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Nursing Class Notes

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Recent News About Your Classmates

Donis Barker, CN'51
Doris writes to us: “I live alone in house in 55+ community where I play indoor shuffleboard, cards and dominos weekly. I have 8 grandchildren (6 married), 14 great grandchildren (1 married), and 2 great great kids, in 7 states."

Katherine George Stone, BSN'59
Katherine writes to us: "Enjoying retirement - time to volunteer and to set my own schedule, grandchildren’s college graduations, achievements, and weddings, my first great-grandchild, and travel in Europe and the U.S."

Linda Holder, BSN'65
Linda writes to us: "Have lived in beautiful Oregon for past 25 years. Enjoy gardening, genealogy, volunteering, and traveling with the Flying Jayhawks - this year to Tuscany."

Patricia Cram Nelson, BSN'66
Patricia (Patsy) Cram Nelson retired from the New Mexico Department of Health in 2007 as the Deputy Director of the Public Health Division. In full retirement, Patsy volunteers with the NM Alliance for School-Based Health Care Board of Directors, End of Life Options NM, and United Way of Central North NM’s Rising Together School Attendance and Engagement initiative among others. She and her husband Mike, a retired pediatrician, live in Albuquerque, NM, and enjoy their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They also like to travel.

Margaret Strutz Clark, BSN'74
Margaret writes to us: "I enjoy living in Boerne, Texas. I retired from nursing in 2020, but live an active life which includes photography, gardening, and traveling, staying fit with yoga and Pilates."

Mignon Muirhead, BSN'77
Mignon writes to us: "“ My husband, Todd, and I own Moby Dick’s in Wellfleet, Mass. on Cape Cod. We’ve a casual seafood restaurant. BYOB and have a lobster."

Marian Jamison, PhD'03, MN'86, BSN'78
Dr. Jamison shares with us that she's enjoying working in a faculty role.

Ann Suellentrop, MN'82
Ann writes to us: "I am Vice-Chair of a local organization, PeaceWorks - KC, that works for the conversion of Kansas City's nuclear bomb parts plant to peaceful and productive pursuits."

Sherri Kirkpatrick, PhD'88, MN'81
Dr. Kirkpatrick writes to us: "In 2009 my husband, Jac, and I co-founded HealthEd Connect, an NGO that supports programs in Zambia, Malawi, DR Congo, Nepal. My doctoral work was pivotal in helping launch programs that train village health workers and then respond to their needs. We now have 3 schools in Zambia with 1500+ orphans and vulnerable children enrolled, 11 young women in nursing programs, health workers monitoring over 30,000 Under-5 children each year, and trained TBAs delivering 2500+ babies annually. Our volunteers in Nepal are establishing sanitation systems with over 47 stone latrines recently built and smokeless stoves installed in homes. It's been an amazing ride!"

Janice L. Gales, BSN'89
Janice writes to us that she's looking forward to seeing her N'89 colleagues at the 2024 Alumni Reunion Weekend.

Jennifer McNiel, MSN, BSN'08, RN, CPHQ
Jennifer is the recipient of the 2024 Early Career Achievement in Nursing Alumni Award. She and the other awardees will be honored at a recognition ceremony on September 27, 2024, during KU Medical Center's annual Alumni Reunion Weekend.

Natalia Leistner, MS'09, BSN'05
Natalia's career has led her to open CASA Medical, a clinic with a mission to provide high-quality healthcare with no insurance required to the Lawrence region’s Hispanic community. Read her alumni spotlight here.

Tona L. Leiker, PhD'11, RN, CNE
Dr. Leiker writes to us: "I am enjoying the preferred stage of my career serving as a NLN CNEA on-site evaluator/team leader, HLC Peer Reviewer, substitute school nurse for USD 232 (DeSoto, KS), and accreditation consultant."

Heide Chaney, DNP'17, BSN'13
Dr. Chaney writes to us: "I continue to work as a general cardiology nurse practitioner in the beautiful Pacific Northwest on the Washington Penninsula. This allows for abundant hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities very close to home. I have recently incorporated point-of-care ultrasound in the clinic setting which has been of great value to me and my patients. My two adult children and my three grandchildren still reside in and near Kansas City, so I visit frequently."

Christine Pabico, PhD'19, RN, NE-BC, FAAN
Dr. Pabico is the recipient of the 2024 Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award. She and the other awardees will be honored at a recognition ceremony on September 27, 2024, during KU Medical Center's annual Alumni Reunion Weekend.

Paula Song, DNP'23
Dr. Song shares her advice to KUMC students and fellow alumni: "Remember! It feels like night is darkest just before the dawn. Keep the good work!"

Dorothy Long Porter, CN'50
December 4, 2023

Jo Ann Gerber Davis, BSN'57
February 4, 2024

Karen Barnes Pfuetze, BSN'59
February 4, 2024

Phyllis Williams Hawley, BSN'63
January 10, 2024

Sylvia Waxse Mansfield, BSN'71
October 14, 2023

Carol G. Elliott, PhD'06, CN'72
March 9, 2024

Pamela L. Cummings, MS'95, BSN'85
December 28, 2023

Donna R. Schlenkrich, BSN'94

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