Class of 1976

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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Sally Samoriga Cherner, BSN’76, retired in September 2017 after a career in the pediatric operating room and psychiatry. 

Angie Berry Donahue, BSN’76, was elected secretary of the Texas Medical Association Foundation board of directors in August 2019. TMA is the largest state medical society in the U.S. and she is the only non-physician on the board. 

Marilyn Dubree, MSN’76, spoke on behalf of nurses at a press conference that May 2020, where Nashville Mayor John Cooper issued a proclamation honoring nurses and Florence Nightingale's birthday. In June, she received the Advocate State Award for Excellence for Tennessee from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Marilyn co-authored “Development and Testing of an Advanced Practice Clinical Advancement Program within an Academic Medical Center,” published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in July, and “Empowering Nurses: Creation of a Peer-reviewed Journal as a Catalyst for Innovative Nursing Research and Enhancing Evidence-based Nursing Practice,” published in The Journal of Nursing Administration in July/August. She co-authored “Assessing and Addressing Practitioner Burnout: Results from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Health and Well-being Study,” published in November 2019 in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners . Marilyn was published in The Empowered Nurse: Peer-Reviewed Journal for Innovative VUMC Nursing Research , Volume 1, Issue 1, in May 2018. She received the VUSN Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service to Faculty and Students in May 2016, and was inducted into the YWCA Academy for Women of Achievement in Nashville that October. 

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.

Betsy Kerr Hay, MSN’76, was named president of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt University in 2016.  

Shirley Feldkamp Lowman, MSN’76, PhD’84 , of Nashville, passed away March 21, 2019. 

Anne Atkinson Moore , BSN’76, MSN’81, is director of medical affairs, women's health at Mayne Pharma. She had been senior medical science liaison for AMAG Pharmaceuticals, and Mid-Atlantic liaison with national thought leaders and various health care professionals (2020). 

Lesley Mortimer, MSN’76, is a contributing author of the book, Pandemic Home Care, revised for COVID-19, published in 2020. 

Christine Benz Smith, BSN’76, was interviewed in July 2019 by the Chattanooga Times Free Press for an article about the shortage of nurses in that city. She is the director of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing.

Judy Stone , BSN’76, works with children ages three to 22 at the Tennessee School for the Blind in Nashville (2016).