Class of 1990

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.


Debbie Croley, MSN'90 , of Smyrna, Tennessee, passed away December 31, 2016.

Sara Duvall, MSN'90, graduated from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona, in June 2017, as a doctor of health sciences.

Jade Van Meter Forlidas, BSN'73, MSN'90, and her daughter, Jessica Van Meter, MSN'07, DNP'15, were profiled in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's VUMC Voice in November 2017. 

Mary Lou Cameron Fornehed, MSN'90, is on faculty at the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville (2020).

Joan Gentry, MSN'90 , of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, passed away September 10, 2021.

Gwen Holder, MSN'90, received the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Adrienne Ames (MSN'75) Transformational Nursing Leader Award in May 2018. She is director of nursing informatics at VUMC.

Teresa Knoop, MSN'90, retired from the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in May 2021, where she was assistant director of clinical operations for the clinical trials office. She was elected to the board of directors of the Oncology Nursing Society in March 2020.

Renee Lassinger, MSN'90, is a principal at Advanced Cardiothoracic Consultants in Indianapolis, where she consults about patient care models for various cardiac, lung and cardiovascular populations (2017).

Susie Leming-Lee, MSN'90, DNP'11, was promoted to associate professor at VUSN in June 2021 and co-authored "Implementing Screening for Social Determinants of Health Using the Core 5 Screening Tool," published in BMJ Open Quality in September. She received VUSN's DAISY Award for Small Group Facilitator at the DNP Level in June 2020. Susie was guest co-editor for the March 2019 issue of Nursing Clinics , in which she was also published. In 2018, she received the VUSN Tradition Meets Innovation Award for Faculty and the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter Quality and Risk Management Nurse of the Year Award. Susie accepted the VUSN Tradition Meets Innovation Award for Faculty and the Dean Colleen Conway-Welch Award from Doctor of Nursing Practice students, both in 2016.

Cindy Lybarger, MSN'90, co-authored "A Mobile App Identifies Momentary Psychosocial and Contextual Factors Related to Mealtime Self-management in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes," published in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association in September 2019.

Ginny Moore, MSN'90, is lead author of "Bridging Didactic Learning and the Complexity of Practice through Clinical Immersion: Evaluating the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Trainee Experience," published in the Journal of Forensic Nursing in January 2022, and co-author of "Patient Consent for Student Performed Pelvic Exams," in the February issue of Women's Healthcare . She is lead author of "Development of a Vaginal Simulation Model for Virtual Teaching of Pelvic Health Assessment," and co-author of "Cultural Parallels between Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery and Female Genital Mutilation," published in Women's Healthcare in April. In June, Ginny was promoted to professor at VUSN and co-presented at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners conference. She is a board member of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health and was appointed as the NPWH representative to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Ginny was appointed to the editorial advisory board of Women's Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs, the official journal of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health, for a two-year term beginning January 2021. She is lead author of "Opioid Use Disorder Screening for Women across the Lifespan," published in Advances in Family Practice Nursing in May, and co-author of "Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause: Screening and Treatment," in the same issue. Ginny and three VUSN students co-authored "COVID-19 Update: Navigating Biases against Asian Americans during COVID-19," published in Women's Healthcare in June, appearing as a featured story in Health Leaders and Vanderbilt University Research News . That month, she was one of two recipients of the VUSN Tradition Meets Innovation Award for Faculty. In July, it was announced that Ginny received a $1.5 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant to enhance the Vanderbilt Nursing Education Program–Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. In October, she co-chaired the NPWH annual conference, where she received the Inspiration in Education Award (she's in the video at 5:40), and co-authored "Increasing Human Papillomavirus Immunization in the Primary Care Setting," published by The Nurse Practitioner . In November, the VUSN Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association selected Ginny to receive its Yu (Philip) Xu Mentoring Award presented at the Emory-AAPINA International Nursing Research Conference. She is lead author of "Generational Learning Preferences," published in December in American Nurse . In February 2020, Ginny co-published "A Case for Cultural Awareness," in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners , and is lead author of "Sexual Violence Screening for Women across the Lifespan," in Advances in Family Practice Nursing in May. That October, she co-authored "Strategies to Decrease Fat Stigma in Women's Health," published in Women's Healthcare , and "Social Boundaries in Young Adult Females with Down Syndrome as a Foundation for Sexuality Education," in the American Journal of Sexuality Education . Ginny co-authored "Fat Stigma in Women's Health," in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners in February 2019, and co-presented on that topic at the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses conference in June. She presented a poster, "Bridging Didactic Learning and the Complexity of Practice through Clinical Immersion: Development and Implementation," that September, which received first place at the International Association of Forensic Nurses conference. She received the Alma Gault Alumni Award for Public Service presented by the VUSN Alumni Association during the school's annual awards ceremony in October. Ginny and four students wrote a manuscript, "Successfully Managing Challenging Patient Encounters," published in American Nurse Today in October 2018, and she authored a chapter on preventative care for adult survivors of sexual violence in the 2nd edition of Adult-Gerontology Practice Guidelines, published that December. In 2017, Ginny was a finalist for Nashville's Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Award, presented a poster at the International Nursing Research Congress, and received the Women's Health Nurse of the Year Award from the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter.

Jerita Payne, MSN'90 , of Nashville, passed away March 22, 2017.

Laura Hammond Powell, MSN'90, is a family nurse practitioner at Greenville Pediatric Services in North Carolina (2020).

Cathi Reisenberg, MSN'90, PhD'08, is assistant clinical professor and director of the Washington Squared Program at George Washington University School of Nursing in Ashburn, Virginia.

Connie Young Root, MSN'90, received an Excellence in Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in October 2021.

Donna Ruth, BSN'80, MSN'90, is director of education for the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (2022).

Kim Taylor, MSN'90, is a provider at Ocoee Regional Health's Grundy County Primary Health Center in Coalmont, Tennessee (2020).

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

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