Lisa Steele
Assistant Dean of Students
Director of Intercultural Development
Coordinator of Latino Student Services

Preparing students to impact purposeful change on campus and in the community as well as to become culturally competent leaders in an increasingly diverse world is the mission of our Intercultural Development Department. Lisa works with students, faculty and staff to bridge cultures and promote diversity. She is also the Coordinator of Latino Student Services and serves as the advisor to Futuro, the professional association for Latino college students.

A graduate of Lipscomb University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and French, Lisa is currently earning her Master’s degree in the Nelson Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership at Lipscomb.  

Lisa loves languages and is fluent in Spanish and French and has studied German and Arabic. She has traveled extensively to several Central American countries. Each summer she spends time in Nicaragua and El Salvador in mission work, which gives her additional exposure to the Latino culture. She and her husband, Mark, are members of Antioch church of Christ, and have two adult children.

Sylvia Bearden Braden
Coordinator of International Student Services

Originally from Detroit, MI Sylvia graduated from Lipscomb in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She also holds a Master of Art in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. After working several years in social services, Sylvia returned to Lipscomb as the international recruiter in 2007.  With a focus on meeting the needs of students coming to Lipscomb from outside of the United States Sylvia transitioned to the Office of Campus Life as the Coordinator of International Student Services in 2011. Sylvia and her husband have three children and worship at the Schrader Lane Church of Christ. Sylvia is a teacher in the Young Ladies Training Ministry at Schrader Lane and volunteers with youth and nursery ministries there.

Paulette Cathey
Coordinator of African American Student Services

Paulette Cathey joins us as the new Coordinator of African-American Students Services in the Intercultural Development Office.  She graduated with a BBA in Management from Harding University in 1989.  Paulette worked as a social worker with Metro Government and served as a chaplain assistant at St. Thomas Hospital. Most recently she has been employed by Metro Nashville Public Schools as a Family & Youth Services Assistant, working mainly with at-risk students to help them reach graduation.  She and her husband, Dr. Damon Cathey, an executive principal with MNPS, have worshipped at Woodmont Hills Church of Christ since 1992, where he serves as an elder.  They have three children, ages 18, 16, & 13.