Class of 2016

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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Siddhida Acharya, MSN’16, is a nurse practitioner at Aquino Pediatrics in Clarksville, Tennessee (2020).

Chelsea Arata, MSN’16, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at West Springs Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado (2020).

Anna Armistead, MSN’16, is a family nurse practitioner at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in an orthopaedic nurse practitioner fellowship program (2016).

Trish Baise, MSN’12, DNP’16, was promoted to chief executive officer of Mountain States' Franklin Woods Community and Woodridge Hospitals, as well as administrator of Overmountain Recovery, all in Johnson City, Tennessee, in December 2017. She was interviewed for a story about Franklin Woods while, at the time, she was chief nursing officer and associate administrator, and she served on the board of the Tennessee Nurses Association.

Sunny Bartholomew, MSN’16, DNP’17, is a certified nurse-midwife in the U.S. Navy (2017).

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.

Sarah Bochner, BS’15, MSN’16, is research nurse coordinator at Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, where she specializes in pediatric oncology (2020).

Leanne Boehm, MSN’09, PhD’16, co-authored “Peer Support for Post Intensive Care Syndrome Self-management (PS-PICS): Study Protocol for Peer Mentor Training,” published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing in January 2021. She co-authored “Monitoring for Delirium in Critically Ill Adults,” published by Delirium in February, and is lead author of “Implementation of a Patient and Family-centered Intensive Care Unit Peer Support Program at a Veterans Affairs Hospital,” published in Critical Care Clinics of North America in June. Leanne co-authored “Implementation of an Intensive Care Unit Diary Program at a Veterans Affairs Hospital,” published in Nursing Care Quality in August. She is lead author of “A Multisite Study of Multidisciplinary ICU Team Member Beliefs toward Early Mobility,” published in Heart and Lung , and co-author of “Institutional Challenges and Solutions to Evidence-based, Patient-centered Practice: Implementing ICU Diaries,” in Critical Care Nurse , both in October. That month, she co-presented “Introduction to Implementation Science: Examples from Clinical Operations,” at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Nursing Virtual Research Day. She co-authored “Facilitating Posttraumatic Growth after Critical Illness,” in the American Journal of Critical Care in November. Leanne co-authored "Implementation Science Training and Resources for Nurses and Nurse Scientists," published in the September 2019 issue of Journal of Nursing Scholarship . That year, she received an American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Impact Research Grant and a Vanderbilt University Provost Discovery Grant in support of her research into interventions for post-intensive care syndrome problems, and co-authored “Caring for Survivors of Critical Illness: Current Practices and the Role of the Nurse in Intensive Care Unit Aftercare,” published by American Journal of Critical Care . Leanne was featured in Vanderbilt University’s MyVU in November 2018 as a new faculty member. She earned the Best Poster Award from the American Delirium Society in June 2017, and presented a poster at the American Delirium Society meeting in June 2016.

Daniel Burke, MSN’16, is a nurse practitioner at the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas (2017).

Sally Callaway, MSN’16, got married in July 2016.

Jesi Campbell, MSN’16, was hired by her preceptor site, the Saint Louis Women's Healthcare Group in Chesterfield, Missouri (2016).

Christina Cardy, MSN’16, DNP’17, received a Certified Nurse Award from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, and was a panelist for the VUSN Alumni Board’s DNP Know Your Value event in January 2019. She received the VUSN Catherine Hanley Class of 1912 Rising Star Alumni Award that year during Reunion, and recently served on the Alumni Association Board. Christina is director of advanced practice providers at University of South Florida Health in Tampa.

Will Carpenter, MSN’16, co-authored "Practical Guidelines for the Use of Electronic Applications by Advanced Practice Nurses in the Emergency Department," published in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing .

Carissa Caryotakis, MSN’16, is a family nurse practitioner at Elica Health Centers in Sacramento, California (2020).

Duke Chenault, MSN’00, DNP’16, wrote about thyroid awareness in the December 2020 issue of Health & Wellness , the Vanderbilt faculty and staff newsletter. He was interviewed for "Don't Get Tricked by Halloween Treats," in the October-November 2017 issue of Vanderbilt Health and Wellness' Connection newsletter, and about skin exposure safety in its June-July 2016 issue. 

Gina Clarkson, MSN’09, PhD’16, co-authored "Factors Affecting Time NICU Nurses Spend with Fathers: Results from a Larger Study," published in the October 2019 issue of Advances in Neonatal Care .  

Colleen Conway-Edwards, MSN’16, joined Brattleboro Internal Medicine in Vermont, a division of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, as a nurse practitioner (2020).

Katie Davidson, MSN’16, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Centerstone in Nashville (2017).

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

Janelle Delle, DNP’16, is lead on a team whose project, “Educational Innovation to Assess PreSpecialty Students' Ability to Demonstrate Clinical Judgment, Effective Communication and Teamwork during an Escape Room Simulation,” was accepted for funding from the VUSN Faculty Scholarship Program in March 2020. She 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 .

