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VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR (VOTY)
exposed first-hand to
all that GLA ALA has
to offer. I got to see
how much planning
and work is put into
each event. It made
me appreciate the
GLA ALA meetings,
lunches, mixers, and
events so much more.
Ken Sweet

This year, I was honored to be presented with the
Maureen Varnes, CLM Memorial VOTY Award. I hold
this dear to my heart because this award comes from
an organization that I feel very strongly about and it
acknowledges volunteer work that is very meaningful
to me. I was extremely humbled, especially by the fact
that my Managing Partner, Stewart Reid of Wood Smith
Henning & Berman, LLP, came to the luncheon. Of
course, having my husband Tom Stout present was also
appreciated since he had to take on many additional
"Daddy Daycare" duties so that I had the time to do all
my volunteer work.
When Terri Oppelt, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP first asked
me if she could enter a nomination on my behalf, I was
completely thrown off-guard and honored. Through my
involvement in GLA ALA, I had admired Terri's leadership
and tenacity, unbeknownst to her. So to be nominated by
Terri for such an important award, I felt that this alone was
an honor-whether or not I was chosen.
I started volunteering for Justice Jog in 2011 and have
been a volunteer every year since. I think very highly of
this event because it is a great event brought together
by so many people for a wonderful cause. In 2012, I met
an inspiring woman named Jennifer Davis through my
Bible studies group. At that time, she was the Program
Director for ARC, a center and living facility for individuals
with learning disabilities and Downs Syndrome. Jennifer
inspired and trained some members of ARC to run in
the 5K, 10K and even marathons. She was such an
inspiration to me that I wanted to contribute to our
community as well. In 2014, my husband (Tom Stout) and

Laura Whipple, Debra Gray, Kameron Stout, Ken Sweet &
Jennifer Bradshaw

I formed the Stout Design Build, Inc. for ARC team and
invited ARC to run on our team at the annual Justice Jog
event. Justice Jog, for Team ARC, became an event they
train for and look forward to every year since 2014.
Training for Justice Jog became an integral part of their
Health & Wellness program. Our team has won the
Largest Community Team two years in a row (2014 &
2015) and regained the title once again in 2017.
GLA ALA's annual Employment Law Forum (ELF) also
provided me with opportunities to observe and learn from

Ken Sweet and Elizabeth Wagner

other strong members of this organization. I remember
sitting in a Board meeting and a need for the new 2018
ELF Chair was being discussed. Everybody looked at
each other because we all knew what a huge task this
person would have to take on. Nobody raised their
hand. All of a sudden, Laura Whipple raised her hand
and said "Alright, I'll do it." I looked around the table
and everybody was relieved. I thought to myself, "Wow,

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