Class Notes & News

We welcome the opportunity to inform your fellow classmates of the events and activities in your life. Awards, publications, marriages, retirements, moves, promotions, birth announcements—you’re sure to find something here from someone you know from your time at UAB. View this page to find an update from your fellow graduates and take a moment to submit your own.

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Note: Alumni who received multiple degrees from the UAB School of Nursing are listed by the graduation year of their first degree awarded. Also, only degrees received from the UAB School of Nursing are indicated in this listing.

2010’s

2011 – Lindsey M. Harris, MSN ’11 received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2012.  This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated August 2012)

2011 – Kristen Noles, MSN ’11 received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2011. This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated July 2011)

2010 – Valencia M. Vann, BSN ’10 was honored in 2012 by the National Black Nurses Association as Staff Nurse of the Year. (Updated July 2012)

 


2000’s

2009 - Regina M. Nickelson, MSN ‘09 is employed as a Family Nurse Practioner at Southwest Alabama Medical Center. She is married to Daniel Nickelson and has twins, J’Khandria and J’Kharrias. (Updated July 2010)

2009 – Darrell A. Owens, DNP ’09 received the Cambia Foundation Sojourns Award for Washington, including a $50,000 grant for the Primary Palliative and Supportive Care Clinic. (Updated August 2012)

2009 – Cindy Williams, DNP ’09 is Vice President of St. Vincent’s Health System in Birmingham, Alabama. (Updated January 2011)

2008 – Laura Jones Barckley, BSN ’08 received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2012.  This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. She was also chosen by Children’s of Alabama as the 2012 recipient of the Children’s Hospital Nursing Excellence Award for Practice. (Updated August 2012)

2007 - Margot E. Andison, BSN ‘07, was honored with the 2010 Excellence in Nursing Award at UAB Hospital. (Updated July 2010)

2006 – Stephen L. Howell, MSN ’06, DNP ’11 was chosen as the 2012 recipient of the UAB Health System Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award. (Updated May 2012)

2006 – Dr. Summer Langston, MSN ’06, DNP ’09 received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2011. This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated July 2011)

2005 – Milea Eyer, BSN ’05 received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2011. This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. She is also a 2011 UAB Health System Excellence in Nursing award winner for UAB Hospital. (Updated July 2011)

2005 – Stacey Pickle, BSN ’05 received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2011. This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated July 2011)

2005 – Amanda V. West, RN, BSN, CPN, an RN at Children’s of Alabama, has published a book entitled Heart Nursing: Learn, Grow & Succeed in the First Year of Practice. (Updated August 2012)

2004 - Kandess R. Johnson, BSN ‘04, and Daniel N. Anderson, BSN ‘04, wed on May 30, 2009, in Birmingham, Alabama.  The couple now resides in Huntsville, Alabama. (Updated July 2010)

2003 – Patrice Jones, MSN ’03 is Chief Nursing Officer at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. (Updated June 2012)

2003 – Mary Grace Umlauf, MSN ’03, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

2001 – Linda D. Norman, DSN ’01, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

2000 – Judy L. Bezanson, DSN ’00, is Senior Science and Medicine Advisor at the National Center of the American Heart Association, where she is responsible for direction and guidance of the Cardiovascular Science Division and is actively involved with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative. She was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

2000 - Dr. Kelly A. Goudreau, DSN ‘00, was selected as the 2010 Brenda Lyon Leadership Award recipient by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS). She was also selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2012. (Updated July 2012)

2000 – Martha R. Tankersley, MSN ’00, CRNP is Administrative Director of Transplantation at UAB Hospital.

