Wayne Cavender started his career with Dallas Institute on Valentine's Day in 1994, and has maintained his love for the job ever since. He is originally from Plattsburg, Missouri just outside of Kansas City and makes regular trips back there to visit his long-time friends and family.
He attended Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology. From there, Wayne moved to Dallas, Texas to attend Dallas Institute of Funeral Service where he received his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service. He went back home to Kansas City and worked for a locally owned firm there where he served as manager for the last part of his tenure.
In 1993, Wayne moved back to Dallas and served as an embalmer for the SCI Dallas metro embalming service for a little over a year when he heard that there was a teaching position open at Dallas Institute.
Shortly after starting in the position with the school, Wayne soon realized that he had found his niche teaching future funeral directors and embalmers about the business that he feels so passionate about. In order to continue teaching, he went on to complete his master’s degree at Amber University.
Mr. Cavender currently serves as dean of the college, participating in much of the day-to-day administration of the school and teaches Microbiology, Chemistry, Pathology, Funeral Service Ethics, General Psychology, and Embalming Discussions, but has also previously taught Written Communications, Funeral Directing, Psychology of Grief and served as the Director of the Clinical Program for over fifteen years. Outside of the classroom, Wayne serves as a co-sponsor of the Epsilon Chapter of Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity at Dallas Institute and is a member of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service Lions Club.
He also finds it very rewarding to serve on committees with the accrediting agency for schools of mortuary science, the American Board of Funeral Service Education. He has participated in multiple curriculum outline reviews for them and also served on several visiting teams that are a part of the reaccreditation process for all mortuary schools.
Wayne received his CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practitioner) designation in 2005. The CFSP is a national funeral service individual recognition organization. The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice awards this special recognition to members upon completion of specified academic and professional programs. Annually one must receive at least twenty hours of continuing education to continue the designation.
Wayne is a member of the Dallas County Funeral Directors Association, the North Texas Funeral Directors Association, Texas Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association and maintains his Missouri license as well as Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, attending musical theater, and singing with the Turtle Creek Chorale.