Class News


Class Reporter – Betty Borenstein Scher, 443-449-5934, [email protected].

When I got down to Lexington, KY, for a family birthday celebration, I also managed to get to visit with Jo McDavid Hubbard, her hubby Stan and her daughter Susie in nearby Winchester, KY. Susie picked me up and drove me to Jo. Then Jo and I went out to lunch and back to her house for a visit with the rest of the family. I had a really good time!! Marion Bee faithfully keeps me up on her activities and the joys of retirement, among which are better gardens every year, enjoying reading while sipping a cup of tea, and attending high school productions of musical shows–plus she and a sister get in a game of Scrabble once or twice a week. I also heard from Mary Agnes Hull Stewart‘s daughter-in-law. The family down there is enjoying life, and Beth writes how she loves being a grandparent. Although she has been a year retired from nursing, she still planned to take a part-time position at Duke School of Nursing. Sounds great to me. Anna Clair Junkin, (Ella) Ruth Whitmore and I got to have another lunch together before Ruth returned to Indiana and visited her other of her children or grandchildren. She just gets around so darned much!! I heard from Janey Shutts Pinkerton, living in North Carolina with hubby Pinky. I believe she has had a few health problems during the year, but seems to be much better. And, finally, I enjoyed phone calls with two of our classmates. Ginger Groseclose David called me, and we chatted a lot about getting a bit older and having a few more limitations. However, she still sees her family a lot, and she still takes a long walk every morning where she lives. The other phone call was with Lolita Beidelman, and we talked about everything. She has had some health problems the past year, but sure sounded fine when we spoke to each other. As for me, Betty Borenstein Scher, there is no big news here, but I am enjoying life and communicating with my children and grandchildren. What more can we want!


Class Reporter – Margie Barber Trever, 410-822-0479, [email protected].

Joann Rice Marshall retired from the VA in ’95. She has had both knees replaced. She gardens, does cross stitch, cooks, plays Scrabble, and travels with her housemate around the Northwest in her small recreational vehicle. Kathie Redding Anderson and Ted continue doing flight physicals. They went to the American College of Cardiology meeting in San Francisco in March and to an aviation conference Sun ‘n Fun, Epcot, and Clearwater Beach in Florida with their son and his wife. They also enjoy gardening. Alice Bowers Jenkins died March 2012. She is survived by a son, daughter and two grandchildren.


Francine Miller Cannella lives in Liverpool, NY. She has two sons and four grandchildren. She worked in the ICU and hemodialysis before her children arrived. The past 25 years she has been in school nursing. Francine retired in 2012. She sometimes substitutes as a school nurse. Her current interests are her grandchildren, art classes, and reading. Joan Kalicki Baartz is retired. She and her husband, Guenter, moved to Florida in 2002 after their three children were all married. They now have six grandchildren ranging in age from 3-13. Joan enjoys water aerobics and running around with her friends. She recently met with Betty Messmer, who lives nearby. They enjoyed talking about their School of Nursing memories. Theresa (Terry) Briganti Moorman lives in MD with her husband Rick. They have a daughter, Heather, and son, Brian, with wife Michele and granddaughter Ciara. Terry received her BSN at Towson University, was with the Air Force for seven years as an ICU surgical nurse, then 26 years in oncology at JHH where she now works. She enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and watching Ciara play lacrosse. Terry remembers Miss Farr, snowball fights out of the third floor windows, riots of 1968 with National Guard on the roof and walking the streets of Baltimore for Public Health. Julia Mitchell Reuter lives in Caswell Beach, NC, with her husband Tom. They have four children and six grandchildren. Julia received her MS in health care administration at St. Joseph’s College. She was a psychiatric nurse from 1968-2007. She is now retired. Julia enjoys beach walks, shell collecting, boating, and visiting the children and grandchildren. Her achievements include her wonderful marriage, successful children, and fulfilling career as a psychiatric nurse. Her SON memories include Hampton House and wonderful friends, Osler wards in the summer, and discovering Phipps and the possibilities of psych nursing.


Karen Stanley lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC. She has two sons, Bill and Bob, and five grandchildren. Karen received her MS in nursing administration in 1984 from the University of Maryland. She earned an ANCC certification as Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1990. Karen is actually retired but still does some consulting work related to improving work relationships among health care workers. Her current interests are refinishing furniture and church volunteer activities. One of her grandsons is getting married in October in Ocean City.


