Student Life Staff

Meet Our Student Life Staff

Dr. Scott Mashburn, Vice President for Student Life

Dr. Scott Mashburn, also known to the students as Dean Mashburn, is the Vice President for Student Life at TWC. He graduated from West Georgia College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. As an undergraduate, he was actively involved as a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, member of a Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and held various student worker positions on campus. Dean Mashburn developed a strong interested in Student Affairs which prompted him to pursue a graduate position as the Assistant to the Dean of Students at the University of North Alabama. He later became the Coordinator of Men’s Housing, a position he held until he completed is Masters of Arts in Counseling in 1994. Dean Mashburn completed his Doctorate of Education, in Educational Leadership, from Argosy University in 2003. 

Since 1990, Dean Mashburn has worked in a variety of capacities in Student Affairs at three previous institutions. He joined the TWC staff in 2004 when his wife Kathi and children, Kaitlin and Trenton, relocated to Athens. Dean Mashburn is an avid sports fan, is actively involved in the Athens/McMinn community, enjoys traveling, golfing, and spending time on the river.  He encourages students to contact him on campus, in his office or via social media.

Kerrie Lynn, Associate Dean of Students

Kerrie Lynn is Associate Dean of Students at Tennessee Wesleyan College. She oversees the convocation program, orientation, and student organizations. Kerrie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communications from North Central College and a Master of Education degree from Argosy University in Educational Leadership. She has been a part of the Tennessee Wesleyan College staff since August of 2012.

Jo Baldwin, Director of Residence Life

Jo Baldwin is the Director of Residence Life at Tennessee Wesleyan College. She was born in Flint, Mich., but moved to Franklin, Tenn., when she was 13. Jo graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Education and Psychology in 2002. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Management from Austin Peay State University in 2006. Jo lived and worked in upstate New York for two years and in Morehead, Ky., for four years. She moved to Athens to work at TWC in June 2012 and loves spending time with her family, watching football, playing volleyball, snuggling with her golden retriever, and meeting new people.

Lynnette Smith, Director of Career Development

Lynnette Smith is a Midwesterner and has extensive work experience in corporate America. In 2001 she decided to transition from hiring students to preparing students for the workplace. She has been in higher education since 2006 when she became an Adjunct Instructor teaching human resource management courses, business management courses, and career development courses at various junior colleges in the Chattanooga area. Her career development experience began as a Workforce Development Professional for the Southeast Tennessee Career Center, where she counseled adults on job readiness preparation and assisted employers in workforce planning. Prior to her career development experience, she worked as a manufacturing and healthcare recruiter. She came to Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2011, and is now teaching and assisting students and alumni in securing gainful employment.

Marsha Zaleta, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life

Marsha Zaleta has been the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life, Dr. Scott Mashburn, since August of 2005. Zaleta lived, and was educated, in northeastern Pennsylvania until she moved to Tennessee in 2004. Prior to her move, she was a paralegal to now Federal District Judge Robert D. Mariani. Marsha strives to provide a welcoming atmosphere to students as she many times serves as the point person for students’ interaction with the Student Life Office. The Student Life Office is the place where students come for a variety of practical things, such as parking permits or reserving a location on campus on behalf of a club or student organization, but it also a place where students may reach out and discuss issues, or to simply be heard. Marsha has three children, and lives in Charleston, Tenn., with her husband, a retired public school teacher.