Published on October 2, 2019 by Sara Roman  
Courage to Care

Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing honored 60 distinguished alumni at its annual Courage to Care Gala Sept. 27. The honorees were selected based on their commitment and service to the nursing profession as well as their fulfillment of the maxims established by Ida Vines Moffett, the school’s namesake.

“For nearly 100 years, our alumni have changed lives, compassionately serving and caring for those around them while simultaneously pursuing excellence in practice,” said Nena F. Sanders, nursing school dean and vice provost of Samford’s College of Health Sciences. “It is our honor to celebrate the achievements of our school’s most outstanding alumni.”

Fifteen alumni were presented with the Courage to Care Award and the class of 1959 was presented with the Living Legacy Award, the school’s highest alumni honor. The 2019 honorees have served the profession in virtually all areas of nursing. From serving faithfully at the bedside to leading in nursing education or contributing research, grant writing and nursing literature, together, the 2019 honorees have touched the lives of thousands. 

The gala honors alumni whose transformational work has made a significant impact on others. The event also provides financial support for the school by enhancing scholarship opportunities for nursing students. During the event, nurse anesthesia student and scholarship recipient Jennifer Lambert shared her Samford story with attendees.

“Your generous donations to support college students have a much bigger impact than just on the individual student,” said Lambert. “Once I become a CRNA, you will be a part of saving a life or improving someone’s quality of life. When you contribute to health care programs, the impact of your generosity has no limits.”

The 2019 Courage to Care Gala was made possible, in part, through the generosity of several dedicated sponsors: gold sponsor John 3:16 and benefactor Carl A. Schaefer Sr. Family. Patron sponsors included: 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 Kicker, St. Vincent’s Health System, Sylvia Rayfield & Associates, Inc., UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, and UAB Medicine.

The 2019 honorees were celebrated and presented with a certificate of distinction and an award. Former Living Legacy recipient and Ida Moffett School of Nursing Advisory Board chair Chris Moore aided Sanders in presenting the awards. Rachel Steil, a family nurse practitioner student, provided the invocation.

2019 Living Legacy
The Class of 1959
Kathleen Baber
Sara Bell
Juanita Bennett*
Linda Betz*
Mitzi Bobo
Frances Bryan
Bobbie Clark
Dorothea Claunch
Eula Mae Connell
Jeanette Corley
Joann Dunn
Martha Ann 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 Lee Taunton
Margaret Townsend*
Joyce Varnes*
Beverly Waldrop*
Sylvia Weis
Marsha White
Barbara Whitman
Peggy Willingham
Theresa Joan Youngblood
2019 Courage to Care Honorees
Jason Asher
Kimberly Craton Boackle
Casey Elkins
Frances Elayne Lokey Gibson
Mary Elizabeth Greenway
Robin Greer
Charles Lacey
Helen Fowler
Lucas Natalie Northam
Ann Slattery
Amber Smith
Lorelei Spikes
H. Franklin Wallis
Roy A. West
Caroline Davis White

Ida Moffett School of Nursing hosts the Courage to Care Gala annually. To learn more about the awards or to download the nomination packet, please visit

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.