1990’s

1999 – Amy Atchison, BSN ’99, was chosen as the 2012 recipient of the UAB Health System’s Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital Excellence in Nursing Award. (Updated May 2012)

1999 – Leanne C. Busby, DSN ’99, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is Director of Nursing and Allied Health at the Tennessee Board of Regents and former Dean of the Jeanette Rudy School of Nursing at Cumberland University. Working with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, she was a co-project director to develop national curriculum guidelines and regulatory criteria for family nurse practitioners. Dr. Busby was named a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing in 2010. (Updated August 2010)

1999 – Mary H. Hill, DSN ’99, serves as Associate Dean and Professor in the Division of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Howard University, Washington, DC. Dr. Hill has demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity in nursing education and academia by developing, implementing and evaluating programs to enhance the success of economically and environmentally disadvantaged students. She was named a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing in 2010. (Updated August 2010)

1998 – Erica Lumpkin, BSN ’98, is a 2011 UAB Health System Excellence in Nursing award winner for UAB Hospital’s Advanced Practice Nursing.

1998 - Dr. Linda S. Smith, DSN ‘98, is full tenured Professor of Nursing and nursing program director at Idaho State University.  Smith was named the 2009 Educator of the Year for Southeast Idaho which recognizes an educator for their innovation, response to adversity, customer service, and commitment to the community and students. Smith was credited for helping ISU earn national acclaim for the unique, distance-based nursing education program she developed. (Updated July 2010)

1997 – Norma Cuellar, DSN ’97, was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2011.

1997 – Sharon A. Denham, DSN ’97, is currently a professor at Ohio University’s School of Nursing and is president-elect for the International Family Nursing Association. Dr. Denham’s research has largely focused on family health and Appalachian health disparities. She has numerous publications and has given many regional, national, and international presentations. Dr. Denham was named a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing in 2010. (Updated August 2010)

1997 – Virginia Dare Domico, DSN ’97, was named the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. (Updated January 2011)

1996 - Tammy Hardeman, BSN ‘96, was honored with the 2010 Excellence in Nursing Award at UAB Medical West. (Updated July 2010)

1996 – Marcia Holstad, DSN ’90, was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2011 andis an Assistant Professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, she leads the Music Project, testing the efficacy of an audio music program aimed at educating and motivating people living with HIV to adhere to their antiretroviral medications. Dr. Holstad was named a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing in 2010. (Updated August 2010)

1995 – Cynthia C. Barginere, MSN ’95 is Vice President for Clinical Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer at Rush University Medical Center, and Associate Dean for Practice at Rush University.

1995 - Dr. Jill L. Cunningham, BSN ‘95, MSN ‘98, received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2010.  This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated July 2010)

1995 – Kelly Pinion-Smith, BSN ’95, received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2012.  This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. She was also chosen by Children’s of Alabama as the 2012 recipient of the Children’s Hospital Nursing Excellence Award for Education.  (Updated August 2012)

1995 – Carol J. Ratcliffe, MSN ’95, is a 2011 inductee of the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame. She is Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive at St. Vincent’s East.

1995 – Heather M. Tarquinio-Cumbest, BSN ’95, was chosen as the 2012 recipient of the UAB Health System’s UAB Hospital Excellence in Leadership Award. (Updated May 2012)

1994 - Richard D. Brown, BSN ‘94, MSN ‘97, was named a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. (Updated January 2011)

1994 - Laura M. Coleman, BSN ‘94, MSN ‘96, is now the Department Director in Specialty Services at Children’s Health System in Birmingham, Alabama. (Updated July 2010)

1994 - Joy P. Deupree, BSN ‘94, MSN ‘97, received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2010.  This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated July 2010)

1994 – Wipada Kunaviktikul, DSN ’94 is a 2011 inductee of the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. She is currently one of only seven nursing professors in Thailand where she is the Director of the Nursing Policy and Outcome Center at the Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University.  She also serves on the World Health Organization’s steering committee for Nursing and Midwifery. She was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1994 - Dr. James L. Raper, DSN ‘94, CRNP, JD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Nursing; the Director of the HIV Outpatient, Research and Dental Clinics; a Scientist in the Center for AIDS Research, and a Scholar in the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. In 2012, he was inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame. (Updated August 2012)

1993 - Beverly Barrett, BSN ‘93 has been named Vice President of Specialty Services at Children's Health System in Birmingham, Alabama. (Updated July 2010)

1993 – Karen Edwards, BSN ’93, is a 2011 UAB Health System Excellence in Nursing award winner for UAB Hospital Nurse Partner Excellence.