Kara Earthman, MSN’16, got married in October 2019. She participated in a VUSN women's health nurse practitioner alumni panel in August 2017.

Justin Ellison, MSN’16, co-authored "Practical Guidelines for the Use of Electronic Applications by Advanced Practice Nurses in the Emergency Department," published in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing .

Sarah Estopinal, BA’12, MSN’16, stars in a naloxone training video for the Jefferson County Department of Health in Birmingham, Alabama (2020).

Olivia Garcia, MSN’16, was featured in Buffalo Business First in May 2020 for a story about states that temporarily reduced physician oversight requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ericka Gianotto, MSN’16, joined Farmington Community Health Center in New Mexico, in November 2016, as a nurse practitioner (2020).

Jessie Sellers Gibson, MSN’16, PhD’19, co-authored “A Qualitative Examination of Patient Priorities and Preferences during Treatment Decision-making for Recurrent Head and Neck Cancer,” published in Supportive Care in Cancer in May 2020, and is lead author of “Measuring Functional Status in Huntington's Disease,” published in October in Movement Disorders . She co-authored “A Systematic Review of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms and Functional Capacity in Huntington’s Disease,” published in the August 2019 issue of The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience .

Anna Goddard, PhD’16, was named Pediatric Nursing Certification Board’s Kelly Reed Advanced Practice Community Impact Award recipient in May 2020, and received the Rising Star Award from the School-Based Health Alliance that year. She is an assistant professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and is a representative on the Connecticut Association of School-Based Health Centers board of directors.

Mattie Godfrey, MSN’16, was showcased by the Tennessean in June 2020 for her responsibility in delivering a continuation of care for COVID-19 patients at home.

Victoria Morgan Golden, MSN’16, was deployed with the California Medical Assistance Team to help Princess Cruise passengers who were quarantined in Asilomar State Park due to a COVID-19 outbreak onboard their ship. She was the only provider on duty during the first 24 hours before she was joined by another for 24/7 care.

Susan Grant, DNP’16, was listed by Becker’s Hospital Review in May 2020 as one of “50+ hospital and health system CNOs to know.”

Rachael Grenfell-Dexter, BA’14, MSN’16, is an acute care nurse practitioner in the neurological intensive care unit at New York University Langone Medical Center (2018).  

Stephanie Gustman, DNP’16, is an assistant professor at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan (2017).

Lisa Heap, MSN’16, is a family nurse practitioner at the Oregon Medical Group Internal Medicine Clinic in Eugene (2020). 

Jonathan Igo, MSN’16, is a nurse practitioner at Pacific Dermatology in California (2020).

Joanna Jhant, MSN’16, co-authored "Practical Guidelines for the Use of Electronic Applications by Advanced Practice Nurses in the Emergency Department," published in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing .

Mindy Johnson, MSN’16, DNP’18, is author of “Impetigo,” published in the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal in October/December 2020, and “Nursemaid's Elbow Reduction,” published in its October/December 2019 issue. She is an instructor at VUSN. 

Chrisy Kamm, PMC’16 , of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away December 2, 2018. 

Sarah Kelsey, MSN’16, is a certified nurse-midwife at Baby + Co. in Nashville (2020).

Hannah Wachtmeister Kestner, MSN’14, DNP’16, welcomed a 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.

Rachel Kime, MSN’16, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Harrisonburg Community Health Center in Virginia, where she sees primarily immigrant and refugee populations, both with Medicaid and privately insured (2019).

Olivia Kirkpatrick, MSN’16, 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.

Emily Kritzler, MSN’16, is a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner at the Federico F. Pena Southwest Family Health Center and Urgent Care in Denver, Colorado (2020).

Tenecia Lancaster, MSN’16, is a family nurse practitioner with a special interest in family care at Summit Medical Group in Surgoinsville, Tennessee (2020).

Caroline Leithner , MSN’16, MDiv’16, is a family nurse practitioner at SeaMar Community Health Centers in Seattle, Washington (2016).

Sarah Lizotte, MSN’16, is a psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. She is in the general medical setting as a member of the psychiatric consult team (2020).

Erica May, MSN’16, DNP’18, co-authored “Dental Pain Relief in the Age of ALTO,” published in the July/September 2019 issue of Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal .

Courtney McLean, MSN’16, is a nurse practitioner at Neighborhood Health in Nashville (2020).

Jessi-Ann Michaelson , MSN’16, is a cardiology nurse practitioner at Saint Thomas Heart in Nashville (2017).

Alyssa Huddleston Miller, MSN’16, was called upon in March 2020 to be co-supervisor of a hotline for Vanderbilt University Medical Center patients and employees with questions and concerns about COVID-19. She is a primary care nurse practitioner for Metro Nashville Public School employee and family health care centers.      

Victoria Morgan, MSN’16, co-authored "Practical Guidelines for the Use of Electronic Applications by Advanced Practice Nurses in the Emergency Department," published in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing .

