Class of 1999

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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Molly Payne Ainsworth, MSN’99, is a nurse practitioner at Birmingham Heart Clinic in Trussville, Alabama (2020).

Leah Garrett Bowen, MSN’99, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at the Nashville Center for Hope and Healing. She was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. Leah is a psychiatric advanced practice nurse for the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital/Metro Nashville Public Schools counseling program (2018).

Sharon England Bryant, MSN’99, co-authored “Postintensive Care Syndrome," published in Critical Care Nursing Clinics in December 2019.

Christina Chisenhall Dozier, MSN’99, is a family nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt Primary Care Clarksville in Tennessee (2020).

Tracy Privette George, MSN’99, is lead author of “Virtual Collaboration in Academia,” published in Creative Nursing in August 2020.

Martina Harris, MSN’99, was interviewed in July 2019 by the Chattanooga Times Free Press for an article about the shortage of nurses in that city. She is the director of nursing at Chattanooga State Community College, and president of District 4 of the Tennessee Nurses Association. 

Laura Hein, MSN’99, PhD’06, is associate professor at University of South Carolina College of Nursing in Columbia (2018). 

Sharon Karp, MSN’99, PhD’08, co-authored “Infant Feeding Beliefs and Practices: Effects of Maternal Personal Characteristics,” published in the Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing in May 2020, and “Family-Centered Care: How Close Do We Get When Talking to Parents of Children Undergoing Diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorders?” published in November in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders . She was published in the March 2019 issue of Nursing Clinics and received the VUSN Tradition Meets Innovation Award in May 2018.

Brenda McFarlin, MSN’99, was named a Woman of Wilson by The Wilson Post in May 2020. She is a nurse practitioner at Bradshaw Health in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Julia Cain Phillippi, MSN’99, co-authored “Group B Streptococcal Bacteriuria in Pregnancy: An Evidence‐based, Patient‐centered Approach to Care,” published in February 2020 in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health , and “A Collaborative Model of a Community Birth Center and a Tertiary Care Medical Center,” in the March issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology . In July, she co-authored “The Association between Longer Durations of the Latent Phase of Labor and Subsequent Perinatal Processes and Outcomes among Midwifery Patients,” published in Birth Issues in Perinatal Care . Julia gave the keynote address on “Integrated, Person-centered Care: Building Systems that Facilitate Inter-professional Collaboration,” at the Innovative Models of Care for Reducing Inequities in Maternal Health workshop hosted by the National Institute on Nursing Research, and co-authored “Receptivity of Hospitalized Older Adults and Family Caregivers to Prognostic Information about Aging, Injury and Frailty: A Qualitative Study,” published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies , both in September. In December, a commentary she wrote, “COVID‐19 and Perinatal Care: Facing Challenges, Seizing Opportunities,” was published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health . Julia shared a Top 5 Blue Ribbon Award at the 2019 Vanderbilt Health Professions Education Research Day for a poster, “Interprofessional Simulation between Nursing and Divinity Students: Learning beyond Roles and Checklists,” and was appointed to the Vanderbilt Leadership Academy. That year, she wrote “You MUST Read Dreyer’s English,” on the Edge for Scholars blog in April, co-authored “Applying a Physiologic Partograph to Consortium on Safe Labor Data to Identify Opportunities for Safely Decreasing Cesarean Births among Nulliparous Women,” published in May in Birth Issues in Perinatal Care , and became director of the VUSN nurse-midwifery program in June. Julia co-wrote two items for Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health: “Preventing Cesarean Birth in Women with Obesity: Influence of Unit‐Level Midwifery Presence on Use of Cesarean among Women in the Consortium on Safe Labor Data Set,” published in August, and “Using the Robson 10‐Group Classification System to Compare Cesarean Birth Utilization between U.S. Centers with and without Midwives,” in September. In 2018, Julia was named a fellow by the American Academy of Nursing, was quoted in Daily Beast about the increasing popularity of midwives, and received a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to study an interdisciplinary team-based maternity care model. She received the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter Research Nurse of the Year Award, wrote a chapter in the textbook Women's Gynecologic Health , 3rd ed. And co-authored a chapter in Best Practices in Midwifery , 2nd ed., all in 2016.

