Class of 2008

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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Keith Adkins, MSN’08, is a nurse practitioner at The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, specializing in cardiology (2020).

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. 

Rob Anderson, MSN’08, is an assistant in general internal medicine and public health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville (2017).

Richard Aries, MSN’08, is in medical staff services at Swedish Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle, Washington (2016). 

Anabel Robertson Atkinson, MSN’08, is a school nurse at University Park Elementary in Dallas, Texas (2017).

Autumne Bailey, MSN’08, is administrative director of performance, management and improvement at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (2017).

Sarah Barrett, MSN’08, presented at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in August 2018. 

Brittany Hagy Broyhill, BS’06, MSN’08, DNP’13, co-authored "Developing and Expanding APRN and PA teams," published by American Nurse in December 2020, and received the Pinnacle Award from Atrium Health in November 2019. Brittany presented at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses National Teaching Institute meeting and at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, both in 2018. She received the VUSN Alumni Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2016

Trina Corley, MSN’08, is the owner of Advanced Family Medical Clinic in Nashville, where she is also a provider (2017).

Kalyn Bowra Crosby, BS’07, MSN’08, joined Nashville Skin as a nurse practitioner in March 2018. 

Claire Givens Crunk, MSN’08, participated in a VUSN women's health nurse practitioner alumni panel in August 2017, and recently served on the Alumni Association Board.

Katie DeFries, MSN’08, is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Nursing Alumna Award from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.

Laura Devor, MSN’08, is a nurse practitioner at Rocky Mountain Restorative Medicine in Montrose, Colorado (2020).

Tracey DeWire, MSN’08, is a nurse practitioner in surgical oncology at Vanderbilt Breast Center in Nashville and is featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight (2018).

Louise Dobkins, MSN’08, is an adult nurse practitioner at Swedish Primary Care at Mercer Island, Washington (2016). Her daughter, Caroline Leithner, MSN’16, MDiv’16, graduated with a dual degree.

Michelle Drew, MSN’08, is a nurse practitioner in obstetrics and gynecology at ChristianaCare’s Wilmington Women's Health in Delaware (2020).

April Dunlevy, MSN’08, is a registered nurse at Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute in Anchorage (2019).

Samantha Eagle, MSN’08, PMC’13, presented at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in August 2018. 

Stephanie Fisher, MSN’08, was selected for the 2016 Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Teaching at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

Lisa James Flemmons, MSN’08, was photographed by the Nashville Scene in December 2020 in an article honoring health care workers as Nashvillians of the Year. She appeared in the Vanderbilt Hustler , Columbia Daily Herald and several local television stations stories about Vanderbilt University Medical Center distributing the first COVID-19 vaccines to heath care providers. Lisa is a nurse practitioner in the medical intensive care center at VUMC where she presented at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp in August 2018. 

Lisa Garwood, MSN’08, is a nurse practitioner at Mid-State Gastroenterology in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (2020).

Alison Hartwell, MSN’08, is a certified nurse-midwife at Acclaim Nurse-Midwives in Fort Worth, Texas (2020).

Chelsia Harris, MSN’08, was named executive director of the Lipscomb University School of Nursing in Nashville in June 2019. She appeared on OzarksLive! in Springfield, Missouri, in September 2015 to discuss her book, Created & Called.  

Hillary Hatcher, MSN’08, spoke about osteoporosis at the Franklin, Tennessee, office of Dani Williamson, MSN’09 , in August 2017. She is a nurse practitioner at Neurosurgery Associates in Nashville.

Lydia Vincent Hathorn, MSN’08, is a women’s health nurse practitioner at the Gynecology Specialty Clinic at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas (2019).

Bekah Hayes, MSN’08, was a panelist for “COVID, Quarantining and Geriatrics: How Can We Help Elders Stay Safe and Strong This Winter?” in December 2020, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum. She is a geriatric nurse practitioner at Compassionate Health Associates in Franklin, Tennessee.

Elizabeth Adair Herbert, MSN’08, is a nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt Children's Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in Nashville(2020).

Jane Hipps, MSN’08 , of Waynesville, North Carolina, passed away February 6, 2019.

Liz Howard, PhD’08, presented “Understanding Your Options: From Bump to Birth and Beyond,” in October 2020, as part of the Empowered to Flourish Series presented by the Flourish Fund and Women & Infants.

