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. 

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

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 in 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 recently served on the VUSN Alumni Association Board. 

Lynnette Clancy, MSN’98, is a nurse practitioner at 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, presented “Healthcare for Transgender and Nonbinary Patients,” at Vanderbilt University Medical Center 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). 

Eva Dye, MSN’98, 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. She 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). 

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). 

Rolanda Johnson, PhD’98, was interviewed in August 2020 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 . Rolanda served on the 2018 Nurse Faculty Scholars Selection Committee administered by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 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 is a member-at-large of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties board of directors, and was named a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2015.  

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). 

Melissa Ott, MSN’98, is owner/operator and psychiatric nurse practitioner at Genesis Psychiatric Services in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (2017). 

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

Kyle Rybczyk, MSN’98, 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 voted by VUSN students to receive the Sara K. Archer Award for the pediatric nurse practitioner acute care specialty in August 2020. She 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).