Diploma Class of 1968 Endows New Faculty Award (DIPLO '68)

The Diploma Class of 1968 endows new faculty award
Members of the Diploma Class of 1968 gathered in Charlottesville in October with Dean Marianne Baernholdt (photo by Elle Blevins).

To celebrate their 55th reunion, 13 alumni endowed a new award to recognize nursing faculty. "The Diploma Class of 1968 Legacy Award for Clinical Teaching Excellence" award was underwritten by Stephanie Chamberlin Barnett (DIPLO ’68) and Bob Barnett, Janis Peacock Bellack (DIPLO ’68), Pamela Craddock Row (DIPLO ’68), Leigh Johnson Dakin (DIPLO ’68), Suzanne Marr House (DIPLO ’68) and Ashley G. House, Jr., Sharon Bremer Kirk-Johnston (DIPLO ’68) and Michael Johnston, Louise Weisiger Perry (DIPLO ’68), Claudia Lynn Poole (DIPLO ’68), Micki McMullin White (DIPLO ’68), Maxine Small Willey (DIPLO ’68), Martha Pomeroy Williams (DIPLO ’68), Charlotte Mayer Williams (DIPLO ’68) and Wayne Williams, and Karen Weitz Wood (DIPLO ’68).

Diane Parfitt (BSN '68)

Diploma graduate Diane Parfitt, 1968 poses with development officer Ruth CassellDiane Parfitt (BSN ’68) and husband Hank Parfitt (A&S ’70) own and operate City Center Gallery and Books in Fayetteville, NC, where the couple lives. Committed to the revitalization of downtown Fayetteville, they love getting to know travelers who visit their shop, including, recently, the School’s development officer Ruth Cassell (pictured at left, with Diane).


BSN Class of 1973 Alumni Honored as Thomas Jefferson Society Members (BSN '73)

BSN Class of 1973 Alumni and Thomas Jefferson Society at Reunions

The newest Thomas Jefferson Society members from the BSN Class of 1973 celebrated their 50th reunion in June.


Commander Alvin Garcia (MSN '06)

Alumnus Commander Alvin Garcia

Alvin Garcia (MSN ’06), of Aledo, TX, was promoted to Commander in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. Alvin, a pediatric nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist, is currently enrolled in the Naval Postgraduate School’s MBA program. 



Candace Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, FAAN (BSN '05)

Candace Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, FAAN Burton, an associate professor and nurse scientist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is now a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Burton, an associate professor and nurse scientist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is now a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Candace Burton was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing at the group's October induction ceremony in Washington, D.C. An associate professor and director of doctoral education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Candace is a nurse scientist who studies the impact of trauma, trauma-informed approaches, and health disparities. Her expansive research has provided guidance on safe, effective, trauma-informed care to diverse populations. An advanced forensic nurse and forensic nurse educator, she is an associate editor for DEI for Clinical Nursing Research, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Nursing.


Tim Cunningham (MSN '09)

Self Care For Nurses book cover, Fontaine, Cunningham, MayTim Cunningham (MSN ’09), of Atlanta, GA, vice president of practice and innovation at Emory Healthcare and adjunct associate professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, co-edited Self-Care for Nurses: Small Doses for Wellness (Sigma: 2023), with Dorrie Fontaine, dean emerita, and Natalie May, associate professor of research at UVA School of Nursing. The book came out last May. 


Mary Oden Howell (BSN '12, MSN '15)

Clinical Instructor Mary Howell with prof. Cathy Campbell
Clinical instructor Mary Howell with prof. Cathy Campbell at an October awards ceremony at UVA Health.

Clinical instructor Mary Oden Howell (BSN ’12, MSN ’15), of Crozet, VA—the first faculty member to earn UVA Health’s Team Member of the Month—was honored for excellence in teaching at a ceremony attended by associate professor Cathy Campbell (at right) in September. 


Lauren Young Birkett (BSN '18, MSN '22)

This fall, Lauren Young Birkett (BSN ’18, MSN-FNP ’22), of Charlottesville, VA, began a part-time DNP program at JMU. Lauren is also developing a protocol for how to address verbal, physical, and sexual abuse by patients to protect practice staff and decrease clinician burnout.


