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Our Team

Director Johnny Vanderpool


Johnny Vanderpool is the Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness, Fire and Workplace Safety. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Environmental Science from Middle Tennessee State University, is recognized as a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager from the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management, and is a Certified Fire Inspector in the State of Tennessee. Johnny has served in Environmental Health and Safety and Emergency Preparedness during his 18 years at Vanderbilt University and responded to incidents both on campus and around the United States.

Senior Safety Officer Tamara Cooley


Tamara is the Workplace Safety Officer for Vanderbilt University, in the Office of Emergency Preparedness, Fire & Workplace Safety.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and has worked in the field of occupational health and safety since graduating in 1996.  She previously worked for Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety for 16 years before transitioning to Vanderbilt University Public Safety. Tamara has been a Certified Industrial Hygienist since 2008 through the American Board of Industrial Hygienists and obtained her Certified Safety Professional designation in 2016 through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Committed to providing a safe and healthful workplace, Tamara’s area of responsibility includes compliance with all State and Federal OSHA regulations.  Tamara provides training, resources, policy development, and consultation services to all VU departments. 

Program Manager Jessamyn Davis


Jessamyn graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology before coming to the Vanderbilt University Police Department in 2014. Jessamyn is certified in HAZMAT awareness by the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy and has recently become a Certified Fire Inspector in the State of Tennessee. She helps coordinate the Fire Safety Program as well as others for the Vanderbilt University community. Jessamyn has obtained her Associate Emergency Manager designation through the International Association of Emergency Managers. Feel free to contact her with any questions regarding Emergency Preparedness or Fire Safety.