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 November 2018.

Carolyn Woodard Fleet, BSN'55, and her late husband, Bill, were featured in Tennessee's Franklin Home Page in a February 2018 story about how their marriage lasted over 60 years.

Judy Jackson Lea, BSN'69, was the focus of an April 2018 story in The Wilson Post (Tennessee) about her life and family.

Diane Coty Roberts, BSN'73, and Audrey Pyle, BS'12, co-authored "Suicide Prevention for School Communities: An Educational Initiative for Student Safety," published by the National Association of School Nurses in April 2018. They were interviewed for a related podcast.

Kathy Baldridge Byington, BSN'74, was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. She is a case manager at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital.

Alice Howze Martin, BSN'78, addressed the Opelika Kiwanis Club in Alabama in January 2018. She is a candidate for the position of that state's Attorney General.

Mike Mezmar, MSN'81, was re-elected as the District 3 City Commissioner, District 3, in Harlingen, Texas.

Beth Middleton Ginzinger, BSN'85, was named chief strategy officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona in April 2018.

Cindy Comer Borum, BSN'85, published "Barriers for hospital-based nurse practitioners utilizing clinical decision support systems: A systematic review" in CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing in April 2018.

Julie Foss, MSN'86, retired in February 2018 after 30 years of managing the MICU at Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital.

Roni Abernathy Nylander, BSN'89, MSN'92, was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. She is a nurse anesthetist at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital.

Velinda Youngner Block, MSN'89, was interviewed in August 2017 for a story about HCA's TriStar Health System opening a new simulation learning facility in Antioch, Tennessee.

Beverly Maddux Byram, MSN'92, was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. She is the Program Director of Part D Ryan White at the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic.

Marion Maury Jones, MSN'93, and her husband, Catesby, were the subject of an April 2018 article in the Star New Online about her life as a student and nurse and his as a professional songwriter. They live in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Amy Hall Hull, MSN'94, and Lisa Fournace, MSN'04, co-published "The Impact of Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause on Quality of Life" in the November/December 2017 issue of Urologic Nursing.

Jody Tennyson, MSN'95, was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. She is director of the OB Triage/Maternal Special Care Unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Jenny Hannagan Kim, MSN'97, was named a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in June 2018.

Rolanda Johnson, PhD'98, was honored as a Vanderbilt Pioneer with a portrait unveiling in April 2018.

Angela Wilson-Liverman, MSN'99, received the Mary Jane Werthan Award from the Vanderbilt University Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center in March 2018 for her contributions to the advancement of women at the university. She is director of the Advanced Practice Division of the Department of OB/GYN at Vanderbilt, directing 42 certified nurse-midwives and women's health nurse practitioners in nine locations.

Julia Cain Phillippi, MSN'99, was quoted in Daily Beast for a March 2018 piece about the increasing popularity of midwives.

Leah Garrett Bowen, MSN'99, was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. She is a psychiatric advanced practice nurse for the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital/Metro Nashville Public Schools counseling program.

Melody Riggenbach Wilkinson, MSN'99, was named a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in June 2018. She is an assistant professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Dawn Vanderhoef, MSN'00, PM'13, presented "Wait, What Mood Disorders are on a Spectrum? Identification of Mood Disorders in Primary Care" at the Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association conference in March 2018. She spoke about the role of neuropsych nurses in mental health treatment in April with Dr. Carol Bernstein on SiriusXM's Doctor Radio.

April Clements DeMers, MSN'01, was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. She is a nurse practitioner in Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Adult Kidney and Pancreas Transplant unit.

Rashida Pollion, MSN'02, was a nominee for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Nurses: The Heart of Health Care program in April 2018.

Sheree Allen, MSN'03, was highlighted as one of the Professors to Know from Schools with Online DNP Programs in Nursing Leadership by Nurse Practitioner Schools website.

Virginia Edwards Rosas, MSN'03, wrote "SonoSpine: A new tool in the fight against opioid addiction," which was published in the Washington Times in April 2018.

Lisa Fournace, MSN'04, and Amy Hall Hull, MSN'94, co-published "The Impact of Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause on Quality of Life" in the November/December 2017 issue of Urologic Nursing.

April Kapu, MSN'05, DNP'13, was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to the new Tennessee Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education in January 2018.

