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Epilepsy Association of Utah Announces New Executive Officers and Board Members

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Epilepsy Association of Utah Announces New Executive Officers and Board Members
SALT LAKE CITY, Friday, July 1, 2016

The Epilepsy Association of Utah is proud to announce four new Executive Officers and four new board members effective July 1, 2016.

The EAU welcomes Tyson Dewsnup as Chairman of the Board, a new position added this year. Tyson has served the EAU as AVP of Programs since February 2015. Tyson and his wife Ariana live in Eagle Mountain, Utah with their daughter Alexandra. Tyson is an IT Business Systems Analyst at Intermountain Healthcare. He has a Bachelor’s degree in HR Management and a MBA in Information Technology Management. He is currently working on his MHA and hoping to go to law school and earn his JD in Employment Law.

The EAU welcomes Candi Huff as President. Candi has served as AVP of Marketing for the EAU since July 2014. Candi and her husband Jason live in Draper, Utah with their daughter Madison and son Austin. Candi is a 23 year veteran of the mortgage lending industry and works as a Mortgage Loan Underwriter for Bay Equity, LLC from her home based office. Candi’s professional experience also includes outside sales, marketing, training and she is a

The EAU welcomes Doug Rice as Vice-President. Doug has been a member of the EAU board for close to one year, assisting the EAU’s Political Advocacy Committee in successful lobbying efforts to pass SB232, Rescue Medication in School. Doug and his wife, Julie, live in West Jordan with their daughter Ashley. Doug retires this week as Fire

The EAU welcomes Josh Hamilton as Secretary. Josh is a new face to the EAU board and we look forward to getting to know him. Josh and his wife Mylie live in South Jordan. Josh is an Operations Supervisor at Security Service Federal Credit union and brings a wealth of knowledge to the board.

“Our new board structure and Executive Team brings to Utah powerful leadership designed to take the EAU to the next level. After four plus years of incredible growth under the leadership of Past President Annette Maughan, the Epilepsy Association of Utah is a powerful force nationally in the epilepsy community and special needs circles. We intend to ride that momentum to further our goals of Education, Outreach and Awareness!” said Candi Huff, new

Four new board members round out the new structure at the EAU and include Rita Branch-Davis, Brooke Diamond, Dawn Voss and Paul Hill. The Epilepsy Association of Utah is thrilled with the new additions to our team and looks forward to a successful term for all.

ABOUT THE EPILEPSY ASSOCIATION OF UTAH

Founded in 1973, The Epilepsy Association of Utah is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals living with Epilepsy and seizure disorders. 1 in 26 people will develop Epilepsy at some time in their lives leading to over 100,000 people in Utah alone. Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disorder in the US after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s. The Epilepsy Association of Utah offers a public education program, statewide support groups, personal and professional advocacy, college scholarships, art exhibits, educational conferences, summer camp and more. Visit http://epilepsyut.org for additional information.

Press Contact: Candi Huff
Email: candi@epilepsyut.org
Website: www.epilepsyut.org

Official Statement on Utah Bill HB75

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Student Advocacy Groups Oppose Utah Bill HB75
SALT LAKE CITY January 16, 2016

Epilepsy Association of Utah, Hope 4 Children with Epilepsy and Utah Kids Foundation jointly announce our opposition to HB75 Epilepsy Training in Public Schools with its current language.

While we support the effort to address the critical issue of rescue medication in Utah schools, HB75 falls short in many areas. The bill does not truly address the ignoring of the doctor-guided and federally-mandated 504 Health Care Plan, which ensures the ADA student’s right to an education in the least restrictive environment. Throughout the collaborative Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process, the 504 Health Care Plan is put in place with input from qualified school personnel, medical professionals and the student’s guardian.

HB75 would institute the Intranasal Midazolam Authorization Form. We believe this document may be considered contrary to the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as the Health Care Plan on record would effectively be ignored.

Only ONE rescue medication is included in HB75: Intranasal Midazolam. This medication is prescribed for about 49% of students with epilepsy, leaving the remaining 51% of the student population with seizures no recourse to receive their emergency medication. We believe this would be a discriminatory practice in that some children with epilepsy would be supplied emergency support and others would not.

We also believe this bill perpetuates the stigma that epilepsy rescue medications are unsafe, when in fact caregivers with little to no medical training routinely administer them. HB75 lowers the standard of care for students with epilepsy by neglecting the needs of the ADA student, and compromising their safety, while trivializing their right to an education.

Although HB75 DOES allow for the delegation of medication to trained personnel, which we applaud, the practical application falls short by limiting input from the parent or physician. As has been experienced with the 2006 S.B. 8 Care of Students with Diabetes in School, staffs routinely fail to implement the law, forcing students with diabetes into homeschool situations and emergency room visits.

HB75 goes against the very core of morality and common sense in servicing the student in an emergency situation.

Signed
Epilepsy Association Of Utah
Board of Directors

Hope 4 Children with Epilepsy
Co-Founders

Utah Kids Foundation
Board of Directors

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ABOUT THE EPILEPSY ASSOCIATION OF UTAH
Founded in 1973, The Epilepsy Association of Utah is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals living with Epilepsy and seizure disorders. 1 in 26 people will develop Epilepsy at some time in their lives leading to over 100,000 people in Utah alone. Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disorder in the US after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s. The Epilepsy Association of Utah offers a public education program, statewide support groups, personal and professional advocacy, college scholarships, art exhibits, educational conferences, summer camp and more. Visit http://epilepsyut.org for additional information.

