Alumni in the News

Our graduates frequently appear in the media.  Here are links to stories that feature or cite our alumni; the most recent appear first. For class notes published in Vanderbilt Nurse, please visit the Class Notes page. Last updated January 2020.

Ginger Trundle Manley, BSN'66, MSN'81, spoke at the Apron Museum's June 2019 symposium in Tishmingo, Mississippi, on "An apron is a document that tells a story and connects us all."

Ellen Martin, BSN'69, received the Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award from the American College of Nurse Midwives at its conference in May 2019.

Joan Michael King, BSN'72, MSN'75, PhD'84, was named professor of nursing, emerita, at Vanderbilt University in May 2019.

Christine Benz Smith, BSN'76, was interviewed by the Times Free Press in July 2019 for an article about the shortage of nurses in Chattanooga.

Chris Crockett Clarke, MSN'80, was named among the 2019 Nashville Medical News Women to Watch.  

Carol Braley Seeger, MSN'81, took a position in June 2019 as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Oswego Health Behavioral Health Services in New York.

Nancy Anness, MSN'86, was honored by the Tennessee Justice Center in May 2019 as a Mother of the Year at its Mother's Day Luncheon in Nashville.

Velinda Youngner Block, MSN'89, was named among the 2019 Nashville Medical News Women to Watch.  

Mary Ann McCasland Jessee, MSN'95, had a paper cited in the 2019 National Council of State Boards of Nursing Environmental Scan.

Rolanda Johnson, PhD'98, spoke at the Tuskegee University School of Nursing and Allied Health summer capping, pinning and white coat ceremony in July 2019.

John Killgore, MSN'98, joined the Halifax County Public Health System in North Carolina in June 2019 as a family nurse practitioner.

Martina Harris, MSN'99, was interviewed by the Times Free Press in July 2019 for an article about the shortage of nurses in Chattanooga.

Sheila Ridner, MSN'00, PhD'03, was named a 2019 American Cancer Society ResearcHERS Ambassador in May 2019. Her research on measuring the risk for developing lymphedema appeared in early 2019 in BusinessWire, HealthDay, Medscape, U.S. News, Yahoo Finance and other media outlets.

Terrah Foster Akard, MSN'01, PhD'08, was named to the 2019 cohort of Vanderbilt University Chancellor Faculty Fellows in May.

Dot Dunn, MSN'06, received Northern Arizona University's 2019 Research and Creative Activity Award for Most Significant Research/Scholarly Work for her middle range theory of compassion energy and work with caregivers of persons with dementia in rural Northern Arizona.

Cara Calloway Young, MSN'06, PhD'10, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nursing Practitioners in June 2019.

Carol Ziegler, MSN'06, DNP'12, was quoted in April 2019 by the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle about the effects of air quality on health.

Chelsia Harris, MSN'08, was named executive director of the Lipscomb University School of Nursing in Nashville in June 2019.

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

Hannah Diaz, MSN'09, is on Nashville Public Television's website as a blogger for Season 8 of Call the Midwife, which aired March-May 2019.

Bethany Andrews Rhoten, MSN'09, PhD'13, was named one of three Valere Potter Distinguished Dean's Faculty Fellows at Vanderbilt in June 2019.

Dani Williamson, MSN'09, received the 2019 FranklinIs Sizzle Award for best family practice in Williamson County, Tennessee. (Hers was the only nurse-led practice nominated for the award.)

Anna Richmond, MSN'10, 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.

Mary Lauren Whitehead Pfieffer, MSN'11, 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.

Lauren Barlew, MSN'12, joined the Women's Surgery and Aesthetics Center in Chattanooga in April 2019 as the clinic's second nurse practitioner.

Cathy Maxwell, PhD'12, was named one of three Valere Potter Distinguished Dean's Faculty Fellows at Vanderbilt and received the VUSN Dean's Award for Faculty Achievement in Research Endeavors, both in June 2019.

Angela Douglas, MSN'13, was honored by the Girl Scouts in May 2019 as one of the North East Ohio Women of Distinction for her work mentoring aspiring nurses, completing medical missions and serving as a coach and science olympiad volunteer.
 
