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Spring 2014 As Seen in Our Spring 2014 Issue
Class News


Kay Smith Burr heard from Thomas Hebble—husband of Jan Powell Hebble—that Jan passed away the day before their 58th wedding anniversary in July. Carol Straub Guilbert and husband Dick have moved to Atlanta to be closer to their children. Betty Myers Hadidian is busy with music lessons, playing bridge, church work, and renovating her house. Sandy Harvey is now married to John Eugene Brown, a retired minister. They have many things in common and have gone on various travels together. Pat Bennett Nicholson checks her leukemia at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Clinic in Houston every six months. She visits Barbie Denny while there. She finished work on the pastor nominating committee and continues to work in the food pantry, church groups, and proctoring bar exams for attorneys. Kathie Anderson and husband Art are still examining pilots in their home, and I don’t think they’ll ever quit. Char Lee Williams’s husband Bruce had a neurological attach affecting his ability to stand and walk, and they decided to move from Albuquerque after 27 years to their daughter Carol’s in Antonia, TX, where they will live in an independent apartment. They are enjoying the activities of their grandchildren. Jo Rice Marshall completed a 2,038-mile trip to California and Oregon, but at 81 decided to sell her recreational vehicle. My Bob, whom I met on Osler 3, married and spent 59 years with, died September 11, a victim of Parkinson’s disease. He practiced 46 years as a solo internist in Easton, MD. My next-door neighbor for 55 years, also recently widowed, and I look after each other.

Class Reporter—Margie Barber Trevor, 410-822-0479, [email protected]


Carol Williams Mainey is currently retired and living in Katonah, NY. She enjoys spending time knitting, cooking, and spoiling her three children and three granddaughters. May Chin Young is currently living in West Hartford, CT. In June, she traveled with her siblings, husband, and son to Toishan Guagzhou, China to visit the villages where her parents were born and grew up. Marion Newhart spends her time caring for her two great-nephews, 9-year-old twins. She lives near her sister and niece, whose husband passed away suddenly last Thanksgiving at age 43. She is also the treasurer of her church and co-superintendent of the Sunday School. Barbara Greene Murphy retired from Public Health Nursing a few years ago and had the urge to open a B&B. Currently, she volunteers for CASA, is a Board of Health member, and recently moved from Florida to Colorado to be near her grandchildren. Carolyn Hodges Balcom has been working as a faith community nurse and as a volunteer in her church. She recently moved to a retirement community where she is the chairman of the Health Services Committee.


Sarah Thomson Fry is currently the coordinator of Health and Parish Nursing at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans, MA. She is also an Advisory Board Member of Elder Services of the Cape and Islands. Eileen (Peggy) Collingwood Crooks is currently retired and living in Pennsylvania, where she has been providing nursing care to her husband Ken, who recently broke his leg.


Gloreen Kenyon Brandreth is currently retired and living in Phoenix, AZ. Eunice Searles King is currently working for the Independence Foundation and plans to retire in 2015.


Sue Newpher Booth is currently working as a family advocate for children with mental health issues, focusing on autism spectrum disorders. She is also president of the North Dakota Medical Association Alliance. Cathy Delligatti (Vincenzes) is working as a Press Ganey-Clinical Performer Advisor. Roberta (Bobbi) Baechtel Gildersleeve is living outside Ann Arbor, MI with husband David. She is working full-time as a unit manager and evening supervisor at Huron Woods Memory Loss Residences. She was recently named the 2013 Outstanding Nurse from the Saint Joseph Mercy Healthcare System. Gerianne Byrnes Hahn works as a visiting nurse and hospice nurse in Ft. Wayne, IN. Karen Anne Wolf has been working as an adult NP and as a professor and faculty development coordinator at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. She is active in the National Academy of Practice, serving as chair of the Spring Forum Program. She also represents NAP at the IOM Forum on Global Health Professions Education Innovations, and does work on the CA Future of Nursing Regional Action Coalition. She has continued her research and writing on nursing history and will be published in MGH Nursing and Advanced Practice, Nursing as Body Work in an upcoming text by Kagan & Chinn, 2014. Carol Yoder is living in Connecticut and works part-time at Norwalk Community College and part-time as an adviser in the Division of Nursing & Allied Health. Jane Mellor McGee is working as a discharge planner at Yale New Haven Hospital.


