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 July 2017.

  • Sandy Griffin Minor, BSN '57, retired from the faculty of Murray State University in Kentucky in fall 2016 at age 81. She was featured on KFVS-TV in Mo., KYForward and the West Kentucky Star.
  • Charlotte Mathias Covington, BSN '69, MSN '89, is associate professor emerita at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and a member of the VUSN Alumni Board.
  • Jill Fishback Chambers, BSN '71, is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Nashville.
  • Joan Furman, MSN '75, is a nurse practitioner and clinical experiential therapist offering counseling, experiential therapy and a variety of healing services in her private practice in Nashville.
  • Anne Atkinson Moore, BSN '76, MSN '81, is senior medical science liaison for AMAG Pharmaceuticals, and Mid-Atlantic liaison with national thought leaders/various health care professionals. She lives in Nashville.
  • Judy Stone, BSN '76, works with children ages 3 to 22 at the Tennessee School for the Blind in Nashville.
  • Robin Fowler Mauer, BSN '77, is a nurse practitioner in nephrology at the Everett Clinic near Seattle.
  • Susie Welden Caro, BSN '77, MSN '82, is director/nurse practitioner at Family Cancer Risk Services in Nashville, where she provides risk assessment, facilitation of genetics testing and education.
  • Alice Howze Martin, BSN '78, left her position at the Alabama Attorney General's office to join that state's Department of Examiners of Public Accounts.
  • Judy Gunter, MSN '78, is an instructor at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee.
  • Jane Dempster, BSN '78, is the hepatobiliary clinical coordinator at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and a member of the VUSN Alumni Board.
  • Mary Wuertenbaecher Petersen, BSN '83, is heart valve team coordinator at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri.
  • Suzanne McMurtry Baird, BSN '84, MSN '95, and Betsy Babb Kennedy, BSN '89, MSN '93, edited Intrapartum Management Modules, 5th ed., the runner-up in the American Journal of Nursing's Book of the Year for the Maternal-Child Health category.
  • Lana Leinbach Yaney, MSN '86, has been a practicing certified registered nurse anesthetist for 23 years at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts.
  • Maria Johnston Derryberry, BSN '86, MSN '01, is a nurse practitioner at Maggie's Hospice and Palliative Care in Prescott, Arizona.
  • George Shwab IV, BSN '87, MSN '94, is a family nurse practitioner in neurology at St. Thomas Medical Partners in Nashville.
  • Laura Reaves, BSN '87, MSN '88, is co-founder and president of Wellness Solutions in Nashville, a company which provides medical and psychiatric support services to long-term care facility residents across the southeast U.S.
  • Sandy Womeldorf Murabito, MSN '88, is on faculty at Belmont University School of Nursing in Nashville.
  • Jenny Sandlin Sauls, MSN '88, is a professor at Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • Joy Davis Kimbrell, MSN '88, is interim dean, director of the Center for Nursing Success, and associate professor at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee.
  • Martha Buckner, MSN '88, is professor, associate dean of nursing, and executive director of Partners in Nursing at Belmont University in Nashville.
  • Renee Lassinger, MSN '90, is a principal at Advanced Cardiothoracic Consultants LLC, in Indianapolis where she consults about patient care models for various cardiac, lung and cardiovascular populations.
  • Christy Golden Mars, MSN '92, DNP '15, is an acute care nurse practitioner at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis.
  • Kathie Krause, MSN '92, was named to the board of directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville in Feb. 2017. She is chief nursing officer for Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
  • Nicole Herndon, MSN '92, DNP '13, is corporate director of Women's and Pediatric Services at Community Health Systems in Nashville where she, among other things, serves as expert resource in maternal-child, women's health and pediatric/newborn services.
  • Sandy Greeno, MSN '92, DNP '13, is a clinical assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing in Portland.
  • Gina Bullington, MSN '93, is chief nursing officer at TriStar Medical Center in Dickson, Tennessee.
  • Leslie Folds, MSN '93, is on faculty at the Belmont University School of Nursing in Nashville.
  • Margaret Anderson, MSN '94, successfully defended her DNP project at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, College of Nursing in March 2017.
