Class Notes — Spring 2018


Ruth Bishop Limehouse, BSN’56, celebrated her 90th birthday in her hometown of Harleyville, South Carolina, in May 2017.



Susan Applegarth Murphy, BSN’69, is a keynote speaker, author and business consultant living in Rancho Mirage, California.



Adrienne Ames, MSN’75, received the Elizabeth Jacobs Service Award from the Council on Aging in Nashville, December 2016.

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.

Rumay Harrell Alexander, MSN’77, spoke about “Equity of Opportunity: Beyond the Rhetoric” at Vanderbilt in May 2017. She is a professor and the director of the Office of Inclusive Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.

Susie Welden Caro, BSN’77, MSN’82, is director/nurse practitioner at Family Cancer Risk Services in Nashville.

Diane Lauver, BSN’75, organized and presented at Vanderbilt’s Student Health Coalition event, “Looking Back, Looking Forward” in May 2017. She is a professor at the University of Wisconsin– Madison School of Nursing.

Judy Stone, BSN’76, works with children ages 3 to 22 at the Tennessee School for the Blind in Nashville.

Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, N’78, is co-founder and senior adviser of LernerMedia Global, which has offices in London, Paris and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Alice Howze Martin, BSN’78, joined Alabama’s Department of Examiners of Public Accounts and is running for attorney general of Alabama.



Kerry Meyer, MSN’81, is a nurse practitioner at the University of Washington’s neighborhood clinic in Issaquah.

Elizabeth Gardner Rudolph, BSN’82, MSN’85, presented a two-day professional legal nurse consultant certification course in Nashville in May 2017.

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.

Suzanne McMurtry Baird, BSN’84, MSN’95, received the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Excellence in Clinical Education Award in June 2017.

Julia Sawyers Triplett, BSN’86, co-authored “Integrating a Pharmacy Student into the Home Healthcare Setting” in the June 2016 issue of Home Healthcare Now.

Laura Reaves, BSN’87, MSN’88, is co-founder and president of Wellness Solutions in Nashville.

Velinda Youngner Block, MSN’89, was appointed chief nursing executive at HCA’s TriStar Division in Nashville.



Renee Lassinger, MSN’90, is a principal at Advanced Cardiothoracic Consultants in Indianapolis.

Nancy Sinclair Brook, MSN’91, is adjunct faculty at Stanford University in California and a nurse practitioner working with adults and children in the Sarcoma Center.

Kathie Krause, MSN’92, was named to the board of directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville. She is chief nursing officer for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Amy Lee Bull, MSN’94, is on faculty at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in Washington, D.C.

Ellen Tosh Benneyworth Brown, MSN’95, married Dan Brown in December 2016, and is the proud grandmother of three.

Valerie Griffin, MSN’95, was named a 2017 Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is assistant clinical professor of Family Health and Community Health Nursing at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

Jan Coughlan Stables, MSN’95, is a nurse practitioner and head of ANP Family Care in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Stephanie DeVane-Johnson, MSN’97, received her PhD in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2016. She teaches maternal/child nursing at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Tammy Jackson McKay, MSN’97, retired after working as an oncology nurse/nurse practitioner, primarily at Tennessee Oncology in Nashville. She married in 2008.

Rebecca Isley Miller, MSN’97, is a pediatric visit nurse at Vanderbilt Home Health.

Angela Wilson-Liverman, MSN’99, presented at the American College of Nurse-Midwives conference in May 2017. She’s an associate professor and director of the Division of Midwifery and Advanced Practice Nursing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.



Josh Squiers, MSN’01, PhD’12, is director of the acute care nurse practitioner program and assistant professor at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing, and assistant professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine in the School of Medicine, in Portland.

Aimee Chism Holland, MSN’02, was named a 2017 Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is assistant professor of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Liz Sharpe, MSN’02, was named a 2017 Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Emily Lee Durbin Edwards, MSN’03, was named chief nursing officer at North Mississippi Medical Center– West Point in January 2017.

Tina Hodges, MSN’03, was featured as one of the Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence in April 2017.

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.

Nichole Berglund-Clark, MSN’04, and her husband, Jeremy, welcomed their second child, Carolina Lily, in fall 2016. Nichole’s rural health clinic, Hope Medical Clinic in Clinton, Arkansas, has expanded to four nurse practitioners and a doctor of osteopathy; it celebrated its eighth anniversary in July 2017.

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.

Johnny Wyatt, MSN’04, is a diabetologist working with endocrinologists in a Kaiser Permanente clinic in Portland, Oregon.

Bette Moore, PhD’05, was quoted about her research on mothers’ and newborns’ skin-to-skin contact in the Huffington Post and other media. She is a technical adviser for the World Health Organization Guideline Development Group Nutrition Actions sub-committee.

Mia Pelt, MSN’05, is a certified nurse-midwife in Seattle at Swedish Midwifery Ballard.

Dot Dunn, MSN’06, was promoted to associate professor with tenure at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Nikole Gettings, MSN’06, received the American College of Nurse-Midwives Outstanding Preceptor Award in May 2017.

Paul Kadetz, MSN’06, co-edited “The Handbook of Welfare in China” and “Creating Katrina, Rebuilding Resilience.” He is now the Robert Fisher Oxnam Professor of Science and Society at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.

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.”

