Class of 1997

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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Robin Mobilia Berman, MSN’97, is owner and gerontological nurse practitioner at NP Housecalls in Nashville (2020). 

Katherine Bechtle Broadway, MSN’97 , of Nashville, passed away September 15, 2020. 

Stacy Batson Brown, MSN’97, is a family nurse practitioner specializing in endocrinology and diabetes at Heritage Medical Associates in Nashville (2017). 

Debi Camp, MSN’97, is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Informatics Nursing (2020).  

Connie Chenosky-Miller, MSN’97, works at the Cheyenne Veterans Administration Medical Center in a satellite clinic in Fort Collins, Colorado (2016).   

Kuei-Ru Chou, PhD’97, received the 2020 Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Award for Distinguished Career in Nursing from the VUSN Alumni Association in October. She was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2019, and into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. In May 2018. Kuei-Ru is distinguished professor and dean of the Taipei Medical University College of Nursing in Taiwan. 

Deana Morgan Clapper, MSN’97, was featured in The Tennessean in January 2020 for helping to build the Donate Life Rose Parade float and traveling to Pasadena, California, for the parade itself. She is associate executive director of Tennessee Donor Services. 

Stephanie DeVane-Johnson, MSN’97, was named Public Health Nursing Researcher of the Week by the American Public Health Association—Public Health Nursing in February 2020, for her work establishing community partnerships and infant feeding choices in black communities in Nashville. She was quoted in The Philadelphia Tribune in April about challenges experienced by Black women seeking reproductive health care, and interviewed by Reconfigure in September for an article about Black mothers and breastfeeding. In October, Stephanie was named to the Vanderbilt University Diversity Council, and in November, she spoke at “Empowered to Flourish Series: A Healthy Balance for a Confident Motherhood Journey” hosted by the Flourish Fund. She was interviewed in December about treating persistent patients in an episode of the WHYY podcast, The Pulse . Stephanie received funding from the VUSN Faculty Scholarship Program in December 2019 for “Decreasing the Breastfeeding Disparity among African American Women: Expanding a Research Trajectory at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing through Community Engagement.” She received her PhD in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2016. Stephanie is as associate professor in VUSN’s nurse-midwifery program (2019). 

JoAnn Ferland, MSN’97, is a family nurse practitioner at NorthCrest Family Healthcare in Springfield, Tennessee (2020). 

Carrie Harvey, MSN’97, is an associate professor in nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee (2017). 

Jenny Hannagan Kim, MSN’97, served as moderator of “COVID, Quarantining and Geriatrics: How Can We Help Elders Stay Safe and Strong This Winter?” in December 2020, part of the VUSN Dore to Dore Alumni Forum. She received the VUSN DAISY Award for Small Group Facilitator at the MSN Level in June 2019. Jenny was named a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in June 2018, and was selected by VUSN students to receive the Sara K. Archer Award for the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner specialty. Also in 2018, she was chosen by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence to be a member of its inaugural Distinguished Educator Class. She was named a Rising Star by the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association in spring 2017, and she published her doctor of nursing practice scholarly project in the Annals of Long Term Care in 2016. She is a professor at VUSN and treasurer of GAPNA. 

Anthony Lathrop, BA’87, MSN’96, PMC’97, is a certified nurse-midwife in Indianapolis, Indiana (2020). 

Latisha Lochabay, MSN’97 , of Henrico, Virginia, passed away October 19, 2020. 

Amanda McGraw, MSN’97 , of Hobbs, New Mexico, passed away February 5, 2017.  

Tammy Jackson McKay, MSN’97, retired after working as an oncology nurse/nurse practitioner, mostly at Tennessee Oncology in Nashville. She got married in 2008. 

Jacqi McMillian-Bohler, MSN’97, was featured as a National League for Nursing/Jonas Scholar in the spring 2016 issue of Villanova Nursing magazine.  

Rebecca Isley Miller , MSN’97, is a pediatric nurse at Vanderbilt Home Health in Nashville, where she makes daily visits to pediatric patients with various diagnoses and ages (2017). 

Kathy Simmons Moss, MSN’97, MBA’97, received Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Five Pillar Award, and was an editorial board member of The Empowered Nurse: Peer-Reviewed Journal for Innovative VUMC Nursing Research, Volume 1, Issue 1, both in May 2018. 

Gayle Botbyl Pitts, MSN’97, is a family nurse practitioner at the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center in Knoxville, Tennessee (2020). 

Cherie Robbins, MSN’97, is a nurse practitioner and director of health at the University School of Nashville (2020). 

Royce Ryker, MSN’97, joined the Corvallis Clinic Gastroenterology Department in Oregon, in January 2016, as a nurse practitioner 

Kristin Sohn, MSN’97, completed a neonatal-perinatal fellowship at University of California Davis. She is working as a neonatologist in Reno, Nevada (2017). 

Julie Sumner, MSN’97, read her work at Williamson County (Tennessee) Public Library’s "poets who heal" event in April 2016.  

Charlotte Swint, MSN’97, is interim director of the undergraduate nursing program at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia. She was a 2016-17 scholar in the Sigma Theta Tau Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy, and co-chair/founder of the Health Policy Education Special Interest Group for the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. 

Ellen Volpe, MSN’97 , of Rochester, New York, passed away June 8, 2017. 

Cindy Waller, MSN’97, PhD’11, is dean of health care professions at Nashville State Community College (2018).   

Courtney Watson Wilson, MSN’97, is a family nurse practitioner at Consults in Wellness in Wilmington, North Carolina (2020).