  • Chris Kristufek Crabtree, MSN '95, is a family and pediatric nurse practitioner at VIP South, an affiliate of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in the Greater Nashville area.
  • Ellen Tosh Benneyworth Brown, MSN '95, is a hospice/palliative nurse practitioner at Alive Hospice in Nashville. She married in Dec. 2016.
  • Laura Hunter, MSN '95, is a nurse practitioner at Glacier Medical Associates in Whitefish, Montana.
  • Regina Udo, MSN '95, has a private practice in Las Cruces, New Mexico, called Greeg Family Healthcare.
  • Tena Simmons, MSN '95, is a family and pediatric nurse practitioner at VIP South, an affiliate of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in the Greater Nashville area.
  • Katherine Sheridan Crocker, MSN '96, is an advanced practice psychiatric nurse at the Evelyn Frye Center in Nashville.
  • Sonia Vishneski, MSN '96, is on the faculty at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia.
  • Wendy Johnson Araya, MSN '96, DNP '12, is the NICU nurse practitioner team lead at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
  • Carrie Harvey, MSN '97, is an associate professor in nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.
  • Jenny Hannagin Kim, MSN '97, was named a Rising Star by the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association in spring 2017.
  • Rebecca Isley Miller, MSN '97, is a pediatric visit nurse at Vanderbilt Home Health, where she makes daily visits to pediatric patients with various diagnoses and ages.
  • Stacy Batson Brown, MSN '97, is a family nurse practitioner in endocrinology/diabetes at Heritage Medical Associates in Nashville.
  • Stephanie DeVane-Johnson, MSN '97, received her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2016. She is teaching maternal/child nursing at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
  • Tammy Jackson McKay, MSN '97, retired after working as an oncology nurse/nurse practitioner, mostly at Tennessee Oncology in Nashville. She got married in 2008.
  • Carol Parsons, MSN '98, gave the talk "Is All Chest Pain Cardiac?" during Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nursing Grand Rounds in February 2017.
  • Margaret McKinney Buxton, MSN '98, is clinical director of Baby+Co. in Nashville and a member of the VUSN Alumni Board.
  • Leah Garrett Bowen, MSN '99, is a family psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at the Nashville Center for Hope and Healing.
  • Christine Machicao, MSN '00, is a nurse practitioner at the Children's Clinic in St. Louis.
  • Erin Hardiman, MSN '00, is a child and adolescent psychiatric nurse practitioner at Wellness Solutions in Nashville.
  • Bob Weber, MSN '01, is a family nurse practitioner at Middle Tennessee Family Medicine in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • Cara Osborne, MSN '01, was featured in The Daily Times of Blount County, Tennessee, in a story about the company she founded, Baby+Co.
  • Jeannie Noblitt, MSN '01, is a nurse practitioner at the Asthma, Allergy and Sinus Center in Knoxville.
  • Terrah Foster Akard, MSN '01, PhD '08, was featured in the winter 2017 issue of Vanderbilt Nurse magazine and the February 23, 2017, Vanderbilt Hustler for her work with children with life-threatening conditions and their use of technology. And she was named Nurse of the Week by The Daily Nurse.
  • Angela Jackson, MSN '02, is a family nurse practitioner at St. Thomas Medical Partners in Nashville.
  • Katie Nolan Rosenhagen, MSN '02, is a nurse practitioner in the office of Elizabeth LaRoche, M.D., in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and a CrossFit coach.
  • Jason Boylan, MSN '03, has a private practice in downtown and East Nashville called Third and Church Health Care.
  • Krista Koleas, MSN '03, was named to the board of Siloam Health in Nashville in January 2017. She is a nurse manager at Nashville Skin and Cancer.
  • Suzanne Tilley Hurley, MSN '03, is co-chief executive officer at University Community Health Services in Nashville.
  • Wendi Mason, MSN '03, delivered "Not all Shortness of Breath is Created Equal" during Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nursing Grand Rounds in March 2017.
  • Tiffany Street, MSN '03, is director for advanced practice at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute and president of the VUSN Alumni Board.
  • Ty Williams, MSN '03, DNP '12, is an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and vice president of the VUSN Alumni Board.
