Class of 1998

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. 

The most recent listings appear first. More info may be available at www.vuconnect.com and in the Class Notes sections of Vanderbilt Nurse Magazine at https://www.vanderbilt.edu/vanderbiltnurse


Todd Ambrosia, MSN’98, is dean of the Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City (2016). 

Allison Ankuta Broomall, MSN’98, is a nursing professional development specialist at the Medical University of South Carolina Children's and Women's Hospital in Charleston (2021).

Margaret McKinney Buxton, MSN’98, co-authored “A Collaborative Model of a Community Birth Center and a Tertiary Care Medical Center,” published in the March 2020 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology , and “A Multimethod Improvement Project to Strengthen Intermittent Auscultation Practice among Nurse‐midwives and Nurses,” published that May in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health . She co-presented “A Tale of Two Births: Newborn Resuscitation and the Use of CPAP in the Out-of-hospital Setting,” at the American College of Nurse-Midwives in May 2018. Margaret is clinical director of Baby + Company in Nashville and former member of the VUSN Alumni Board.

Rozalinde Browne Christodoulos, MSN’98, is founder and owner of Advanced PICC Specialists, a company that provides peripherally inserted central catheter service to hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers (2021).

Lynnette Berggren Clancy, MSN’98, is a nurse practitioner in endocrinology with Prevea Health in Green Bay, Wisconsin (2016). 

Amy Small Culbertson, MSN’98, DNP’11, presented “Treatment Resistant and Depressive Disorder,” at the American Association of Nursing Practitioners conference in June 2019. She is assistant professor at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in Washington, D.C.

Patricia Detzel, MSN’98, received an Excellence in Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in October 2021, and presented “Healthcare for Transgender and Nonbinary Patients,” at VUMC in April 2018. She led a table talk discussion at the American College of Nurse Midwives conference in May 2017 about transgendered and nonbinary patients, and received the public and community health Nurse of the Year Award from the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter that November. She co-manages and staffs the Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health clinic that opened in July 2016 in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee.  

Jessica Manke Dieseldorff, MSN’98, is associate director of advanced practice clinicians/training at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in California, where she trains in medication abortion, ultrasound and early pregnancy complication management (2020).

Barb Duffy, BSN’80, MSN’91, PMC’98, was a panelist for “The Evolving Role of Nursing in Transgender Care,” in March 2021, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum, and received an Excellence in Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center that October. She is a nurse practitioner in the VUMC Pediatric and Adolescent Transgender Health Clinic.

Eva Dye, MSN’98, was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN in June 2021, and co-authored “Association of Time of Day and Extubation Success in Very Low Birthweight Infants: A Multicenter Cohort Study,” published in the Journal of Perinatology in July. She co-presented a poster, “Decreasing Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections by Increasing Bundle Compliance in the NICU: A Quality Improvement Project,” at the 2019 Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nursing Research Day. Eva is quality improvement projects manager for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit.

Carol Foley, MSN’98, is a family nurse practitioner at Marshall Center for Primary Care in Placerville, California (2020).

Anna Rabetoy Fong, MSN’98, is an assistant in anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2021).

Beth Levi Garrison, MSN’98, is a clinical educator at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois (2017).

Becky Goldwasser, MSN’98, is lead certified registered nurse anesthetist for obstetrics at three hospitals in the Sheridan Healthcare system in Jacksonville, Florida, where she oversees hiring, scheduling and related policies (2017).

Kim Isenberg, MSN’98, received the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Five Pillar Award in April 2021 for “leadership, wisdom and determination to help Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital during the pandemic.”

Rolanda Johnson, PhD’98, co-authored “Creating Collaborative Relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An Approach to Diversifying the Nursing Workforce,” published in Nurse Educator in April 2021, and was promoted to professor at VUSN in June. She co-presented, “Connecting with Readers through Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity,” at the International Association of Nursing Editors conference, and participated in a panel discussion, “The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer’s Role in Dismantling Educational Inequities,” hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellowship Program at the American Nurses Association Intensive Summer Institute, both in August. In September, Rolanda was elected chair of the steering committee for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Network, and invited to serve on the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing, a joint effort of the ANA, National Black Nurses Association, National Association of Hispanic Nurses and National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations. In August, 2020, Rolanda was interviewed by All Nursing Schools for an article about diversity in schools of nursing and was promoted to associate dean for equity, diversity and inclusion at VUSN in September. She is lead author of “A Summer Professional Immersion in Nursing Program for Underrepresented Minority Undergraduate Students,” published in the Journal of Nursing Education in October, and was named in December to represent VUSN as a member of the Vanderbilt University Dean’s Diversity Designates. In July 2019, Rolanda was the keynote speaker at the Tuskegee University School of Nursing and Allied Health summer capping, pinning and white coat ceremony, and presented a poster, “Distance to Pharmacies, Medication Adherence, and Health Status in a Low-Income Community,” at the Sigma Theta Tau Congress. She co-authored “Writing a Diversity and Inclusivity Statement: Guidelines for Nursing Programs and Faculty,” published in Nurse Educator that November. Rolanda was named assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at VUSN in September 2018. The news appeared in many media outlets, including The Chronicle of Higher Education , Daily Nurse , Nashville Medical News and Nashville Post . That year, she served on the Nurse Faculty Scholars Selection Committee administered by AACN and the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future, and was honored as a Vanderbilt Pioneer with a portrait unveiling.

