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. And, when posting on social media please tag us! #VUSN

Look below for news from your classmates as of June 30, 2022; items received since Jan. 1 are shown in red font.


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).

Sherri Randolph Bruff, MSN'97 , is the subject of a story in VUMC Voice about marrying her college sweetheart in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center COVID unit, days before he succumbed to the virus. Sherri is a nurse practitioner in Springfield, Tennessee.

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 Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Award for Distinguished Career in Nursing presented by the VUSN Alumni Association during the school's annual awards ceremony in October 2020. 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, presented , "Embodied Conversational Agents: Potential Acceptance for HPV Vaccine Promotion among Black Men," at the International Cancer Education Conference in December 2021. In March 2022, her work co-founding the Alliance for Black Doulas for Black Mamas was featured in NC Policy Watch , and, in April by ABC News . In May, Stephanie co-presented "Nutrition Basics for Midwives," at the American College of Nurse-Midwives conference. Her work to mitigate Black maternal death rates was featured by the Duke University School of Nursing , Mirage.News and VUSN . Stephanie co-authored "Breastfeeding Sisters that are Receiving Support: Community-based Peer Support Program Created for and by Women of Color," published in Breastfeeding Medicine , and had her funding for the project "Decreasing the Breastfeeding Disparity among African American Women: Expanding a Research Trajectory at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing through Community Engagement," renewed by the VUSN Faculty Scholarship Program, both in February 2021.  Her work to improve birth outcomes for Black women was featured in March in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Health and Medicine . In April, Stephanie was interviewed by Good Morning America about the benefits of Black doulas and presented at the Flourish Fund. She was named a fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in May, and was featured on the Milk Minute podcast episode, "Black Breastfeeding Equity and Opportunity for Change," recorded in August. Stephanie 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 that 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 UNC-CH in May 2016. Stephanie is as associate professor in VUSN's nurse-midwifery program.

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

Carol Groninger, MSN'97 , of Franklin, Tennessee, passed away December 3, 2021.

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

Alisa Haushalter, MSN'97, was honored In May 2022 as one of 50 outstanding graduates of Belmont University School of Nursing in Nashville, and was named the 2020 Communicator of the Year by the Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in January 2021. She is an associate professor of nursing at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Mike Huggins, MSN'97, was a panelist for "What COVID-19 Taught Us about Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners...and Their Patients," in May 2021, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum. He is an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Nursing, where he leads the adult gerontological primary care nurse practitioner program.

Jenny Hannagan Kim, MSN'97, received the VUSN Dean's Award for Faculty Achievement in Social Justice in May 2022, and served on the United Health Foundation advisory council, offering commentary on the  America's Health Rankings: Senior Report 2022 . She co-presented a four-part educational course for family caregivers of individuals with dementia or Alzheimer's, hosted by the Vanderbilt University Child and Family Center in winter/spring 2021. She was voted president-elect of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association that August, and presented, "Managing Medications in Older Women: The Role of the Nurse Practitioner," at the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health conference in October, and co-presented, "Using Simulation to Teach Office-based Screening of At-risk Older Adult Automobile Drivers," in December at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Health Professions Education Research Day. Jenny 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, and 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 received the Sara K. Archer Excellence in Teaching Award from students in 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 GAPNA in spring 2017, and she published her doctor of nursing practice scholarly project in the Annals of Long Term Care in 2016. Jenny is a professor at VUSN.

Anthony Lathrop, BA'87, MSN'96, PMC'97, is a certified nurse-midwife in Indianapolis (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. 

Janna Vick Miller, MSN'97, earned her doctorate of nursing practice in May 2021 at Murray State University in Kentucky. She is a family nurse practitioner at a Tennova Family Practice rural health clinic in Dover, Tennessee, and an adjunct nursing professor at Austin Peay University in Clarksville.

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. She is administrative director of ambulatory nursing and clinical support services at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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

Jennifer Scroggie, MSN'97, PMC'16, received the DAISY Foundation Award for Small Group Facilitator at the MSN Level at VUSN in May 2021.

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

Julie Sumner, MSN'97, presented her poetry at Williamson County (Tennessee) Public Library's "poets who heal" event in April 2016. She is a nurse in the intensive care units and the liver transplant service at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Charlotte Swint, MSN'97, 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. She is interim director of the undergraduate nursing program at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia.

Donna Lee Venters, MSN'97 , of Ruston, Louisiana, passed away April 8, 2022.

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

Cindy Waller, MSN'97, PhD'11, was interviewed on Main Street Nashville "Mornings on Main Street" program in December 2021. She is dean of healthcare professions at Nashville State Community College. 

Cynthia Haynes Wasden, MSN'97, received an Excellence in Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in October 2021.

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