Class of 1992

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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Doris Billhorn, MSN’92 , of Chicago, Illinois, passed away May 7, 2020. 

Tom Bush, MSN’92, published “Postgraduate Education Improves Nurse Practitioner’s Job Satisfaction,” in Clinical Advisor, and presented multiple times at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners conference, both in June 2019. 

Beverly Maddux Byram, MSN’92, was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. She is program director of Part D Ryan White at the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic in Nashville (2018).   

Kappu Deshpande, MSN’92, earned the promotion to emergency medical service assistant chief by the Nashville Fire Department in February 2016.  

Laura Sickles Gray, MA’85, MSN’92, authored “Do Parent ADHD Symptoms Influence Sleep and Sleep Habits of Children with ADHD? A Pilot Study,” published in Pediatric Nursing in January/February 2020. 

Sandy Greeno, MSN’92, DNP’13, is a clinical assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing in Portland (2016). 

Nicole Herndon , MSN’92, DNP’13, was elected to two terms as Tennessee state chair of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. She is corporate director of women's and pediatric services at Community Health Systems in Nashville where she, among other things, serves as expert resource in maternal-child, women's health and pediatric/newborn services. She is a member of the American Nurses Association Nursing Scope and Standards advisory council and the American Nurses Association’s Workplace Violence and Incivility Professional Issues Panel (2016).  

Pam Orebaugh Jones, BSN’81, MSN’92, DNP’13, was featured in Vanderbilt’s MyVU for a January 2021 story about her leadership of the university’s COVID-19 public health central command center. She co-authored “A Systems Approach to Addressing Covid-19 Health Inequities,” published in NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery that month. In March 2020, she was appointed to serve on the Vanderbilt University Public Health Advisory Task Force, formed as a resource during the pandemic, and spoke at two town hall meetings in July to share information about COVID-19 with faculty, staff, students and families, as well as about VUSN’s leadership in campus contact tracing and educating patients. Pam was named a Women to Watch by Nashville Medical News in May. She moderated the VUSN Alumni Board’s DNP Know Your Value event in January 2019, and was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing that October. Pam met with Surgeon General Jerome Adams in May 2018 while he visited Vanderbilt, and received the Rebecca Culpepper Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center the same month. She was honored as the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter 2018 Nursing Administration Nurse of the Year. Pam received the State Advocate Award from American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2015. 

Kathie Krause, MSN’92, was appointed by Governor Bill Lee to the Tennessee Health Care Modernization Task Force in November 2019. She was chairperson for the 2018 Nurse of the Year event in Nashville and was named to the board of directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville in February 2017. As chief nursing officer at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Kathie wrote her reflections on nursing for the hospital’s celebration of Nurses Week 2016.  

Christy Golden Mars, MSN’92, DNP’15, is an acute care nurse practitioner at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee (2017). 

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 (2018).  

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. 

JoAnn Rietveld, MSN’92 , of Clarks Grove, Minnesota, passed away January 1, 2021. 

Sandy Seidel, MSN’92, presented “Reflective Practice,” during Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s grand rounds in February 2016, where she is an associate in ambulatory psychiatry in Nashville. 

Carolyn Wood Smeltzer, MSN’92, is a pediatric and family nurse practitioner at Desert Shores Pediatrics in Gilbert, Arizona (2020). 

Carolyn Wood Snider, MSN’92 , of Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away in June 2017. 

Pam Waynick-Rogers, MSN’92, PMC’96, was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN in January 2020, and co-authored “The Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning: Sustaining a Longitudinal, Clinical Experience that Aligns Practice with Education,” published in Academic Medicine in April. She was named treasurer of the Tennessee chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nursing in December. Pam co-published “An Educational Tool for Promoting Transitional Health Care Planning by Nurses from the Hospital to the Community,” in the May 2019 issue of Nursing Education Perspectives. She co-presented “Sustainability Conceptual Model: Three Pillars to Support Interprofessional Collaboration,” and “Implementation of a Longitudinal Standardized Patient Encounter: How Do You Evaluate Individual Students and Student Teams?” at the Collaborating Across Borders conference in October. Pam received an American Interprofessional Health Collaborative Scholar Award in October 2017.