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 October 2017.

  • Ginna Trotter Betts, MSN '71, was honored by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos as a member of the Vanderbilt University 'Dores of Distinction Alumni Advisory Board. She is president and CEO of HealthFutures Inc. in Nashville.
  • Margie Nicks Gale, BSN '73, MSN '76, spoke about burnout and compassion fatigue at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Aprilfest 2017.
  • Marilyn Dubree, MSN '76, Michelle Terrell, MSN '01, and April Kapu, MSN '05, DNP '13, co-authored "Promoting Professionalism by Sharing a Cup of Coffee" in the May 2017 issue of American Nurse Today.
  • Joyce Young Johnson, BSN '77, is dean of the College of Sciences and Technology at Albany State University in Georgia. 
  • Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, N '78, is co-founder and senior advisor of LernerMedia Global, which has offices in London, Paris and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Elizabeth Gardner Rudolph, BSN '82, MSN '85, presented a two-day professional legal nurse consultant certification course in Nashville in May 2017. 
  • Anna-Gene Chalfant O'Neal, BSN '88, MSN '92, was recognized as one of the 2017 Women in Business honorees in April 2017 Murfreesboro Magazine. She also was featured in a Community Health Matters video discussing end-of-life care.
  • Sandra Walters, MSN '90, presented at the Veterans Administration Tennessee Valley Healthcare System's End of Life Nursing Education Consortium in April 2017, in Brentwood. She is director of education services for the Tennessee Valley Health System.
  • Valerie Griffin, MSN '95, was named a 2017 Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is an assistant clinical professor of Family Health and Community Health Nursing at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.
  • Lisa Milam, MSN '96, is a nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Kuei-Ru Chou, PhD '97, is a professor of Nursing at Taipei Medical University in Taiwan.
  • Tricia Craig Booher, MSN '00, is a nurse practitioner at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Consultants in Humboldt, Tennessee.
  • Aimee Chism Holland and Liz Sharpe, both MSN '02, were named 2017 Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. They are assistant professors of Nursing at University of Alabama Birmingham.
  • Lisa Cashion, MSN '03, is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Pediatrix Medical Group in Nashville.
  • Tamara Jackman, MSN '03, is a certified nurse-midwife at UCare in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
  • Bethany Wagner, MSN '04, is a nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Cristy Geisenhoffer Stumb, MSN '05, was featured in The Wilson Post for her accomplishments. She operates a primary care practice, Stumb Healthcare Professionals, in Carthage, Tennessee.
  • Virginia Gardner, MSN '05, is on faculty at VUSN.
  • Crystal Parrish, MSN '05, co-presented "Medicating Geriatric Patients: Finding a Happy Medium" at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Aprilfest 2017.
  • Jennifer Mitchell, MSN '05, is director of Advanced Practice at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
  • Brandee Madden, MSN '06, is on faculty at VUSN.
  • Allison Wells Trierweiler, MSN '07, and her husband, John, announced the birth of their second child, Sloane Elizabeth, in Nov. 2016. They live in Denver.
  • Dru Potash Bredesen, MSN '07, is a nurse practitioner and manager of the East Nashville office of 3rd and Church Health Care.
  • Jay Morrison, MSN '07, is now senior associate of Nursing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • Rose Vick, MSN '07, was chosen to participate in Screening for Psychosocial Distress, a selective two-year training program developed by the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and Yale School of Nursing. She is on faculty at VUSN.
  • Carol Nestler, MSN '08, presented at the Veterans Administration Tennessee Valley Healthcare System's End of Life Nursing Education Consortium in April 2017, in Brentwood. She is a palliative care nurse practitioner at the Nashville Veterans Administration Medical Center.
  • Lauren Nevels Oliver, MSN '08, is an assistant in Anesthesiology in the Division of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • Brenda Reed, MSN '09, is team lead in Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Transition Management Office.
  • Katy Hansen, MSN '10, is a nurse practitioner at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt.
  • Patty Sengstack, DNP '10, was featured in a Bon Secours Health System video about health IT tools and patient safety. She is chief nursing information officer for Bon Secours in Marriottsville, Maryland.
  • Tony Smith, DNP '10, is on faculty at VUSN in addition to being a nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's LifeFlight and assistant professor at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.
  • Cathy Ivory, PhD '11, is associate chief nurse executive for Practice and Care Transformation at Indiana University Health System in Indianapolis.
  • Lucy Tucker, MSN '11, is on faculty at VUSN.
  • Brian Widmar, PhD '12, was inducted as a 2017 fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Cathy Maxwell, PhD '12, was elected a professional member of the National Academy of Practice in Nursing.
  • Richard Clews, MSN '12, is the structural heart clinical coordinator at IHA in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
  • Stephanie Abbu, MSN '12, co-presented "Improving NICU Parent Perception Through Nurse Leader Rounds" at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Aprilfest 2017. 
  • Tamika Hudson, MSN '12, is on faculty at VUSN, and has clinical practices at both The Next Door and the Hope Clinic for Women in Nashville.
  • Amber Greeno, MSN '13, is the director of Trauma, Injury Prevention and Project ADAM at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
  • Mary Muchendu, MSN '13, DNP '15, was honored by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos as a member of the Vanderbilt University 'Dores of Distinction Alumni Advisory Board. She is executive director of AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya.
  • Misti Martinez, MSN '13, is a nurse practitioner at Gastroenterology and Hepatology Associates in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
  • Teresa Hobt-Bingham, MSN '13, is the manager of the Trauma Patient Care Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • Barbara Wadsworth, DNP '14, was named to the Class of 2017 Distinguished Fellows of the National Academies of Practice.
  • Jennifer Parks, MSN '14, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine.
  • Susanna Rudy, MSN '14, DNP '16, is on faculty at VUSN.
  • Flora Ziliak, MSN '15, is a nurse practitioner at Renaissance Health and Surgical Associates in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, where she provides gynecological and primary care services. She rounds at Parkridge and Erlanger hospitals, and lives in Chattanooga.
  • Misty Evans, DNP '15, is on faculty at VUSN and is on staff at TriStar Centennial Children's Hospital in Nashville.
  • Paul Raymond, MSN '15, presented at the Veterans Administration Tennessee Valley Healthcare System's End of Life Nursing Education Consortium in April 2017, in Brentwood. He is the manager of Palliative Care/Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 
  • Janelle Delle, DNP '16, is on faculty at VUSN.
  • Shannan Santoli, MSN '16, is a certified nurse-midwife at Heartland Women's Healthcare in Carterville, Illinois.

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