Class of 2014

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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Sarah Allen, MSN’14, is a family nurse practitioner at the Family Health Center in Ashland City, Tennessee (2016).

Sean Anderson, MSN’14, was recognized in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Discover blog in 2019 for a reference tool he created to help nurses care for stroke patients.

Ally Thompson Bateman, BA’12, MSN’14, DNP’16, was a panelist for “Kids and Navigating the Pandemic: A Lesson in Resilience,” in January 2021, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Green Hills Family Psych in Nashville. She and her husband, Yates, BE’14, are listed on a Vanderbilt Development and Alumni Relations Valentine’s Day website about couples who met while students at the university.

Brooklyn Beaupre, MSN’14, is a cardiology nurse practitioner at Mountain States Medical Group in Johnson City, Tennessee. She recently served on the VUSN Alumni Association Board (2019).

Cindy Blalock, MSN’14, was featured in the April 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life magazine for her inspiring weight loss story.  

Sarah Bloom, MSN’14, 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. She presented at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp at VUMC in August 2018. 

Laura Bowling, BA’12, MSN’14, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at VIP Midsouth Children’s Clinic in Hendersonville and Portland, Tennessee.

Jessica Burke, MSN’14, is a nurse practitioner working with liver transplant patients in the Henry Ford Health System in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan (2018).

Rachelle Burleson, DNP’14, was named chief nursing officer of Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Enid, Oklahoma, in December 2016.

Meagan Hingle Casey, MSN’14, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Children's Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she was the first pediatric nurse practitioner in its emergency department fast track program (2016).

Melody Castillo, MSN’14, co-authored a chapter in Best Practices in Midwifery, 2nd ed. , published in August 2016. She is a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner at Golden Valley Health Center’s women’s health clinic in Merced, California.

Meredith Chin, MSN’14, is a family nurse practitioner at Scripps Health in Solana Beach, California (2020).

Susan Butler Ching, MSN’14, is a certified acute care pediatric nurse practitioner at Phoenix Children's Medical Group in Arizona (2018).

Holly Cline, MSN’14, was a panelist for the VUSN MSN Know Your Value program in January 2020. She is co-author of a chapter on hepatitis C treatment in an e-book, Sexually Transmitted Infections, An Issue of Nursing Clinics, published by Elsevier Health Sciences that August. Holly is an adult nurse practitioner at Neighborhood Health in Nashville. She was featured in a WKRN-Nashville story in July 2019 about her experience with Nurse Corps and the nursing shortage.

Beverly Cotton, DNP’14, was quoted by the Neshoba Democrat and WTOK-TV for leading an Indian Health Service critical response team from Tennessee at the Choctaw Health Center near Philadelphia, Mississippi, in June 2020, to assist in COVID-19 care. She was named director of the Nashville Area of the IHS in February 2019. 

Jenny Cotton, MSN’14, received the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Nursing Professional Development Award in May 2018.         

Julie Craig, MSN’14, moved to Georgetown, Texas, in 2019, where she works at Concentra.

Cindy Cunningham, PMC’14, joined Fellowship Health Resources in Delaware in May 2016 as a nurse practitioner. She was named as the state’s top mental health nurse by the Delaware Nurses Association. 

Joni Bauguss Cutshall, MSN’14, is a family nurse practitioner at the Family Health Center in Ashland City, Tennessee (2016).

Stefani Davis, MSN’14, DNP’16, is a women's health nurse practitioner at Ohio Breast and Cancer Surgeons in Columbus (2016).

Christa DeGrazia, MSN’14, is a women's health nurse practitioner at Peak Medical Clinic in Medford, Oregon (2017).

Mira Desai, MSN’14, 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 lead telehealth nurse practitioner at Oak Street Health in Washington, D.C.

Jenna Dillon, MSN’14, is a women’s health nurse practitioner at Swan Urogynecology in Nashville, Dickson and Mount Juliet, Tennessee (2020).