Haley Hoy, PhD’08, is the associate dean of graduate programs, associate professor and acute care nurse practitioner at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (2017).

Todd Isbell, MSN’08, was named chief nursing officer in July 2019 at Memorial Health in Savannah, serving 35 counties in southeast Georgia.

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.

Rachel Kimble, MSN’08, is an acute care nurse practitioner at CHI Memorial in Chattanooga, Tennessee (2017).

Ingrid Larson, MSN’08, is one of 20 members named to the 2021 American Organization for Nurse Leadership’s Young Professional Voices in late 2020.

Amanda Dean Martin, MSN’08, is chief of advanced practice and clinical integration for the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she provides strategic oversight of advanced practice providers, genetic counselors, telehealth, cancer screening, cancer survivorship and patient access efforts for the oncology service line throughout Arizona and Northern Colorado (2018). 

Lesley Mathis, MSN’08, wrote “Keys to Maximizing Business, Clinical and Operational Efficiencies in the World of Remote Patient Monitoring,” published on the blog, Care Innovations . She is a clinical manager with Care Innovations and lives in the Nashville area (2019).

Cameron McGregor, MSN’08, was named among the Dayton Business Journal’s 2015 Class of Forty Under 40 winners. She is system vice president at Neuroscience and Oncology Institutes for Premier Health in Dayton, Ohio.  

Keith McKernan, MSN’08, joined the faculty of Aspen University School of Nursing and Health Sciences in Denver, Colorado, as an adjunct professor in September 2020, teaching in the bachelor of science in nursing pre-licensing and bachelor of science in health care administration programs.

Amanda Fordham Milliniks, MSN’08, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Academy Children’s Clinic in Nashville (2020).

Sonya Moore, MSN’08, is the director of adult performance management and improvement in the department of quality, safety and risk prevention at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2018). 

Corrie Logan Morris, MSN’08, joined the staff of Baptist Health Medical Group Cardiology in Lexington, Kentucky, as a nurse practitioner in October 2020.

Lauren Nevels Oliver, MSN’08, presented at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in August 2018. 

Mary Prisco, MSN’08, is a nurse practitioner at Neighborhood Health in Nashville (2017).

Mollie Lehner Reed, MSN’08, is a leadership board member of the AIM with Immunotherapy Foundation and a nurse practitioner in the Sarah Cannon Research Institute drug development unit at Tennessee Oncology in Nashville (2020).

Teresa Reske, MSN’08, was promoted to associate dean of graduate and doctoral studies for the school of nursing at the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Massachusetts, in September 2020.

Matt Schroer, MSN’08, co-authored “Easing the Psychological Impact of COVID-19 for Nurses,” published in April 2020 in American Nurse , and received the VUSN Daisy Award for Small Group Facilitator at the MSN Level in June. He co-authored “Easing the Psychological Impact of COVID-19 for Nurses: An Update for Tennessee Nurses,” published in the summer issue of Tennessee Nurse . Matt is lead author of “Treating Child and Adolescent Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Behavioral Disorders in Primary Care,” and co-author of “Treating Child and Adolescent Depression and Anxiety in Primary Care,” both in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in September. Matt was a panelist for “Compassion Fatigue during COVID-19: How Nurses and NPs Can Stay Grounded,” in November, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum. He completed his doctor of nursing practice at Maryville University in Saint Louis, Missouri, in September 2017. His project, "The Qualitative Examination of the Lived Experience of a Mindfulness Information Course on the Self-care Practices of Mental Health Clinicians," was completed at Mercy Clinic in Franklin, Tennessee, where he is a psychiatric nurse practitioner as well as an instructor at VUSN.

Trickera Sims, MSN’08, is a family nurse practitioner in Savannah, Georgia (2016).

Micah Skeens, PhD’08, is lead author of “Toward a Better Understanding: An Exploration of Provider Perceptions in Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Adherence,” published in Pediatric Transplantation in July 2020.

Christine Gerson Suriani, MSN’08, is on staff at Centre Pediatric Associates in Brookline, Massachusetts (2016).  

Erin Tolbert, MSN’08, founded MidLevelU, an online resource for nurse practitioners and physician assistants (2016). 

Dederick Yeargin, MSN’08, is an advance practice nurse at the Veterans Administration clinic in Dover, Tennessee, where he assists retired and disabled veterans in the region (2017).