Lisa Cantore Letzkus (PhD '19)

Dean Marianne Baernholdt and Academy Fellow Lisa Letzkus, a UVA Health nurse scientist
Dean Marianne Baernholdt and Letzkus at the American Academy of Nursing celebration in Washington, D.C. October 5.

Pediatric nurse practitioner Lisa Cantore Letzkus (PhD ’19), of Charlottesville, VA—who works in neurodevelopmental and behavioral pediatrics at UVA Health—was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing at an October ceremony in Washington, D.C. Lisa studies early identification and treatment of infants at risk for neuro-motor disabilities, their symptoms, and the environmental factors that contribute to their diagnoses.


15 Alumni Honored Among VNA's "40 Under 40" Awardees

Fifteen alumni, including four faculty members, were honored at the Virginia Nurses Association gala in Chantilly, VA, with “40 Under 40” awards, including: Charles Bulling (MSN ’14), a nurse practitioner at Carilion Clinic; Centra clinicians Morgan McDowell (DNP ’22) and Carrie White (BSN ’10); UVA Health team members Tyree "Ty" Ashworth (BSN ’16), Jermaine Clayborne (MSN ’20), Matthew Houston (BSN ’16), and Seth McElroy (MSN ’17), and Ainsley Polson (MSN ’12); Sentara Health nurse practitioner Amber Campos (MSN ’22) and Melissa Proffitt (BSN ’14, MSN ’16); and Department of State nurse practitioner Stasia Kodadek (MSN ’15).

BSN Alumni Lyndsey Isner and BSN, MSN Alumnus Ben Nissley

A July “Outstanding Preceptor” ceremony at UVA Health honored several alumni who mentor nursing students, including peri-anesthesia clinician Lyndsey Isner (BSN ’15) and Blue Ridge Medical Center nurse practitioner Ben Nissley (BSN ’10, MSN ’16). 


Anna Linehan and Ruby Clarr

BSN grad Anna Linehan and Ruby Claar, CNL grad
DIFFERENT PROGRAMS, SAME UVA NURSES: Anna Linehan and Ruby Claar met for the first time at their 10-week U.S. Air Force nurse training in September.

Anna Linehan (BSN ’23) ran into fellow alumna Ruby McKain Claar (MSN ’23) in Texas at Brooke Army Medical Center during their 10-week nurse training for the U.S. Air Force. “Kinda fun to run into UVA folks out in Texas!” quipped Anna, who heads to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA, later this fall.

“We’re slowly taking on the role of a nurse as a preceptor helps introduce us to the world of military nursing. It’s been great to see how the military and nursing mesh together.” 

In Memoriam

Melanie Gravbill Terry (DIPLO '41)

Roanoke, VA
20 May 2023

Ruth R. Chitwood (DIPLO '44)

Wytheville, VA
22 April 2023

Hazel L. Wright (DIPLO '44)

Moorefield, WV
29 November 2019

Vivian D. Roop (DIPLO '45)

Crewe, VA
1 May 2023

Sue McCarthy Larkum (DIPLO '48)

Viera, FL
10 January 2023

Dorothy Beadles Halligan (DIPLO '50)

Columbia, SC
3 April 2023

Yvonne M. Kritzer (DIPLO '51)

Mundelein, IL
12 April 2023

Maxine Craddock Burton (DIPLO '52, CERTI '75, BSN '79)

Charlottesville, VA
3 May 2023

Emma Coleman Chapman (BSN '56)

Virginia Beach, VA
8 April 2023

Christine M. Bolwell (DIPLO '57)

Meridian, ID
22 May 2023

Frieda H. Byrd (BSN '57)

Macon, GA
12 August 2023

Kathryn Kennedy Price (DIPLO '58)

West Chester, PA
17 May 2023

Joan M. Rinehart (BSN '58)

Shillington, PA
15 May 2023

Betty Wilson Jennings (DIPLO '60)

Charlottesville, VA
27 May 2023

Sue S. Roush (BSN '61)

Richmond, VA
9 November 2022

Betty Potts Cooley (BSN '62)

Stone Mountain, GA
7 January 2023

Lindsey Grizzard (DNP '23)

Richmond, VA
2 August 2023