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 April 2019.

Ginna Trotter Betts, MSN'71 , was photographed for the June 2018 issue of Vanderbilt Magazine for an article about the university's 'Dores of Distinction program.

Joan Michael King, BSN'72, MSN'75, received the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses Distinguished Member Award in July 2018.

Margie Nicks Gale, BSN'73, MSN'76 , co-presented "Burnout and Compassion Fatigue and Essential Interventions" in April 2018 as part of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's advance practice grand rounds.

Carol Etherington, MSN'75 , was named to the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame in May 2018.

Deborah McMillan, N'75, retired from the Army in 1992 as a lieutenant colonel. She has since served as hospice nurse in Dayton, Ohio, taught nursing in Fairborn, Ohio, worked in home care and adult daycare in Columbus, Ohio, and been a private duty nurse in Delaware, Ohio.

Trish Trangenstein, BSN'75 , received the VUSN Dean's Award for Faculty Achievement in Informatics Endeavors in May 2018.

Marilyn Dubree, MSN'76 , was published in The Empowered Nurse: Peer-Reviewed Journal for Innovative VUMC Nursing Research, Volume 1, Issue 1.

Patty Chaffin Hofstetter, BSN'77, retired in July 2018 from her role as a senior quality and safety advisor for Vanderbilt University Medical Center's accreditation and standards team. She had been at VUMC for over 40 years.

Rumay Harrell Alexander, MSN'77 , co-authored an article for a June 2018 USA Today supplement featuring men in nursing. Copies were distributed at American Association of Critical Care Nursing and American Academy of Nursing conferences and in AACCN newsletters; it is available online.

Randolph Rasch, MSN'79 , was highlighted in a June 2018 USA Today supplement featuring men in nursing. Copies were distributed at American Association of Critical Care Nursing and American Academy of Nursing conferences and in AACCN newsletters; it is available online.

Pam Orebaugh Jones, BSN'81, MSN'92, DNP'13 , met with Surgeon General Jerome Adams in May 2018 while he visited Vanderbilt; she received the Rebecca Culpepper Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center the same month.

Erin Byrne Rodgers, BSN'82, MSN'86 , received the VUSN Dean's Award for Faculty Achievement in Academic Endeavors in May 2018.

Debbie Dunn Gregory, BSN'84, was honored by the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design as the first recipient of the Debbie Gregory Leadership Award. She was recently chosen to be co-editor of the Health Environments Research and Design Journal.

Julie Foss, MSN'86 , was published in The Empowered Nurse: Peer-Reviewed Journal for Innovative VUMC Nursing Research, Volume 1, Issue 1.

Elizabeth Alexander, MSN'88, collaborated on a poster, "Interprofessional Simulation between Nursing and Divinity Students: Qualitative Findings," which received a best research poster award at the International Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning in June 2018.

Anna-Gene Chalfant O'Neal, BSN'88, MSN'92, MBA'92 , is in a video by KGV Studios regarding the Nashville Business Journal's 2018 Health Care Awards and Alive Hospice, which Anna-Gene leads.

Kim Kullman Moore, BSN'89, was named manager of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center cardiovascular intensive care unit in July 2018.

Ginny Moore, MSN'90, and four VUSN students co-authored a manuscript, "Successfully Managing Challenging Patient Encounters," that was published in American Nurse Today in December 2018.

Gwen Holder, MSN'90, received the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Adrienne Ames (MSN'75) Transformational Nursing Leader Award in May 2018.

Susie Leming-Lee, MSN'90, DNP'11 , received the VUSN Tradition Meets Innovation Award in May 2018.

Brian McKelvy, MSN'92 , was interviewed by The Daily Herald regarding his candidacy for county commissioner in Columbia, Tennessee.

Susan Christos McKenney, MSN'92, is a nurse practitioner at Pardee Internal Medicine in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Julie Tipton Higdon, MSN'93, is on the leadership team of school officials in Paducah, Kentucky, pioneering a model to implement educational programs, act as a valuable resource for immunization and school/sports physical requirements, and work to lessen truancy in both children and staff.

Shannon Cole, MSN'94 , was named co-director of the Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning in June 2018.

