Class of 2010

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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Shelley Atkinson, MSN’95, DNP’10, is lead author on “Improving Efficiency within a Trauma Nurse Practitioner Team,” published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in May 2020.

Josephine Bahn, MSN’10, is an acute care nurse practitioner at Meharry Medical Group in Nashville, where she specializes in digestive health (2020).

Jeaninne Blackwell, MSN’10, MTS’11, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Child & Family Services in New Bedford, Fall River and Cape Cod, Massachusetts (2020).

Christine Taherian Cahill, MSN’10, joined VUSN as a simulation lab nurse in January 2018. 

Cynthia Heilpern Cameron, BS’03, MSN’10, is a nurse practitioner at Dermatologic Surgery Center of Washington in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She received the 2016 Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Alumni Association President's Award of Distinction.

Rachel Christian, MSN’10, is an instructor of surgery-gastrointestinal tumor/endocrinology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora (2016).

Katie Cole, MSN’10, co-authored "Dedicated, Proactive, Nurse Practitioner Rapid Response Team Eliminating Barriers," published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in September 2019.

Anna Elise Cottle, MSN’10, joined Mercy Clinic Gastroenterology in Oklahoma City, Oklahima, in 2015 as a nurse practitioner.  

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, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum.

She received the Alumni Award for Clinical Achievement in Nursing from the VUSN Alumni Association in October 2019, and 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. Marlee is administrative director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville.

Kelly Davis, MSN’10, received the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Jerita Payne (MSN’90, MMHC’13) Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year Award in May 2018, and presented at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center that August. 

Heidi Dennis, MSN’10, co-presented “Look at Pediatric Sexual Assault Exam Findings and Their Significance within the 2018 Adams Classification Scale,” in September 2019 at the International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice.

Jie Deng, PhD’10, co-authored “Advanced Pneumatic Compression for Treatment of Lymphedema of the Head and Neck: A Randomized Wait-list Controlled Trial,” published in Supportive Care in Cancer in May 2020, and “Lymphedema Symptom Intensity and Distress Surveys—Truncal and Head and Neck, Version 2.0,” published in Lymphatic Research and Biology in November. She co-authored “Chronic Systemic Symptoms in Head and Neck Cancer Patients,” and “Late Soft Tissue Complications of Head and Neck Cancer Therapy: Lymphedema and Fibrosis,” both published in the August 2019 issue of JNCI Monographs . That month, she co-authored “A Comparison of Symptoms among Patients with Head and Neck or Truncal Lymphedema and Normal Controls,” published in Lymphatic Research and Biology . She is associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia. In 2017, Jie received the VUSN Dean's Award for Faculty Achievement in Research Endeavors, and co-authored "Pain Management," published in Critical Care Nursing Clinics . She was named a 2016 American Academy of Nursing fellow and awarded a research scholar grant by the American Cancer Society to develop and test a self-care program for cancer survivors diagnosed with secondary lymphedema and fibrosis.

Gary Dodd, MSN’10, wrote an opinion piece that was published by the Tennessean in April 2020 about community involvement to diminish COVID-19, and was a guest columnist for the Tennessean in July, writing the op-ed, “How to Unite a Divided Country during a Time of Unrest.”

Carrie Harland Donnell, BA’05, MSN’10, co-authored “Building a Safe and Healthy America: Eliminating Corporal Punishment via Positive Parenting,” published in the March-April 2020 issue of the Journal of Pediatric Health , and “Child Abuse Response Simulation for Advanced Practice Nursing Students,” published in the July/August issue of Clinical Nurse Specialist . She co-presented "Child Abuse and Neglect," in May 2018 during Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s annual Aprilfest. Carrie spoke about child abuse and neglect during VUMC clinical grand rounds in May 2016.  

Stuart Downs, MSN’10, DNP’13, was honored with Atlanta, Georgia’s Executive Nursing Leadership Excellence Award in 2018. He is chief operating officer and vice president of WellStar Atlanta Medical Center.

Lauren Eppinger, MSN’10, is a pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation consultant at Academy Children’s Clinic in Nashville (2020).

Patricia Estes, MSN’10, was named University of Kentucky Healthcare’s first assistant chief nurse executive for informatics in late 2020. In addition to this role, she oversees enterprise health information management, regulation and patient safety in health information technology.

Linda Fisher, PhD’10, is director of education and training and program manager of WMSNi at BIF Technologies. She lives in Gig Harbor, Washington (2018). 

Jennifer Young Fitzsimmons, BE’07, MSN’10, co-authored "Dedicated, Proactive, Nurse Practitioner Rapid Response Team Eliminating Barriers," published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in September 2019.

Sarah Flanigen, MSN’10, is a nurse practitioner at Tidewater Orthopaedic Associates in Hampton, Virginia (2020).

Soraya Fletcher, DNP’10, was on The Bachelor Season 20 and The Bachelorette Season 12 as her daughter, JoJo, competed (2016).

Tara Fox, MSN’10, is a nurse practitioner at TRF Pediatric Health in Indianapolis, Indiana (2020).

