Class News


The Shenandoah School of Nursing celebrated its 50th anniversary by naming the Division of Nursing the “Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing” after Johns Hopkins graduate Eleanor Wade Custer. Custer and her brother, Monford Custer, were instrumental in bringing recognition to Shenandoah’s nursing program.


Class Reporter—Betty Borenstein Scher, 443-449-5934, [email protected]. A phone call from Jo McDavid Hubbard gives us news that hubby Stan is now a double leg amputee and getting used to being wheelchair-bound. Jo’s daughter and son are a big help. Jo is healthy and quite capable of caring for Stan, but the kids help her get time for herself. Plus her daughter loves to cook for them. Janey Shutts Pinkerton writes that “it’s been a hard month,” winding up with “medical mix-ups.” Her rough times affected her physically and emotionally, but she and Pink both are doing fine. Marion Bee keeps me informed of her various activities with people, garden, and animals—she obviously is doing just great. Ella Ruth Whitmore got back down to Baltimore for a bit in November, so she, Anna Clair Junkin, and I (Betty Scher) had lunch together. Ella Ruth’s holiday card included the photo of her with her entire “brood”—26 in her family! She has been back to Baltimore, as I write this, and the three of us got together for lunch again. Anna and I also occasionally have a duet lunch on our own. Anna still is recuperating from her minor stroke and gets tired easily. Otherwise, she is okay. We received a happy holidays card from Cora Jane Lawrence, who continues to enjoy life at Bayview Retirement Community in Seattle. She brought me up to date on all her nieces and nephews, wrote of her fall cruise near Puget Sound, and still enjoys singing with Bayview’s holiday chorus. I have heard from Mary Agnes Hull Stewart’s daughter-in-law, who reported fondly of “Aggie’s” devotion to nursing and her class of 1950. Received greetings and news from Charlie Royer, who is doing well with his large family; he writes of survival from Tropical Storm Sandy, which did a lot of damage to the area, but allowed him to stay mainly because he retained heat in the cottage. Nothing new with Betty Borenstein Scher, doing the same volunteer work, reading, seeing a couple of her children and grandsons, etc.


Class Reporter—Margie Barber Trever, 410-822-0479, [email protected]. Kathie Redding Anderson and Art Anderson continue to give flight exams and EKGs in their home office to airline pilots. They have made mutual friendships in the course of time, and have enjoyed hearing of the adventures and family life of their clients. The Andersons like football and took in the LSU game with the Washington Huskies in New Orleans with their kids and grands, taking in the sights of the city as well. They lived there a year when Art was training in cardiology but were unable to get around. Carol Straub Gilbert had her second corneal transplant, healing of which takes a year. She does Sunday services at two nursing homes and continues to do individual spiritual direction. The children and grandchildren had a great celebration for Carol’s 80th birthday. Dick continues to play tennis and work on Fundmark. They took a riverboat cruise up the Rhône River, ending in a three-day stay in Paris. Pat Bennett Nicholson’s dog died after 16 years, but Pat is grateful for the blessings the year has brought. Son Mark received chemo for his leukemia, results were good, and he is happy and healthy. She had a big celebration for her 80th, and along with participating in other events with the family, has kept busy with the food pantry and church groups. Allie Sanborn is retired and finds it somewhat dull. She now resides in PA but frequently returns to Baltimore, and keeps abreast of JHUSON affairs. She went to Alaska in May, thoroughly enjoying it. Nancy Lee True Kennedy and husband Richard have a full schedule of volunteer activities at the retirement community in Penney Farms, FL. He is chairman of the audiovisual committee for the church and the audiovisual oversight for the residents’ association. She is in charge of church services at the assisted living facility for residents with memory problems. Both are involved with musical groups and subscribe to the Jacksonville Symphony Masterworks Series. John Sloat, husband of Helen Burdick Sloat, writes that he had a vitrectomy, sucking out all the vitreous and replacing it, which speeded up deterioration of his cataract. Now, both have had two cataracts removed and see like teenagers. Helen celebrates her retirement by volunteering at the local library, assisting John with Meals on Wheels, and keeping in touch with friends at the Human Services Center where she worked for 24 years. The family now numbers 23. Daughter Linda was diagnosed with 3rd stage lymphoma several months ago, but was accepted into a program at NIH in Bethesda. After six treatments, she is cancer-free. Deaths include Betsy Adams deGroot on Sept. 2, 2012, and Dr. John Jenkins, husband of Alice Bowers Jenkins.


