Bryan K. Adams; family nurse practitioner track; Provo, UT.

Gaylene A. Adams ARNP; family nurse practitioner track; NP, Factoria Women and Family Clinic; Bellevue, WA .

Karalee Allen; nursing administration track; Riverton, UT.

Karla Balling PhD; pediatric nurse practitioner track; retired; Salt Lake City, UT. Karla  received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2002. She is a single parent of five children, three of which are still living, and a grandmother to seven. She loves to garden, read and quilt. Her favorite recreational activity is Zumba. She served a two-year mission in the New Mexico Farmington Mission and spent nine months serving on the Navajo Reservation. Since then she has been serving as the mission nurse for the Salt Lake City Temple mission and playing with her grandchildren.

My experience at BYU taught me the importance of a thorough assessment and I have used that skill throughout my career. I also learned to love research. I had a great experience at BYU.

Luz V. Boyer; family nurse practitioner track; Provo, Utah.

Troy W. Carlton RN, PhD; nursing administration track; former assistant professor in the BYU College of Nursing; Lehi, UT. Troy received his PhD in Nursing from the University of Colorado in 2009. He also worked for 22 years as a staff nurse for IHC. He is married with three children.

Curtis D. Child; family nurse practitioner track; owner of Las Vegas Psychiatry; NP,Bear River Mental Health; Las Vegas, NV.

Julie C. Child FNP-BC; family nurse practitioner track; Northern Utah Regional Hospital; Ogden, UT. Julie has four children and two grandchildren. She loves to golf and Alpine snow ski as much as possible. She loves being able to make a difference in her patients’ lives and feels blessed to be able to make a difference in her family’s lives.

BYU gave me the opportunity to progress and advance in my field of expertise. I am grateful for my professors who cared about my education and also cared about me personally.

Kathleen N. Garrett; nursing administration track; Peoa, UT.

David R Glassford; NP, Utah Neurological Clinic; Mapleton, UT.

Shanna A. Hendrickson; Salt Lake City, UT.

Penny Kaye Jensen DNP, FNP-C, FAAN, FAANP; family nurse practitioner track; liaison for national APRN policy, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC; Salt Lake City, UT. Penny received her DNP from the University of Utah. She is the immediate past resident of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). In 2013 she was inducted into the National Academies of Practice (NAP) as a distinguished practitioner and fellow, and also as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN).

Caroleen Johnson (BS ’92) APRN; family nurse practitioner track; FNP, CopperView Medical Center; Lehi, UT. Caroleen has continued to work part-time in a family practice and urgent care setting while having and raising her eight children. She plays the piano and the cello, and has been with the American West Symphony for 17 years. She has started her own machine embroidery business and enjoys sewing (from seven matching Easter dresses every year to prom and wedding dresses). She’s been the resident medical person on every trek and girls’ camp for the past 13 years.

My BYU experience prepared me well to meet the demands of my career, my family, and my church. I feel very fortunate to have the education I’ve been blessed with. It continues to bless my own children as they, too, seek a BYU education.

Diane R. Kendall FNP-C, GNP-C; family nurse practitioner track; Alta View Hospital Senior Clinic; Sandy, UT. Diane has received these recognitions: Intermountain Healthcare Nurse Practitioner of the Year (2012); AARP State Nurse Practitioner of the Year (2002); Utah State Nurse Practitioner of the Year (2002); and Media Center Nurse Practitioner Supervisor for Winter Olympics (2002). Diane enjoys patient and family interactions and the opportunity to have an impact on their quality of life. She feels lucky to have the love and support of her husband, Bruce, to continue her passion for success as a nurse practitioner.

I developed a friendship and network with my classmates—we continue to see each other at conferences. The opportunities in the clinical arena were a great way to network in the healthcare community.

Eloise A. Maughan; family nurse practitioner track; Salt Lake City, UT.

Ella B. Peterson; nursing administration track; Pleasant Grove, UT.

Evelyn Plaizier FNP; clinical nurse specialist, Intermountain Medical Care; Farmington, UT. Evelyn received the Educator of Excellence award. She loves spending time with family and friends.

I never thought I would go back and get my graduate degree but I am glad I did. It has increased my knowledge.

Jennifer T. Seguine (BS ’94); family nurse practitiioner; Furlong, PA.

Eva Pearl Okelberry Stoneman (BS ’59) RN; nursing administration track; retired associate teaching professor in the BYU College of Nursing; Spanish Fork, UT. Eva and her husband, Jack, have been married 56 years and have six children, sixteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, all of whom are exceptional and very loved. They have enjoyed travelling, camping, fishing, and the water, but now enjoy each other at home. Eva picked up knitting again and can hardly keep up with all her desired projects. She has received the following recognitions: Leadership Award from the Intermountain Chapter of Oncology Nursing Society (1994); Department Manager of the Quarter at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (1991);  Dr. Richard C. Brown Award for compassionate service and nursing care to people with cancer from Utah County (1998); Volunteer of the Year United Way of Utah County (1991); and Volunteer of the Year Award from Utah County (1991).

The biggest benefit from completing my master’s at BYU was that I was hired to teach the capstone course at BYU and instructed there until 2009 when I retired. I had a difficult time giving up nursing and only retired after 50 years as an RN.

Ling W. Tomasino; family nurse practitioner track; cardiovascular NP, Swedish Medical Center for 14 years; Denver, CO. Ling has two daughters and two grandchildren. She enjoys the outdoors in Colorado.

BYU made it so that I was well-prepared for my role as nurse practitioner.

Carol M. Whitesides; family nurse practitioner; Layton, UT.