Aubrey Mowery, MSN’16, is a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner at Elbowoods Memorial Health Center on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in New Town, North Dakota (2016).

Adrienn Myers-Woods, MSN’16, is a women's health nurse practitioner at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, in Springfield (2017).

Robertson Nash, MSN’07, PhD’16, co-wrote “Suboptimal HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Awareness and Willingness to Use among Women Who Use Drugs in the United States: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis,” published in October 2019 in AIDS and Behavior . He successfully defended his dissertation on safe-sex practices for people living with HIV/AIDS, at Vanderbilt in July 2016. 

Ariel Newton, MSN’16, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Athena Consulting and Psychological Services in Nashville (2020).

Danielle Nicholls, MSN’16, is a nurse practitioner at Pediatric Associates in Franklin, Tennessee (2020).

Maggie Spreitzer O’Block, MSN’16, is a nurse practitioner at Genesys Family Medicine in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (2020).

Natalie Paul, MSN’16, was interviewed in 2018 by Clark County Talk for her work as a nature photographer as well as nurse practitioner focusing on LGBT health and marginalized and underserved communities at the Family Health Center in Longview, Washington. She was awarded a Washington State Student Achievement Council Health Professional Loan Repayment Program grant.

Kayla Pelfrey, MSN’16, is a family nurse practitioner at Fast Access Healthcare, in Chattanooga, Tennessee (2020).

Susan Piras, PhD’16, co-authored “A Multisite Study of Multidisciplinary ICU Team Member Beliefs toward Early Mobility,” published in Heart & Lung in October 2020.

Jordan Plaxico, BA’14, MSN’16, received the Catherine Hanley Class of 1912 Rising Star Alumni Award from VUSN in October 2018. 

Caroline Reid, MSN’16, got married in December 2016.

Lara Rivera, DNP’16, is a certified nurse-midwife at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Kansas (2017).

Elizabeth Rodgers, MSN’16, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Personal Growth Counseling in Cookeville, Tennessee (2020).

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.

Shannan Cantu Santoli, MSN’16, is a certified nurse-midwife at Ascension Wisconsin in Glendale (2020).

Kimberly Savage, MSN’16, 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 the owner and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Psychiatric Care and Consulting in Franklin, Tennessee.

Wren Sherrill, MSN’16, 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.

Christine Shoaf, MSN’16, is a family nurse practitioner at Rockbridge Area Health Center in Lexington, Virginia (2017).

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.

Victoria Taylor, MSN’16, is an assistant in medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2019). 

Kelsey Tincher, MSN’16, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Mercy Community Health Care in Franklin and Lewisburg, Tennessee (2020).

Jennifer Tourville, MSN’13, DNP’16, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Nursing (2020).

Armando Varela, MSN’16, co-authored "Practical Guidelines for the Use of Electronic Applications by Advanced Practice Nurses in the Emergency Department," published in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing .

Sharon Weintraub, MSN’16, is a certified nurse-midwife at Baystate Health in Springfield, Massachusetts (2018). 

Shantel White, MSN’16, is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Mednax in Houston, Texas (2017).

Jennifer Ezell Wilbeck, MSN’99, PMC’06, was featured by Prevention in March 2020 in an interview about fevers and what to look for regarding COVID-19. She moderated a panel, “Recommendations for Improving National Nurse Preparedness for Pandemic Response: Early Lessons from COVID-19,” hosted by the American College of Medical Toxology in June, and received a Certified Nurse Award from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Jennifer co-authored “Ensuring Relevance and Currency for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Profession: A Call for Collaboration,” published in the October/December issue of the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal . In April 2019, she co-presented “Trauma-informed Care for the Sexual Assault Survivor,” at the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses regional section conference, and co-authored “Dental Pain Relief in the Age of ALTO,” published in the July/September issue of Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal . Also that year, Jennifer co-published "Supporting Program Rigor in Newly Developed Specialty Academic Programs: Use of a Self-evaluation Reporting Tool for Emergency Nurse Practitioner Academic Programs," for Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in August, and a poster she co-presented received first place at the International Association of Forensic Nurses conference that September. Jennifer was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October. She became director of VUSN’s emergency nurse practitioner program in June 2018. She received the VUSN Dean's Award for Faculty Achievement in Academic Endeavors and the Advance Practice Nurse of the Year Award from the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter, both in 2017. She was named fellow by the American Association for Nurse Practitioners in 2016.  

Nancy Wilfong, MSN’16, manages high-risk pregnancies at Tennessee Maternal Fetal Medicine in Nashville. She got married in August 2016.

Shelby Smith Wilcox, MSN’16, is a nurse practitioner in trauma and acute care surgery at The Queen’s Medical Center in Kailua, Hawai’i (2018).

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 was published in the March 2019 issue of Nursing Clinics . She is director of care management, director of school based health at Ryan Health in New York, New York.

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.