Nursing Notes: Alumni News
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Wilma Notter Robinson ’61
retired in 2004 after 41 years as a nurse, 24 of which were spent in mental health counseling for the Ute tribe in Colorado. She has three adult birth children and one adopted Navajo child. She travels from her home in Dolores, Colorado, to attend Harborview division nursing class reunions in Seattle every five years.
Pete Wonder ’78
works as a family nurse practitioner in one of the busiest emergency departments in northern California. His wife, Nancy Kline Wonder ’75 B.S., completed her M.S.N. degree in 2006 and teaches full time at Modesto (California) Junior College as a nursing instructor. Both of their children, Philip and Sharla, graduated from SPU. The Wonders live in Modesto.
Janice Roberts Donaldson ’83
resigned from Virginia Mason Medical Center in August 2007, after working there since 1979. In September 2007, she started a new career in school nursing with the Auburn (Washington) School District. She lives in Auburn.
Carol Ridenhour ’86
retired from the U.S. Air Force in June 2007 after 21 years of service, 15 of which were in the Air Force Reserves at McChord Air Force Base in Washington. She works at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle as a unit discharge facilitator, which involves coordinating discharges for hospital patients. Carol says she’s enjoying the challenge of the UDF position and the joy of learning new facets to nursing. She has been accepted into the HealthCare Ministries organization as a team member, and looks forward to participating in her first mission trip with the group. Carol lives in Shoreline, Washington.
Kathi Myers ’93, ’99 M.S.N.
joined the U.S. Air Force in 2000. Currently she is participating in a year-long critical care nursing fellowship at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The fellowship will prepare her to care for our country’s wounded warriors here in the United States and overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her previous assignments include outpatient work in a pediatric clinic at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, and flight nursing at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.
Sheryl Washburn ’93 M.S.N.
is vice president for patient care services at North County Health System in Newport, Vermont. She recently relocated to Newport for the job.
Karen Neiswender ’98
works as a health program support specialist for Food for the Hungry, an international relief and development organization. She’s been with Food for the Hungry for eight years. In 2007, Karen completed her master’s in public health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She lives in Chapel Hill.
Whende Martin ’03
received her certification in nursing informatics in 2006. She works as a clinical informaticist at Zynx Health in Seattle. She lives in Tacoma, Washington.