She was among five inductees presented with that honor in a ceremony taking place at the Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa. Established in 2001 by the Board of Visitors of the Capstone College of Nursing at The University of Alabama – the Nursing Hall of Fame was created to pay tribute to nurses and others who – through their work and their accomplishments – have brought honor and fame to the profession of nursing and to the State of Alabama.
Dr Lavender began her nursing career as a graduate of Gadsden State Community College – later receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Jacksonville State University, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2011, she retired as the Dean of Health Sciences at Gadsden State Community College.
With over 35 years experience in clinical nursing practice, nursing education, and organizational administration, Dr. Lavender is a Visiting Professor, at the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), as well as President of MGL Consulting, Inc.
In 2010, Dr. Lavender was appointed by Governor Bob Riley to serve on the Alabama Board of Nursing and is currently serving as Board President.
In addition to her presentations on nursing education & practice, domestic violence, child health, healthcare trends, and domestic preparedness at local, state, and national conferences, she is also highly committed to community service through her involvement in non-profit and health-related activities in Etowah, Cherokee, and Calhoun counties.