Mary Ann Lavin
Mary Ann is a recognized leader in taxonomic development, having called and co-coordinated the First National Conference on the Classification of Nursing Diagnosis in 1973 in response to a query: How arre nurses going to enter nursing data into computers? This conference birthed first NANDA and then NANDA-International, whose diagnoses and classifications are standard in major electronic health record systems and nursing textbooks worldwide. Dr. Lavin led NANDA International as President from 2002 – 2004 and remains active in it. She is an expert in advanced filter design and development, aimed at retrieving sensitive and specific information. Other organizations she founded sustained themselves. These include a TB clinic in La Paz, Bolivia, which endured for more than 50 years, until the government established its own community TB centers. Dr. Lavin was the principal investigator on a HRSA rural health demonstration project in Washington County, Missouri. This project, founded in 1996 on the basis of community development principles, eventually led to the formation of a federally qualified health center, which now has satellites in two adjacent counties and serves people from more than seven counties in southeastern Missouri. From 2009 – 2010, Mary Ann served as the Founding Clinical Services Director of Casa de Salud, serving the Latino/Latina immigrant community in St. Louis. She is a graduate of Saint Louis University (BSN ’64, MSN ’70) and Harvard School of Public Health (M.S. ’74, S.D. ’78).