Ekom Essien, BS’10, MSN’14, served as moderator of “Kids and Navigating the Pandemic: A Lesson in Resilience,” in January 2021, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Indiana Health Center in South Bend and member of VUSN Alumni Association Board.

Megan Harvey, PMC’14, is a pediatric intensive care unit advanced practice provider at the Children's Medical Center Dallas, Texas, working with critically ill newborns to age 21, in the areas of respiratory, neurology, neurosurgery, trauma, cardiac, gastrointestinal, renal, hematology/oncology, endocrine and chronic disease processes and services. She is an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner clinical faculty member at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (2019).

Brittany Hollibaugh Haskell, MSN’14, was featured in February 2020 on the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching website in its Junior Faculty Spotlight. She is lead author for “Easing the Psychological Impact of COVID-19 for Nurses,” published in April in American Nurse , and “Impact of a Standardized Patient Simulation on Behavioral Health Nurse Resident Confidence and Satisfaction in Learning,” in the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development , July/August. Brittany is lead author of “Easing the Psychological Impact of COVID-19 for Nurses: An Update for Tennessee Nurses,” published in the summer 2020 issue of Tennessee Nurse . She co-authored “Treating Child and Adolescent Depression and Anxiety in Primary Care,” and “Treating Child and Adolescent Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Behavioral Disorders in Primary Care,” both in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in September. She 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. Brittany was named to the Center for Teaching Junior Faculty Fellows program at Vanderbilt University in August 2019, and received her doctor of nursing practice from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in October 2018. Her project is titled "Bridging the Gap: A Standardized Patient Facilitated Simulation for Behavioral Health Nurse Residents." Brittany is an assistant professor at VUSN and a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Rolling Hills Hospital in Franklin, Tennessee.

Kimberly Hatchel, DNP’14, was named chief nursing officer at Blake Medical Center in Sarasota, Florida, in July 2019. She had been CNO of KentuckyOne Health.

Aaron Hirsch, MSN’14, received the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Five Pillar Leader Award in May 2016. 

Elizabeth Huggins, MSN’14, co-authored "Dedicated, Proactive, Nurse Practitioner Rapid Response Team Eliminating Barriers," published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in September 2019.

Josh Hughes, MSN’14, is the star of the 2017 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment video. He is a nurse practitioner at Tri-Cities Community Health in Pasco, Washington.

Kelsey Skillas Hunger , MSN’14, is a nurse practitioner at CHI Saint Luke Hospital in Houston, Texas, caring for patients who have undergone heart transplant or left ventricular assist device surgery (2017).

Katie Dremann Justice, MSN’93, PMC’14, is on staff at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City (2017).

Melanie Keiffer, DNP’14, is an associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions in California (2016). 

Nancy Kendall, MSN’14, is an advanced practice registered nurse at University Health Services Manoa in Honolulu, treating University of Hawai’i students and staff (2019).

Janna Jones Kersh, MSN’14, is a certified nurse-midwife at Beaufort Memorial Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists in South Carolina (2016).  

Hannah Wachtmeister Kestner, MSN’14, DNP’16, welcomed a baby boy in August 2020. Her proposal was accepted for funding from the VUSN Faculty Scholarship Program in October for the project, “Assessing the Value of Interprofessional Simulation and Home Visits in Improving the Level of Nursing and Pharmacy Student's Core Competencies in Interprofessional Education Collaboration.” She is a PreSpecialty instructor at VUSN.

