Class of 1973

Every VUSN graduate has exciting things happening in her or his life, both professionally and personally.  Class Notes – printed twice a year in the Vanderbilt Nurse Magazine and available online on this page – is an opportunity for you to not only learn what other alumni are doing but also share news about your life.  We would love to hear what you've been up to! Please contact us with any updates, or call 615-322-4836. 

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Evelyn Manoogian Biles, N’73, is founder and president of Global Mosaic International, a non-profit Christian organization created in Yorktown, Virginia, to train people in counseling, conflict resolution, mentoring and servant leadership (2017). 

Ginna Oldfield Corts, BSN’70, MSN’73 , of Nashville, passed away February 15, 2021. 

Jade Van Meter Forlidas, BSN’73, MSN’90, and her daughter, Jessica Van Meter, MSN’07, DNP’15, were profiled in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's VUMC Voice in November 2017.  

Margie Nicks Gale, BSN’73, MSN’76, was a panelist for “Compassion Fatigue during COVID-19: How Nurses and NPs Can Stay Grounded,” in November 2020, part of the VUSN Dore to Dore Alumni Forum. She is a nurse wellness specialist at Vanderbilt Work/Life Connections in Nashville. Margie co-presented “Burnout and Compassion Fatigue and Essential Interventions,” in April 2018 as part of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s advance practice grand rounds and at VUMC Octoberfest. She was interviewed about "Beating Clinician Burnout," in Media Health Leaders and co-presented "Burnout and Compassion Fatigue," during VUMC's Aprilfest in 2017. Margie presented “Green Dot: A Bystander Initiative to Prevent Lateral Violence,” at the 2015 National Magnet Conference.

Abby Braxton McCarthy, N’73 , of Saint Louis, Missouri, passed away June 10, 2020. 

Diane Coty Roberts, BSN’73, co-authored “Suicide Prevention for School Communities: An Educational Initiative for Student Safety,” published in NASN School Nurse in April 2018, and participated in a related podcast. Diane is a school nurse in the Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston. 

Faye Hilley Shaffer, BSN’73 , of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away March 26, 2016.