Barbara Merliss Florentine resides in Stuart, FL. She has been married for 28 years to Isaac, a film director. For two years she has been the medical director of Pathology at the St. Lucie Medical Center in Florida.


Maria (Luzarraga) McDonough received her MBA from Loyola University in 2003 and is currently working as the chief operating officer at Dallas Renal Group in Oak Leaf, TX.


Denise Rifkin Weinreb lives in Lakewood, NJ, where she works part time as a nurse practitioner in geriatric care.

Accel. ’93

Amy Barlow Britt works at Southampton Memorial Hospital in the Quality Department. She is also a freelance writer for nursing texts with Cengage Publishing. Sharon K. (Saquella) Richter works at UMM Shore Regional Health in Easton, MD, as the coordinator for the Cancer Clinical Trials Program. She says her most rewarding experience has been as the facilitator of a prostate cancer support group. She started her first group at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis in 1995, and still volunteers there to this day. She then started another support group at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Alison Smith recently enrolled in the University of North Carolina’s Executive MPH Management & Health Policy Program. She continues to work for the CDC regarding Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs and is also on the Indiana University Center for Law Ethics and Applied Research panel. Christi Zohlen obtained a pediatric NP degree and her doctorate in physical therapy. She is currently stationed in Spain, where she works as a physical therapist with the U.S. Navy aboard an aircraft carrier. She has moved 12 times with the military since graduation and enjoys seeing new places.


Nicole Sofranko Goldberg obtained her pediatric NP degree and has been in a group practice for 11 years in Reston, VA. She was previously president of Northern Virginia’s Council for Nurse Practitioners, and still enjoys mentoring students to this day.

Accel. ’98

Penny Rosenberg Ackerman has worked as a as a bedside nurse, in community health, and in the hospice setting; however, her passion lies in hospice nursing. She is a member of the Hospice Quality Council Committee, VNA Ethics Committee, and St. Luke’s University Hospital Bioethics Committee. Heidi Bray lives in Olympia, WA, where she works as a bedside nurse at Providence St. Peter Hospital. She also has received her MN, DNP from the University of Washington. Chris Funkhouser earned an master’s in nursing from the University of Mississippi and works as a family nurse practitioner at the Internal Medicine Group of St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson, MI. Cindy Funkhouser works at Johnson & Johnson Biotech. She also is a First Connect Volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and is president of the board of directors of Ballet Mississippi. Chris and Cindy celebrated 14 years of marriage in October. L. Nitsa Whitney earned a master’s degree in nutrition from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is working as a pediatric research nurse at Columbia University Medical Center.


Laura Liberante Hosaflook is a PRN on the Mother/Baby Unit at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA . Sara Carleton Morgan is a nurse manager in the ER at ST. George’s Hospital in London. Lisa Meek Purdy is a Nurse Manager on Zayed 9 West, a Comprehensive Transplant Unit at JHH. She is flirting with the idea of a DNP. Kate Rolland is the director of nursing at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, and is enjoying life with her three daughters, Sally, Daisy, and Charlotte.

Accel. ’03

Elizabeth Johnson Kaiser works as a nurse for the Sonoma County Public Health Department in California. She is also raising two young children, running an award-winning ecological farm, and teaching the intersection of health and nutrition in farming practices. She and her husband are also researching new modes of farming that create nutrient-dense foods.


Keira Wickliffe got married on April 27, 2013 to Jonathan Berger, MD. In May 2013, she started working as a regional epidemiologist for Michigan Department of Community Heath’s Communicable Disease Division.

Accel. ’08

Sarah Camilla Balensiefer resides in Citrus Heights, CA, where she works as a nurse for the Cancer Center at Sutter General Hospital. Chun-Yi (Jenny) Chen recently moved outside Portland, OR, where she is working for Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She is involved in CVICU and recently got her CCRN certification.

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