Class of 1989

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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Velinda Youngner Block, MSN’89, was named among the 2019 Nashville Medical News Women to Watch. She was appointed chief nursing executive at TriStar in Nashville in April 2017, and interviewed in August for a story about HCA’s TriStar Health System opening a new simulation learning facility in Antioch, Tennessee. 

Caroline Post Cone, MSN’89, is a nurse psychotherapist and assistant in medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville (2020). 

Lea Ann Cook, MSN’89 , of Los Angeles, California, passed away September 4, 2018.  

Charlotte Mathias Covington, BSN’69, MSN’89, is associate professor emerita at VUSN and a member of the Alumni Association Board (2019). 

Betsy Babb Kennedy, BSN’89, MSN’93, co-authored “Development and Pilot Testing of a Multidimensional Learning Environment Survey,” in the April 2020 issue of Nurse Educator , and was promoted to associate dean for nontenure track faculty affairs and advancement at VUSN in September. She co-presented “Speak Up Culture and the Academic Nursing Environment: The Junior Faculty Perspective,” at a Sigma Theta Tau International conference in January 2019, and spoke at the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses regional section conference in April. Betsy co-authored “Mentoring Nursing Faculty: An Inclusive Scholarship Support Group,” published that September in Nurse Educator . She co-edited  Intrapartum Management Modules, 5th ed ., the runner-up in the American Journal of Nursing's Book of the Year in 2016 for the maternal-child health category, and received the Ingeborg Mauksch Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award at VUSN.  

Sandy Leake, MSN’89, became senior vice president and chief nursing officer of the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville in May 2020. 

Nancy Ledbetter, BSN’89, was hired in 2018 as a clinical nurse specialist at Salem Health Cancer Institute in Oregon, managing a new program to identify patients whose family history makes them more inclined to cancer. 

Barbara Boone McGinnis, MSN’89, became a certified elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation in 2017. She was named chairperson of the Tennessee Bar Association’s elder law section executive committee and president of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, both in 2016. Barbara is partner at Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs in Hendersonville, Tennessee.  

Kim Kullman Moore, BSN’89, was named manager of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center cardiovascular intensive care unit in Nashville in July 2018.  

Roni Abernathy Nylander, BSN’89, MSN’92, was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. She is a nurse anesthetist at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital (2017).   

Laurie Scott Tompkins, BSN’89, MSN’90, was hired as a nurse practitioner at The Women's Institute for Sexual Health, a division of Urology Associates, in Nashville, in 2018.  

Deborah Dalhauser Williams, MSN’89, is a women’s health nurse practitioner at Hendersonville Obstetrics & Gynecology in Tennessee (2020).