Christian Ketel, DNP’14, spoke at the VUSN DNP Know Your Value program in January 2020 and was a panelist for “Public Health in the COVID Era: Community Driven Response + Equity-Driven Changes,” hosted by the Vanderbilt University Alumni Office in July. He was named co-director of interprofessional education and inter-institutional collaborative learning for the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance in September, and is assistant professor at VUSN and clinical director of the Clinic at Mercury Courts in Nashville. Christian received both the VUSN Ingeborg Mauksch Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award and the Dean’s Award for Faculty Achievement in Clinical Practice in June 2019. He co-wrote “Development of an Interprofessional Home Healthcare Management Service within an Urban Housing Development,” published in the September/October issue of Home Healthcare Now , and received the Nursing Excellence Award from the Tennessee Nurses Association in October. Christian co-authored “Evidence-based Development in Nurse-led Interprofessional Teams,” published in Nursing Management in May 2015

Serena Knoop, MSN’14, co-authored “Outcomes after Implementing Restrictive Blood Transfusion Criteria in Extremely Premature Infants,” published in Journal of Perinatology in June 2019. She is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Spectrum Health in Caledonia, Michigan.

Katie Krill, MSN’14, welcomed a baby daughter in June 2017. That September, she joined CareHere as a family nurse practitioner at an onsite family practice clinic where she provides primary care for employees and families of a large employer in Salt Lake City. She earned her doctor of nursing practice from the University of Utah College of Nursing in 2016.

Melanie Scott Krishnamurthy, MSN’14, married in July 2016. She is on staff at Womens Group of Franklin in Tennessee.

Erin Kyle, MSN’12, DNP’14, was promoted to editor-in-chief of Guidelines for Perioperative Practice , a publication of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses in 2020, where she is a perioperative practice specialist.

Van Lam, MSN’14, is a nurse practitioner at Middle Tennessee Family Care in Mount Juliet as of March 2017.

Clint Leonard, MSN’14, received the 2020 VUSN Daisy Award for Small Group Facilitator at the PreSpecialty Level in June. He presented a poster, "Implementing Virtual Reality as a Non-Pharmacologic Adjunct for Burn Care," at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chronic Pain Conference in April 2019, and was named to the Center for Teaching Junior Faculty Fellows program at Vanderbilt University in August. He is an instructor at VUSN. 

Allison Lorenzi, MSN’14, is a nurse practitioner at the Vancouver Clinic in Washington (2017).

Hannah Carroll Lowe, MSN’14, is president of the VUSN Alumni Association Board. She is a family nurse practitioner at Premise Health PRN and owner/consultant of Nutritional Medical Solutions, in Huntsville, Alabama. She moderated the VUSN MSN Know Your Value program in January 2020.

Buffy Lupear, DNP’14, was mentioned in a January 2020 Overton County News story about Vanderbilt researchers studying noise levels during critical times of surgery, and the impact on patient safety and employee well-being. She is co-author of “Development and Testing of an Advanced Practice Clinical Advancement Program within an Academic Medical Center, published in July in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners . She presented that year at the National League for Nursing Summit about her experience as an American Nurses Credentialing Center Practice Transition Accreditation Program fellow. Buffy co-authored “Assessing and Addressing Practitioner Burnout: Results from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Health and Well-being Study,” published in November 2019 in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners . 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. She received the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year Award in December 2016.

Matt Martin, MSN’12, DNP’14, is a member of the VUSN Alumni Association Board. He is director of regulatory and accreditation services at HCA Healthcare–Clinical Operations Group in Nashville and a lecturer at VUSN (2020).

Karen McIntosh, MSN’13, was named vice president of care transition at Washington Regional Medical System in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2017.

Caitlyn McIntyre, MSN’14, is a nurse practitioner specializing in behavioral health at Confluence Health in North Central Washington (2020).

Kathryn Braunlin McNabb, BS’10, MSN’12, presented “Cerebral Aneurysm Management,” at the American Association of Nursing Practitioners conference in June 2019, and co-authored "Postintensive Care Syndrome," published in Critical Care Nursing Clinics in December. She is an instructor at VUSN. 

Renate Meier, MSN’14, is an assistant in obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt Health (2019).

Whitney Burnie Middleton, MSN’14, was featured in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare in September 2017.

Rosemarie Milano, DNP’14, is assistant professor at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing in Portland (2017).

