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 May 2018.

  • Alice Howze Martin, BSN'78 , was featured in the Times Daily in August 2017 about her campaign for Alabama attorney general.
  • Jane Dempster, BSN'78 , wrote a letter to the editor about civilian volunteers in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, published by Dallas Morning News in August 2017.
  • Joanie Laughlin Jeannette, BSN'83, MSN'04 , was quoted in the VUMC Reporter about patient flow nurses.
  • Kelly McCampbell Gentry, BSN'84 , is director at the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research in Oklahoma City, and represents VUSN on the Vanderbilt University Alumni Board.
  • Elizabeth Kyger Sparta, BSN'85 , and her daughter were featured in a story in VUMC Voice in September 2017.
  • Mary McDevitt, MSN'85 , joined the Buckelew Programs board of directors in August 2017. The company provides behavioral health services to more than 14,000 people in California's Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties.
  • Nancy Hoskins Anness, MSN'86 , was quoted in a September 2017 article in The Tennessean about the Saint Thomas Medical Mission at Home program, which she founded.
  • Anna-Gene Chalfant O'Neal, BSN'88, MSN/MBA'92 , was interviewed in September 2017 for a story in The Tennessean about a program to help providers talk with patients about death.
  • Sharon Adkins, MSN'88 , received the VUSN Alumni Association President's Award of Distinction in October 2017 for her contributions to nursing and the community as executive director of the Tennessee Nurses Association.
  • Amy Hall Hull, MSN'94 , received the VUSN Alumni Award for Clinical Achievement in Nursing in October 2017 for outstanding contributions to clinical, patient-centered practice as assistant professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
  • Linda Beuscher, MSN'96 , co-authored "Socially Assistive Robots: Measuring Older Adults' Perceptions," in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, November 2017.
  • Angela Wilson-Liverman, MSN'99 , received the VUSN Alumni Award for Excellence in Nursing in October 2017. She is director of Midwifery and Advanced Practice at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and associate professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the School of Medicine.
  • Sheila Ridner, MSN'00, PhD'03 , was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Nursing Hall of Fame in November 2017.
  • Terrah Foster Akard, MSN'01, PhD'08 , was honored in October as a 2017 fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
  • April Kapu, MSN'05, DNP'13 , received funding from the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners to recruit participants and conduct an expanded advanced practice registered nurses Choosing Wisely collaborative study at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She co-directed the sixth annual ACNP/PA Critical Care Boot Camp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in September 2017.
  • Missi Willmarth Stec, MSN'05, DNP'10 , was honored in October as a 2017 fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She has been promoted to associate professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, and is chair of the American College of Nurse-Midwives Division of Education.
  • Janna Konze Landsperger, MSN'06 , co-chaired the planning committee for the sixth annual ACNP/PA Critical Care Boot Camp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in September 2017.
  • Jill Nelson, MSN'07 , presented "Integrating Palliative Care into Acute Care" in October 2017 at the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association annual conference.
  • Hillary Hatcher, MSN'08 , spoke about osteoporosis at the Franklin, Tennessee, office of Dani Williamson, MSN'09, in August 2017.
  • Addie Graham, MSN'09 , was quoted in a May 2017 Nashville Ledger story called "Childbirth in the Age of Social Media."
  • Billy Cameron, MSN'09 , co-chaired the planning committee for the sixth annual ACNP/PA Critical Care Boot Camp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in September 2017.
  • Lauren Drees, MSN'09 , was quoted in a May 2017 Nashville Ledger story called "Natural Way: Midwife Aided, Mother Approved."
  • Melissa Weinand Purvis, MSN'09 , was named chief nursing officer in October 2017 for Greystone Healthcare Management, a Tampa-based company that operates 27 skilled nursing locations in Florida and eight in Ohio.
  • Clare Storck, MSN'10 , is a certified nurse-midwife at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was featured in Scout Somerville magazine in August 2017.
  • Cathy Ivory, PhD'11 , was honored in October as a 2017 fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
  • Kim Kuebler, DNP'11 , is editor and author of the textbook, Integration of Palliative Care in Chronic Conditions: An Interdisciplinary Approach. She wrote "U.S. Health Policy and Practice: The DNP and Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions," published in the Journal of Doctoral Practice Nursing , and "Health Policy and Clinical Practice in the New Era of Quality," published in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners , all in 2017.
  • Alice Sattler, MSN'12 , presented "Red State Solutions for Transgender Healthcare Access: Provision in Low Resource Areas" in September 2017 at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.
  • Cathy Maxwell, PhD'12 , received the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Innovation Award in July 2017. She spoke about aging and frailty at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Geriatrics and Gerontology Interest Group Lunchtime Lecture Series in September 2017.
  • Laura Sidlinger, DNP'12 , was named chair of the Kansas Community Mental Health Centers' Organization of Medical Directors and Psychiatric Staff in August 2017. The group contains professionals from 26 community mental health centers who advocate at the local and state levels for policies which promote recovery for consumers with mental illness. She is director of Medical Services at Valeo Behavioral Health Care in Topeka.
  • Trish Baise, MSN'12, DNP'16 , was interviewed for a story about Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee, where she is chief nursing officer and associate administrator.
  • Karen Hande, DNP'13 , was selected by VUSN students to receive the DNP program's Dean Colleen Conway-Welch Faculty Award in October 2017. She co-presented a poster at Vanderbilt University's Health Professions Education Research Day in October 2017.
  • Karen McIntosh, MSN'13 , was named vice president of Care Transition at Washington Regional Medical System in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
  • Nicole Erridge Sovey, MSN'14, DNP'16 , presented a poster of her DNP project at the Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health national conference in Seattle, October 2017. She is a nurse practitioner at Detroit Medical Center Hartland Obstetrics and Gynecology in Michigan.
  • Whitney Burnie Middleton, MSN'14 , was featured in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare in September 2017.
  • Alethea Robbins, MSN'15 , joined PeaceHealth's obstetrics and gynecology team in Bellingham, Washington, in October 2017.
  • Ali Sevilla de Cocco, MSN'15 , was quoted in a July 2017 Shelbyville Times-Gazette story about a new model of group prenatal care to local women and babies supported by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, March of Dimes, Tennessee Department of Health and UnitedHealth Group.
  • Danica Ninkovic, Post-Masters'15 , was the first recipient of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Advanced Practice Emergency Medicine Fellowship in September 2017. She has worked at VUMC since 2010, first in Surgical Intensive Care, and, since 2015, in the Adult Emergency Department.
  • Kari Wujcik, MSN'15 , was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. She is a pediatric heart transplant nurse practitioner.
  • Colleen Conway-Edwards, MSN'16 , joined the geriatrics team at PeaceHealth Medical Group's Barger Clinic in Eugene, Oregon in October 2017.
  • Natalie Paul, MSN'16 , was awarded a Washington State Student Achievement Council Health Professional Loan Repayment Program grant. She works at the Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center in Woodland.