Strategy and Innovation Office

Our team

Carol Aronson - Administrative Officer

Herschel Pollard - Communications Officer

Judy Privett - Executive Assistant to William W. Stead, and Kristy Sinkfield

Karen Davis - Administrative Assistant II

Kristy Sinkfield, MEd - Director

Marinea White - Grants Manager

Megan Youngblood - Director

Nancy Lorenzi, PhD - Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

Steven J. Weissenburger, MEd - Project Manager

William W. Stead, MD - Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, and Chief Strategy Officer

Requesting our services

The Strategy and Innovation Office (S&I) team provides facilitative services that assist customers in achieving their strategic goals. These services range from ongoing support for short-term programs, to DesignShops® – time-boxed facilitated work sessions. The S&I office maintains the Innovation Center - a collaborative work space  - at 3401 West End Ste 290 to facilitate these services.

Requests for DesignShops or use of the Innovation Center should call 615-322-3118 or send an email to:

Marinea White (marinea.white@vanderbilt.edu) or
Steve Weissenburger (steven.j.weissenburger@vanderbilt.edu)
 to include the following information:

  1. Lead or executive sponsor of the work.
  2. Objectives of the work – what you hope to accomplish.
  3. Services requested: facilitation, or only access to the collaborative space
  4. Estimated logistics: number of participants, potential # of ½ days, when you may want this session to happen.

Requests are reviewed and approved by the Chief Strategy Officer and the Chief Administrative Officer. Once approved, a prescribed set of services will be provided to the SponsorTeam.  

Getting to the Innovation Center at 3401 West End

We recommend all faculty and staff ride the shuttle. Parking is first come, first serve in the building.

Campus Shuttle: The Purple Route stops at 3401 West End. Shuttles leave the round wing on the quarter-hour (0, 15, 30, 45) and travel 9 minutes to 3401 West End. Shuttles leave 3401 West End 6 minutes before the quarter-hour (9, 24, 39, 54) and travel 21 minutes to the round wing. Find detailed schedules online.

Visitor parking: The parking garage located in the back of the building is open from 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Visitors may park on Level B, 3rd floor. Bring your parking ticket in to be validated.

Walking: Please also use the visitors’ entrance from the parking garage in the back of the building. You will enter on Level B, 3rd floor. The front entrance is not accessible to visitors.

Biking: Please lock your bike on the rack in the parking garage and use the visitors’ entrance. You will enter on Level B, 3rd floor. The building management does not allow bikes in the building.


This page was last updated July 30, 2015 and is maintained by