Class of 1991

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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Sheryl Banak, MSN’91, is on faculty at Baptist Health College in Little Rock, Arkansas, teaching in the licensed practical nurse/paramedic to registered nurse program (2016). 

Nancy Sinclair Brook, MSN’91, is a nurse practitioner and adjunct faculty member at Stanford University in California, where she works with adults and children with benign and metastatic tumors. She was interviewed by KPIX in 2014 about her career and San Jose nursing jobs, and was later appointed to the National Nurses in Business Association business advisory board.

Jill Cash, MSN’91, received an Excellence in Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in October 2021.

Rhonda Clifford Chess, MSN’91, is a neonatal nurse practitioner at University of Louisville Physicians in Kentucky (2019).

Beth Towery Davidson, MSN’91, was named president of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses for 2019-20. She is director of the heart failure disease management program at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.

Barb Duffy, BSN’80, MSN’91, PMC’98, was a panelist for “The Evolving Role of Nursing in Transgender Care,” in March 2021, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum, and received an Excellence in Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center that October. She is a nurse practitioner in the VUMC Pediatric and Adolescent Transgender Health Clinic.

Alison Edie, MSN’91, was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in June 2021. She is an assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, North Carolina.

Mimi Gerber, MSN’91, is a nurse practitioner at East Nashville Family Medicine Clinic (2016). 

Patricia Green, MSN’91, is a family nurse practitioner at Providence Medical Group-Glisan in Portland, Oregon (2019).

Sharon Hendrix, MSN’91, was named 2015 Public and Community Health Nurse of the Year by the Tennessee Chapter of the March of Dimes.  

Kathie Krause, MSN’92, was chair of the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter 2018 Nurse of the Year Award Gala Luncheon in Nashville. She presented “Transforming Behavioral Health in Pediatric Acute Care,” during that year’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center Octoberfest. 

Kay Jones, MSN’91, is a nurse practitioner at Nashville Sports Medicine and coordinates all research projects for Nashville Sports Medicine Foundation (2021).

Karen Larimer, BA’86, MSN’91, is principal investigator of a study funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, to develop an “AI-based COVID-19 Decompensation Index Digital Biomarker to Address the Rapid Decline of High-risk COVID-19 Patients.” She is director of clinical development for physIQ in Chicago (2020).

Marla Price Moore, MSN’91, is a family nurse practitioner at Cumberland Family Care in Sparta, Tennessee (2020).

Kimberly Troy Sales, MSN’91, is a nurse practitioner at Community Health Care's Hilltop Regional Health Center in Tacoma, Washington (2016).

Rebecca Wingard, MSN’91, received the 2015 American Association of Kidney Patients Medal of Excellence for her work with patients and their families. She is vice president of Fresenius Medical Care North America's innovations group in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she manages clinical trials with academic institutions and supports quality management initiatives for dialysis patient populations.

Sharon Yardley, MSN’91, retired from the faculty of Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, in September 2021, where she was director of health services.