Meet the Staff Team

Office of Faculty Affairs Personnel

Shannon Ontiveros

Director, Faculty Training and Compliance Programs
(615) 322-8384

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Administrative Oversight of the Office of Faculty Affairs
  • Conflict of Interest and Commitment for Faculty
  • Compliance Training for Faculty

Lisa Tarr

Senior Program Manager, Faculty Development Programs
(615) 875-3488

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Faculty Development Programming
  • New Faculty On-boarding


Jo Ellen Ingram

Senior Program Manager, Systems and Educational Technology Consultant
(615) 322-2165

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Liaison with VUMC IT on OFA software solutions
  • Provide training to Faculty and Staff on OFA technology resources
  • Compliance Training for SOM Faculty
  • Facilitate Educational Sessions for Administrators (e.g., Roundtables, Ad hoc training meeting, OFA 101)

Diane Sussman

Senior Program Manager, Faculty Committees and Resource Coordinator
(615) 322-5940

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Department Chair and Senior Leader Searches
  • Endowed Chair Nominations
  • Process and support for faculty review committees
  • FMLA and Faculty Leaves

Lindsey Patrick-Wright

Senior Program Manager, Faculty Appointments and Promotions
(615) 322-4045

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Administer Process for all School of Medicine Faculty Actions
  • Process and support faculty review committees
  • Process Retired and Emeritus/Emerita Faculty
  • Provide Informational Support for Department Administrators Regarding Faculty Actions 


Debbie Emory-Utzig


Senior Administrative Assistant, Emeritus Office
(615) 936-0718

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Administrative Support for the VUSM Emeritus Office