Karen Hande, DNP'13, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nursing Practitioners in June 2019.

Kimberly Hatchel, DNP'14, was named chief nursing officer at Blake Medical Center in Sarasota, Florida, in July 2019.

Barbara Wadsworth, DNP'14, was honored as the commencement speaker for the Immaculata University College of Graduate Studies in May 2019 in Pennsylvania.

Paul Raymond, MSN'15, was featured in June 2019 on Nashville Public Radio for his innovative work to curb drug abuse among patients at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Shelza Rivas, BA'12, MSN'15, DNP'17, mentored VUSN PreSpecialty students on a medical mission trip to Guatemala in March 2019.

Daniel Ferguson, MSN'17, joined Bolivar Family Health Care Center in Missouri as a nurse practitioner in July 2019.

Alvin Jeffery, PhD'17, received the Circle of Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses at its National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in May 2019.

Brooke Faught, DNP'18, received the Founder's Medal for VUSN during Vanderbilt University's graduation exercises in May 2019.

Amanda McClure, MSN'18, joined the staff at Mercy Clinic Endocrinology in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in May 2019 as a nurse practitioner.

Corry Paul, MSN'18, was interviewed by the Washington Post in June 2019 for a story about the plight of primary health care in rural Tennessee.

Melissa Coate Hauck, BSN'72, and her spouse, Christie Hauck, BA'70, opened a branch of their restaurant, Goozy, in Nashville's Mall at Green Hills in 2019.

Angie Berry Donahue, BSN'76, was elected secretary of the Texas Medical Association Foundation board of directors in August 2019. (She is the only non-physician on the board.)

Pam Orebaugh Jones, BSN'81, MSN'92, DNP'13, was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2019.

Melanie Hall Morris, BSN'83, MSN'86, was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN in fall 2019.

Suzanne McMurtry Baird, BSN'84, MSN'95, was elected president of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses board of directors in October 2019.

Debbie Dunn Gregory, BSN'84, is a member of the Clemson University Academy of Nursing Excellence in Design (Clemson University The Newsstand story is from November 2019).

Kim Hanna, MSN'87, was named dean of the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, starting in July 2019.

Cathy Rozmus, MSN'87, was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October. 

Kathie Krause, MSN'92, was appointed by Governor Bill Lee to the Tennessee Health Care Modernization Task Force in November 2019.

Leslie Welch Hopkins, MSN'93, was recognized in August 2019 for 25 years of service at Vanderbilt University.

Shannon Cole, MSN'94, who was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN, and acknowledged for her care of a breast cancer patient in a Kentucky New Era story, both in October 2019.

Mary Ann McCasland Jessee, MSN'95, was promoted to associate professor and named assistant dean for academics, generalist nursing practice, at VUSN in August 2019. 

Debra Arnow, MSN'96, DNP'11, became an associate professor in VUSN's Nursing and Health Care Leadership program in fall 2019.

Kuei-Ru Chou, PhD'97, was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2019.

Stephanie DeVane-Johnson, MSN'97, became an associate professor in VUSN's Nurse-Midwifery program in fall 2019.

Rolanda Johnson, PhD'98, was the keynote speaker at the Tuskegee University School of Nursing and Allied Health summer graduation ceremony in July 2019.

Kim Kinghorn Steanson, MSN'98, was named to the Center for Teaching Junior Faculty Fellows program at Vanderbilt University in August 2019.

Julia Cain Phillippi, MSN'99, was appointed to the ninth cohort of the Vanderbilt Leadership Academy in September 2019.

Jennifer Ezell Wilbeck, MSN'99, PMC'06, was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2019.

Julie Elam Otte, MSN'02, was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2019.

Melissa Griswold Davis, MSN'03, was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN in fall 2019.

Suzanne Tilley Hurley, MSN'03, was interviewed by National Public Radio in November 2019 for a Morning Edition story about the health risks of chronic hunger.

April Kapu, MSN'05, DNP'13, was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2019. She shared the spotlight with Dean Linda Norman to receive the American Association of Colleges of Nursing New Era for Academic Nursing Award for a partnership between VUSN and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Abby Luck Parish, MSN'05, was appointed to represent VUSN on the Vanderbilt University Online Education Committee in August 20.

