Class of 1987

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 June 30, 2022; items received since Jan. 1 are shown in red font.


Katie Kilbane Brennan, BSN'83, MSN'87, was quoted in a December 2020 VUMC Reporter story about Vanderbilt University Medical Center's biennial Nursing Staff Bylaws Convention, the first to be held virtually. She is co-chair of the Bylaws Task Force and associate nursing officer at the VUMC primary care patient care center.

Judith La Gorce Bright, BSN'87, was featured by StyleBlueprint in December 2020, in a story about Nashville jewelry businesses owned by women.

Leanne Crabtree Busby, MSN'87 , of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, passed away March 14, 2022.

Tom Christenbery, MSN'87, PhD'04 , of Nashville, passed away February 16, 2021. He was posthumously awarded the Alumni Award for Diversity and Inclusion presented by the VUSN Alumni Association to his family during the school's annual awards ceremony in October. In September 2020, his book, Fast Facts for Writing the DNP Project: Effective Structure, Content and Presentation , was published by Springer. Tom presented about engaging faculty in philanthropy at the Nursing Advancement Professionals conference in April 2019, and received the VUSN Dean's Award for Faculty Achievement in Media in June. That year, Tom co-sponsored a challenge gift incentive during Vanderbilt University's Giving Day, and co-authored "Writing a Diversity and Inclusivity Statement: Guidelines for Nursing Programs and Faculty," published in Nurse Educator that November. He co-authored "Appreciative Advising Pilot Study: An Innovative Approach to Advising Doctor of Nursing Practice Students," published in Nurse Educator in August 2018. Tom presented at a Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty scholarly writing workshop in October 2017. He was a professor at VUSN, director of program evaluation and member of the Alumni Board.

Kim Hanna, MSN'87, was named dean of the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville in 2019 after serving as the interim dean for two years.

Twila Williams Harmon, MSN'87 , of Oneonta, Alabama, passed away October 19, 2016.

Maria Rapert Lanners, MSN'87 , of Dassel, Minnesota, passed away January 31, 2020.

Leigh Ann Thompson McInnis, BSN'87, MSN'89, wrote a chapter, "Herbal Supplements for Common Women's Health Issues," for the book, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Part II: Herbal Supplements and Vitamins, published by Elsevier in March 2021.

Laura Reaves, BSN'87, MSN'88, is co-founder and president of Wellness Solutions in Nashville, a company that provides medical and psychiatric support services to long-term care facility residents across the southeast United States (2017).

Cathy Rozmus, MSN'87, was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2019. She is a professor and vice dean for academic affairs at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

George Shwab IV, BSN'87, MSN'94, is a family nurse practitioner in neurology at Saint Thomas Medical Partners in Nashville (2017).

Nina Page Waltzer, MSN'87, is a primary care nurse practitioner at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, providing care for men, women and youth, and at the Flowood Community Work Center for women. She volunteers as an item writer for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's adult-gerontological primary care nurse practitioner exam (2021).