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David M. Sneed, Ed. D.
Director, Growth & Purpose for Students
Contact: 615-460-5701 or e-mail

Dr. David Sneed came to Belmont University in 2011 to lead the development of the Sophomore Year Experience. At the conclusion of the inaugural year, the staff realized that offering services to a wider range of the student body was needed so they developed the Growth & Purpose for Students (GPS) program. While much of the activity remains focused on students during their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th semesters, we will assist any student looking for direction, academic engagement, and support.

GPS has expanded its vision and support for students in all academic areas, doing so in a very holistic manner. As a part of the Student Life Division and with a background in Student Affairs, Sneed and the GPS team see the students’ academic life as central to the Belmont experience. Dr. Sneed realizes that we have opportunities for impact on the whole person and knows that our students must be thought of as individuals with specific goals, purposes, and needs.

"We can help students become more effective and efficient students in pursuit of their Belmont degree," Sneed said. “Belmont has decided to assist students in a complexity of academic and life challenges in the earlier stages of their journey to better navigate the intensity of major and advanced courses and experiences during the junior and senior years.”

Dr. Sneed received his Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Memphis, and his M.A. in Counseling and his B.S. in Agriculture Education from Western Kentucky University. He last served as Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students and Special Counsel to the President of Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. Prior to his work in West Virginia, he was Dean of Students at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

 

Coaching Staff

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Annette Williams
GPS Coach, Coaching Lead
Contact: 615-460-5702 or e-mail

Annette joined the GPS team in February 2016 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Ministry at Belmont in Fall 2015. Her current role as Lead Academic Coach allows her the opportunity to train other coaching staff to serve Belmont students with excellence and care to navigate their academic journey successfully.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Annette is a U.S. Army Veteran who, after retiring from a career in Logistics, discovered a newfound love in Higher Education in the area of Student Success. She loves assisting students as they discern and navigate their academic paths. Outside of Belmont, Annette serves in full-time ministry in her local community. She is currently writing her memoir about a significant event in time that changed her life trajectory. 

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Alyssa Seefeldt
GPS Coach, Programming and Special Events Lead
Contact: 615-460-5702 or e-mail

Alyssa Seefeldt started her role as GPS Coach and Programming and Special Events Lead in August of 2020. Familiar with Belmont’s campus, Alyssa is a Belmont alumni who graduated in December of 2019 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Education. As a student here, she was involved in several organizations and developed a heart for college students, specifically Belmont students, which is what led her to pursue this position.

Currently, Alyssa is enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy Master's program at Trevecca Nazarene University. With a passion for people’s stories and working with people going through seasons of transition, she hopes to later work in a university’s counseling center to continue her work with students. If not in the GPS Office, or in class, you can find Alyssa tending to her plants, trying out Nashville’s food, or reading Mary Oliver!

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Brian Pinter
GPS Coach, Operations Lead
Contact: 615-460-5702 or e-mail

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Pinter began working at GPS as a student assistant in September of 2020, later taking on the role of GPS Coach and Operations Lead in May of 2021. Brian is a recent Belmont alumni, graduating with a B.M. in commercial music with an emphasis in composition and arranging. During his time at Belmont, Brian has gained a passion for working with students and assisting them in getting the most out of their academic journeys.

Wanting to learn more about the best ways to engage and guide students, Brian is currently continuing his education at Belmont, pursuing a M.M. in Music Education with a teaching licence. He looks forward to working with and teaching students in the future, whether that be in K-12 school districts or at the collegiate level. Outside of GPS, Brian enjoys playing gigs around Nashville, hiking and camping, and spending time with family and friends.