Class of 1981

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. And, when posting on social media please tag us! #VUSN

Look below for news from your classmates as of December 31, 2022. Items received since July 1, 2022 are shown in red font.

Jenny Andrews, BSN'81, is an attorney with Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee in Fort Worth, Texas (2022).

Valerie Asbury, BSN'81, was named board member of Tactile Systems Technology, headquartered in Minneapolis, in January 2022.

Betsy Brach, BSN'79, MSN'81, has an experiential psychotherapy practice for individuals, couples and groups in Bethesda, Maryland (2020).

Tricia Colclazier Butner, MSN'81, is a nurse practitioner at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Seminole (2020).

Opal Peacock Canarina, MSN'81, of Modesto, California, passed away October 15, 2021.

Elizabeth Goy Damato, BSN'81, is senior research physiologist at the Naval Medical Research Unit—Dayton and associate professor at both the Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing and School of Medicine in Cleveland (2020).

Debbie Fox-Howard, BSN'81, retired from a private practice women's health group in New York City in 1996. She has been a staff nurse at Cornell Medical Center, head of employee health at a New York University medical center, and nurse practitioner at various abortion and family planning clinics (2018). 

Darlene Armstrong Franklin, MSN'81, was published in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. She is on faculty at the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville (2017).

DJ Bauer Gilfert, MSN'81 , of North Port, Florida, passed away September 17, 2019.

Diana Donley Haller, BSN'81, is married and living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (2018). 

Alice Moffatt Howard, MSN'81 , of Memphis, Tennessee, passed away October 19, 2018. 

Pam Orebaugh Jones, BSN'81, MSN'92, DNP'13, was a panelist for "COVID Perspectives, Values and Vaccination Hesitancy," presented by the VUSN Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee in January 2022, and appointed in June to the Vanderbilt University task force charged with addressing the impact of Tennessee law and reproductive rights on the campus community. She presented, "Building Organizational Resilience in Turbulent Times," at the DNP Summit hosted by the University of Rochester School of Nursing in October, and co-authored "Promoting Nurse Manager Professional Well-being," published in the December issue of The Journal of Nursing Administration . Pam was featured in Vanderbilt's MyVU for a January 2021 story about her leadership of the university's COVID-19 public health central command center. She co-authored "A Systems Approach to Addressing Covid-19 Health Inequities," published in NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery that month. In April, she became the first recipient of the Vanderbilt Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Service and was a panelist for "Women's Leadership in the COVID-19 Era: How Women Responded and Led the Charge to Mitigate the Pandemic," part of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's celebration of Women's History Month. She was promoted to associate vice chancellor for health and wellness at Vanderbilt in September (as noted in the Nashville Post ), and was the presenter for "Building Organizational Resilience in Turbulent Times," that month, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum. She is lead author of "Showcasing Nursing Leadership and Contributions to a University's COVID-19 Student Contact Tracing Process," published in the October/December Nursing Administration Quarterly . In March 2020, Pam was appointed to serve on the Vanderbilt Public Health Advisory Task Force, formed as a resource during the pandemic, and spoke at two town hall meetings in July to share information about COVID-19 with faculty, staff, students and families, as well as about VUSN's leadership in campus contact tracing and educating patients. She was named a Women to Watch by Nashville Medical News in May. Pam moderated the VUSN Alumni Board's annual DNP Know Your Value in January 2019, and was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing that October. In May 2018, she met with Surgeon General Jerome Adams while he visited Vanderbilt, received the Rebecca Culpepper Award from VUMC, and was honored as the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter Nursing Administration Nurse of the Year. Pam received the State Advocate Award from American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2015.

Ginger Manley, BSN'66, MSN'81, spoke at the Apron Museum's June 2019 symposium in Tishmingo, Mississippi, on "An Apron is a Document that Tells a Story and Connects Us All." She retired in September from her role as associate in psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and was featured as a panelist for the Nashville Public Television documentary, Companionship & Intimacy: Aging Matters, which aired in December. Ginger wrote and published Proud Flesh (with a book launch and signing in March 2016 at Parnassus Book Store in Nashville), and Disarmed: An Exceptional Journey , in March 2015, which is about her 48-year marriage. 

Kerry Meyer, MSN'81, is a nurse practitioner at the University of Washington's neighborhood clinic in Issaquah (2017).

Catherine Gamble Mezmar, MSN'81, is the executive-director of nurses for the Veterans Health Administration, Texas Valley Coastal Bend facilities. She is married to Michael Mezmar, MSN'81.

Michael Mezmar, MSN'81, was reelected to his fourth term in 2018 as commissioner of Harlingen, Texas, where he is mayor pro-tem.

Anne Atkinson Moore, BSN'76, MSN'81, is assistant vice president of women's health services at Peppy, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. She was director of medical affairs, women's health at Mayne Pharma, senior medical science liaison for AMAG Pharmaceuticals, and Mid-Atlantic liaison with national thought leaders and various health care professionals (2022).

Jim Pace, MSN'81, MDiv'88, was named dean of nursing and health sciences at Valdosta State University in Georgia in June 2020, and was interviewed for the fall issue of FAANP Forum . He had served as New York University College of Nursing's senior associate dean for academic programs.  

Florence Roberts, MSN'81 , of Dahlonega, Georgia, passed away July 19, 2020.

Sarah Shields Sedille, BSN'81 , of Nashville passed away October 18, 2022.

Carol Ann Braley Seeger, MSN'81 , of Oswego, New York, passed away June 1, 2020. One year prior, she started a position as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Oswego Health Behavioral Health Services.