Class of 1977

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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Rumay Harrell Alexander, MSN’77, received the Alumni Award for Diversity and Inclusion from the VUSN Alumni Association in October 2020. She presented "Diversity at VUSN: An Open Discussion,” in February 2019 at Vanderbilt. Rumay co-authored an article for a June 2018 USA Today supplement featuring men in nursing. She presented "Equity of Opportunity: Beyond the Rhetoric," at VUSN in May 2017. Rumay was appointed to the Nurse-Family Partnership board of directors in 2015. She is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, special assistant to the dean of the Adams School of Dentistry at UNC-CH, former associate vice-chancellor for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer at UNC-CH, and immediate past president of the National League for Nursing. 

Susie Welden Caro, BSN’77, MSN’82, is director and nurse practitioner at Family Cancer Risk Services in Nashville, where she provides risk assessment, facilitation of genetics testing and education (2017). 

Patty Chaffin Hofstetter, BSN’77, retired in July 2018 from her role as a senior quality and safety advisor for Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s accreditation and standards team. She had been at VUMC for over 40 years.  

Lorella Crago Howard, MSN’77, is associate professor at Southern Adventist University School of Nursing in Collegedale, Tennessee (2020). 

Patricia LeDrew Jones, MSN’77, is a professor at the Loma Linda University School of Nursing in California (2016).    

Cathy Madigan, BSN’77, received the Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Alumni Award for Distinguished Career in Nursing from the VUSN Alumni Association in October 2019. She is chief nurse executive for the University of North Carolina Health Care System and associate dean for practice at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing. 

Robin Fowler Mauer, BSN’77, is a nurse practitioner in nephrology at the Everett Clinic near Seattle (2017). 

Donna Behler McArthur, MSN’77, was named a member of the VUSN Alumni Association Board in 2020. She is an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing and associate in the U of A department of neurology in Tucson as well as an adjunct professor at VUSN. She co-presented “Needs Assessment for Using a Stroke Scale in Urban and Rural Kenyan Hospital Settings” at the Sigma Theta Tau Congress in July 2019. 

Sandy Spellings Myers, BSN’77, MSN’93 , of Nashville, passed away in September 2017. 

Elena Economou Saclarides, BSN’77, of Northfield, Illinois, passed away July 18, 2015. Her sister, her husband, and all five of their children graduated from Vanderbilt University.  

Joyce Grimes Safley, BSN’77, MSN’83, was a candidate for judge of the Davidson County General Sessions Court in Tennessee in May 2018. She joined the Law Office of Melinda Jacobs in Franklin, Tennessee in August 2016.   

Ruth and John Stepulis, both MSN’77, are volunteers for the Hawai’i Community Foundation as scholarship ambassadors (2016).