Alumni Updates

Jane Elliott McCormack (B.S.N. 1979) was named the 2016 New York State Trauma Program Manager of Distinction.

Dr. Gloria Rish Pickar (B.S.N. 1968) was named the 2nd Vice President for the League of Women Voters in Orange County, Florida.

Mrs. Dominic Lane Hall Westergaard (M.S.N. 1998) is a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified.

Linda Olson Mefferd-Onsgard (M.N. 1971) is an adjunct professor in the accelerated BSN program at Concordia University, Irvine, California, and a behavioral health R.N. case manager at Sea Crest Home Health in Costa Mesa, California.

Robyn Perlman Welch (B.S.N. 1986, M.S.N. 1994) had a collaborative submission for “Three-Prong Approach to Safety” accepted by the APNA for the 2017 National Conference. The title was “Whole Health Begins With Mental Health.”

Dr. Tonja Eblin Hartjes (B.S.N. 1988, D.N.P. 2011) was named a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Patricia Adams Lewis (M.S.N. 2009) has started the UF College of Nursing M.S.N.-to-D.N.P. program.

Kimberly Kessler Mallory (B.S.N. 2005) was recently awarded the Highest Scoring Abstract in the Allied Health Professional Category at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting in May. Her abstract was titled “Development And Testing Of A Heparin Dosing Protocol For Atrial Fibrillation Catheter Ablation.”

Dr. Jessica Benson (B.S.N. 2003) and her husband, Ryan Benson, are proud to welcome their new twins Beckham Lee Benson and Ellie Brynn Benson into the world. Beckham was born on Jan. 26, and Ellie on Jan. 27. Their older twin brother and sister, Banks and Rory, are excited to have a new brother and sister. Ryan and Jessica reside in Fort Myers, Florida, where Ryan is the owner of a home building company and Jessica is a nurse anesthetist.

Jane Houston (M.S.N. 2001, D.N.P. 2009) was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Nurse Midwives at their Annual Meeting in Savannah in May. Jane was in the first D.N.P. class at UF and continued her career in education becoming clinical coordinator of the UF Nurse Midwifery program between 2012 and 2015. She joined the faculty at Frontier Nursing University in 2015 as clinical director for Midwifery and Women’s Health. She is an associate professor with interests in water birth, normalization of pregnancy, delayed cord clamping, Diversity and Inclusion related to the LGBTQ community and international maternal care. She also continues to provide midwifery care at a nearby birth center.

Judith Sands (B.S.N. 1981) recently published “Home Hospice Navigation: The Caregiver’s Guide.” The book answers moms’ question “What do families do without a daughter like you?” Home Hospice Navigation, a comprehensive and practical resource, provides caregivers with clear and concise caregiving information to navigate the health care maze. Intended for those dealing with the home hospice journey, and also benefits individuals with chronic illness.

Dr. Joseph Bertulfo (B.S.N. 1993) has been selected to participate in a Senior Executive Service, or SES, Development Program, focused on increasing the number of Asian Americans in the dederal workforce to enter the executive ranks.  Members of  SES serve in the key positions just below the top presidential appointees and are the major link between these appointees and the rest of the federal workforce.

Shelby Havens (M.S.N. 1995), ARNP, D.N.P., was appointed as the acting director of professional nursing at the Taylor College of Nursing in Belleview, Florida., in June. Dr. Havens also serves as a volunteer psychiatric nurse practitioner and consultant for the ACORN Clinic in Brooker, Florida., and volunteers with the St. Francis Pet Care Group at the Grace Marketplace and Dignity Village homeless shelters in Gainesville, assisting veterinary personnel in not only caring for the companion animals of homeless residents, but also in preventing vector-borne illness in humans.

Dr. Kim Curry (BSN 1976) was recently named the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Do you have an alumni update you would like to share? Fill out this online form or send it to Aimee Green.