Meet the Staff

Michael Alston

Michael Alston, EdD

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Rights and Conduct & OED Director

Michael Alston’s employment within The University of Tennessee System spans several years with stints at UT- Martin (1989 to 1993) and UT-Knoxville (1993 to 2002), and UT Health Science Center (2002 to present). He has also worked 4 years as an adjunct instructor of psychology (i.e., Human Relations in Organizations; Human and Lifespan Development) with State Technical Institute/Southwest Tennessee Community College. As a result, Michael's work experience in higher education encompasses residence life administration, student enrollment services, undergraduate instruction, and employee relations.

He is an alumnus of The University of Tennessee at Martin earning a B.S. in Psychology (1988) and M.S. in Educational Psychology and Guidance (1991). Michael also has an Ed. D. in higher education administration from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

Michael is a native of Brighton, Tennessee in Tipton County and graduate of Munford High School.

Dustin Fulton

Dustin Fulton

Ethics Compliance Specialist

Dustin Fulton serves as an Ethics Compliance Specialist for the Office of Equity and Diversity. He joined UTHSC in 2014. Previously, Dustin worked for a local law firm. He is an alumnus of The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Memphis.

Within the Office of Equity and Diversity, his duties primarily include non-academic student conduct administration, training to the university community, and conducting investigations. He provides direction in the evaluation of discrimination or harassment claims of varying degrees relevant to Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX amendments.

Additionally, Dustin assists in reviewing and auditing faculty and executive administrative search processes to ensure compliance with EEO/AA laws and guidelines, UT policies and procedures, and federal requirements.

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Denise Steverson

Administrative Services Assistant

Ann Denise Steverson started here at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in June of 2005. Starting out as a Temp in the General Clinical Research Center, and then moving to the Department of Medicine working with the Division of Dermatology as the Administrative Service Assistant.

As an Administrative Services Assistant her role is to develop, implement and maintain operations in Equity and Diversity, to make decisions that fall in the established practices and procedures for Equity and Diversity and UTHSC, and to greet and assist students, staff, faculty, and general public needing assistance from OED.

Denise is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.

Kamaria Robinson, MS

Kamaria Robinson

Coordinator, Tennessee Institute for Pre-Professionals

Kamaria Robinson, MS joined UTHSC in 2014 and is Coordinator for the Tennessee Institute for Pre-Professionals (TIP), and an educational specialist for Student Academic Support Services. She has professional experience in student affairs & career counseling, academic advising & teaching, sales & recruiting, marketing & public relations, as well as events management. Previously, she worked at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations, WKRN-News2 in Nashville, TN, and Lipscomb University in the College of Pharmacy and the Career Development Center.

As coordinator of TIP, Kamaria aims to lead a top-notch pre-professional program that identifies competitive undergraduate students, from underserved communities, who want to enter professional healthcare careers; and, to assist as they build a solid foundation for their successful matriculation into professional programs. She serves as a liaison between UTHSC and minority communities across Tennessee.

Kamaria is an alumna of Tennessee State University and completed her coursework for a Master’s of Science in Psychology at Lipscomb University. She is currently pursuing certification in Choice Theory and Reality Therapy with the William Glasser Institute.

She is a native of Memphis and attended high school at Harding Academy of Memphis.

Tanya Biscardi

Tanya Biscardi

HCP Coordinator

Tanya Biscardi has been with UTHSC since June of 2012, starting out as the Administrative Secretary for Student Academic Support Services and moving into the role of Health Career Programs Coordinator in July of 2013. Tanya’s career experience also includes management, student housing, event planning, and student life at the post-secondary level.

As a member of Health Career Programs, Tanya’s main objective is to facilitate the increase of underrepresented groups in the health professions. Her duties include student recruitment, student relations, program coordination and implementation, event planning, maintenance of the Alumni Database, annual reporting, payroll and other financial duties.

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Tanya moved to northern Ontario to attend Laurentian University where she received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Law and Justice. She is currently pursuing certification in Choice Theory and Reality Therapy with the William Glasser Institute.

Health Career Programs is located in the basement of the General Education Building, room BB9.