Meet the Staff
A. Tenielle Buchanan, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean of Students
Tenielle Buchanan graduated in 2005 from Lipscomb University with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a minor in Biology. After graduating from Lipscomb, she attended the University of Memphis to earn a master's degree in journalism and public relations. There she w with Professor Bob Levey, a former columnist for The Washington Post, to collect biographies and perspectives of minority students. After returning to Nashville, Buchanan worked at the Center for Nashville Studies housed at Vanderbilt University, where she coordinated events and maintained the center's Web site. She currently serves as a board member for Morning Star Sanctuary, Community Nashville and the American Red Cross.
Sylvia Bearden Braden
Coordination 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.
Coordinator of Latino Affairs
Lisa Steele is the Coordinator of Latino Affairs at Lipscomb University. For the past eight years she served as the Outreach and Hispanic Minister at Antioch church of Christ where she directed an ESL program that included students from 54 countries. Lisa also coordinated large outreach events for the community including a Trunk or Treat that welcomed over 2,500 visitors to the campus, Coated in Love that gave away 2,000 coats, and a Love Week that organized 30 service projects in one week for the community. She still serves the large Latino community in Southeast Nashville by translating church services in real-time for members.
Lisa loves languages and is fluent in Spanish and French and has studied German and Arabic. She has travelled extensively to Latin American countries. Each summer she spends time in Nicaragua and El Salvador in mission work, which gives her additional exposure to the Latino culture.
Prior to her work at Antioch, Steele was a reporter and lifestyles editor for the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She attended Lipscomb University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Lisa and her husband Mark have two adult children.