  • Tanya Sorrell, MSN '03, has a private practice called Yuma Mental Health and Wellness Center in Arizona, and is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado--Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. She is a member of the VUSN Alumni Board.
  • Judy Hoffman, MSN '04, is on a team that provides care in the field with the Community Treatment Unit of Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services in Georgia. Nurse practitioners partner with paramedics to treat patients and arrange appropriate follow-up, reducing unnecessary hospital transports.
  • Kristin Carter Campbell, MSN '04, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Children's Health Center in Marble Falls, Texas.
  • Luz Salazar, MSN '04, is a family nurse practitioner at Neighborhood Health in Nashville.
  • Mollie Palmore Weinman, MSN '04, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at VIP South, an affiliate of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in the Greater Nashville area.
  • Jennifer Mitchell, MSN '05, is assistant director, advanced practice at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
  • Virginia Sinclair Gardner, MSN '05, is an adult psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at the Nashville Center for Hope and Healing.
  • Emily Wachs Kane, MSN '06, published an article in the January/February 2017 issue of San Francisco Medicine titled "Allergic Rhinitis: Updates in Diagnosis and Management." She is a nurse practitioner at San Francisco Ear, Nose and Throat Medical Group.
  • Ashley Davis Campbell, MSN '07, is a health operations systems consultant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • Jasmine Good Geisinger, MSN '07,is a pediatric nurse practitioner at VIP South, an affiliate of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in the Greater Nashville area.
  • Kevin Krenek, MSN '07, is a family nurse practitioner at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
  • Mary Prisco, MSN '08, is a nurse practitioner at Neighborhood Health in Nashville.
  • Claire Givens Crunk, MSN '08, has a private practice in Columbia, Tennessee, called Together Women's Wellness, and is a member of the VUSN Alumni Board.
  • Julie Riedel, MSN '09, is a family nurse practitioner at Mercy Community Healthcare in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Kanah May Lewallen, MSN '09, was photographed for the cover of – and for a story in – Vanderbilt Nurse magazine, winter 2017.
  • Kristin Vollrath, MSN '09, is a family nurse practitioner at Pediatric Associates of Franklin in Tennessee.
  • Anna Richmond, MSN '10, was highlighted as a junior faculty teaching fellow in the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching newsletter.
  • Jaime Pickering, MSN '10, is a certified nurse-midwife at Carolina Women's Specialists in Sumter, South Carolina.
  • Joel Bryan McPherson, MSN '10, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at the Alvin C. York campus of the U.S. Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • Nicola Hart Hempel, MSN '10, is an acute care nurse practitioner at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
  • Rachel Christian, MSN '10, is an instructor of surgery-GI tumor/endocrinology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora.
  • Tiffany Gwartney, MSN '10, DNP '15, is an assistant professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing in Tampa.
  • Elizabeth Morse, MSN '11, DNP '14, is on faculty at Belmont University School of Nursing in Nashville.
  • Mary Rogers Sorey, MSN '11, is an assistant in medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • Allie Gold, MSN '12, is a women's health nurse practitioner at Physicians and Midwives Collaborative in Northern Virginia. She got married in May 2016. 
  • Ellie Kenemer, MSN '12, is a family psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at the Nashville Center for Hope and Healing.
  • Matthew Martin, MSN '12, DNP '14, is administrative director of clinical excellence at HCA Healthcare in Nashville.
  • Cathy Maxwell, PhD '12, is an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and a member of the VUSN Alumni Board.
  • Joshua Thornsberry, MSN '12, is a cardiovascular adult nurse practitioner at WellStar Health System in Atlanta and a member of the VUSN Alumni Board.
  • Amanda Jurls, MSN '13, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, specializing in children/adolescents at Centerstone Clinic in Nashville.
  • Dionne Duplantier, MSN '13, is a nurse practitioner at St. Thomas Community Health Center in New Orleans.
  • Jessica Rogers Searcy, MSN '13, DNP '15, is an instructor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.
  • Karen Hande, DNP '13, is an integrative course coordinator and assistant professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.