1993 – Ronda D. Snow, MSN ’93 was chosen as the 2012 recipient of the UAB Health System Excellence in Leadership Award for UAB Medical West. (Updated May 2012)

1992 – Anna Hamel, CRNA, BSN ’92, is a 2011 UAB Health System Excellence in Nursing award winner for the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital.

1992 – Judy W. Lott, DSN ’92, is an expert in the nursing field of neonatology.  She is a Former Dean of Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas, Texas. As a Visiting Professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, she taught and coordinated the first Neonatal Nurse Practitioner onsite clinical course. She was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1992 - Dr. Ann Turner-Henson, DSN ‘92, is a Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing and serves as the project director for the Leadership Education in Child-Health Nursing program.  This program seeks to prepare the next generation of nursing faculty leaders in child-health nursing education who conduct biobehavioral research.  She was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1991 - Karen R. Bolling-Walker, BSN ‘93 was honored with the 2010 Excellence in Nursing Award in Nurse Partner Excellence at UAB Hospital.  She also received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award.  This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated July 2010)

1991 - Kimberly Ann Ayers, BSN ‘91 currently manages three psychiatric units as a Nurse Manager at UAB Hospital and is exploring further educational options.  She is married to Joe D. Ayers, Jr. and has four children. (Updated July 2010)

1991 – Angela S. Collins, DSN ’91 was honored by the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing at Samford University as a 2011 Courage to Care award recipient.

1991 – Melissa S. Faulkner, DSN ’91, is the Gladys E. Sorensen Endowed Professor in Diabetes Research and Education at the University of Arizona. With extensive experience in child health, her research focus is on the psychosocial and physiological alterations associated with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes in adolescents. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1991 – Dr. Teresa Hardy, BSN ’91, MSN ’05, DNP ’11 received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2011. This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated July 2011)

1991 – Priscilla L. Koeplin, DSN ’91, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

1991 – Linda D. Norman, DSN ’91, is Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academics at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee. Best known for her contributions in the area of curriculum development she developed the curriculum and initiated a model partnership nursing program for threeUniversities in Tennessee. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1991 – Ann R. Peden, DSN ’91, is Professor and Department Chair for Nursing at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She designed an intervention to decrease negative thinking in individuals at risk for the development of depression which continues to be tested with low-income single mothers, pregnant women who smoke, and individuals with heart failure.  She was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1991 – Linda A. Streit, DSN ’91, was named Dean at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. She was also appointed to serve on the 2011 Program Committee and the Finance Committee for the Southern Regional Education Board. (Updated January 2011)

1991 – Jeanette L. VanderMeer, DSN ’91, is a 2009 inductee of the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame. (Updated October 2009)

1991 – Connie White-Williams, MSN ’91, PhD ’09, is the Advanced Nursing Coordinator at the Center for Nursing Excellence, Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Research at UAB Medical Center. A leader in the field of heart transplantation, she strives to improve nursing practice at the local, national, and international levels. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1990 – Stephanie D. Burnett, MSN ’90, DNP ’11, was honored in 2012 by the National Black Nurses Association as Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year. (Updated July 2012)

1990 – Susan Gaskins, DSN ’90, was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2011.

1990 – Shelia Melander, DSN ’90, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. (Updated January 2011)

1990 - Penny Phillips, BSN ‘90, received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award.  This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated July 2010)

1980’s

1989 – Alfred E. Lupien, MSN ’89, CRNA, is Director and Professor of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Mount Marty College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  He pioneered the integration of the high-fidelity patient simulation into nursing education and developed a simulation-intensive curriculum for students to gain experience without jeopardizing patient safety. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1989 – Linda C. Plan, MSN ’89, received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2012.  This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated August 2012)

1988 – Sister Linda Hill, BSN ’88, is the Principal Tutor (Director) of the Registered Community Nurse Training School at Wamba Catholic Hospital, Kenya where she helped to up-grade the program to an 18 month course that brings Certificate holders to the level of a registered nurse.  She was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1988 – Rita B. Monsen, DSN ’88, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

1988 – Bonita A. Pilon, DSN ’88, is Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Practice and Community Partnerships at the School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally she serves as Chief Operating Officer for University Community Health Services, Inc., a nurse managed Federally Qualified Health Center cluster.

