Class of 1993

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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Tanya Fager Boswell, MSN’93, co-presented a poster, “Decreasing Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections by Increasing Bundle Compliance in the NICU: A Quality Improvement Project,” at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nursing Research Day 2019 poster session. 

Pearl Bransford, MSN’93 , of Franklin, Tennessee passed away November 27, 2020. She had served as an alderman for 13 years at the time of her death, which was covered by the Tennessean , the Tennessee Tribune , Williamson Source , Williamson Herald and WTVF. 

Gina Bullington, MSN’93, was featured in StyleBlueprint in October 2019 in an interview about her position as chief nursing officer at TriStar Horizon Medical Center in Dickson, Tennessee. 

Carol Callaway-Lane, MSN’93, DNP’11, co-authored “P2.11-33 Organizational Readiness for Implementation of Lung Cancer Screening in a Veterans Affairs Healthcare System,” published in Journal of Thoracic Oncology in October 2019. 

Donna Elrod, MSN’93, was named to the Great 100 Nurses Foundation’s annual list of top nurses in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas in April 2019. 

Leslie Folds, MSN’93, is on faculty at the Belmont University School of Nursing in Nashville (2016). 

Susan Honeycutt Furtwengler, BS’91, MSN’93, is a nurse practitioner at Family Practice of Madison in Alabama (2019). 

Lee Ann Hanna, MSN’93, was recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors in July 2019. She is clinical professional development educator at HCA TriStar Division in Nashville. 

Julie Tipton Higdon, MSN’93, leads a Baptist Health walk-in clinic for the Lone Oak School community in Paducah, Kentucky. She is on the leadership team of school officials to pioneer a model to implement educational programs, act as a valuable resource for immunization and school/sports physical requirements, and work to lessen truancy in both children and staff (2015).  

Leslie Welch Hopkins, MSN’93, is lead author for a chapter on hepatitis C treatment in an e-book, Sexually Transmitted Infections, An Issue of Nursing Clinics , published by Elsevier Health Sciences in August 2020. She received the Sara K. Archer Award from VUSN adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner specialty students that same month. She was recognized in August 2019 for 25 years of service at Vanderbilt University . She co-authored “Consequences of Dietary Sugar Consumption: A Historical Perspective,” published in  The Nurse Practitioner, and presented “Suicide Risk and Prevention among Nurses” at the Tennessee Nurses Association conference, both in October 2019. Leslie co-presented a poster at Vanderbilt University's Health Professions Education Research Day in October 2017. She was named an Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program fellow in October 2016, and was vice chair-elect for the Vanderbilt University Faculty Senate for 2016-17.  

Marion Maury Jones, MSN’93, and her husband were the subject of an April 2018 article in the Star News Online about her life as a student and nurse and his as a professional songwriter. They live in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

Katie Dremann Justice, MSN’93, PMC’14, is on staff at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City (2018). 

Betsy Babb Kennedy, BSN’89, MSN’93, co-authored “Development and Pilot Testing of a Multidimensional Learning Environment Survey,” in the April 2020 issue of Nurse Educator , and was promoted to associate dean for nontenure track faculty affairs and advancement at VUSN in September. She co-presented “Speak Up Culture and the Academic Nursing Environment: The Junior Faculty Perspective,” at a Sigma Theta Tau International conference in January 2019, and spoke at the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses regional section conference in April. Betsy co-authored “Mentoring Nursing Faculty: An Inclusive Scholarship Support Group,” published that September in Nurse Educator . She co-edited  Intrapartum Management Modules, 5th ed ., the runner-up in the American Journal of Nursing's Book of the Year in 2016 for the maternal-child health category, and received the Ingeborg Mauksch Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award at VUSN.  

Nancy Kraft, MSN’93, was selected by VUSN students to receive the Sara K. Archer Award for the neonatal nurse practitioner specialty in August 2018.   

Karla Luker, MSN’93, is a family nurse practitioner specializing in internal and family medicine at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and Surgicenter in Tennessee (2020). 

Bo Mistak, MSN’93, presented "Importance and Impact of the Advanced Practice Leader," in spring 2016 during Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Leadership Excellence in Advanced Practice program. 

Susan Mott-Coles, MSN’93, retired from VUSN at the end of the spring 2018 semester. She had worked with oncology patients since 1987. 

Sandy Spellings Myers, BSN’77, MSN’93 , of Nashville, passed away in September 2017. 

Geri Reeves, MSN’93, was interviewed by Prevention in March 2020 for an article about shortness of breath, anxiety and the coronavirus. She received the VUSN Award for Faculty Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion in June 2019, and co-authored “Writing a Diversity and Inclusivity Statement: Guidelines for Nursing Programs and Faculty,” published in Nurse Educator in November. Geri is editor of Advances in Family Practice Nursing 

Diana Ruzicka, MSN’93, is president of the National Association of Catholic Nurses-USA (2019). 

Diana Storey, MSN’93 , of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, passed away June 22, 2020. 

Kelly Ambrosi Wolgast, MSN’93, is editor of Building Innovative Nurse Leaders at the Point of Care, published in March 2020. She was named director of the Pennsylvania State University’s COVID operations control center in July 2020, where she is assistant dean for outreach and professional development and associate teaching professor in the college of nursing, in State College. Kelly was named a fellow of the American Association of Nursing in 2015, and received the President's Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives of Middle Tennessee.