Sara Morris Garner, MSN’10, is a nurse practitioner and certified aesthetic nurse specialist at DeLozier Cosmetic Surgery Center in Nashville. She and Jeremy Garner were married in October 2014.   

Melissa Armstrong Glassford, MSN’10, co-authored “Assessment and Treatment of Dizziness and Vertigo,” published in The Nurse Practitioner in October 2019. She was featured by the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching in April 2016 on its website, as a junior faculty teaching fellow.  

Tiffany Gwartney, MSN’10, DNP’15, is an assistant professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing in Tampa (2016).

Katy Hansen, MSN’10, was featured in the March 2020 issue of VUMC Voice in a first-person account of using telehealth during the COVID-19 crisis, and was highlighted in the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt summer 2016 newsletter. Katy is a PhD student at VUSN and nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt Osher Center.

Shelton Lacy Harrell, MSN’10, was featured in the podcast, “Episode 20: What Happens When Your Work Spouse Leaves,” hosted by the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology in June 2020.

Michele Hasselblad, MSN’10, served as panelist for the VUSN MSN Know Your Value program in January 2020 and co-authored “The Disruptive BEhavior ManageMEnt ANd Prevention in Hospitalized Patients Using a BehaviORal Intervention Team (DEMEANOR) Study Protocol: A Pragmatic, Cluster, Crossover Trial,” published in Trials in May. She became vice president of ambulatory nursing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in May 2019.

Nicola Hart Hempel , MSN’10, is an acute care nurse practitioner at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (2016).

Lana Hirsch, MSN’10, is a women’s health nurse practitioner at Neighborhood Health in Nashville (2020).

Sharon Holley, DNP’10, is the first advanced practitioner to have been given a faculty appointment in the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, where she is a clinical associate professor. She is chief of the Baystate Health's midwifery division and an associate editor of Advances in Family Practice Nursing . Sharon co-authored “Providing Evidenced-Based Care During the Golden Hour,” in December 2017, which was published by – and made the cover of – Nursing for Women’s Health . In 2016, Sharon was named fellow by the American College of Nurse-Midwives, received the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter Nurse Administrator of the Year Award, and earned VUSN’s Dean’s Award for Recognition of Faculty Achievement in Clinical Practice and Sara K. Archer Award.

Hope Kieft, MSN’10, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at PATHS Community Medical Center in Danville, Virginia (2017).

Pamela Finley Kubal, MSN’10, is an acute care nurse practitioner at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida (2017).

Katy McNeill Jackson Lanz, DNP’10, was featured in ehospice in November 2020 for receiving the Alumni Award for National Leadership from the VUSN Alumni Association in October. She is founder and chief executive officer of TopSight LLC, headquartered in Pittsburgh, and national director of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Rene Love, MSN’98, DNP’10, PMC’12, was named associate dean for academic affairs—graduate clinical education at the University of Florida College of Nursing in Gainesville, starting in February 2020. She received a grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration in October 2018, funding a partnership between the University of Arizona and MHC Healthcare, to increase the pool of psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner doctor of nursing practice graduates able to assist patients with opioid use disorder. She is a member-at-large of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties board of directors, and was named a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2015. 

Georgianna Mayer, PMC’10, joined Cabinet Peaks Medical Center in Libby, Montana, in August 2019 as a hospitalist.

Manola Valverde Vides McCain, MSN’10, is a certified nurse-midwife at West End Women’s Health Center in Nashville (2020).

Melinda LaLonde McCusker, MSN’10, completed her PhD at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 2016. 

Joel Bryan McPherson , MSN’10, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at the Alvin C. York campus of the U.S. Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Murfreesboro (2016).

Laura Millener, MSN’10, is a family nurse practitioner at One Medical in Walnut Creek, California (2020).

Anne Rochford Morris, MSN’10, is a nurse practitioner at Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Diabetes and Endocrinology Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (2020).

Angela Morris-Manning, MSN’10, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. She is presently serving in Texas while pursuing a doctorate degree (2017).

Christy Cleveland Noblit, BA’07, MSN’10, was interviewed by the Nashville Scene in December 2020 in an article honoring health care workers as Nashvillians of the Year. She is a nurse practitioner in the medical intensive care center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Alane O'Connor, DNP’10, was named in January 2017 to the board of MaineGeneral Health; she is a Maine-Dartmouth family medicine residency faculty member and serves on the medical staff of MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta.

Kelly Odum, MSN’10, is a nurse practitioner at TriStar Medical Group’s Spring Hill Physicians in Tennessee (2020).

Lauren Palmore, MSN’10, is a family nurse practitioner and certified Botox injector at Crossroads Medical Group offices in Middle Tennessee (2020).

Anika Phillips, MSN’10, is a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner at Lakeview Birth & Women's Center in Stillwater, Minnesota (2020).

Jaime Pickering, MSN’10, is a certified nurse-midwife at Carolina Women's Specialists in Sumter, South Carolina (2017).