Elizabeth Morse, MSN’11, DNP’14, is a nurse practitioner at East Nashville Family Medicine (2016). 

Paula Murphy, MSN’14, is a family nurse practitioner at Axis Medical in White House, Tennessee (2016).

Lucas Neufeld, MSN’14, is a wound care consultant for Integumetrix in Nashville (2018). 

Jo Susan Offutt-Blackaby, MSN’14, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Evelyn Frye Center in Nashville (2017).

Kassie Padgett, MSN’14, is on staff at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio and an instructor at Baylor College of Medicine, both in Texas (2016).

Kelly Peterson, MSN’14, is a nurse practitioner in the craniofacial/plastic surgery center at Seattle Children's Hospital in Washington. She treats both inpatients and outpatients there and in several area clinics (2018). 

Stefanie Porter, MSN’14, was interviewed in February 2020 by My Southern Health for the article, “What to Expect from Cardiac Rehab.” She is a cardiac surgery nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.

Carly Prentice, BA’12, MSN’14, is a nurse practitioner at Faith Family Medical Center in Nashville (2020). 

Gabrielle Quirao, MSN’14, is a family nurse practitioner at the Kirkland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico (2016).

Lindsay Smith Ramsey, MSN’14, spoke at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s 2016 Aprilfest. 

Carrie Reale, MSN’14, received the Harriet H. Werley Award from the American Medical Informatics Association in November 2020. She is an informatics nurse specialist in the Center for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Laura Reviere, MSN’14, is a women’s health nurse practitioner at Womens Group of Franklin in Tennessee (2020).

Amanda Rhoads, MSN’14, is a nurse practitioner at One Medical’s The Works Office in El Segundo, California (2020).

Jennifer David Ridgway, MSN’14, DNP’17, was featured on the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching website in April 2020 for her work leading VUSN students to continue with clinical interaction while away from campus due to COVID-19. She, an instructor at VUSN, led a group of students in March 2019 to teach children at the KIPP Kirkpatrick School in Nashville how to better manage asthma. That summer, she received the VUSN DAISY Award for Small Group Facilitator at the PreSpecialty Level and was named to the Center for Teaching Junior Faculty Fellows program at Vanderbilt University. Jennifer presented a poster at the May 2018 Nurses Week Research Nurses Poster Session at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Kristen Hall Riley, MSN’14, is a nurse practitioner in child neurology at the University of Louisville Physicians in Kentucky (2019).

Ann Spofford Ripley, BS’11, MSN’14, is a nurse practitioner at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia (2019).

Ashley Ritter, MSN’14, joined New River Health District in Virginia in July 2019 as a nurse practitioner, focusing on women’s reproductive health.

Susanna Rudy, MSN’14, DNP’16, received the Sara K. Archer Award from students in the VUSN Emergency Nurse Practitioner specialty in May 2020. She co-authored “Boarding of Critically Ill Patients in the Emergency Department,” published in July in the Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open and featured by JournalFeed in October. Susanna presented “Point-of-care Ultrasound,” at the American Association of Nursing Practitioners conference in June 2019, and co-wrote “Expanding Virtual Reality to Teach Ultrasound Skills to Nurse Practitioner Student,” published in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics that July. She was featured in Research News@Vanderbilt in October 2016.

Lauren Siniscalchi, MSN’14, is a family nurse practitioner specializing in neurology and cognitive disorders at Foothills Neurology in Phoenix, Arizona (2020).

Lauren Skibiel, BA’12, MSN’14, is a registered nurse at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, California (2018). 

Kelly Smerling, BA’12, MSN’14, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Longwood Pediatrics in Boston, Massachusetts (2020).

Carolyn Smith, BS’13, MSN’14, is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the rheumatology clinic at Children's of Alabama, in Birmingham (2018). 