Terri Crutcher, MSN'94 , received the VUSN Dean's Award for Recognition of Faculty Achievement in Clinical Practice in May 2018.

Kathy Simmons Moss, MSN'97, MBA'97 , received Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Five Pillar Award in May 2018. She was an editorial board member of The Empowered Nurse: Peer-Reviewed Journal for Innovative VUMC Nursing Research, Volume 1, Issue 1.

Kuei-Ru Chou, PhD'97 , was inducted in May 2018 into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. She is the dean of the Taipei Medical University College of Nursing in Taiwan.

Carol Parsons, MSN'98, presented "Cardiac Overview: Old and New" during Vanderbilt University Medical Center nursing grand rounds in July 2018.

Margaret McKinney Buxton, MSN'98, co-presented "A Tale of Two Births: Newborn Resuscitation and the Use of CPAP in the Out-of-Hospital Setting" at the American College of Nurse-Midwives in May 2018.

Rene Love, MSN'98, DNP'10 , is principal investigator at the University of Arizona in Tucson for a U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration grant to increase the number of mental health nurse practitioners.

Sharon Karp, MSN'99, PhD'08 , received the VUSN Tradition Meets Innovation Award in May 2018.

Julia Cain Phillippi, MSN'99 , was named to the American Academy of Nursing 2018 class of fellows. She co-authored "Applying a Physiologic Partograph to Consortium on Safe Labor Data to Identify Opportunities for Safely Decreasing Cesarean Births among Nulliparous Women," which was published in May 2018 by Birth Issues in Perinatal Care. And she collaborated on a poster, "Interprofessional Simulation between Nursing and Divinity Students: Qualitative Findings," which received a best research poster award at the International Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning in June 2018.

Cindy Scott, MSN'00, is director of nursing at Correct Care Solutions in Nashville.

Dawn Vanderhoef, MSN'00, PMC'13, was selected to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's 2018 Leadership for Academic Nursing Program. She will attend an intensive five-day seminar, participate in leadership exercises and programming, and be paired with a leadership mentor.

Sheila Ridner, MSN'00, PhD'03 , co-authored "A Prospective Study of the Lymphedema and Fibrosis Continuum in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer," which was published in the December 2016 issue of Lymphatic Research and Biology. It was recently cited as one of the journal's most widely read, circulated and cited articles.

Bedelia Russell, MSN'01 , received the Outstanding Faculty Award for Professional Service by Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, where she is an associate professor at the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing.

Terrah Foster Akard, MSN'01, PhD'08, was invited to participate in the Vanderbilt Leadership Academy, the university's program to identify and develop academic and administrative leaders.

Erin Black Shankel, MSN'03 , was quoted in NP Schools for "Tennessee NPs: The Fight for Full Practice Authority."

Julie Perry, MSN'03, successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Missouri in May 2018. Her study was titled "Pediatric Critical Care Nurses: Distress and Appraisal during Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatment."

Laura Beth Brown, MSN'04 , was cited as an example of a nurse with innovative thinking by Daily Nurse in a July 2018 piece called "4 Ways to Build Innovative Ideas into Nursing Practice."

Abby Luck Parish, MSN'05 , received the VUSN Tradition Meets Innovation Award in May 2018.

Carrie Plummer, MSN'05 , was interviewed by Daily Nurse about the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic, an interprofessional program she piloted at Vanderbilt involving the Law School, Medical Center and VUSN to assist older adults with advanced care planning.

Erica Anderson Stone, MSN'05, earned the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Michigan in May 2018. Her project was titled "Challenging Barriers to Physical Activity: An Urban Clinic-based Walking Intervention."

Eydie Cloyd, MSN'05, co-presented "Who's Caring for the Midwife? Compassion and Caregiver Fatigue in the Setting of Secondary Traumatic Stress" at the American College of Nurse-Midwives in May 2018.

Heather Hair Meissen, MSN'05, presented at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses National Teaching Institute meeting in Boston in May 2018.

Bethany Domzal Sanders, MSN'06, received the Tennessee Nurses Foundation 2018 Scholarly Writing Award in connection with Nurses Week for her paper, "The Impact of Student-Run Clinics on the Development of Nurse Leaders."