Carrie Plummer, MSN'05, was interviewed for a PBS NewsHour feature in November 2019 about Nashville nonprofit Music for Seniors and the benefits of music for older adults.

Heather Robbins, MSN'05, was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN in fall 2019.

Lindsey Baksh, MSN'07, DNP'19, became an instructor in the Women's Health specialty at VUSN in fall 2019.

Susan Beaird, MSN'07, was interviewed by My Southern Health in July 2019 for a story about children's headaches triggered when they return to school after summer break.

LeTizia Baxter Smith, MSN'07, was named to the Center for Teaching Junior Faculty Fellows program at Vanderbilt University in August 2019.

Rose Vick, MSN'07, was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN in fall 2019.

Leanne Boehm, MSN'09, PhD'16, received an American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Impact Research Grant in October 2019 and a Vanderbilt University Provost Discovery Grant in support of her research into interventions for post-intensive care syndrome problems.

Lauren King, MSN'09, was interviewed by My Southern Health in July 2019 for a story about children's headaches triggered when they return to school after summer break.

Kanah May Lewallen, MSN'09, was named Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing by the National Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence in September 2019, and received the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association's Excellence in Education Award at its conference in October.

Bethany Andrews Rhoten, MSN'09, PhD'13, received the 2019 Sexual Tipping Point Mental Health Award from the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and the MAP Education and Research Foundation.

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

Patty Sengstack, DNP'10, was interviewed by HealthTech in October 2019 for an article suggesting organizations confer with nurses before purchasing technology.

Jane Miller Hearnsberger, BS'10, MSN'11, was interviewed by My Southern Health in July 2019 for a story about children's headaches triggered when they return to school after summer break.

Cathy Ivory, PhD'11, was named senior director of nursing research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in October 2019.

Mary Lauren Whitehead Pfieffer, MSN'11, was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN in fall 2109.

Tamika Hudson, MSN'12, was featured in a November 2019 WTVF-NewsChannel 5 story about VUSN's poverty simulation, which she co-leads. She was promoted to assistant professor in the fall.

Jen Kiggans, MSN'12, was elected to the Virginia State Senate in November 2019.

Susie Adams, PMC'13, was named 2019 Psychiatric Nurse of the Year by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

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

Holly Cline, MSN'14, was featured in a July 2019 WKRN-Nashville story in July about her experience with Nurse Corps and the nursing shortage.

Brittany Hollibaugh, MSN'14, was named to the Center for Teaching Junior Faculty Fellows program at Vanderbilt University in August 2019.

Hannah Wachtmeister Kestner, MSN'14, DNP'16, became a PreSpecialty instructor at VUSN in fall 2019.

Clint Leonard, MSN'14, was named to the Center for Teaching Junior Faculty Fellows program at Vanderbilt University in August 2019.

Jennifer David Ridgway, MSN'14, DNP'17, was named to the Center for Teaching Junior Faculty Fellows program at Vanderbilt University in August 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.

Lacey Cross, MSN'15, became a PreSpecialty instructor at VUSN in fall 2019.

Misty Evans, DNP'15, was named to the Center for Teaching Junior Faculty Fellows program at Vanderbilt University in August 2019.

Amanda Kohls Enestvedt, MSN'16, was interviewed in October 2019 by ABC-affiliate KSFY-TV about a program she manages for children with anxiety.

Alvin Jeffery, PhD'17, was interviewed for—and made the cover of—American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' AACN Bold Voices in September 2019 and received a K12 Institutional Career Development award from the Vanderbilt Learning Health System Scholars Program in November.

Natima Geis Alexander, MSN'18, joined the Goshen Birth Center in Indiana in July 2019 as a certified nurse midwife.

Penny Dodson, DNP'18, became an instructor in the Nursing Informatics program at VUSN in fall 2019.

Morgan Willbarger, MSN'18, joined the Neurology Specialists Clinic of Riverside Healthcare in Kankakee, Illinois, in September 2019 as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner.