Class notes – Fall 2010


Kathleen “Kay” Gainor Andreoli, MSN ‘59, DSN, RN, FAAN, is Emeritus Kellogg Dean of the Rush University College of Nursing.  A fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, Andreoli was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. She received the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumna award in 1984 and the UAB School of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumni honor in 1991. Andreoli also received the Melanie C. Dreher Outstanding Dean Award from Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society in 2003 and the 2009 GE Health-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award.  She serves on the Board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, which cares for disabled patients of all ages and conducts research to help adults and children with serious physical and mental impairments.

Bonnie Weaver Battey, MSN ‘59, Ph.D., is a nursing consultant in private practice, serving nursing education clients nationally and internationally.  She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, majoring in Speech Communication and Human Relations.  She was a recipient of the Nurse Scientist Scholar grant for her doctoral studies. Her post-doctoral work included the Advanced Quantitative Methodology Institute and the National Center for Nursing Research.  Battey is listed in “Who’s Who among American Nurses,” 1988-1995, “Who’s Who in American Education,” 2007-2008, and “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century.”


Betty Anne Curtis Cook, BSN ‘60, has retired to the Chapel Hill, N.C. area with frequent visits to her family home on Cape Cod.  She has three grown daughters, living in Chapel Hill, New York and San Francisco, and seven grandchildren.  She participated in the Fall Reunion and looks forward to re-establishing contact with those who  didn’t make the reunion.

Carol Bruno Komara, BSN ‘62, was recently elected president of the Kentucky Board of Nursing for the 2010-11 term, in addition to her three-year term as a board member. Although retired from the University of Kentucky, she loves working with staff nurses as a career coach for Central Baptist Hospital on a part-time basis. Komara received her M.S.N. from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.

Ginger Trundle Manley, BSN ‘66, MSN ‘81, was a winner of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center House Organ writing contest in the non-fiction division for her story, “What Everyone Dies Of.” This article can be viewed at


Jean Austin Massey, BSN ‘71, works at a high-volume and high-acuity Internal Medicine practice in Columbia, S.C., where she also precepts nurse practitioner students. She wishes her best to all her 1971 BSN classmates, and hopes to see them at the 40th reunion.

Linda Raker Rogers, BSN ‘75, was selected as the 2009-2010 School Nurse of the Year for North Carolina at the state conference. She and her husband live in Raleigh, N.C., where she works as a school-based public health nurse in Wake County.

Mary Lyn Field-Nguer, MSN ‘76, joined the AED Center on AIDS & Community Health as vice president, deputy director of the center, and director for international AIDS Programs.  Most recently, she served as director of HIV and AIDS Programs for John Snow, Inc./Washington, where she also acted as the pediatric HIV adviser to the BASICS Project, principal investigator of a CDC-funded study on Health Care Worker Safety in Tanzania, and co-chaired  the HIV Implementers’ Group, hosted by the Global Health Council.

Rebecca (Becky) Tittle Snyder, BSN ‘77, is working at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.  After serving as an adjunct clinical instructor position for Texas A&M University in the BSN program helping with Pediatric clinical rotations this past spring, she has joined the faculty full-time and loves working with students.

Wendy Baker, BSN ‘78, recently completed the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate at the University of Washington and now works part-time at Comprehensive Mental Health of Central Washington in Yakima, Wash.  She continues to teach full time in the Associate Degree nursing program at Yakima Valley Community College.

Jennifer Lawson Williams, BSN ‘78, works at the Sullivan County Regional Health Department in Blountville, Tenn., and celebrated her daughter’s graduation from college in August.


Elizabeth Burgess-Dowdell, PhD, BSN ‘84, has been invited to serve a three-year term on the Nursing Research Grant Reviewer Committee of the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association. She was chosen based on her research experience.

Jennifer Camp Lunny, BSN ‘84, earned her master’s in nursing science and is an assistant professor of Nursing at Broward College, Coconut Creek, Fla.

Sandra Southern, BSN ‘84, is working as a nurse case manager for the Houston Independent School District.  She believes that diminishing disability and improving functional outcomes for injured workers is a very rewarding type of nursing.

Kristi Lundberg Stickleman, BSN ‘84, is a nurse manager for Sirona Infusion Company in Scottsdale, Ariz. After 25 years, classmates and roommates Jennifer Lunny and Kristi Stickleman reconnected in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  Lunny said, “It was so fun and special to discuss our Vandy Nursing School memories and experiences and to discuss our current passion for the nursing profession and our hopes for the future.”

Polly McClanahan McArthur, BSN ‘84, earned her Ph.D. hood from the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) in May and officially graduated in August.  Her dissertation is entitled “Case Study: Community Perspectives of a Service Learning Partnership Involving One School of Nursing in the Southeastern United States,” and she teaches at the UTK College of Nursing.

Lois J. Wagner, MSN ‘84, PhD ‘04, is an assistant professor at VUSN. She also serves as the executive director of the Tennessee Center for Nursing, a nursing workforce research group that tracks the supply and demand for nurses to meet the current and future demand in Tennessee.

Lana Leinbach Yaney, BSN ‘86, CRNA, MS, has been re-elected as an American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Journal reviewer for the Sept 2010-August 2011 year.


Barbara Meadows, MSN ‘90, after many years in home health care and five years as Quality Improvement Specialist for QSource, Tennessee’s Healthcare Quality Improvement Organization, she recently moved to AmeriChoice to the role of Clinical Quality Analyst for CHOICES, the TennCare home- and community-based services program.

Cheryl Nail, MSN ‘92, is the vice president of Nursing at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, and was formerly the medical center’s chief nursing officer for the Seattle-area system.  She joined Evergreen in 2000 as a clinical nurse educator in the Family Maternity Center and was named Director of Nursing in 2005. She served 10 years active duty in the U.S. Army as combat medic, LPN, RN and assistant head nurse. She is originally from Chattanooga, Tenn.

Susan LeCates, MSN ‘94, has worked in the Headache Center in the Division of Pediatric Neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center since 1999.  She recently presented on “Strategies for Acute Treatment and Preventative Therapy in Pediatric Headache” at the 35th National Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Symposium in Copper Mountain, Colo.

Frances E. Likis, MSN ‘94, was inducted into the Fellowship of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (FACNM).  She is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health and an investigator for the Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center.

John B. Brewer, MSN ‘95, is pleased to announce that his twin sons graduated from Franklin Classical School, both summa cum laude.  Both will attend Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., to play lacrosse for a newly forming Division III team.  Son, Christian, plans to pursue engineering, while son, Brittain, plans to pursue the ministry.

Michael Briley, MSN ‘94, DNP, owner of Primary Care Specialists-South in Jackson, Tenn., held a ribbon-cutting in April for its new clinic location in Twelve Oaks Place. Briley has been in practice in the Jackson area for more than 16 years and wanted additional space to make the patient-office experience more comfortable.

Heather Jill Wareing Keiming, MSN ‘95, is proud to welcome her fifth child, Elizabeth Ann, born on April 23, who joins siblings Rose, William, Julianna and Theodore.  She reports that Elizabeth was born safely and easily at home, with the assistance of a midwife, her fifth vaginal, un-medicated birth.  She feels she uses her FNP education nearly every day as she helps her children grow and as she has achieved healthy pregnancies.

Clare Thomson-Smith, MSN (‘98), RN, JD, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners during the AANP national conference in Phoenix, Ariz., in June. She is the director for the Center for Advanced Practice and Allied Health (CAPNAH) at VUMC and was recently named as the Assistant Dean for Faculty Practice at VUSN. She also co-coordinates the Legal and Ethical Environment course for DNP students.


Amanda Amelang Harper, MSN ‘00, and husband, Chris, announce the birth of Sophie Marin on July 12.  She joins big brother Noah and big sister Emily.  Amanda works as a neonatal nurse practitioner for Pediatrix Medical Group in Savannah, Ga.

Julia Mitzel, MSN ‘00, lives in Seattle, with her husband, Neil, and their three boys, Finnegan, 5, and 18-month-old twins, Hugo and Beckett. She is a nurse practitioner in the neurodevelopment clinic at Seattle Children’s Hospital and a sexual assault nurse examiner at Harborview Medical Center.

Melanie Allison, MSN ‘03, is a full-time nursing instructor for VUSN. She is married and has a 5-year-old daughter, Maggie, and a 1-year-old son, Jack.  Allison had an article published in the January 2009 Journal for Nurse Practitioners on “Assessment of the Obese Adult.”

Mary Julia Garcia Kaiser, MSN ‘03, married Travis Kaiser in July 2004, and they reside in Gallatin, Tenn., with their two children:  Will, 4, and Ellie Claire, 2.  Mary is a part-time family nurse practitioner for Allergy and Asthma Associates in Hendersonville, Tenn.

Lou Kaelin, MSN ‘03, recently assumed a new role of Interim Director for Workforce Management at Vanderbilt University Clinical Staffing Resource Center.

Regina Sentell, MSN ‘03, is excited about being published this year.  She wrote 14 counseling articles for a Mom’s Bible, published by Thomas Nelson.

