Moffett & Sanders nurses are continuously changing the world through their courageous and compassionate service to individuals, families and communities. Each year, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing seeks to recognize outstanding alumni with alumni awards. 

Courage to Care awardees

Courage to Care Award

The Courage to Care Award recognizes and honors Birmingham Baptist Hospital and Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing alumni who exemplify the courage to care, through their past or current practice as a registered nurse or advanced practice nurse.

Courage to Care Award Criteria

Any Birmingham Baptist Hospital or Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing alumnus whose practice exemplifies the Moffett Maxims for excellence in nursing practice and patient care delivery as presented by the following criteria:

  • Provides leadership that builds self confidence in everyone
  • Provides leadership that does not tolerate mediocrity and insensitivity
  • Demonstrates values through words and actions
  • Exemplifies compassion by taking action, even at the sacrifice of one's own comfort and convenience
  • Exemplifies servant leadership
  • Demonstrates responsibility for creating a caring environment, modeling the principle: "The patient first, the institution second, and self last."

Download the Nomination Packet 

2020 Courage to Care Gala

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to safeguard you and our Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing community, the 2020 Courage to Care Gala is tentative at this time.

For additional information, please contact:

Gena Sullivan
Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, Alabama 35229



Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing is grateful for our generous sponsors who have not only supported the event, but who continue to make an investment in Moffett & Sanders Nurses.

2019 Sponsors: 


John 3:16


The Carl A. Schaefer, Sr. Family


  • Brookwood Baptist Health
  • Children's of  Alabama
  • Dr. Jill Cunningham
  • Dr. Sharron P. Schlosser and Mr. Larry Schlosser
  • McDaniel Family Trust
  • Mr. and Mrs.  Robert D. Kicker
  • St. Vincent's Health System
  • Sylvia Rayfield & Associates, Inc.
  • UAB Callahan Eye Hospital
  • UAB Medicine

Living Legacy Award

The Living Legacy Award was established to recognize those special individuals who have made a significant impact on humanity and perpetuated Mrs. Moffett's legacy through their contributions to the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of others.

Living Legacy Award Criteria

Any Birmingham Baptist Hospital or Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing alumnus who has made a significant impact on humanity based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates a significant contribution to the mental, physical or spiritual well-being of others
  • Demonstrates Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing's key values of academic excellence, service, caring, and compassion through not only words but also actions
  • Exhibits professionalism and leadership through current and/or previous endeavors
  • Inspires innovation and/or influences positive change in the world around them
The 2020 Living Legacy nomination is closed

Past Living Legacy Recipients


The Class of 1959
Kathleen Baber
Sara Bell
Juanita Bennett*
Linda Bety
Linda Betz*
Mitzi Bobo
Frances Bryan
Bobbie Clark
Dorothea Claunch
Eula Mae Connell
Jeanette Corley
Joann Dunn
Martha Eisenberg
Geraldine Fluker
Barbara Frix
Anita Gray
Mildred Greene
Barbara Griffis
Joann Gunnoe*
Shirley Hendrix
Phyllis Kenady*
Jerrie Kitchings
Sharon Kleeschulte
Jewell Matthews*
Gail Mitchell*
Sue Morrison
Sylvia Rayfield
DeLarris Reeves
Stella Rogers
Ethel Saraphie*
Patsy Schmith
Betty Shahine
Martha Slate
Josephine Snider
Mary Steele
Linda Stewart*
Judy Taunton
Roma Taunton
Margaret Townsend*
Joyce Varnes*
Beverly Waldrop*
Sylvia Weis
Marsha White
Barbara Whitman
Peggy Willingham*
Theresa Joan Youngblood


Sharron P. Schlosser, Ph.D., RN, CNE, COI, ANEF, former Professor of Nursing, Ida Moffett School of Nursing


Wanda Marquardt, CRNA, former Chief Nurse Anesthetist at Carraway Methodist, Birmingham, Alabama


Frances Dobynes Ford, Executive Director of Sowing Seeds of Hope


Brandon Brock, Chief Executive Officer, Brock and Brock Enterprises, Dallas, Texas


Sondra Tatum McGinnis, Director of Operations for Physicians Services, Erlanger Health System, Chattanooga, Tennessee