Bette Moore, PhD'05, wrote The Dreaming Road, a book about the passing of her daughter. She was interviewed in The Tennessean in February 2018 and The Vanderbilt Hustler in March about her hope that the book will help others who are experiencing loss.

Cara Calloway Young, MSN'06, PhD'10, was awarded the Rising Star from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties in April 2018. She is an assistant professor at University of Texas Austin School of Nursing.

Carol Ziegler, MSN'06, DNP'12, was featured by the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching in its February 2018 Junior Teaching Spotlight.

Julie Stembridge, MSN'06, was interviewed by Online FNP Programs about her career as a certified nurse-midwife. She is on staff at WakeMed Physician Practices in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Jessica Van Meter, MSN'07, DNP'15, and Ali Grubbs, MSN'13, direct a bachelor's degree in emergency nursing program for nurses at Georgetown Public Hospital Corp. in Guyana, in collaboration with the University of Guyana and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Tracey DeWire, MSN'08, was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. She is a surgical oncology nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt Breast Center.

Kanah May Lewallen, MSN'09, was featured by the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching in its December 2017 Junior Teaching Spotlight.

Anna Richmond, MSN'10, and Karen Hande, DNP'13, are in a video highlighting the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching's Nursing Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship.

Sharon Holley, DNP'10, and Jennifer Lynn Neczypor, MSN'17, co-authored "Providing Evidenced-Based Care During the Golden Hour" which was published by – and made the cover of – Nursing for Women's Health.

Angela Quinn, MSN'11, was elected to the American Health Council Nursing Board. She owns Mobile Skin Screening in Phoenix.

Cathy Ivory, PhD'11, was honored by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society-Alliance for Nursing Informatics with the Nursing Informatics Leadership Award in March 2018. She is vice president for professional practice and care transformation at Indiana University Health.

Elizabeth Ogunnaike, MSN'11, DNP'17, was recognized in The World in a January 2018 story about Southern Coos Health Center in Bandon, Oregon, where she is on staff.

Kate McReynolds, MSN'11, was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. She is a nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt Hereditary Cancer Clinic.

Kim Kuebler, DNP'11, received the American Journal of Nursing's Textbook of the Year Award for 2017 for Integration of Palliative Care in the Management of Chronic Conditions: An Interdisciplinary Approach, published by the Oncology Nursing Society.

Mary Lauren Whitehead Pfieffer, and Natasha McClure, both MSN'11, were featured by the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching in its January 2018 Junior Teaching Spotlight. Natasha was appointed in April 2018 to serve as one of the faculty heads at the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons on the Peabody campus at Vanderbilt.

Imelda Reyes, DNP'12, was named a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in June 2018.

Amber Greeno, MSN'13, was profiled as a Pioneer of Hope at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital.

Kimberly Hatchel, DNP'14, was named chief nursing officer of KentuckyOne Health in February 2018.

Jessica Walker, MSN'15, DNP'17, was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. She presented "Attitudes of Inpatient Nursing Staff Toward Patients Who Are Homeless and Have Mental Illness" in May 2018 at VUMC during Aprilfest.

Natalie Johnson Hall, MSN'15, was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. She is a neurosurgery nurse practitioner in cerebrovascular and brain tumor services at VUMC.

Rishi Mistry, MSN'15, is medical director of Community Health of Central Washington in Yakima.

Natalie Paul, MSN'16, was interviewed by Clark County Talk for her work as a nature photographer as well as nurse practitioner focusing on LGBT health and marginalized and underserved communities at the Family Health Center in Longview, Washington.

Alvin Jeffery, PhD'17, was selected in January 2018 by Alliance for Nursing Informatics to participate in the Nursing Informatics Emerging Leaders Program. He is a post-doctoral research fellow with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Nashville.

Ashley Trantham, MSN'17, joined CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates in Harrison, Tennessee, in February 2018.

Courtenay Lahey, MSN'17, joined Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury in February 2018.

David Roae, MSN'17, joined the Jones Memorial Medical Practices in Belvidere, New York, in January 2018.

Jami Hicks, MSN'17, is head of the Children's Clinic of Rusk, which opened in February 2018 in Texas.

Saman Perera, MSN'17, was showcased in the University of Tennessee Daily Beacon for his work with Doctors Without Borders.