Constance Bortles MacKenna retired from nursing in 2005 and is proud of being married to Steve for 34 years. They raised four children. She is fond of her memories of Hampton House and is now looking forward to moving from CO to VA in fall 2013. Esther Johnson Piantadosi enjoys traveling, gardening, and reading. She continued her education at University of Maryland after Hopkins and now works at Duke University. She has three children. Libby Judd Carroll received her MHA/MBA from Pfeiffer University after graduating from Hopkins. Now she is working as a consultant for perioperative efficiencies. Libby volunteers for hospice and loves spending time at Ocean Isle Beach, NC. In 2010, she retired after 23 years as director of Perioperative Services at Claremont Health in NC. Lazelle Emminizer Benefield lives in TX and has two children. Since graduating, Lazelle completed her BSN, MSN, and PhD. She is now working at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center College of Nursing. Nancy Sereda Sallman lives in FL. She is married and has one daughter and two granddaughters; her son Jonathon is deceased. Nancy received her Master’s in Nursing Education from Florida Southern. She is now the patient safety manager at Winter Haven Hospital. She is very fond of her friendships with Sue Sell, Karen Sharre, Grace Reynolds, and Pat Sladen (who passed away). Cynthia M. Sweigart Strube lives in MD. After Hopkins, she graduated from Millersville University magna cum laude with a BS in Education. She is now self-employed as an inn sitter, and has been a retail entrepreneur and the first woman to chair the Board of Lancaster, PA Parking Authority. Maureen McDonald lives in WA. Since Hopkins, Maureen received her BSN from University of Virginia, an MSN from Catholic University of America, and CWCN from Univ. of WA. She works as a clinical nurse specialist, and for Group Health Cooperative and Home Health and Hospice. She is proud of having raised a family while working full time as a nurse for 40 years. Maureen remembers thirsty Thursdays, Ms. Mendenhall, being an RA at Hampton House, and Becky Winslow and all the instructors from her time at Hopkins. Wendy Peek Davis lives in NC. She has been married to her husband Randy for 42 years, and has three children and nine grandchildren. She received her BSN from University of Maryland, as well as MSN from East Carolina University. She works at New Bern Internal Medicine and specializes in pulmonology as a certified FNP. Now, Wendy is learning how to sail. Joan Atkinson received her MPH from Hopkins. Soon she will start work with USAID in Liberia. For 20 years, Joan has worked overseas in Haiti, Thailand, Jamaica and other eastern Caribbean countries, Lesotho, South Africa, and Mozambique. Joyce Cutshall Murata graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BSN in 1993. She works at Women’s Health Clinic at Univ. of NM. She was named Distinguished Preceptor at the University of New Mexico and Distinguished Nurse of the Year for the Women’s Health Clinic in 2002 and 2011.


Catherine Lux is a pediatric NP in TX and began her DNP this past summer at University of Texas Arlington. She is the
communications chair for the Greater Texas chapter for NAPNAP. Catherine is also a PTA board member and past president, and co-coaches a school robot team with her husband. Karen Weiland Rodgers lives in WI. She received an MSN from University of Wisconsin and is now an FNP at the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Rebecca Hanson Rye lives in MD. She has an MSN and is a CRNP in Psychiatric/Mental Health. She works full time at JHH in the frontotemporal dementia clinic, as well as Psychogeriatric Assessment Treatment City Housing (PATCH) and in a geriatric psychiatric outpatient clinic.

’92 Accelerated

Karyn Brundige completed a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX after completing her MSN at Johns Hopkins. Since the summer of 1998, she has been working at Seattle Children’s Hospital as a PNP in the hematology/oncology department, specializing in leukemia and bone marrow failure. She has presented nationally at APHON (Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses) annual conferences since 2004, including numerous pre-conference and concurrent sessions and posters.