Anna Richmond, MSN’10, is lead author of “Update on Guidelines for Sexually Transmitted Infection Treatment and Management in the Adult and Adolescent Population,” published in Nursing Clinics in September 2020. She was featured on the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching website in May 2019 for her part in developing an innovative Pediatric Simulation Day at VUSN. Anna was interviewed in 2018 for a Nurse Educator video about the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching’s Nursing Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship and was highlighted as a fellow in the Center’s newsletter.

Michelle Ruslavage, MSN’10, DNP’13, received the 2020 Alma Gault Award for Public Service from the VUSN Alumni Association in October, and was deployed earlier in the year to operationalize and perform COVID-19 screenings in Massachusetts at the Boston Logan International Airport quarantine station. She is a captain in the United States Public Health Service, a public health analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and instructor at VUSN.

Aaron Scott, MSN’10, received the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter 2018 Nurse of the Year Award for advanced practice. He successfully defended his doctor of nursing practice project at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and graduated in December 2016. He is on faculty at VUSN and practices at the Clinics of Mercury Courts in Nashville.

Patty Sengstack, DNP’10, was named senior associate dean for informatics at VUSN in January 2021; this news appeared in the Nashville Post . She answered questions about informatics as guest editor of It Takes A Nurse for one week in February 2020, and was interviewed in April by the American Nursing Informatics Association president about how Vanderbilt University Medical Center is reducing electronic health record documentation during the COVID-19 pandemic, setting an example for hospitals and healthcare systems. In May, Patty was interviewed in May by HealthTech about how advances in technology affect nursing education. She is lead author of “The Six Domains of Burden: A Conceptual Framework to Address the Burden of Documentation in the Electronic Health Record,” an official position paper of the American Nursing Informatics Association Board of Directors, published in June.

Patty co-authored “An Evaluation of System End-user Support during Implementation of an Electronic Health Record Using the Model for Improvement Framework,” published in Applied Clinical Informatics in 2019, and co-presented at the American Organization of Nurse Executives annual conference that April. She presented “Can We Stop the Perpetual Growth and Complexity of the EHR and Give Nurses Time Back with Their Patients?” at University of Maryland School of Nursing's Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics in July, and was interviewed by HealthTech in October for an article suggesting organizations confer with nurses before purchasing technology. Patty presented “The Burden of Clinician Documentation in the Electronic Health Record Era,” in April 2018 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was selected by VUSN doctoral students to receive the Dean Colleen Conway-Welch Award for DNP faculty in August, and became director of the nursing informatics program in December. She presented "Improving CAUTI Rates and Prioritizing EHR Enhancements," at VUMC in June 2017. She was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2016. Patty co-authored Mastering Informatics: Companion CNE Course , published by Sigma Theta Tau International in 2015.  

Tony Smith, DNP’10, is a provider at IRevive Health & Wellness in Nashville (2020).

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.

Missi Willmarth Stec, MSN’05, DNP’10, is a tenure track professor at the State University of New York Downstate College of Nursing in Brooklyn. She was named a 2017 fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is chair of the American College of Nurse-Midwives division of education.

Julia Martin Steed, MSN’10, PhD’18, co-authored “A Summer Professional Immersion in Nursing Program for Underrepresented Minority Undergraduate Students,” published in the Journal of Nursing Education in October 2020. She welcomed a baby in September 2019. Julia was interviewed by VUMC Reporter in July 2018 for an article about VUSN hosting undergraduate students from Fisk and Vanderbilt universities and the Undergraduate Health Sciences Academy at Morehouse School of Medicine. The programs expose them to nursing as a career choice. She is an assistant professor at VUSN. 

Clare Storck, MSN’10, is a certified nurse-midwife at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was featured in Scout Somerville magazine in August 2017.

Niki Summers, MSN’10, is an assistant in medicine specializing in nephrology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Cordova, Tennessee (2020).

Lindsay Piper Tedder, MSN’10, is a gynecologic oncology nurse practitioner at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. She was recently appointed as a member of the advanced practice provider committee of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. She had been a nurse practitioner at Maven Clinic, a virtual medical health center for women in Clarksville, Tennessee (2020).

Cassandra Wesnofske, BS’09, MSN’10, is a nurse practitioner at St. Petersburg Pediatrics in Florida (2020).

Kathryn Nordfors White, MSN’10, is an assistant in medicine specializing in hematology and oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville (2020).

Jen Wiles, MSN’10, was interviewed about her career path in the blog OnlineFNPPrograms.com (2017). 

Sarah Wilkerson, MSN’10, co-authored “Medication Order Errors at Hospital Admission among Children with Medical Complexity,” published in May 2020 in the Journal of Patient Safety . She is a nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt Pediatric Complex Care.

Janye Wilson, MSN’10, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing in Tennessee (2020).

Cara Calloway Young, MSN’06, PhD’10, was inducted as a fellow of the American Association of Nursing Practitioners in June 2019, and received the Rising Star award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties in April 2018. She is an assistant professor at University of Texas Austin School of Nursing.