student life at the post-secondary level.
As a member of Health Career Programs, Tanya’s 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.
NaKeshi “Nikki” Dyer
Educational Specialist, SASS & HCP
Nikki happily serves as an Educational Specialist for both Health Career Programs (HCP) and Student Academic Support Services (SASS) and she has been with UTHSC since August 2011. In addition to her current position, her professional experiences and expertise include individual and group counseling interventions, psychological assessments and reports, program development, and secondary and workplace training.
Just a few of her HCP duties include: summer program development and coordination, academic enhancement workshops for HCP participants, recruitment, relationship development and maintenance with HCP feeder institutions, and coordination of PHAW (Pre-Health Advisors Weekend).
Nikki is a graduate of LeMoyne College (1994, B.A., Sociology) and The University of Memphis (2008, M.S., Counseling) and she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and certificate in Qualitative Methodologies and Research.