John Killgore, MSN’98, joined the Halifax County Public Health System in North Carolina in June 2019 as a family nurse practitioner.

Norma Wall Krantz, MSN’98, received the 2019 Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Preceptor of the Year Award from VUSN in July 2019.

Steve Leonard, MSN’98, serves patients in long-term care facilities in Western Kentucky through his private practice, Leonard Health Services. He has similar patients in Middle Tennessee as well as those who are homebound (2020).

Susan Lewis, MSN’98, was featured in a December 2017 Patient Daily story about her work to improve maternal outcomes at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Rene Love, MSN’98, DNP’10, PMC’12, was named associate dean for academic affairs—graduate clinical education at the University of Florida College of Nursing in Gainesville, starting in February 2020. She received a grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration in October 2018, funding a partnership between the University of Arizona and MHC Healthcare, to increase the pool of psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner doctor of nursing practice graduates able to assist patients with opioid use disorder. She was named a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2015, and is a member-at-large of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties board of directors.

Diane Rockwell Merrill, MSN’98, presented “Lung Cancer Screening,” at the American Association of Nursing Practitioners conference in June 2019.

Megan von Gremp Morgan, BS’97, MSN’98, is a nurse practitioner at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine and Obstetrics in Rogers, Arkansas (2020).

Leah Barker Moynihan, MSN’98, is a women's health nurse practitioner in the division of urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island (2016).

Cathy Mukherji, BA’93, MSN’98, is a nurse practitioner at the Rapha Centre in Manchester, Tennessee (2020).

Pam Nelson, MSN’98, DNP’20, was interviewed by Psychiatry Advisor in February 2021 about suicide prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic, and opened Nelson Psychiatric Associates, a private practice in Nashville, in March. She is lead author of “Role of Primary Care in Suicide Prevention during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” published in July 2020 in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners .  

Melissa Ott, MSN’98, received the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Excellence Award from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s Tennessee chapter in April 2021, and co-authored “Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause: Screening and Treatment,” published in Advances in Family Practice Nursing in May. She is owner of Genesis Psychiatric Services in Murfreesboro.

Carol Parsons, MSN’98, presented “Cardiac Overview: Old and New,” during Vanderbilt University Medical Center nursing grand rounds in July 2018, and presented "Is All Chest Pain Cardiac?" during VUMC nursing grand rounds in February 2017. She spoke about heart disease and diabetes at VUMC’s One Hundred Oaks Campus nursing grand rounds that July.

Heather Robb, MSN’98 , of Memphis, Tennessee, passed away May 1, 2020.

Tracey Robinson, BS’95, MSN’98, is the founder of Trace Skin Care and Garza Plastic Surgery in Nashville (2020).

Laura Rutledge, MSN’98, received an Excellence in Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in October 2021.

Kyle Rybczyk, MSN’98, was featured by the Tennessean in November 2021 in the article, “The Tight-knit Team behind Vanderbilt's Moderna Vaccine Trial Fights to Stay Grounded,” and in December, “One and 100: Kyle Rybczyk, Nurse Practitioner,” part of a series on the impact of COVID-19 in the South. He presented “Preparing for PrEP,” at VUSN during LGBTQ+ History Month in November 2020, where he explained how to educate patients and prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis to reduce the risk of HIV infection.

Kim Kinghorn Steanson, MSN’98, was promoted in August 2021 to academic director of the pediatric nurse practitioner-acute care specialty at VUSN, where she is an assistant professor. She received the VUSN Sara K. Archer Excellence in Teaching Award from students in the PNP-AC specialty in August 2020, and was named to the Center for Teaching Junior Faculty Fellows program at Vanderbilt University in August 2019.

Julie Thomas, BS’97, MSN’98, is a women’s health nurse practitioner at Woods Gynecology in Nashville (2020).