Meet the Team
Jon Blankenship is the Director of Digital Media Strategies for Development and Alumni Relations at Vanderbilt University. Jon has more than 17 years of experience in the marketing and communications field and 10+ in higher ed. Jon hails from the small towns of Scottsville, Ky. and Lafayette (pronounced: Lah-FETTE), Tenn. At every stop in Jon’s career, the people, teams and relationships have been what get him motivated in the mornings. When not working, you can find Jon spending time with his wife and two girls in Franklin, Tenn., running, reading about pop culture or enjoying a pour of good bourbon watching the sunset.
Emma Hawes is an associate account executive for Postmates, but has a heart for education. The Sikeston, MO native relocated to Nashville, TN in August 2017 while finishing her M.S. in communication from Purdue University. In December 2014, she obtained her B.A. in communication with concentrations in journalism, broadcasting, and public relations from Mississippi State University.
Hawes occasionally works freelance broadcasting technician where her tasks vary from stage manager, utility, production runner, and parabolic microphone operator for ESPN games. Hawes manages her blog “Literature in a Hurry” where she writes about music and book launches. In her spare time, She loves reading, shooting photography, doing pilates, and attending concerts.