Nikita Smith, MSN’14, joined Adventist Health Physicians Network in Hanford, California, in March 2016 as a family nurse practitioner

Sarah Stein Smith, MSN’14, was highlighted on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s website for her research on “Outcomes of Heart Transplantation Using HCV Donors” (2018).

Nicole Erridge Sovey, MSN’14, DNP’16, presented a poster of her doctor of nursing practice project at the Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health national conference in October 2017. She is a nurse practitioner at Detroit Medical Center Hartland Obstetrics and Gynecology in Michigan.

Marcy Stoots, DNP’14, is general manager of electronic health record applications for Geisinger Health System’s xG Health in Florida (2016). 

Charleen Tachibana, DNP’14, is senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington (2016). 

Lisa Taylor, MSN’12, DNP’14, received the 2018 State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence for New Mexico from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is a family nurse practitioner in primary care and diabetes management at the Veterans Administration in Albuquerque. 

Paula Tucker, DNP’14, presented “Could This Headache Kill Me?” at the American Association of Nursing Practitioners conference in June 2019.

Sheila Umayam, MSN’12, DNP’14, accepted a position as pediatric nurse practitioner at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2019. She got married in October 2016 and went on a medical mission trip to Colombia that year.

Julie Vasher, DNP’14, co-authored “Safety Assessment of a Large-scale Improvement Collaborative to Reduce Nulliparous Cesarean Delivery Rates,” published in the April 2019 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology , and “Reduction of Severe Maternal Morbidity from Hemorrhage Using a State Perinatal Quality Collaborative,” published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in March 2017. She helped to create the California Material Quality Care Collaborative toolkit to support vaginal birth and reduce primary cesareans. She was honored as the 2016 Outstanding Alumnus of Northland Pioneer College in Holbrook, Arizona. 

Barbara Wadsworth, DNP’14, was listed by Becker’s Hospital Review in May 2020 as one of “50+ hospital and health system CNOs to know,” and was then promoted to chief operating officer at Main Line Health in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that October, where she had been senior vice president and chief nursing officer. Barbara is the system’s first COO. She was honored as the commencement speaker for the Immaculata University College of Graduate Studies in May 2019 in Pennsylvania.

Marita Walton, MSN’14, is an acute care nurse practitioner in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson (2017).

Tanicia Washington , MSN’14, got married in October 2016. She is a nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center occupational health clinic.

Cherise Williams, MSN’14, is a cardiothoracic surgery nurse practitioner at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in Pennsylvania, as of September 2016.

Molly Tashiro Williams, MSN’14, was on the faculty of the Palliative Care to You conference in April 2018 at Vanderbilt University. 

Reese Williams, MSN’14, is chief clinical practitioner in the division of cardiothoracic surgery at Commonwealth Health in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where she works in pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care. In August 2019, she completed the requirements to receive her doctor of nursing practice from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Tim Wilson, MSN’13, DNP’14, is in the PhD program at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, as a William Randolph Hearst Scholar (2016). 

Lydia Yeager, BA’12, MSN’14, DNP’16, was a panelist for “Kids and Navigating the Pandemic: A Lesson in Resilience,” in January 2021, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum. She is director of care management, director of school based health at Ryan Health in New York, New York. She was published in the March 2019 issue of Nursing Clinics

Sam Younger, MSN’14, is director at Claro Healthcare where he manages a team responsible for clinical performance improvement in hospitals across the country. He wrote “Leveraging Advanced Practice Nursing in Complex Health Care Systems,” published in the April/June 2020 issue of Nursing Administration Quarterly

Stefani Davis Yudasz, MSN’14, DNP’16, welcomed a baby in March 2020. She co-authored “Sexual Violence Screening for Women across the Lifespan,” published in Advances in Family Practice Nursing in May and is the author of “Assessment and Management of Benign Breast Lesions: Role of the WHNP,” published in Women's Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs in December. Stefani authored a chapter on breast pain in the 2nd edition of Adult-Gerontology Practice Guidelines, published in December 2018.