Class of 2019

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. 

The most recent listings appear first. More info may be available at www.vuconnect.com and in the Class Notes sections of Vanderbilt Nurse Magazine at https://www.vanderbilt.edu/vanderbiltnurse


Lindsey Baksh, MSN’07, DNP’19, was voted by VUSN women's health nurse practitioner specialty students to receive the Sara K. Archer Award in August 2020. She is an instructor in the Women’s Health specialty at VUSN and a member of the Center of Women’s Health Clinic drug dependency group, which received Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Team Award in May 2018. 

Breanna Baraff, MSN’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 “Priorities and Preferences of Patients with Head and Neck Cancer for Discussing and Receiving Information about Sexuality and Perception of Self-report Measures,” in The Journal of Sexual Medicine in August.

Nicole Beckmann, PhD’19, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Children’s Minnesota Hospitalist Program in Minneapolis (2020).

Emily Brignola, BA’14, MSN’19, is a nurse practitioner specializing in otolaryngology, otology and neurotology at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center (2020).

La Donna Brown, DNP’19, was mentioned in the September 2020 issue of Clinical Advisor about DNPs of Color, an organization she recently co-founded and serves as treasurer. She is a certified registered nurse anesthetist with North American Partners in Anesthesia, providing anesthesia and perioperative management for surgical patients of all age groups, mostly from suburban and urban areas in the Washington, D.C. area.

Erica Choi, BA’16, MSN’19, co-authored "A Case for Cultural Awareness," published in the February 2020 issue of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners .

Gy Choi, MSN’19, is a family nurse practitioner at Urban Health Plan, a federally qualified health center in the Bronx and Queens areas of New York, serving low-income, undocumented immigrants, predominantly from Central and South America (2020).

Laura Flanagan, MSN’19, is a women’s health nurse practitioner at The Women’s Health Pavilion in Queens and Long Island, New York (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 lead author of “Measuring Functional Status in Huntington's Disease,” published in October Movement Disorders .

Lily Guevel, BS’18, MSN’19, is lead author for “Necrotizing Fasciitis in the Adult Patient: Implications for Nurse Practitioners,” published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in May 2020.

Sally Humphrey, MSN’01, DNP’19, is an associate professor in the pediatric nurse practitioner primary care program at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis (2019).

Kendall Jefferson, BA’15, MSN’19, is a nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in California (2020).

Lauren Larkin, MSN’19, is a women’s health nurse practitioner at Bosque Women’s Care in Albuquerque, New Mexico (2020).

Hannah Ritter Lee, MSN’19, was selected for a nurse practitioner urology fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2019. She is the second VUSN fellow in the program.

Julia MacKendrick, BA’17, MSN’19, is a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner at Desert Valley Pediatrics in Scottsdale, Arizona (2019).

Kaitlyn McGowan, MSN’19, is an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner at El Camino Health Primary Care in Mountain View, California (2020).

Thomasena Moore, DNP’19, is a member of the VUSN Alumni Association Board. She is a registered nurse and quality management nurse consultant, VA Quality Scholars Nurse Fellow, in the Durham Veterans Administration Health Care System in North Carolina (2020).

Jolene Ramirez, DNP’19, is chief nursing officer and vice president of nursing at Advocate Aurora Health in Green Bay, Wisconsin (2019).

Rebecca Soderlind Rice, MSN’17, DNP’19, is a certified nurse-midwife at Anchorage Women’s Clinic in Alaska (2019).

Lindsay Saltsgiver, MSN’19, is a family nurse practitioner at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Spokane, Washington (2020).

Lorne Schwartz, MSN’19, is a nurse practitioner at Dr. Hasemeier and Associates in Tennessee (2020).

John Shaver, MSN’19, co-authored “Rural Primary Care Providers’ Attitudes towards Sexual and Gender Minorities in a Midwestern State in the USA,” published in November 2019 in Rural Remote Health .

Cathy Shull, BA’01, MEd’06, MSN’19, is a family psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2020).

Alexandra Speros, MSN’19, 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 certified nurse-midwife and family practitioner at West End Women’s Health Center and Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwives at Melrose in Nashville.

Ivan Srdanovic, MSN’19, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Pondworks Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in Austin, Texas (2020).

Melanie Steen, MSN’19, is a certified nurse-midwife at Modern Obstetrics and Gynecology of North Atlanta, Georgia (2020).

Lexa Taylor, MSN’19, was featured in Noozhawk in August 2020, for a story about the Bridge Clinic in Santa Barbara, California, where she provides treatment for people with substance use disorders.

Charlotte Van Cleve, MSN’19, co-authored “Implementation of a Collaborative Smoking Cessation Referral Process in a Psychiatric Setting,” published in the Journal for Interprofessional Education & Practice in March 2020.

Jennifer Werthman, PhD’19, co-authored “The Administration of Moderate Sedation and the Role of the Radiology Nurse,” published in January 2020 by the Journal of Radiology Nursing , and is lead author of “Moderate Sedation Education for Nurses in Interventional Radiology to Promote Patient Safety: Results of a National Survey,” published in the Journal of Radiology Nursing in December.

Julie Witte, MSN’19, is a women’s health nurse practitioner at PrivaMD in Grand Haven, Michigan (2020).