Class of 2003

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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Sheree Allen, MSN’03, is highlighted as one of the Professors to Know from among schools with online doctor of nursing practice programs in nursing leadership by Nurse Practitioner Schools (2018). 

Traci Turner Boswell, MSN’03, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Genesis Psychiatric Services in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (2017).

Jason Boylan, MSN’03, has a private practice in downtown and East Nashville called Third and Church Health Care (2017).

Kiersten Brown-Espaillat, BS’99, MSN’03, was named to the American Heart Association’s Greater Southeast Affiliate board of directors for the 2018-19 fiscal year. She presented “Assessing Neurological Changes,” at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in September 2018, where she is the stroke program manager. She was appointed in August 2016 to the AHA Greater Southeast Affiliate Board and serves on its Tennessee advocacy subcommittee. 

Melissa Griswold Davis, MSN’03, received the VUSN Dean’s Award for Faculty Achievement in Clinical Practice in July 2020. She was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN in 2019 and was interviewed in December 2018 by My Southern Health for an article about the advantages of seeing a nurse practitioner. Melissa is director of West End Women's Health Center and Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwives and Primary Care Melrose. 

Laura Beckwith Dotson, MSN’03, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Centerstone in Titusville, Florida (2018). 

Emily Lee Durbin Edwards, MSN’03, was named chief nursing officer at North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point in January 2017.

Patricia Wells Haeberle , MSN’03, is an acute care nurse practitioner at Saint Thomas Medical Partners in Nashville, specializing in adult cardiothoracic and vascular medicine (2017).

Tina Hodges, MSN’03, was featured as one of the Nashville Business Journal's Women of Influence in April 2017, and recognized by Inc. Magazine as an Impact 50 Award recipient in November 2015. 

Mona Galbreath Hoehler, MSN’03 , of Nashville, passed away in February 24, 2016.  

Suzanne Tilley Hurley, MSN’03, was interviewed in November 2019 by National Public Radio for a Morning Edition story about the health risks of chronic hunger. She is co-chief executive officer of Connectus Health, and was honored among Women of Influence by the Nashville Business Journal in November 2018.

Krista Koleas, MSN’03, was named to the board of Siloam Health in Nashville in January 2017. She is a nurse manager at Nashville Skin and Cancer.

Melissa McGuire Logue, MSN’03, is a stem cell transplant nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville (2018). 

Wendi Mason, MSN’03, presented about pulmonary fibrosis in January 2017 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and "Not all Shortness of Breath is Created Equal," in December at Vanderbilt Heart in Franklin, Tennessee. She is program director of Vanderbilt’s idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis center.

Rachel McDowell, MSN’03, co-authored “Developing Best Practices to Mitigate Opioid Abuse Is a Priority in Cancer Care,” which was published in Oncology Live in July 2018 and appeared on the front cover. She was published in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s The Empowered Nurse: Peer-Reviewed Journal for Innovative VUMC Nursing Research, Volume 1, Issue 2, in November 2018.

Marie-Louise Miesel, MSN’03, has been a nurse practitioner for 12 years at Regents Medical Center in Pleasant View, Tennessee, specializing in internal medicine. She became a certified health and wellness coach in 2017 and a diplomat of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Annie Moon, MSN’03, received the Alma Gault Alumni Award for Public Service from VUSN in October 2018. 

Abigail Moss, MSN’03, was voted to receive the Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Nurse Practitioner in Prentiss County, Mississippi, in 2015. She works at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. 

Jennifer Nichols, MSN’03, is an acute care nurse practitioner at Erlanger Health System Neuroscience Institute in Chattanooga, Tennessee (2020).

Julie Perry, MSN’03, successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Missouri in Columbia in May 2018. Her study is titled "Pediatric Critical Care Nurses: Distress and Appraisal during Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatment.” 

Keri Revett , MSN’03, is a program manager with Vanderbilt Network Services in Nashville, a division of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2017)

Sheila Ridner, MSN’00, PhD’03, is lead author of “L-Dex, Arm Volume and Symptom Trajectories 24 Months after Breast Cancer Surgery,” published in Cancer Medicine in January 2020. She co-authored “A Qualitative Examination of Patient Priorities and Preferences during Treatment Decision-making for Recurrent Head and Neck Cancer,” in Supportive Care in Cancer , both in May, and “Implementing a Prospective Surveillance and Early Intervention Model of Care for Breast Cancer-related Lymphedema into Clinical Practice: Application of the RE-AIM Framework,” published in June in Supportive Care in Cancer . In October, “Measuring Functional Status in Huntington's Disease,” which she co-authored, was published in Movement Disorders . Sheila is lead author of “Lymphedema Symptom Intensity and Distress Surveys—Truncal and Head and Neck, Version 2.0,” published in Lymphatic Research and Biology , and was featured, along with her research, in Vanderbilt’s MyVU in November. She retired from her role as Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of Nursing and director of the VUSN PhD in Nursing Science program in December. Sheila was named American Cancer Society ResearcHERS ambassador in May 2019. Her research on measuring the risks for developing lymphedema appeared in spring 2019 in BusinessWire , HealthDay , Medscape , U.S. News , Yahoo Finance and other media outlets , and, later, in Oncology Times , Journal of Women’s Health , Lymphatic Research and Biology and The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience . She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in July 2017 and the University of Kentucky College of Nursing Hall of Fame in November of that year. Sheila received the 2016 VUSN Dean’s Award for Faculty Achievement in Research Endeavors. She co-authored "A Prospective Study of the Lymphedema and Fibrosis Continuum in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer," published in the December issue of Lymphatic Research and Biology , and cited as one of the journal's most widely read, circulated and cited articles. She is the principal investigator on a bioimpedance spectroscopy technology project for ImpediMed and is featured in an educational webinar about a proposed standard of care that may help people with lymphedema.

Virginia Edwards Rosas, MSN’03, wrote “SonoSpine: A New Tool in the Fight against Opioid Addiction,” published in the Washington Times in April 2018.

Erin Black Shankel, MSN’03, is quoted in the NP Schools blog for “Tennessee NPs: The Fight for Full Practice Authority” (2018). 

Andy Shirley, BS’00, MSN’03, is a nurse practitioner in the neurology intensive care unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma in Baltimore (2018). 

Rachael Goad Smith, MSN’03, is a nurse practitioner at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center in Little Rock (2020).

Tanya Sorrell, MSN’03, was named assistant director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network—Great Lakes Region in July 2020. She is an associate professor of psychiatry at Rush University in Chicago, and owner/provider at Yuma Mental Health and Wellness Center in Arizona. In July 2019, while she was associate professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing in Aurora, Tanya began a $5 million, two-year legislative program to train advanced practice providers and assist patients needing substance use treatment in rural areas of the state. She recently served on the VUSN Alumni Association Board.

Tiffany Street, MSN’03, DNP’18, was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN in January 2020 and appointed to represent VUSN as a board member of the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association, starting in July. She was recently president of the VUSN Alumni Association Board. Tiffany presented at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in August 2018. She is administrative director of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.

Liz Adams Threlkeld, MSN’03, is a nurse practitioner at Faith Family Medical Center in Nashville (2020).

Ty Williams, MSN’03, DNP’12, is a member of the VUSN Alumni Association Board. He is co-author of “Supporting Student Success: A Meaningful and Efficient Teaching Strategy to Document Practice Hours,” published in Nurse Educator in July 2020. Ty received the 2019 DAISY Award for Small Group Facilitator at the DNP Level at VUSN where he is assistant professor.