Joanne X. McAuliffe recently joined Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virgina as vice president and chief nursing officer. She serves on Cabell’s executive leadership team and also oversees the nursing management team. Before going to Cabell Huntington, Joanne was assistant vice president and administrative director of the oncology service line at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore. Prior to that she was a patient care services manager at the University of Maryland Medical Center.


Dionne Mebane Raley lives in Odenton, MD, with her husband Anthony and her boys Miles and Cameron. She received her MSN in 2000 at Hopkins, her DNP in 2010 at the University of Maryland, and a post master’s in nursing in 2007 at the University of Maryland. Dionne works in Pediatrics at Total Health Care. She is a national speaker for the Phadia Drug Company. Melissa Holder-Utkovic lives in Cooper City, FL, with her husband and daughters. She works at Memorial Hospital West-Pembroke Pines, FL, in bone marrow transplant oncology. Summers are spent managing their Bed and Breakfast in Croatia on the Adriatic Sea.


Class Reporter – Sarah Gauger, (919) 321-8849, [email protected].

Jen Ellison Marger is still working hard as a stay-at-home mom. She is excited to announce Baby Boy No. 2 is due in July. Marian Grant was inducted as a Fellow in Palliative Nursing by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, where she is also a newly elected board member. Jen Rapp Kurian has been volunteering at her children’s school with her therapy dogs, and as a reading mentor for the students who need extra help. She has found this very rewarding, and the kids really love it! Katie Wetherbee Kotopoulos continues to live in Dhaka, Bangladesh with her family, as her husband continues working with World Vision International. Katie works as the FNP at the American Embassy Health Clinic. They were happy to welcome their fourth son into the world this past January. Jill Bates Matulonis is working in the OR at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and loving it! She now has her Master’s in Nursing Education and is still trying to decide how best to use this. I, Sarah Gauger, after almost eight years at Duke University Hospital as an inpatient diabetes specialty NP, have decided to make a change. I am headed back out into the community to work at a nearby primary care clinic starting in July. I am excited for what this change will bring!


Caroline Curtis Evans received the 2013 Outstanding Clinician Award from the Bi-State Primary Care Association for Vermont and New Hampshire. This award honors primary care clinicians whose exemplary skills and service have made a significant impact on the health of underserved patients and the community in which they serve. Caroline received her MSN in 2006 from the University of Hawaii. While in Hawaii, she was selected for the Quentin Burdick Rural Health Interdisciplinary Program, which serves the needs of rural communities. During this time she lived on the island of Maui, where she provided care to the underserved rural population. She decided to continue this service when she moved to Vermont. There she began working for Little Rivers Health Care as a Family Nurse Practitioner. In 2012, when Little Rivers adopted an HER system, she not only participated in this process but also juggled a panel of 1,200 patients and never refused to add a new one. She came in on her days off and stayed late many nights. During all of this, Caroline remained calm, pleasant, respectful, and kind.


Conni Nevills graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore with an MSN in acute care of children and will sit for acute care pediatric nurse practitioner certification licensure.


MSN Katie Spates is finishing her third year of law school and has continued to work in clinical research at NIH. She feels that law school has definitely complemented her nurse practitioner training. She has had a unique opportunity to do a public interest internship with the Health Access Project as part of the Children’s Law Center and will be doing an internship with the FDA this summer. She currently serves as the Lead Articles Editor for the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy at Catholic University.


DNP Dr. Rhoda Redulla served as the commencement speaker on April 2, 2013, at the University of Northern Philippines, the alma mater of her BSN and MSN. There were almost 10,000 people in attendance. She is a nursing professional development specialist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.



DNP  Dr. Laura Wood was recently appointed Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Boston’s Children’s Hospital. Before going to Boston’s Children’s, Laura was a pediatric nurse and nurse executive at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Most recently Dr. Wood served as Vice President, National Director – Clinical Solutions for Siemens Healthcare. She provides national leadership in support of healthcare IT policy as a nurse executive and advocate through service as Chair, Public Policy subgroup, Nursing Informatics Working Group (NIWG) of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), member of the National Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Nursing Informatics Committee, and as Chair, Policy Subgroup of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Technology Committee.


In memoriam – Johns Hopkins

Mary Farr Heeg ’41
Doris King Avery ’42
Marian Jones Wallace ’43
Madge Cyr Daniel ’44
Helen Bruce Thomas ’49
Mary Hall Crabb ’51
Edith Olson Range ’53
Laura Lyman Brecher ’55
Barbara Merrick Park ’55
Norma Graham Jackson ’56
Judith Thatch Shields ’59
Theresa Angel, MSN ’99
Allison O’Connor McKay, Accel. ’02

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