Carol Ziegler, MSN'06, DNP'12 , was awarded a Southeastern Conference faculty travel grant to collaborate with the University of Tennessee on climate change and inter-professional education. She was selected to create and teach one of Vanderbilt's new interdisciplinary courses in spring 2019, Planetary Health, Policy and Social Justice, which will be open to students from across Vanderbilt's schools. And she was quoted in NP Schools for "Tennessee NPs: The Fight for Full Practice Authority."

Jessica Van Meter, MSN'07, DNP'15, received Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Inspiring Global Nurse Award in May 2018.

Lauren Fincher DeVine, MSN'07, became an assistant in otolaryngology at the Pediatric ENT clinic at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in August 2017.

Lindsey Baksh, MSN'07, is 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.

Britney Summer Broyhill, BS'06, MSN'08, DNP'13, presented at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses National Teaching Institute meeting in Boston in May 2018.

Kanah Lewallen May, MSN'09 , was featured on the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association website as a "Rising Star" in 2018.

Linda Zajac Woods, MSN'09, completed the Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast triathlon in Panama City Beach, Florida, in May 2018.

Jie Deng, PhD'10 , is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia.

Julia Martin Steed, MSN'10, PhD'18 , was interviewed by VUMC Reporter in July 2018 for an article about VUSN hosting undergraduate students from Fisk and Vanderbilt universities and the Undergraduate Health Sciences Academy at Morehouse School of Medicine. The programs expose them to nursing as a career choice. She is an assistant professor at VUSN.

Kelly Davis, MSN'10, received the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Jerita Payne (MSN'90, MMHC'13) Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year Award in May 2018.

Stuart Downs, MSN'10, DNP'13 , was honored with Atlanta's Executive Nursing Leadership Excellence Award, recognizing a chief nursing officer or chief nursing executive serving in an administrative capacity in a Metro Atlanta hospital who demonstrates advocacy, vision and collaboration to improve patient care and the nursing workplace. He is now chief operating officer and vice president of WellStar Atlanta Medical Center.

Deborah Currey, DNP'11, became a medical acupuncturist and a battlefield acupuncture instructor through the U.S. Army. She moved to Daytona Beach, Florida, to work for the Veterans Health Administration as a pain management nurse practitioner at the William V. Chappell, Jr. Outpatient Clinic. She introduced medical acupuncture to the Orlando VA system, traveling throughout the region and credentialing providers in battlefield acupuncture as a means of helping veterans transition from high dose opioids.

Shaunna Parker, MSN'11 , was interviewed by VUMC Reporter in July 2018 for an article about VUSN hosting undergraduate students from Fisk and Vanderbilt universities and the Undergraduate Health Sciences Academy at Morehouse School of Medicine. The programs expose them to nursing as a career choice.

Stephanie Hunt Boyd, MSN'11, DNP'15 , was named among the About Stark (Ohio) "Twenty Under 40" list. 

Brian Widmar, PhD'12, presented at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses National Teaching Institute meeting in Boston in May 2018.

Cathy Maxwell, PhD'12 , was named to the American Academy of Nursing 2018 class of fellows and received the 2017 National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Innovation Award. She co-authored "Home Health Nurses' Perspectives and Care Processes Related to Older Persons with Frailty and Depression: A Mixed Method Pilot Study," which was published in the Journal of Community Health Nursing in July 2018.

Chance Allen, MSN'12 , was highlighted in a June 2018 USA Today supplement featuring men in nursing. Copies were distributed at American Association of Critical Care Nursing and American Academy of Nursing conferences and in AACCN newsletters; it is available online.

Heather Sevcik, MSN'12, co-presented "A Tale of Two Births: Newborn Resuscitation and the Use of CPAP in the Out-of-Hospital Setting" at the American College of Nurse-Midwives in May 2018.

Stephanie Abbu, MSN'12 , was an editorial board member of The Empowered Nurse: Peer-Reviewed Journal for Innovative VUMC Nursing Research, Volume 1, Issue 1.

Tamika Hudson, MSN'12 , received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Samford University in May 2018 and was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Her project was titled "Evaluation of Distress Tolerance and Treatment Retention in Women with Substance Abuse Disorders." She was interviewed by VUMC Reporter in July 2018 for an article about VUSN hosting undergraduate students from Fisk and Vanderbilt universities and the Undergraduate Health Sciences Academy at Morehouse School of Medicine. The programs expose them to nursing as a career choice. She coordinates VUSN's program with UHSA.