  • Kimberle Jones, Post-Master's '13, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Mercy Community Healthcare in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Margaret Hamilton, MSN '13, DNP '15, is a nurse practitioner in Dermatology at the Murfreesboro Medical Clinic in Tennessee.
  • Melissa Chaney Clift, MSN '13, married Charles Clift. She works at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.
  • Sam Paris, MSN '13, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Mercy Community Healthcare in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • John Derrick, MSN '13, is an instructor of pediatrics-developmental-pediatrics and a nurse practitioner at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora. He is a member of the VUSN Alumni Board.
  • Kaitlin Neary, MSN '13, is a cardiovascular ICU nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a member of the VUSN Alumni Board.
  • Allison Lorenzi, MSN '14, is a nurse practitioner at the Vancouver Clinic in Washington state.
  • Barbara Wadsworth, DNP '14, is senior vice president of patient services and the chief nursing officer of Main Line Health in the Greater Philadelphia area.
  • Kelsey Skillas Hunger, MSN '14, is a nurse practitioner at CHI St Luke Hospital in Houston, caring for patients who have undergone heart transplant or left ventricular assist device surgery.
  • Laura Bowling, MSN '14, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at VIP South, an affiliate of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in the Greater Nashville area.
  • Marita Walton, MSN '14, is an acute care nurse practitioner in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She is engaged to marry Reed Adams Ellis in April 2017.
  • Tanicia Washington Haynes, MSN '14, married Corvelli Haynes in Oct. 2016.
  • Brooklyn Beaupre, MSN '14, is a cardiology nurse practitioner at Mountain States Medical Group in Johnson City, Tennessee, and a member of the VUSN Alumni Board.
  • Hannah Carroll Lowe, MSN '14, is a family nurse practitioner at Cherokee Health Systems in Knoxville and a member of the VUSN Alumni Board.
  • Brittany Hooks, MSN '15, is a certified nurse-midwife at Carolina Women's Specialists in Sumter, South Carolina.
  • Denise Isibel, DNP '15, is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Nursing.
  • Elisha Hill, DNP '15, is an associate professor of nursing at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.
  • Jason Tillman, MSN '15, is a family and acute care nurse practitioner at Mercy Community Healthcare in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Kaitlin Divinnie, MSN '15, is an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner in the Gastroenterology Clinic at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta.
  • Kimberly Mullins, DNP '15, is assistant professor of clinical nursing and coordinator of the Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner—Distance Learning program at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing.
  • Laura Odom, DNP '15, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Nursing.
  • Marja Hanks, DNP '15, is a cardiology nurse practitioner at the Swedish Medical Group in Seattle.
  • Rachael Prusha, MSN '15, is an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt Center for Medical Weight Loss.
  • Sarah Holmgren, MSN '15, is a nurse practitioner at Stanford Health Care Associated Internal Medicine in Oakland, California.
  • Allison Davis, DNP '15, is associate professor of nursing and chair of the Undergraduate Nursing Program at Union University in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and a member of the VUSN Alumni Board.
  • Melissa Kalensky, DNP '15, is an assistant professor at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago and a member of the VUSN Alumni Board.
  • Adrienn Myers-Woods, MSN '16, is a women's health nurse practitioner at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, in Springfield.
  • Caroline Leithner, MSN/MDV '16, is a family nurse practitioner at SeaMar Community Health Centers in Seattle.
  • Nancy Wilfong Tucker, MSN '16, manages high-risk pregnancies at Tennessee Maternal Fetal Medicine in Nashville. She makes rounds on inpatients at St. Thomas Midtown, Centennial and St. Thomas Rutherford, and she married Jackson Tucker in August 2016.
  • Olivia Kirkpatrick, MSN '16, is an assistant in Medicine in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • Shantel White, MSN '16, is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego.
  • Shelby Smith, MSN '16, is an orthopaedic trauma nurse practitioner at George Washington Medical Faculty Associates in Washington, D.C., a predominately inpatient hospital setting where she manages acutely and critically ill orthopaedic trauma patients, both on the floor and in the operating room.
  • Christina Cardy, MSN '16, is a nurse practitioner at University of South Florida Health in Tampa and a member of the VUSN Alumni Board. 

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