1988 – Shyang-Yun Shiao, MSN ’88, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

1987 – Peggy Abbott, BSN ’87, MSN ’92 received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2012. This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated August 2012)

1987 – Sandra Brewton, BSN ’87, received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2011. This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated July 2011)

1987 – Davis Campbell, BSN ’87, MSN ’01, authored a book titled, “A Place I Didn’t Want To Go: My Victory Over Cancer.” Although he had no major risk factors, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer at age 43. He subsequently underwent major reconstructive surgery and harsh chemotherapy. Mr. Campbell is also the author of “Bladder Cancer: Revealing News About a Hidden Threat,” which was published in the April edition of Nursing2006.

1987 – Lisa Cooper, BSN ’87, received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2011. This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated July 2011)

1987 - Toni Gaston, BSN ‘87, was honored with the 2010 Excellence in Leadership Award at UAB Hospital. (Updated July 2010)

1987 – Karen Morin, DSN ’87, is a Professor of Nursing and Director of PhD Program at The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Areas of expertise include maternal-infant nursing, nursing education, and leadership.  She is the first Canadian to serve as President of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Morin was selected as the 2009 recipient of the UAB School of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1986 – James C. Pace, DSN ’86, is Professor and Coordinator of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program with a palliative care focus at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Pace is also an Episcopal priest serving the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee in various roles and capacities. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1986 - Deborah S. Thedford, BSN ‘86, received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2010.  This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated July 2010)

1986 - Deborah Wesley, MSN ‘86, is the Chief Nursing Executive of the Children’s Health System in Birmingham, Alabama. (Updated July 2010)

1985 – Myra Alton, BSN ’85, received the 2011 Nursing Excellence Award in Practice from Children’s Health System.

1985 - Sharon Lovoy Caudle, BSN ‘85, currently resides in Clayton, North Carolina with her husband Robert William Caudle, Jr. and works at WakeMed Hospital as an Asthma Educator. (Updated July 2010)

1985 – Virginia Lee Cora, DSN ’85, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. (Updated January 2011)

1985 – Dr. Greg Eagerton, BSN ’85, MSN ’91, received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2011. This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. He is also an inductee of the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame. Dr. Eagerton is the Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Services at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. (Updated July 2011)

1985 – Ellen Fineout-Overholt, MSN ’85, currently serves as Dean at East Texas Baptist University. She was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1985 – Mitzi Shawn Patrick, BSN ’85, was chosen as the 2012 recipient of the UAB Health System Excellence in Leadership Award for the Kirklin Clinic. (Updated May 2012)

1985 – Dr. Janet Pierce, MSN ’85, DSN ’87, was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2012. (Updated July 2012)

1985 – Nena F. Sanders, BSN ’76, MSN ’79, DSN ’85, is Dean and Professor of the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing in Birmingham, Alabama. She is considered an expert for the development, implementation and evaluation of nursing educational programs and has extensive experience in clinical, administrative and organizational aspects of nursing. She was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1985 – Lorraine F. Steed, BSN ’85, received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2012.  This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated August 2012)

1985 – Surpora Sparks Thomas, BSN ’85, is Chief Nurse Executive Emerita at Children’s Health System in Birmingham, Alabama, having served in that position for 27 years out of her four decade career. Ms. Thomas’ innovations in patient acuity models have revolutionized nursing and health care in Alabama, nationally and internationally. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was chosen by Childcare Resources as the 2012 recipient of the Margie Curry Lifetime Achievement Award. She was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1984 – Penelope M. Bosarge, MSN ’84, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. (Updated January 2011)