Mary Muchendu, MSN'13, DNP'15 , was photographed for the June 2018 issue of Vanderbilt Magazine for an article about the university's 'Dores of Distinction program.

Rachel Kromer, MSN'13 , was an editorial board member of The Empowered Nurse: Peer-Reviewed Journal for Innovative VUMC Nursing Research, Volume 1, Issue 1.

Susie Adams, PMC'13 , was quoted in NP Schools for "Tennessee NPs: The Fight for Full Practice Authority."

Jennifer David, MSN'14, DNP'17 , is an instructor at VUSN. She presented a poster at the May 2018 Nurses Week Research Nurses Poster Session at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Jenny Cotton, MSN'14, received the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Nursing Professional Development Award in May 2018.

Sarah Stein Smith, MSN'14 , was highlighted on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's website for her research on "Outcomes of Heart Transplantation Using HCV Donors."

Ulrike Muench, PDC'14, was named to the American Academy of Nursing 2018 class of fellows.

Brenna Gillis, MSN'15, DNP'17 , was the 2018 Vanderbilt University Founder's Medalist for the School of Nursing, earning 4.0 GPAs in both her master's and doctoral programs. She is a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she provides services to children, adolescents and adults.

Justin Groce, MSN'15 , is a nurse practitioner at Bradshaw Health in Lebanon, Tennessee, where he works with his preceptor, Brenda McFarlin, MSN'99. Justin developed and implemented a weight loss coaching program that was a finalist for the Wilson County Post (Tennessee) Main Street Awards in June 2018. He manages an online personal training and nutrition coaching business; his articles have been published in STACK Magazine, MidLevelU and the International Society of Sports Nutrition's Scoop.

Melissa Kalensky, DNP'15, is a family nurse practitioner at Rush Oak Park Hospital in Chicago as of May 2018. She is an assistant professor at Rush University College of Nursing.

Lisa Heap, MSN'16, is a family nurse practitioner at the Oregon Medical Group in Eugene.

Alicia Johnson, MSN'17 , is a certified nurse-midwife at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare–Iowa at the Covenant Midwives and Women's Health Center in Waterloo. 

Alvin Jeffery, PhD'17 , was highlighted in a June 2018 USA Today supplement featuring men in nursing. Copies were distributed at American Association of Critical Care Nursing and American Academy of Nursing conferences and in AACCN newsletters; it is available online.

Alys Moore, MSN'17 , is a certified nurse-midwife, licensed family nurse practitioner and trained birth doula at Baby and Co. in Nashville.

Anna Froelich, MSN'17 , was featured in the Herald Review as the lead provider of a suboxone therapy program while serving as the sole primary care provider at her clinic in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

Jensine Russell, DNP'17, became the Patient Care Manager-Inpatient Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in June 2018.

Amanda Gonzales, MSN'18, is a value analysis manager at the University of Colorado in Aurora.

Alumni deaths

Virginia Maxwell George, BSN'47, MA'72 , VUSN professor emerita, of Nashville, July 26, 2018.

Dorothy Chapple, BSN'48 , also known as Mother John Marie Stewart, of Amarillo, Texas, May 26, 2018.

Mavis Burton Dauphinee, BSN'49 , of Wilber, Nebraska, May 4, 2018.  

Ann Demonbreun Charltan, N'53 , of Knoxville, May 4, 2018.

Liz Davis Johnson, N'64 , of Watkinsville, Georgia, June 14, 2018.

Carol Brandon, MSN'05, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, February 25, 2018.

Family deaths

Fred William Love, father of Mary Jo Love Hanor, BSN'75, MSN'80, and Barb Love Jones, BSN'77; grandfather of Katie Nolan Rosenhagen, BS'01, MSN'02, and Angela Hanor, MSN'09, of Delray Beach, Florida, June 1, 2018.

Bill Carpenter, Jr., father-in-law of Trudy Ward Carpenter, BSN'80, MSN'87, of Nashville, April 28, 2018.