Class of 2001

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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Terrah Foster Akard, MSN’01, PhD’08, co-authored “’Connection’: The Integration of a Person-centered Narrative Intervention into the Electronic Health Record: An Implementation Study,” in the January 2020 issue of the Journal of Palliative Medicine , and “Transforming a Face-to-face Legacy Intervention to a Web-based Legacy Intervention for Children With Advanced Cancer,” in the Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing in February. She is lead author of “Randomized Clinical Trial of a Legacy Intervention for Quality of Life in Children with Advanced Cancer,” published in the Journal of Palliative Care Medicine , and co-authored “Toward a Better Understanding: An Exploration of Provider Perceptions in Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Adherence,” published in Pediatric Transplantation , both in September. She is lead author of “Improved Parent-child Communication following a RCT Evaluating a Legacy Intervention for Children with Advanced Cancer,” in Progress in Palliative Care in October, and “Research Cooperative Groups in Pediatric Palliative Care Research,” published in December by Palliative Medicine Reports . Terrah was named a Vanderbilt University Chancellor Faculty fellow in May 2019. She co-published “Parent and Child Preferences and Styles of Communication about Cancer Diagnoses and Treatment,” in the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing , and co-presented a poster, “Exploration of Parent and Child Preferences for Communication about Cancer,” at the Sigma Theta Tau Congress that July. She co-authored "The Influence of Parent Distress and Parenting on Bereaved Siblings’ Externalizing Problems," published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies in December. Terrah received the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter 2018 Nurse of the Year Award for nursing education, and was invited to participate in the Vanderbilt Leadership Academy, the university’s program to identify and develop academic and administrative leaders. In 2017, she was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, was featured in the Vanderbilt Hustler  for her work with children with life-threatening conditions, and was named Nurse of the Week by The Daily Nurse. She was approved for tenure in 2016 as an associate professor at Vanderbilt. 

Keeley Roberts Bowman, MSN’01, moved to Nome, Alaska, in July 2019 to become manager of forensic nursing services at Norton Sound Health Corporation, where her patients are pediatric and adult victims of sexual or physical violence. The organization serves 10,000 people, including those of 15 Native Alaskan villages. A poster she co-presented received first place at the International Association of Forensic Nurses conference in September.

Marlee Crankshaw, MSN’01, DNP’10, was a panelist for “Compassion Fatigue during COVID-19: How Nurses and NPs Can Stay Grounded,” in November 2020, the first VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum. She is administrative director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville. Marlee co-presented posters “Implementing the Couplet Care Model When Not Every Baby is a ‘Well Baby’” and “Neonatal Staff Engagement Strategies,” at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nursing Research Day 2019 poster session, and received the Alumni Award for Clinical Achievement in Nursing from the VUSN Alumni Association that October.

Kimberly Arnold Currier, MSN’01, is a nurse practitioner specializing in gastroenterology, hepatology, nutritional deficiencies and weight loss at the Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition in Nashville (2020).

April Clements DeMers, MSN’01, was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. She is a nurse practitioner in VUMC’s adult kidney and pancreas transplant unit in Nashville (2018).

Monica Deshpande, BS’95, MSN’01, is a nurse practitioner and instructor of otolaryngology at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine in Portland (2020).

Marcos Fernandez, MSN’01, is chief nursing officer at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville (2020).

Sarah Fogel, MSN’94, PhD’01, received the Spotlight Award from the Vanderbilt University Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Life in May 2020 for her advocacy of LGBTQI health. She co-authored “Perceptions of Sexual and Gender Minority Content in Graduate Nursing Curricula,” published in Nursing Education Perspectives that month. She is director of the VUSN associate of science in nursing-masters of science in nursing program, which was ranked as the top registered nurse to MSN program in the U.S. in 2019 by RN to MSN. She was featured in the VUSN student newsletter in July 2017.

Ceree George, MSN’01, is a certified nurse-midwife at CentraCare in Long Prairie, Minnesota (2019).

Genevieve Hofmann, MSN’01, is a nurse practitioner at University of Colorado Health Women’s Care Clinic-Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology (2020).

