Class of 1985

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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Cindy Comer Borum, BSN’85, published “Barriers for Hospital-based Nurse Practitioners Utilizing Clinical Decision Support Systems: A Systematic Review,” in CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing in April 2018. She is the assistant vice president for the clinical services group at HCA in Nashville. 

Beth Middleton Ginzinger, BSN’85, was named chief strategy officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona in April 2018. 

Mary McDevitt, MSN’85, joined the Buckelew Programs board of directors in August 2017. 

Leslie West Sands, BSN’85, MSN’86, is dean, program director and professor of nursing at Jackson State Community College in Tennessee (2017). 

Elizabeth Kyger Sparta, BSN’85, and her daughter were featured in a story in VUMC Voice in September 2017, about both being nurses at Vanderbilt. 

Molly Klekamp Tassone, BSN’85, is a teacher at The Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati (2019). 

Vicki Turner, BSN’85, MSN’90 , of Brentwood, Tennessee, passed away April 7, 2018.   

Susan Utley, BSN’85, is a family nurse practitioner at Tennessee Oncology in Nashville where she specializes in medical oncology, hematology and unknown primary cancer (2020). 

Sherri Hollis Vaughn, BSN’85, is nurse case management supervisor at Johnston & Associates, a workers compensation company in Franklin, Tennessee (2019).