1984 - Richard W. Daniel, BSN ‘84, MSN ‘94, currently lives in Wedowee, Alabama and is the Administrator of Wedowee Hospital and part-time family nurses practitioner at the Wedowee Rural Health Clinic. Richard and his wife, Sharon, have four sons: Calan, Addison, Lance , and Braxton. (Updated July 2010)

1984 – Shelia P. Davis, MSN ’84, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

1983 – Susan Cohen, DSN ’83, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and an internationally recognized expert in women’s health and complementary therapies. Through funding from the National Institutes for Health she was the first to conduct a clinical trial for cancer survivors who use acupuncture to reduce hot flashes. Additionally, she supported the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice competencies. Dr. Cohen was recognized as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing in 2010.

1983 – Susan J. Gennaro, DSN ’83, is Dean and Professor of the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. Funded by the NINR, Dr. Gennaro is currently studying mechanisms underlying preterm birth in minority women. Funded for over 20 years, her research interests include perinatal nursing, evidenced-based practice and nursing education. In 2002, she received the UAB School of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1983 – Sara H. Gueldner, DSN ’83, is committed to improving health and well-being for vulnerable populations with life circumstances such as limited education, diminished socioeconomic status, poverty, gender, age, or ethnicity. She holds the Arline H. and Curtis F. Garvin Professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1983 – Nancy L. McCain, DSN ’83, holds a Nursing Alumni Endowed Professorship at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing. With $8.5 million in grant funding throughout her career, her research focuses on stress management in persons with HIV infection as well as women receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer. In 2004, she received the UAB School of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1983 – Karen J. Stanley, BSN ’83, is the Program Manager for the Pain and Palliative Care Service at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut. She is nationally and internationally known for her leadership in oncology and end-of-life issues and has served in multiple clinical, administrative, educational, and organizational roles.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1983 – Richard H. Steeves, MSN ’83, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

1983 – Claudette G. Varricchio, DSN ’83, is an expert in the field of oncology nursing. As a Program Director at the National Cancer Institute and as Associate Director at the National Institute for Nursing Research, she developed the research programs in symptom management, quality of life and survivorship.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1982 – Deidre Blank, DSN ’82, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She has developed policies and guided research in the field of nursing by previously serving as Chief of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Branch at the National Center for Nursing Research, NIH.  She also provides leadership in nursing research and consultation both nationally and internationally. Dr. Blank was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1982 - Dr. Sandra B. Dunbar, DSN ‘82, received the 2010 Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) Distinguished Research Award for her cardiovascular research on psychosocial responses to serious cardiac illness. She is the Associate Dean of Academic Advancement and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, as well as a cardiovascular nurse researcher and educator whose program of research focuses on psychosocial responses to serious cardiac illness. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was recognized as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing in 2010. She is also the recipient of the UAB School of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2011. (Updated July 2011)

1982 – Laura Coleman, BSN ’82, MSN ’87 is Department Director in Specialty Care Services at Children’s Health System in Birmingham, Alabama.

1982 – James L. Harris, MSN ’82, DSN ’86, is the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC.  Dr. Harris has experience as an administrator, educator, consultant, and researcher.  He is also a recognized expert and consultant on the Clinical Nurse Leader initiative. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was recognized as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing in 2010.  (Updated July 2010)

1982 – Shelley Y. Hawkins, BSN ’82, MSN ’87, DSN ’93, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. (Updated January 2011)

1982 - Cathy Ingram, BSN ‘82, MSN ‘87, was honored with the 2010 Excellence in Nursing Award at UAB Highlands. (Updated July 2010)

1982 – Judy W. Lott, DSN ’82, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

