Shirley Ackroyd Smith Agren; nursing administration track. Shirley lived her life as a peacemaker, and her personal motto was “It is better to be nice than to be right.” She had six beautiful children with her husband Arlen. Shirley died July 2011.

Sarah Walker Barney (BS ’87) ANP-BC; advanced practice track; NP, Intermountain Medical Center (IMC) neurovascular medicine; Riverton, UT.

Deborah A. Hill (BS ’87); advanced practice track; PNP, Hobble Creek Medical Clinic; Provo.

Valerie N. Juarez (BS ‘79) APRN; NP, internal medicine, Revere Health; Orem, UT. Valerie has spent several years working in critical care, trauma, and neurology. She enjoys spending time with family, especially her grandson. She loves skiing, boating, reading, and walking her dog.

BYU helped me develop a strong knowledge base and integrity. I’ve been blessed with the opportunities and professional experiences I’ve had due to BYU.

David Keller (AS ’77, BS ’80)APRN; psychiatric nurse practitioner track; associate professor of nursing, Utah Valley University; and a former teaching professor in the BYU College of Nursing; Provo, UT.

Millene Freeman Murphy was a superb mentor in psychiatric nursing, well ahead of then-current practice. She and other faculty encouraged my desire to teach nursing.

Nancy E. Long-Foster PhD, APRN; nursing administration track; NP, Therapeutic Lifestyle Center of Utah; Salt Lake City, UT. Nancy is a retired captain in the United States Air Force. She received her PhD from Southwestern University and has done extensive postgraduate research on the prevention and treatment of pediatric abuse. She has been a professor for various colleges of nursing at universities including Ohio State University, Tokyo University in Japan and Brigham Young University. She is a wife, mother and grandmother.

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1993 Graduate Brett E. Robbins

Brett E. Robbins APRN, DNP-s, CFNP; family nurse practitioner track; FNP and owner, Cedar Valley Medical Clinic; Cedar City, UT. Brett is in the DNP program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is an inductee to SUU’s STTI for exceptional leadership in the community. He enjoys camping, riding ATV’s, and woodworking. One of his greatest accomplishment is having two children follow in the nursing profession. His youngest daughter (also an FNP) works at his clinic, and his son just graduated from SUU with a BSN and is considering an NP program in the Midwest.

Attending BYU furthered my career path in nursing enabling me to be in the position I love.

Lydia M. Sorensen (AS ’84); family nurse practitioner track; Branson, MO.

Debra P. Thacker (BS ’82); nursing administration track; Highland, UT.

Deanna P. Williams (BS ’66); nursing adminitration track; Plain City, UT.

Russell Wilshaw (AS ’76, BS ’90); advanced practice track; trauma outreach and injury prevention coordinator; University Health Care Trauma Service; Pleasant Grove, UT. Russell is a former faculty member in the BYU College of Nursing and received the Teaching Excellence Award from BYU in 1996. He also received the APEX Award for Excellence from the Urban South Region IHC in 2001. He is a member of the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), the American Trauma Society, the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), and the Utah Nurses Association (UNA). He is the Utah State Representative for the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) and serves as ENA Education Representative in the Timpanogos Chapter.

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