Bachelor of science in nursing, University Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1989. AS, Shelton State Community College, 1987.
Staff nurse, acute coronary care unit, Department of Community Health Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama staff nurse, cardiac surgical nurse, Department of Community Health Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa director nursing, Capstone Medical Center, Tuscaloosa sales representative, Merck, Sharp and Dohme.
Board of directors Girl Scouts United States of America, Junior League Tuscaloosa (chairman acquisitions committee), Las Amigas Federated Women's Club (president), Gordo Planning Zoning Board, Gordo Arts Council (vice president). Member American Cancer Society (community chairman), Mortar Board, Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Theta Kappa.
Married John E. Brandon, May 1, 1981. 1 child, Marilyn Natileigh Nichols.