1982 – Elizabeth Stullenbarger, MSN ’82, DSN ’84, is Professor and Associate Dean Emeritus of the UAB School of Nursing and served as Senior Scientist in the Minority Health and Research Center.  She has made significant contributions to nursing and the healthcare community through expanding the understanding of the meta-analysis and integrative research review process. She was recognized in 2010 as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1982 – Joan M. Vitello-Cicciu, MSN ’82, is the Executive Director for Perioperative Nursing and Clinical Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She has over 30 years of experience in hospital administration and was the Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer for the Hallmark Health System in Massachusetts. In 1996, she received the UAB School of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1981 – Joan M. Engel, MSN ’81, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a 1998 recipient of the UAB School of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

1981 – Leigh Anne Hodge, BSN ’81, was named a partner at the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Previously a partner with Balch & Bingham, Ms. Hodge focuses her practice on health care litigation. A practicing nurse before she went to law school, Ms. Hodge holds a J.D. (summa cum laude) from Cumberland School of Law. (Updated August 2012)

1981 – Larry G. Hornsby, BSN ’81, CRNA, has owned and managed numerous health-related companiesspecializing in providing anesthesia services, recruitment, management, and education. He is currently the senior executive vice-president for Amsol USA, Inc. At the national level, he served on the board of directors and as Past President of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). He was recognized as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing in 2010.  (Updated July 2010)

1981 – Sue Ellen Turner, MSN ’81, is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.  Entering the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant, General Turner rose to the top of her profession during a time in history when only two percent of the general officers were women.She received the 1993 Distinguished Alumni Award and was recognized as a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing.  (Updated July 2010)

1980 - Jean Clark Bates, BSN, currently lives in Ashburn, Virginia and serves as Senior Vice President of Claims at Professional Risk Management Services, Inc.  Jean and her husband, Steve, recently sponsored an endowed award at the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated July 2010)

1980 – Delois H. Skipwith Guy, DSN ’80, is a UAB Professor Emeritus of Nursing.  As the first African- American faculty member at UAB School of Nursing in 1969, her leadership has spanned over four decades.  Her research focuses on social, behavioral and technological interventions to strengthen caregivers for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.  She was recognized as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing in 2010.  (Updated July 2010)

1980 – Phyllis N. Horns, DSN ’80, is the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she previously served as Interim Dean for the Brody School of Medicine and Dean and Professor for the College of Nursing. .  She was recognized as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing in 2010.  (Updated July 2010)

1980 - John Mark Parker, BSN ‘80, currently is the Assistant Director of Nursing at Medical West in Bessemer, Alabama and is a part-time clinical instructor at Capstone College of Nursing.  He is married to Mary S. Parker and has two children, John and Amanda

1970’s

1979 – Kathleen G. Andreoli, DSN ’79, is the Kellogg Emeritus Dean of the Rush College of Nursing at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Andreoli developed the first Physician Assistant program and coronary care unit in America and she helped to develop one of the first national Family Nurse Practitioner programs at UAB. She received the 1991 Distinguished Alumni Award and was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1979 – James Fain, MSN ’79, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

1979 – Dr. Rebecca Gary, MSN ’79, was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2012. (Updated July 2012)

1979 – Cindy K. Parrott, BSN ’79, was recognized by PharmaVOICE Magazine as one of health care’s top 100 “Most Inspiring People” for her excellent work as a patient advocate. She is Vice President of Nursing Services at Community Health Systems. (Updated August 2012)

1979 – Patricia L. Stark, DSN ’79, is Dean and Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Nursing at Houston. She was a member of a seven-dean delegation that started the first master’s program in China and she was the first to declare undertreatment of pain is a medical error. She was honored by the UAB School of Nursing as a Visionary Leader in 2010. (Updated August 2010)

1978 – Lazelle E. Benefield, MSN ’78, is Dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Her research and community outreach efforts bring together distance family caregivers, communication technologists, and nurse scientists to promote independence and improve quality of life, especially for older adults living at home with dementia. She was honored by the UAB School of Nursing as a Visionary Leader in 2010. (Updated August  2010)