Susan Tsu Thai received her MSN from Regis University and is currently enrolled in the DNP program at Thomas Jefferson University. She is balancing her work and life, as she goes to school, works full time at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, teaches part time, and raises her three young children with her husband. Susan is certified as a nurse educator and a writer for the ANCC. Louise Reid Boyce Nichols received her MD from Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2003. She completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at Maimonides Medical Center, did a fellowship in limb deformity at Sinai Hospital, and a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Nemours/Al duPont Hospital for Children, where she now works as an attending. She is also the co-director of the Clubfoot Clinic. She is married and has a daughter. She remembers care plans, stress, skills labs, and graduating from Hopkins. She is glad to have used the knowledge she gained in nursing school in medical school. Julie MacPhee Phelan lives in NH. She received an MSN in Forensic Nursing in 2002. She works at Catholic Medical Center as a risk manager. She received the Polly Gagnon Award in November 2011 for distinguished service to the field of risk management. Kelly Scott Davis lives in MD. She is married and has three children. Kelly works at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Wound Center as a nurse case manager. She won a grant proposal for Bedside Scientist Research for her use of music for pain management in the Wound Center. Marcy Kennedy lives in MD. She is married and has three children. She worked in solid organ transplant at JHH and University of Maryland for over 12 years and now enjoys being a mom, but is getting ready to return to work in the fall. Carolyn Ross-Friend works at Johns Hopkins Healthcare and has certification in AIDS care and case management. Paula Webb Dixon works at Davita Dialysis and Johns Hopkins Bayview, and has worked as a clinical coordinator. She is married and has three children. Marlo Hardy Eldridge finished her MSN at Hopkins in 2001 and is now in the DNP program doing research on children with bladder exstrophy. She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in pediatric urology and director of the Voiding Improvement Program at JHH. As director, Marlo practices, speaks internationally, researches, and publishes. She is also an American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow in urology and SIG chairperson. Marlo just received a faculty appointment at JHU School of Medicine. She is also married and has four children. Melanie Trapp Watson currently lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina with her husband, Jim, and her children Tristin and Ty. Since graduating from Hopkins, Melanie received her MSN, ANP-C from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently working at Duke University as the director of Program Development Affiliations. Melanie also volunteers her time on the Duke State Medical Assistance Team as the Clinical Operations Branch director.

’97 Accelerated

Megan McLean McIntyre is now a women’s health nurse practitioner at Garrison’s Women’s Health Center in NH. She is married and has three children. Kimberly Alva lives in CA with her husband and newborn daughter. She completed her MSN and is now an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit. Elisabeth Smith Parrott lives in NH and has two daughters. She received her doctorate in psychology and is now working at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Medical Center in MA as a psychologist and does clinical training and supervision in psychology. Suzanne Tershak received her MSN from University of Maryland and is an FNP. She is also a Master of Acupuncture from Tai-Sophia Institute. She works at Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine as an Integrative Health Nurse Practitioner and Acupuncturist. She recalls the accelerated program feeling like 13 years of intense schooling and training fit into 13 months, and is so happy for all the opportunities a nursing degree from Hopkins has opened up. Aimee Jeffrey Stoian received her master’s in Health Policy at UC-San Francisco. She currently lives with her husband, Danny, daughter, Nya, and son, Teyo in Manama, Bahrain, where she is working at the U.S. Embassy. She is interested in child health safety initiatives, enjoys book club, and loves to play tennis. She says she lives overseas but is in the States every summer during July and August. Perhaps she can meet up with her fellow classmates sometime soon. Reggie Bannerman has been praised by a current JHUSON student for mentoring her. He reviewed her resume and cover letter, set up a shadow day and did a trial interview. The student is very appreciative.


Brett Morgan lives in NC with his wife where he is an assistant professor and assistant program director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Duke University School of Nursing. Brett received his MSN in Nurse Anesthesia from Georgetown University in 2006 and a DNP from Hopkins in 2009. He is currently involved in international nurse anesthesia education and practice. Carolyn Dzimiela Castillo currently works in the Pediatric ER at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD. She married her husband in 2003 and they have two children. She really enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and reading. She remembers the many long hours, and she means long hours, working on dreaded care plans while attending Hopkins. Deanna Karlstad lives in Folsom, CA and works at Sacramento Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery Associates. Since graduating from Hopkins she has received her RN first-assistant certification. She and her husband Mark have three wonderful boys, Logan, Ethan and Hayden.