A poster by Christy Miller Rummel and Megan Shifrin, both MSN’06, received the National Conference for Nurse Practitioners spring 2017 poster award.

Priscilla Simms-Roberson, MSN’06, is an assistant professor and Kay Chitty Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga MSN program, and nursing coordinator at Partnership Rape Crisis Center.

Jill Nelson, MSN’07, received the 2016 Tennessee March of Dimes Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse of the Year award.

Allison Wells Trierweiler, MSN’07, and her husband, John, announced the birth of their second child, Sloane Elizabeth, in November 2016. They live in Denver.

Leanne Boehm, MSN’09, PhD’16, earned the Best Poster Award from the American Delirium Society in June 2017.

Meegan Jones, MSN’09, is a nurse practitioner at San Diego Cardiac Center, an outpatient cardiology practice with specialization in advanced heart failure and electrophysiology.



Hope Kieft, MSN’10, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at PATHS Community Medical Center in Danville, Virginia.

Pamela Finley Kubal, MSN’10, is an acute care nurse practitioner at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Cathy Ivory, PhD’11, is associate chief nurse executive for Practice and Care Transformation at Indiana University Health System in Indianapolis.

Kim Kuebler, DNP’11, is the director and founder of the Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center, a resource for interdisciplinary professionals providing evidence-based care and management.

Yetunde Elizabeth Ogunnaike, MSN’11, is a nurse practitioner at Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center in Bandon, Oregon.

Richard Clews, MSN’12, is the structural heart clinical coordinator at IHA in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Cathy Maxwell, PhD’12, was elected a professional member of the National Academy of Practice in Nursing.

Brian Widmar, PhD’12, was inducted as a 2017 Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Melissa Chaney Clift, MSN’13, married Charles Clift; she works at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.

Jasmyne Lyons, MSN’13, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Psychiatric Consultants of Tennessee in Clarksville. She also practices at Pennyroyal Community Mental Health Center in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Jacqueline Renner-Bangura, DNP’13, and her husband, Lamin, own and practice at Cape Sierra Family Clinic in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Rachelle Burleson, DNP’14, was named chief nursing officer of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Enid, Oklahoma, in December 2016.

Kelsey Skillas Hunger, MSN’14, is a nurse practitioner at CHI St Luke Hospital in Houston. She cares for patients who have undergone heart transplant or left ventricular assist device surgery.

Van Lam, MSN’14, is a nurse practitioner at Middle Tennessee Family Care in Mount Juliet.

Barbara Wadsworth, DNP’14, was named to the Class of 2017 Distinguished Fellows of the National Academies of Practice. She is senior vice president of patient services and the chief nursing officer of Main Line Health in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Vania Brown-Small, DNP’15, is the associate director of behavioral services and psychiatric nursing at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York.

Melissa Kalensky, DNP’15, was featured in a Chicago Tribune story about her leadership in encouraging the Illinois state legislature to accept full-practice authority.

Kaitlin Kinney, MSN’15, is a pediatric nurse practitioner in Rockwall, Texas, at Lake Ray Hubbard Pediatrics.

Flora Ziliak, MSN’15, is a nurse practitioner at Renaissance Health and Surgical Associates in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, where she provides gynecological and primary care services. She rounds at Parkridge and Erlanger hospitals and lives in Chattanooga.

Carole Weddington-Hunt, Post-Masters’15, received the 2016 St. Louis March of Dimes Behavioral Health Nurse of the Year award.

Anna Armistead, MSN’16, is a family nurse practitioner at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she recently started the Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program.

Daniel Burke, MSN’16, is a nurse practitioner at the Lackland U.S. Air Force in San Antonio.

Aubrey Mowery, MSN’16, is a pediatric primary care nurse at Elbowoods Memorial Health Center on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in New Town, North Dakota, where she provides care for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nations.

Christine Shoaf, MSN’16, is a family nurse practitioner at Rockbridge Area Health Center in Lexington, Virginia.

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.

Nancy Wilfong Tucker, MSN’16, manages high-risk pregnancies at Tennessee Maternal Fetal Medicine in Nashville and makes rounds on inpatients at Saint Thomas Midtown, Centennial and Saint Thomas Rutherford. She married Jackson Tucker in August 2016.

Shantel White, MSN’16, is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.


In Memoriam

Frances Jones Haase, BSN’46, February 2017, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida.

Connie Carter Sundermann, BSN’50, February 2017, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Martha Bishop Anderson, BSN’51, February 2017, Athens, Georgia.

Phyllis Hayes Coker, BSN’53, February 2017, Henryville, Indiana.

Ann Bliedung Brown, BSN’60, MSN’63, March 2017, San Antonio, Texas.

Carol Kersting Spalding, BSN’69, January 2017, Sarasota, Florida.

Mary Stephenson Stilson, MSN’72, April 2017, Davenport, Iowa.

Keary Palmer Dryden, BSN’74, April 2017, Brentwood, Tennessee.

Margaret McAvoy Trimpey, MSN’79, December 2016, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Jerita Payne, MSN’90, March 2017, Nashville.

Amanda McGraw, MSN’97, February 2017, Hobbs, New Mexico.

Peter Richards, MSN’01, November 2016, Rock Island, Illinois.

Kelly Brown, MSN’09, December 2016, Little Rock, Arkansas.