Brenda Truman Pun, MSN’99, was interviewed by the VUMC Reporter in January 2021 for co-authoring an international study that has shown a substantial degree of acute brain dysfunction among COVID-19 intensive care unit patients. She co-authored “Monitoring for Delirium in Critically Ill Adults,” published by Delirium in February 2020, and “Organizational Characteristics Associated with ICU Liberation (ABCDEF) Bundle Implementation by Adult ICUs in Michigan,” published in August in Critical Care Explorations . Brenda is director of data quality at the Vanderbilt Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction and Survivorship Center in Nashville. She was quoted in a February 2016 University of California San Francisco Science of Caring article about delirium.  

Kathleen Quinn, MSN’99, is chief healthcare officer at Discovery Integrative Healthcare and Psychotherapy Centers, with offices in Pass Christian, Mississippi; San Antonio, Texas; and New Orleans, Louisiana (2018). 

Clay Satterfield, MSN’99, is a family nurse practitioner at the Franciscan Prompt Care–Canyon Road Clinic in Puyallup, Washington (2016).

Marcia Spear, MSN’99, DNP’10, spoke about wound care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in May 2017. She published “Leadership and Emotional Intelligence: Does It Matter?” in Plastic Surgical Nursing, an electronic journal of American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses in 2015. Marcia edited Skin Grafts: Indications, Applications and Current Research , published by IntechOpen in 2011. To date, over 144,000 chapters have been downloaded globally.

Kristin Brandt Stovern, MSN’99, is a nurse practitioner specializing in obstetrics and gynecology at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri (2020).

Melissa Bailey Swinea, MSN’99, served as president of District 10 of the Tennessee Nurses Association (2018). 

Todd Warren, MSN’99, is a nurse practitioner at Orthopeadic Specialists in Arrington, Tennessee (2017).

Angela Weaver, MSN’99, is a member of a team whose project, “Educational Innovation to Assess PreSpecialty Students' Ability to Demonstrate Clinical Judgment, Effective Communication and Teamwork during an Escape Room Simulation,” was accepted for funding from the VUSN Faculty Scholarship Program in March 2020.

Helen Weems, MSN’99, is founder and director of All Families Healthcare in Whitefish, Montana (2020).

Carl Wherry, MSN’99, is president of the West Los Angeles North Chapter of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners as well as speaker of the house for its annual House of Delegates (2016).

Angela Wilson-Liverman, MSN’99, received the Mary Jane Werthan Award from the Vanderbilt University Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center in March 2018 for her contributions to the advancement of women at the university. In 2017, she received the VUSN Alumni Award for Excellence in Nursing and the Advance Practice Nurse of the Year Award from the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter, and presented "Initiating Medication in your Gestational Diabetic Patient," at the American College of Nurse-Midwives conference. She is director of advanced practice for obstetrics/gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the School of Medicine.

Jennifer Ezell Wilbeck, MSN’99, PMC’06, was featured by Prevention in March 2020 in an interview about fevers and what to look for regarding COVID-19. She moderated a panel, “Recommendations for Improving National Nurse Preparedness for Pandemic Response: Early Lessons from COVID-19,” hosted by the American College of Medical Toxology in June, and received a Certified Nurse Award from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Jennifer co-authored “Ensuring Relevance and Currency for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Profession: A Call for Collaboration,” published in the October/December issue of the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal . In April 2019, she co-presented “Trauma-informed Care for the Sexual Assault Survivor,” at the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses regional section conference, and co-authored “Dental Pain Relief in the Age of ALTO,” published in the July/September issue of Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal . Also that year, Jennifer co-published "Supporting Program Rigor in Newly Developed Specialty Academic Programs: Use of a Self-evaluation Reporting Tool for Emergency Nurse Practitioner Academic Programs," for Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in August, and a poster she co-presented received first place at the International Association of Forensic Nurses conference that September. Jennifer was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October. She became director of VUSN’s emergency nurse practitioner program in June 2018. She received the VUSN Dean's Award for Faculty Achievement in Academic Endeavors and the Advance Practice Nurse of the Year Award from the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter, both in 2017. She was named fellow by the American Association for Nurse Practitioners in 2016.  

Melody Riggenbach Wilkinson, MSN’99, co-presented “Teaching Academics,” at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners conference in June 2019. She was named a fellow of the AANP in June 2018. Melody is assistant professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.