Class of 2002

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


Laura Swann Craddock, MSN’02, is a nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Center in Nashville and Vanderbilt Hepatology, Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplant in Madison, Alabama (2020).

Travis Dunlap, MSN’02, co-authored a chapter on hepatitis C treatment in an e-book, Sexually Transmitted Infections, An Issue of Nursing Clinics, published by Elsevier Health Sciences in August 2020. He successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in April 2019. He was quoted in a July 2017 Memphis Daily News article about children playing football, and co-presented a poster at Vanderbilt University's Health Professions Education Research Day that October.

Tammy Graham, MSN’02, spoke at her alma mater, Beaverton High School in Michigan, in April 2019, for its THINK Big Talk Series connecting students with alumni. She is a nurse practitioner in Saginaw at Covenant Healthcare Regional neonatal intensive care unit. 

Aimee Chism Holland, MSN’02, received the Alumni Award for Innovation in Health Care from the VUSN Alumni Association in October 2019. She is assistant dean for graduate clinical education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing and immediate past chair of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health. Aimee presented “Office Gynecology Procedures,” at the American Association of Nursing Practitioners conference in June 2019, and received the 2016 Rising Nurse Educator Award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

Adriene Hughes, MSN’02, is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Mednax, Inc., in Middle Tennessee, treating neonates to six weeks of age in high-risk delivery and throughout their intensive care unit stay. She is also practicing in Houston, Texas, where she is the lead nurse practitioner in a level 2-3 setting (2018). 

Angela Jackson, MSN’02, is a family nurse practitioner at Saint Thomas Medical Partners in Nashville (2017).

Jinaki James, MSN’02, is a women’s health nurse practitioner at El Centro de Corazon in Houston, Texas (2019).

Elizabeth Warren Netsch, MSN’02, is a nurse practitioner at Faith Family Medical Center in Nashville (2020).

Julie Elam Otte, MSN’02, was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2019. She is an associate professor at Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis.

Rashida Pollion, MSN’02, was a nominee for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Nurses: The Heart of Health Care program in April 2018.

Caroline Portis-Jenkins, BS’97, MSN’02, co-CEO of Connectus Health, was honored among Women of Influence by the Nashville Business Journal in November 2018. 

Katie Nolan Rosenhagen, MSN’02, is a nurse practitioner in the office of Elizabeth LaRoche, MD, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and a CrossFit coach (2017).

Michelle Dillow Schramm, BS’99, MSN’02, is a women’s health nurse practitioner at University Health Services in New Jersey, serving Princeton University students and their dependents, as well as faculty and staff (2020).

Liz Sharpe, MSN’02, was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in October 2020. She is an associate professor and director of the neonatal nurse practitioner specialty at Ohio State University in Columbus. Liz was re-elected in October 2016 as a director-at-large to the National Association of Neonatal Nurses board of directors.

Valerie Turpen, MSN’02, joined Deaconess Primary Care for Seniors in Evansville, Indiana, in May 2016 an acute care nurse practitioner

Traci Warner, MSN’02, is co-piloting a faith-based community health initiative in Nicaragua called Helping Hands. She trains lay people with some medical experience to meet the physical and spiritual needs of members of their community as an extension of a local church (2017).

Michelle Wilson, MSN’02, was interviewed in August 2016 by WPSD-TV about her role as a nurse practitioner at the Baptist Health clinic at Paducah Tilghman High School in Kentucky.