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. 

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. 

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.  

Karen Larimer, BA’86, MSN’91, is principal investigator of a study funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health, 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). 

Brian McKelvy, MSN’92, was interviewed in July 2018 by The Daily Herald regarding his candidacy for county commissioner of Columbia, Tennessee.  

Susan Christos McKenney, MSN’92, is a nurse practitioner at Pardee Internal Medicine in Hendersonville, North Carolina (2018). 

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

Anna-Gene Chalfant O'Neal, BSN’88, MSN’92, MBA’92, was interviewed in March 2019 by Nashville Public Radio for a story about the state of palliative care in Middle Tennessee. She is in a video about the Nashville Business Journal's 2018 Health Care Awards and received that year’s VUSN Alumni Award for Innovation in Health Care. She was interviewed in September 2017 by The Tennessean about a program to help providers talk with patients about death, and was honored as Nurse of the Year by The Tennessean in 2015. 

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, 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. She received the 2015 American Association of Kidney Patients Medal of Excellence for her work with patients and their families.   

Sharon Yardley, MSN’91, is director of health services at Babson College in Massachusetts (2019).