Sally Humphrey, MSN’01, DNP’19, is an associate professor in the pediatric nurse practitioner primary care program at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis (2019).

Jean Markie, MSN’01, is an assistant professor at the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee (2017).

Ashley McFarland, MSN’01, is the owner of Ashley McFarland Aesthetics in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (2020).

Colleen Reilly Moss, BS’00, MSN’01, received funding from the VUSN Faculty Scholarship Program in March 2020 for her project “Evaluating the Impact of a Formalized Mentoring Program Using the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners Mentoring Toolkit.” She authored “Neonatal Hypocalcemia in the Infant of a Diabetic Mother,” in Neonatal Network , July/August, and was voted by students in VUSN’s neonatal nurse practitioner specialty to receive the Sara K. Archer Award in August. Colleen published "Mentoring New Graduate Nurse Practitioners," in the May/June 2019 issue of Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing, and was invited to present her doctor of nursing practice project on the same subject at the National Association of Neonatal Nurses conference that October. She wrote “Mentoring New Graduate Nurse Practitioners,” which was chosen as a Manuscript of Exceptional Merit by Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing. That year, she received the DNP Outstanding Student of the Year Award from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and second place for her poster, “Mentoring New Graduate Nurse Practitioners in the NICU,” at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nursing Research Day. Colleen completed her doctor of nursing practice from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga that December.

Brittany Huffman Nelson, BA’00, MSN’01, co-authored "Child Abuse Response Simulation for Advanced Practice Nursing Students," published in the July/August 2020 issue of Clinical Nurse Specialist . She received the Sara K. Archer Award from the students in VUSN’s pediatric nurse practitioner primary care specialty in August, which she had also received in August 2018. 

Jeannie Noblitt, MSN’01, is a nurse practitioner at the Asthma, Allergy and Sinus Center in Knoxville, Tennessee (2017).

Cara Osborne, MSN’01, was profiled by Talk Business & Politics for founding, expanding and selling Baby + Co. She is a professor in the Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Venture Innovation at the Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she became an assistant professor in the university’s college of education and health professions in September 2018. Cara was featured in January 2017 by The Blount County Daily Times (Tennessee) in a story about Baby + Co.

Liz Peck, MSN’01, and her husband were featured in a January 2016 Maryland Capital Gazette story about their healthcare work in Africa. 

Heather Quaile, MSN’01, received the 2020 Alumni Award for Clinical Achievement in Nursing from the VUSN Alumni Association in October. She is medical administrator and nurse practitioner at Wellspring Living for trafficked youth, founder/owner/chief medical officer of The SHOW Center for sexual medicine, and clinical nursing faculty at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She is a member of the board of directors of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, and is listed on the ProfNet network website as an expert in women and aging.

Peter Richards, MSN’01 , of Rock Island, Illinois, passed away November 23, 2016.

Bedelia Russell, MSN’01, received the Outstanding Faculty Award for Professional Service by Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, where she is an associate professor at the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (2018). 

Joshua Squiers, MSN’01, PhD’12, is director of the acute care nurse practitioner program and assistant professor at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing in Portland, and assistant professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine (2020).

Michelle Terrell, MSN’01, DNP’18, co-authored “Development and Testing of an Advanced Practice Clinical Advancement Program within an Academic Medical Center,” published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in July 2020. She was a panelist for the VUSN Alumni Board’s DNP Know Your Value event in January 2019. Michelle presented at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in August 2018 and at the VUMC Pediatric Critical Care Boot Camp in September 2017.

Pamela Thompson, MSN’01, is a family nurse practitioner at Precision Pain Care in Nashville and Smyrna, Tennessee (2020).

Julianne Wagnon, MSN’01, is a nurse practitioner specializing in asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, immunology, gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition for adults and children at the Vanderbilt Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic, One Hundred Oaks in Nashville (2020).

Bob Weber, MSN’01, is a family nurse practitioner at Middle Tennessee Family Medicine in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (2017).

Allyson Hilton Yanni, MSN’01, joined the Lake Norman Medical Group in Mooresville, North Carolina, as an adult nurse practitioner in neurology/neuro-ophthalmology in February 2020.