Jun. 12, 2020—Laura Love, BS’93, established the Get Grounded Foundation in 2015 with the goal of offering crucial seed money to help small Colorado nonprofits focusing on at-risk youth launch innovative ideas or programs. When COVID-19 hit, she recognized a void her organization was uniquely positioned to fill.
May. 19, 2020—When Chris Mann, a Vanderbilt alumnus with a degree in opera, started making music parody videos and posting them online, he struck a positive chord with millions of people also struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic.
May. 15, 2020—A.J. Kazimi is chief executive officer of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, which is ramping up production of a vital drug needed to treat pneumonia resulting from COVID-19.
May. 15, 2020—Britt Autry, vice president of DENSO, is spearheading an effort to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to Tennessee hospitals in need.
May. 15, 2020—Vanderbilt Peabody College alumni Allie Golden, BS'18, Jacqueline Gottuso, BS'18, Andrea Liberman, BS'19, Ben Schecter, BS’18, and Josh Ulino, BS'18, have started the nonprofit Feed the Front Line to support local restaurants while providing meals for health care workers.
May. 15, 2020—Buddy Creech, director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, is helping lead some of the NIH-funded treatment trials of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
May. 15, 2020—As chairman of Metro Nashville’s Board of Health, Alex Jahangir is coordinating the city’s COVID-19 response and providing leadership that has likely saved lives.
May. 15, 2020—As the coronavirus pandemic forced stay-at-home orders around the country, Woody Klemmer, BA’13, and his coworkers spent the morning of March 20 seeking a way to help.
May. 15, 2020—Gov. Andy Beshear is receiving praise for how he is leading Kentuckians through the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response.
May. 15, 2020—Dr. Liza Weavind, professor of anesthesiology and surgery and associate division chief of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, is on the frontlines of caring for patients affected by COVID-19 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
May. 15, 2020—Katie McGinnis is the director of psychosocial service for Family Legacy, a large nonprofit that serves 15,000 orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia. Her team is providing developmentally appropriate COVID-19 disease education resources and have even left their own families to move into the residential care facility for the duration of their lockdown (at least three months) to provide counseling and psychosocial services to the 650 children who live full-time at the facility.
May. 15, 2020—Kim Le, a storyboard artist at DreamWorks Animation, writes and draws notes of appreciation to those at the frontlines.