Ty Williams, MSN ‘03, began the DNP program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing this fall.  He is a new member of the VUSN Alumni Association Board of Directors and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Terri McLeroy Hartman, MSN ‘04, transferred from the Vanderbilt Accreditation and Standards Department to the Vanderbilt Privacy office.  She really enjoys her job and her life.  Her two daughters are in college, and she and husband, David, have been married five years.

Lisa K. Tabor, MSN ‘04, APRN, ACNP-BC, recently accepted a position with the Memphis, Tenn.-based company Provider Health Services.   She will have a pioneering role in establishing a house calls model in assisted living communities throughout Louisiana.  She will be instrumental in opening this new geriatric health care market and in creating new jobs for nurse practitioners.

Alice Bernet, MSN ‘05, after four years of working as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at a local community mental health agency, has returned to VUSN to pursue her Ph.D. in Nursing Science. She was awarded the VUSN Centennial Scholarship and started her coursework in Fall 2009.  She also works at the Nashville Veteran’s Administration, coordinating psychiatric care for high-risk veterans.  She was recently awarded a two-year fellowship with the Veterans Administration Quality Scholars Program.

Eydie Cloyd, MSN ‘05, recently published an article for Mosby’s Nursing Skills entitled “Consent, Capacity, and Competency Issues.” She lives in Nashville and is the proud parent of 3-year-old daughter, Eva.

Mary Louis Lydick Quinn, MSN ‘05, works as a nurse practitioner at The Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham, Ala.  She and her husband welcomed a daughter, Margaret Curran, on July 30, 2009.

Helen Moss Marshall, MSN ‘05, initially worked for one year at the Vanderbilt Surgical Intensive Care Unit after graduation and for four years as a nurse practitioner in ENT clinics in Hermitage, Tenn., and Jackson, Miss.  She and her husband live in Jackson, with their 18-month-old son.  Marshall is taking time off from her nursing career as the couple’s second child is on the way, but she plans to keep up her certifications through continuing education and volunteering.

Abigail Watkins-Morgan, MSN ‘05, recently moved to Gaborone, Botswana, to help open Bokamoso Private Hospital, a new hospital providing many services and specialties to the people of Botswana that were not previously available, like renal dialysis.

Angela Stroth Watson, MSN ‘05, and Willie Watson, of Nashville-based band Old Crow Medicine Show, welcomed their beautiful daughter, Everley Jane, at home in Topanga Canyon, Calif., on June 5. Leslie Stewart, CNM, and Meharry graduate (1981) was in attendance for the home/water birth.  Watson has been doing home births and birth center births for women of Orange County since 2008 and joined the UCLA Westwood Midwifery practice in September.

Melissa Willmarth, MSN ‘05, was part of the first Doctor of Nursing Practice graduating class from VUSN in May.  She was one of two students selected to present a poster at the 2010 American College of Nurse-Midwives meeting.  Her presentation, which was also her DNP scholarly project, was entitled “Maternal Satisfaction with Induction of Labor.” She and her husband, Kevin Willmarth, Psy.D., live in Florence, Ky., with their son, Brooks.

Rachael Bartosch, MSN ‘06, ACNP-BC, works as a nurse practitioner in Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant at Rush University Medical Center.  Prior to that, she worked as a nurse practitioner in Interventional Endoscopy at the University of Chicago Medical Center. After attending school in Chicago to become a professional brewer, her husband is the head brewer at Rock Bottom in Warrenville, Ill. The couple will celebrate their fifth anniversary this year.

Amanda Brickhouse-Murphy, MSN ‘06, is a certified nurse-midwife. She is a mother of two boys and lives in Asheville, N.C.

Amy Youree Hall, MSN ‘06, married Walter C. Hall in June. She works at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt as a neonatal nurse practitioner. Her husband is vice president of Purchasing at Thomas Nelson, Inc. The couple lives in Nashville.

Margaret Elaine Johnson, MSN’06, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner working in Ft. Campbell, Ky., with the wounded warriors unit. After recovering from a three-year illness, she gives thanks to the support of her Vanderbilt friends, the amazing providers at the Cleveland Clinic, family, friends, her church and hometown, for helping her pull through.

Amy Clark-Cole, MSN ‘07, volunteered as a nurse practitioner and nurse-midwife in Central and South America with Project Hope and in Haiti with Midwives for Haiti. She married in 2009 and purchased a family practice in 2010, Cole Family Practice, LLC, in Old Hickory, Tenn.   The practice, one of only a few nurse-practitioner owned practices in Nashville, is doing well and is precepting Vanderbilt family nurse practitioner and certified nurse-midwifery students.