’02 Accelerated

Sarah Howard Johnson is now the lead clinical nurse in Labor and Delivery at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in CA. She is hoping to get her certification for Inpatient Obstetric Nursing shortly. She enjoys ice hockey, skiing, and running. Carolyn Rodriguez-Quddus lives in CA and has three children. She is now a credentialed school nurse and works for the Ventura County Office of Education. She has fond memories of the champagne toast after the last final of nursing school. Stephanie Glad Hagmaier is currently living in MD with her husband and two sons where she is a CRNA at Mary Washington Hospital. Deb Hopper McCollister lives in CO where she works at University of Colorado Denver’s pulmonary hypertension clinic running clinical trials and is a research instructor in the Department of Medicine. She has published several articles. Karen Schloeman lives in Nairobi, Kenya. She is married and has two children. Siobain Fisher works at JHH in Occupational Health and is a member of the clinical faculty at the Hopkins School of Nursing. She is also working at Good Samaritan Hospital in the ER. She and her husband live in Baltimore. She enjoys photography, traveling and third-world medicine. Siobain is very proud of her time in the Peace Corps, volunteering in Haiti, working in the ER for 10 years, and, of course, her marriage. Jennifer Childrey Bond currently works at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and for Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. She has a daughter, Kennedy, and a son, Derek. She earned her MSN-CNS/PNP at the University of California at San Francisco. She is very involved with her family and enjoys practicing yoga. She remembers all of the long study sessions from her time at Hopkins and of course all of the Baltimore fun she had with friends and classmates. Carolyn Phillips and partner Kristin Davidson live in Santa Fe, NM. Carolyn is currently practicing as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in oncology at New Mexico Cancer Care. In September, 2012, she presented the results of her thesis study at the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. Her thesis explored the survivorship care of women with ovarian cancer. In her spare time Carolyn enjoys singing in a country/folk band.

’03 Accelerated

In November, 2012, Jill Ibex was inducted in the McDaniel College Sports Hall of Fame. Jill was a forward/center, and served as captain her senior year, for the women’s basketball team. In both 2000 and 2001 she was named to the All-Conference team and was recognized as the most valuable player in 2001. Jill was also inducted into the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.


Rebecca Amrany is a certified pediatric nurse at UCLA’s PICU. She is also a clinical instructor for UCLA School of Nursing and a union rep for CA nurses. She started the LA alumni group for JHUSON alumni. Alice Elkin Rice is living in MD. She is married and has a baby. She now has an MSN from Hopkins and is working at the Hopkins NICU and has started a part-time PNP job in the newborn nursery. Erin Compton is now studying to become an FNP at University of Maryland. Before going back to school, Erin worked as a staff nurse and nurse manager at Chase Brexton Health Services. Nicole Maffia lives in MD with her husband and two children. She works at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore in the Labor and Delivery unit. She is enjoying being a wife, mom, and nurse, and plans to start her MSN at Hopkins in 2013. Sarah Eichstedt received her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Samuel Merritt University in 2012. She works at San Francisco General Hospital in the trauma/surgical ICU. Robyn Duffy is a wellness nurse and certified health coach at the Google Wellness Center in CA. She is married and living in CA. Ashley Droll McBride works at Providence St. Peter Hospital in the Critical Care Unit in WA and at Olympic Ambulance as a ground transport nurse. She is a CCRN and CSC. Jeremiah Meeks graduated with an MSN in anesthesia from University of Akron. He started at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center as a CRNA in October 2012. Amy Laliberte graduated Dec. 2012 with her master’s degree at University of Maryland in emergency, trauma, critical care NP/CNS specialty. She is also an ACLS instructor. Megan O’Hanlon Solis completed her MSN/MPH at Hopkins in 2008. She is now a nurse case manager at Whitman Walker Health. She completed a certification in HIV/AIDS nursing in 2012. She presented at the Associated Nurses in AIDS Care conference in November 2011.

’07 Accelerated

Kiersten Marino is living in Bethesda, MD and working at CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield. Danielle Janes works at UCLA Medical Center in the Neuro Trauma ICU, as well as in the ED at Marina Del Rey Hospital. Her current interests are traveling, going to the beach, reading, and cooking. Amy King Hampt lives with her husband and daughter in Manchester, MD. She is working toward her master’s in Health Services Leadership and Management at UMDSON. She currently works at JHH in the Comprehensive Transplant Unit. Cheryl Biggio Carper lives in PA with her husband, where she works at The Birthplace at Holy Spirit Hospital. She also enjoys being a Zumba instructor.

’10 Accelerated

Lucas Fussell earned his master’s as a Nurse Practitioner from JHUSON in 2012. He has joined the staff of Olney Community Health Center. Fussell is integral in the care of Spanish-speaking patients, his fluency in the language proving advantageous in the efficient care of non-English speaking patients. Lucas is interested in preventative medicine and reaching out to the Hispanic population.

Master’s ’11

Lauren Danis, MSN, has recently joined the staff of the Atlantic Community Health Center. She has a focus in chronic disease prevention management for diabetes, hypertension, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


Daniela Aguilera-Titus is serving at Terry Reilly Health Services in Boise, ID as a registered nurse in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Her commitment to the values of community, simple living, social and ecological justice and spirituality are admirable.

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