1978 – Lazelle E. Benefield, MSN ’78, is Dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Her research and community outreach efforts bring together distance family caregivers, communication technologists, and nurse scientists to promote independence and improve quality of life, especially for older adults living at home with dementia. She was honored by the UAB School of Nursing as a Visionary Leader in 2010. (Updated August  2010)

1978 – Ellen Frederick, BSN ’78, received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2011. This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. She is also a 2011 UAB Health System Excellence in Nursing award winner for The Kirklin Clinic. (Updated July 2011)

1978 – Anna F. Gawlinski, MSN ’78, is Director of Research and Evidence-Based Practice at the Ronald Reagan University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center.  Additionally she is an Adjunct Professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and has developed an infrastructure that supports research and evidence-based nursing practice initiatives. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1977 – Lora Lacey-Haun, BSN ’77, MSN ’80, Dean and Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing developed distance education programs to expand access to nursing education nationally. Dr. Haun has been active in providing leadership for faculty and staff at the University of South Africa in Cape Town. She was honored by the UAB School of Nursing as a Visionary Leader in 2010. (Updated August  2010)

1977 - Paula Midyette, BSN ‘77, MSN ‘80, was honored with the 2010 Excellence in Nursing Award in Advanced Practiced Nursing at UAB Hospital.  She also received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award.  This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated July 2010)

1977 - Dr. Karen Saenz, BSN ‘77, received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2010.  This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated July 2010)

1976 - Dr. Pamela S. Autrey, BSN ‘76, MSN ‘04, administrative director of medical nursing at UAB Hospital, was elected president of the Alabama Board of Nursing for 2010. (Updated July 2010)

1976 – Joanne Disch, MSN ’76, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is Clinical Professor and Director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership, and holds the Katherine R. and C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership at the University of Minnesota.  She has extensive experience as an educator, chief nurse executive, researcher, leader, policy maker and spokesperson.  She was the 1994 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award and was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1976 - Dr. Pamela N. Fordham, MSN ‘76, DSN ‘89, was named a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. (Updated July 2010)

1976 – Carol Z. Garrison, MSN ’76, is a former President of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  As president of UAB, she chaired the board of the UAB Health System, which includes UAB Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic, and other entities of UAB's nationally-ranked patient care facilities. She was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1975 – Ellen Buckner, BSN ’75, MSN ’83, DSN ’87, is Professor at the College of Nursing, University of South Alabama.  Previously, she taught undergraduates for 34 years at UAB where she established and initiated the UAB School of Nursing Honors program, graduating over 120 students “With Honors in Nursing”. She was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing.

1975 – Debra C. Davis, BSN ’75, MSN ’78, DSN ’84, is Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing at the University of South Alabama.  She has extensive experience in baccalaureate and higher degree nursing education and serves as a consultant to other schools for program development and accreditation. She was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1975 - Dr. Lisa Wright Eichelberger, BSN ‘75, MSN ‘79, DSN ‘87, serves as Dean and Professor of Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia. The second edition of Eichelberger’s nursing theory textbook has been released, Sitzman, K. and Eichelberger, L.W. (2011) Understanding the Work of Nurse Theorist, 2nd edition, Jones and Bartlett Publishing. She was recognized as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing in 2010. (Updated July 2010)

1975 – Cynthia F. Frazier, BSN ’75, MSN ’89, received B-Metro Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for 2012.  This award recognizes nursing professionals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion and leadership to the nursing profession. (Updated August 2012)

1975 - Madeline G. Harris, BSN ‘75, MSN ‘90, was inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame Class of 2010. She has recently joined the Rural Breast Cancer Survivor’s Study at the UAB School of Nursing after retiring from the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic. She is Chair of the Women’s Breast Health Funds at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. (Updated July 2010)