Elizabeth Downer York, MSN ‘07, RN, MSN, FNP-C, welcomed daughter, Adeline Grace York, born Sept. 17, 2008.  After being a full-time mom, the acute care practitioner graduate recently earned her post-master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner.

Angel R. Epstein, MSN ‘08, attended the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s annual psycho pharmacology conference in Reston, Va., in June.

Laura Rae Morette, MSN ‘08, is working as a pediatric nurse practitioner in Pace, Fla. She welcomed Kennedy Elizabeth Morette on April 22.

Bryce Eichelberger, MSN ‘09, works in a rural family practice and emergency room in Robbinsville, N.C.  The Eichelberger family just welcomed their second son, Samuel Duncan.

Belinda Shultz Daniel, MSN ‘09, finished a post-master’s program at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston in May with a focus on Emergency Department Competencies for the Family Nurse Practitioner.  She works at The Schumacher Group, loves what she’s doing and thanks all the VUSN family nurse practitioner staff and preceptors who helped her along the way.

Karin Kellerman, MSN ‘09, RN, MSN, CRNP, moved to a new position as a neurovascular nurse practitioner at Abington Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania with the Neurovascular Associates of Abington. She is managing inpatients in the neuro-critical care unit as well as step-down and post procedure patients.

Ginny Massey-Holt, MSN ‘09, works for Prohealth Medical Centers in Columbia, Tenn., a small community health center in her hometown with FQHC-Look-Alike status. She has a patient population with an age range of 4 months to 84 years. She has several three-generation families, and has grown this base from fewer than 20 visits in December 2009 when she first re-opened to nearly 150 last month.  The center recently received a grant from Baptist Healing Trust in Nashville to help reduce the nominal fee for cash-pay patients, and support further focus on hypertension control, type 2 diabetes management and reducing hyperlipidemia.

Ellen McGinnis, MSN ‘09, recently became a nurse practitioner with the Division of Endocrinology at Duke University Medical Center.

Sheryl Redlin Frazier, MSN ‘09, has a new management role in the Vanderbilt Breast Center at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks as Manager of Patient Care Services.  This fall, the Breast Center’s services will expand to include comprehensive breast cancer care with an interdisciplinary team approach.

Mike Tedrick, MSN ‘10, accepted a research coordinator position in Tulsa with the Warren Cancer Research Foundation, Saint Francis Health Systems – the same organization that facilitated his preceptorship experience during the 2006 spring semester.

Kathleen Roberts, DNP ‘10, has been a nurse since 1972 and was a member of the first DNP graduating class from VUSN. At the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National convention in Phoenix, Ariz., this June, she received the Excellence in Nursing Award.

In Memoriam

Virginia Leake Clarke, attended ‘38, died on Jan. 19 in Tucson, Ariz.

Marie Buckley, BSN ‘43, died Sept. 9 in Little Rock, Ark.

Dorothy Shaughnessy, attended ‘45, died April 8 in Westwood, Kan.

Frankie Jenkins Nolan, attended ‘47, died Jan. 4 in Vacaville, Calif.

Inez Kelly Bramley, attended ‘69, died on June 9 in Nashville.

Elizabeth Krantz Johnson, BSN ‘35 and former faculty member, died on March 27 in St. Paul, Minn.

Ouida McIntyre Tucker, BSN, ‘37, died on March 26 in Nashville.

Rebecca Lett Arendal, BSN ‘46, died on April 7 in Jackson, Tenn.

Louise Spraggins McDavid, BSN ‘47, died on March 20 in Pelzer, S.C.

Elizabeth Summers Skaggs, BSN ‘48, died on June 22 in Bridgeport, W.Va.

Betsy Firestone Bowers Dolan, BSN ‘57, died on May 22 in Asheville, N.C.

Barbara Ann Hay, BSN ‘68, died on Nov. 14, 2009, in Southern Pines, N.C.

Janice Ambrey Stalcup, BSN ‘68, died on June 5 in Oakland, Calif.

Joan Padberg, MSN ‘71, died on April 3 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Lula Curtis Scott, MSN ‘72, died on March 8 in Memphis, Tenn.

Carol Massey Olson, MSN ‘73, died on May 1 in Memphis, Tenn.

Eleanor Smith Land, BSN ‘82, died on June 14 in Ojai, Calif.

Lorraine June Biddle Holzapfel, BSN ‘85, MSN ‘87, died on July 16 in Normandy, Tenn.

Ashley Stevens Gesler, MSN ‘00, died on April 6 in Murray, Ky.

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