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. 

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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, as a doctor of health sciences in June 2017. 

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). 

Gwen Holder, MSN’90, received the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Adrienne Ames (MSN’75) Transformational Nursing Leader Award in May 2018.  

Teresa Knoop, MSN’90, was elected to the board of directors of the Oncology Nursing Society in March 2020. She is assistant director of clinical operations for the clinical trials office at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville. 

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

Susie Leming-Lee, MSN’90, DNP’11, received VUSN's Daisy Award for Small Group Facilitator at the DNP Level in June 2020. She was co-guest 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 DNP 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, 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 co-authored "A Case for Cultural Awareness," published in the February 2020 issue of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners , and is lead author of “Sexual Violence Screening for Women across the Lifespan,” published in Advances in Family Practice Nursing in May. In October, Ginny 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 . She 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. Ginny received the Alma Gault Alumni Award for Public Service from the VUSN Alumni Association in October. She and four VUSN students co-authored 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, she 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). 

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, was joined The Women's Institute for Sexual Health, a division of Urology Associates, in Nashville, in November 2018, as a nurse practitioner

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