1975 – Alice S. Hill, MSN ’75, holds the John P. McGovern Distinguished Professorship and is Director of the Nursing PhD Program at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Her nationally funded research focuses on feeding efficiency and growth of extremely low birth weight infants. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1975 – N. Genell Lee, BSN ’75, MSN ’79, is the Executive Director for the Alabama Board of Nursing.  Her previous professional nursing experience includes serving as the Nursing Director for emergency medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles Medical Center and Director for Emergency Services at UAB Hospital. She was recognized as a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1975 – Sister Maurita Soukup, MSN ’75, serves as a Health Trustee for two medical centers in Iowa, and Nurse Consultant/ Researcher in critical care and evidence-based practice for health systems nationally. Her life ministry has focused on clinical excellence for critically ill patients, families and multidisciplinary colleagues. She was recognized as a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1974 - Dr. Constance S. Hendricks, BSN ‘74, MSN ‘81, has a Joint Appointment as a Professor at the School of Nursing and the College of Education/Kinesiology at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. Previously she served as Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia. She has recently established the UAB School of Nursing Constance Hendricks Endowed Nursing Scholarship that will support nursing students at UAB who demonstrate a financial need and are committed to a career in nursing. In 2007, she received the UAB School of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was named a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing in 2010. (Updated July 2010)

1974 – Kathleen A. Ladner, MSN ’74, is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the UAB School of Nursing. Previously she served as Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer at four complex acute care facilities in the southeast and is a retired Captain in the US Navy Nurse Corps. She was recognized as a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1974 – Martha G. Lavender, MSN ’74, DSN ’88, directed the development of a 33-member research team to secure a $3.2 million cooperative agreement to study the health effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) exposure on residents of Anniston, Alabama. Currently, she is Assistant to the President at Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden, Alabama. She was recognized as a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1974 – Janet Stearns Wyatt, MSN ’74, has spent more than 39 years in nursing education, service and advocacy.  Her nursing leadership roles include her term as Chief Executive Officer of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), and service as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps Reserves. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and was named a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing in 2010. (Updated July 2010)

1971 – Patricia E. Thompson, MSN ’71, is Chief Executive Officer and past president of Sigma Theta Tau International in Indianapolis, Indiana. Previously she served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Thompson was selected in 2008 as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was named a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing in 2010. (Updated July 2010)

1970 – Sharon B. Wyatt, BSN ’70, MSN ’71, is best known for her research in cardiovascular health disparities.  She is the Harriet Williamson Endowed Chair in Nephrology Nursing and a Professor in the Schools of Nursing and Medicine at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. She was recognized as a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1960’s

1969 – Joyce Clifford, MSN ‘69, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She established The Institute for Nursing Healthcare Leadership, Inc. where she now serves as president and chief executive officer. She is described as the architect of nursing’s professional practice model — a model that has been recognized nationally and internationally in hospital and out-patient/community settings. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1989 and was recognized as a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1961 – Marguerite R. Kinney Handlin, BSN ’61, MSN ’67, is a Professor Emeritus at the UAB School of Nursing and a nationally recognized expert in cardiovascular surgical nursing. She was instrumental in establishing initiatives to showcase better patient outcomes in health care when nursing and medicine work as colleagues. In 2000, she received the UAB School of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and she was recognized as a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing, as well. (Updated August 2010)

1950’s

1958 – Norma K. Mobley, MSN ’58, is Dean and Professor Emerita at the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Previously, while at UAB School of Nursing, she led curriculum innovations that solidified theSchool’s position among baccalaureate programs both regionally and nationally. She was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1958 – Marie L. O’Koren, MSN ’58, is Professor and Dean Emeritus at the UAB School of Nursing. During her tenure as dean at UABSON, she changed the landscape of nursing education in the state of Alabama and raised its national prominence whereby it was named a top 20 nursing school in the country. She received the 1990 Distinguished Alumni Award and was named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)

1956 – Jean A. Kelley, BSN ’56, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing where she spearheaded the growth of graduate nursing education preparing exceptional nurse leaders in academia and health care and helped establish the first professional doctoral program in nursing in the entire southeast. In 2010, she was recognized by the SREB as a nurse educator who has made significant contributions to nursing education during the past decades. She received the 1992 Distinguished Alumni Award and was recognized as a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing. (Updated August 2010)