Frances Mellett Robinson, Cancer Navigator, San Juan Regional Medical Center

90th Anniversary Living Legacy Award Recipients, 2012

  • Brandon L. Bailey, Case Manager, National Capitol Region Wounded Warrior Regiment
  • Sandi Begley, Lt. Colonel in U.S. Army, Retired
  • Karen K. Belcher, Certified Pediatric Nurse, Clinical Supervisor, Children's of Alabama
  • Carolyn B. Chalkley, Adjunct Clinical Instructor, UAB School of Nursing
  • Sherri Chatman, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Alacare Home Health and Hospice
  • Patricia J. Cleveland, Retired Faculty, UAB School of Nursing
  • Cristy Marie Daffron, Parish Nurse, Nursing Program Coord., Jefferson State Community College, Pell City, Alabama
  • John Westly Derrick, Pediatric Nurse, Member Care Program, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Deborah Dutton Duke, Former Congregational Health Program Director, Ida Moffett School of Nursing
  • Greg Eagerton, Chief Nursing Officer, Durham VA Medical Center
  • Denise Elliott, Consultant
  • Heather Fields, CRNA, Partner, Riverview Anesthesia Associates
  • Juanzetta S. Flowers, Associate Professor, Emerita, UAB School of Nursing
  • Sandi Gordon, Director of Pleasant Hill Community Mission, Springville, Alabama
  • Kerry Gossett, Director of Clinical Anesthesia, St. Vincent's Birmingham
  • Lindsey M. Harris, Charge Nurse, UAB Hospital 
  • Mary Sue Morrison Heyer, Retired, CRNA 
  • Cecelia Lynn Edmunds Holden, Associate Dean, King College School of Nursing, Bristol, Tennessee 
  • Ginger Howell, Retired, Family Nurse Practitioner 
  • Christopher P. Hulin, Dean/Program Director, Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
  • Bettie Sue Phillips Jackson, Retired, RN
  • Jessica Eva Johnson, Family Nurse Practitioner, Christ Community Health Services, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Frances Johnston Retired, Consultant and Nurse Educator
  • Jo Dobson Kicker, Retired, Nursing Administrator and Educator
  • Paul Lawrence, Team Strategy Leader, International Mission Board 
  • Elaine Epperson, Lay Hospice Nurse, New Beacon Hospice
  • Wanda S. Lee, Executive Director, WMU
  • Lori Lioce, Clinical Assistant Professor, UAH School of Nursing
  • Marcia A. Lowe, Advanced Nursing Coordinator, UAB Hospital 
  • Sidney J. Martin, Retired
  • Marie Mompoint, Palliative Care Nurse Manager, Atlanta VA Medical Center 
  • Barbara Money, Assistant Professor, Emerita, Ida Moffett School of Nursing
  • Deborah A. Moss, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church
  • Lee Nail, Vice President of Provider Services, Accountability Health Care Inc.
  • Stuart Pope, Assistant Professor, Auburn University School of Nursing 
  • Heather Rankin, Senior CRNA, Children's of Alabama 
  • Carol Jefferson Ratcliffe, Nurse Co-Leader, Alabama Health Action Coalition 
  • Sylvia Wright Rayfield, Chairwoman of the Board, Sylvia Rayfield and Associates, Inc. 
  • Bhrata Reddy, Consultant
  • Janet Dixon Reeves, Family Nurse Practitioner, Naval Hospital, Beaufort, South Carolina
  • William F. Reid, President, Ophthalmology Anesthesia Management 
  • Frances Mellett Robinson, RN, Cancer Navigator, San Juan Regional Medical Center
  • Josephine Snider, Chair, Dept. of Health Care Environments and Systems, University of Florida 
  • Robin Denise Spann, Instructor, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi
  • Gayl-Julie Spence, Nurse Practitioner, Growing Up Pediatrics, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Teresa Stanford, Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner, Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center
  • Susan B. Stillwell, Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing Programs, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon
  • Kimberly Swaisland, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Roma Lee Taunton, Professor Emerita
  • Connie Yarbro, Editor, Seminars in Oncology Nursing 
  • Regina Yarbrough, former Chief Nursing Officer, Princeton Baptist Medical Center

Courage to Care Nomination Form

In order for a nomination to be considered complete, it must include all of the following items:

  • Completed nomination form. Options: fill in form below, download a copy to mail in, or email all information listed to
  • A description of the nominee’s distinctive characteristics and/or accomplishments that reflect the award criteria (please do not exceed 500 words).
  • A recent CV, resume or biographical sketch for the nominee

Additional supporting materials can be emailed to and may include:

  • Letters of support
  • Headshot of nominee
Nominations are due May 31, 2020

Nominee Information

Your Information