ABOUT HOPE 4 CHILDREN WITH EPILEPSY
We are parents of children with severe forms of epilepsy. Most have multiple types of seizures every day, varying in intensity and length from seconds to hours. The seizures take a toll on the children’s over-all health, ability to function, and quality of life. These children also have 10 times increased risk for sudden death. We actively advocate for the medical needs of children and adults with epilepsy. Visit http://hope4childrenwithepilepsy.com.

ABOUT UTAH KIDS FOUNDATION
Utah Kids Foundation’s mission is to support all special needs families in Utah by sharing information about doctors and resources in our community, facilitate the legal exchange of spare supplies, and to provide comfort and support when our children are inpatient. Currently serving nearly 2,000 families, we are now adding advocacy and providing inclusion in community events. Visit http://utahkidsfoundation.com/ for more information.

EAU & H4CE Announce Federal Bill and Epilepsy Celebration

For Immediate Release: Epilepsy Association of Utah & Hope 4 Children With Epilepsy Announce Introduction of Federal “Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015” & Celebration of “Paint the State Purple” for Epilepsy Awareness
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Epilepsy Association of Utah and Hope 4 Children With Epilepsy have joined thousands of families across the nation advocating for federal access to therapeutic hemp oil. A non-profit organization, Coalition for Access Now, has been formed to streamline the bi-partisan legislative efforts, and representatives of the group joined lawmakers at a press event in Washington DC today at 2:00pm (EST) to introduce the “Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015”.

The bill proposes to amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude therapeutic hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) from the definition of marijuana, granting those suffering access to treatment according to the laws of their own states. Therapeutic hemp is defined as cannabis with THC content below 0.3%. Although HB105 “Charlee’s Law” was passed in the Utah legislature last year, the law remains in opposition to ambiguous federal legislation, meaning families are breaking federal law when treating their children with high-CBD hemp oil. They are open to prosecution by the federal government. Producers are also at risk since the oil cannot legally be shipped or transported into Utah without violating federal law. Removing non-psychotropic high-CBD hemp oil from the same category as marijuana would remove barriers and allow for increase in supply, reduction in cost, and improvement in quality and testing. It would give every family in the nation legal access to the treatment. In addition, the current restrictions on research would be lifted so researchers can be free to study the impact of the treatment on various conditions.

We plead with federal legislators to support and/or co-sponsor “Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015”. Likewise, we urge our state legislators, as well as all citizens of Utah and the United States, to let their voices be heard in support of those suffering with intractable epilepsy in our country.

Information regarding “Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015” can be found at www.coalitionforaccessnow.org. Utah families participating in the federal effort invite you to join them at Thursday’s “Paint the State Purple” event on the steps of our state capitol building in celebration of International Epilepsy Awareness Day!

“Paint the State Purple” will be happening at the capitol on Thursday evening, 6:30-8:30. The event will include live music, bubble party, coloring for kids, information tables, and 3eQ recording sessions. 3eQ is the Epilepsy Association of Utah’s new awareness campaign inviting individuals to record themselves answering three key questions about their experience with epilepsy and then submit their videos to the EAU for posting online. Videos can be viewed atwww.epilepsyutah.blogspot.com. Board members of the Association will be at “Paint the State Purple” prepared to create these videos upon request.

In addition to the day’s events, the Epilepsy Association of Utah (EAU) is encouraging Utahns throughout the state to rally support for those with seizure disorders by wearing or displaying purple and posting their pictures on social media. Jennifer May, co-founder of Hope 4 Children With Epilepsy, is excited about the awareness and advocacy being brought to those suffering with epilepsy. “Across the country, families and individuals impacted by epilepsy are pulling together to strengthen each other, educate their communities, and make changes in law that will allow groundbreaking new therapies to move forward and improve lives.”

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ABOUT THE EPILEPSY ASSOCIATION OF UTAH
Founded in 1973, The Epilepsy Association of Utah is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals living with Epilepsy and seizure disorders. One in 26 people will develop Epilepsy at some time in their lives leading to over 100,000 people in Utah alone. Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the US after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. The Epilepsy Association of Utah offers a public education program, statewide support groups, personal and professional advocacy, college scholarships, art exhibits, educational conferences, summer camp and more.  Visit http://epilepsyut.org for additional information.

ABOUT HOPE 4 CHILDREN WITH EPILEPSY
We are parents of children with severe forms of epilepsy. Most have multiple types of seizures every day, varying in intensity and length from seconds to hours. The seizures take a toll on the children’s overall health, ability to function, and quality of life. These children also have 10-times increased risk for sudden death. We desperately need new treatment options that hold hope for controlling the seizures, stopping the deterioration, and improving quality of life for our kids. We have been lobbying to make high-CBD/low-THC cannabis extract available in Utah to those who suffer with intractable epilepsy. The extract is NOT smoked and it CANNOT get anyone ‘high’, but it CAN save the lives of our children. Visit www.hope4childrenwithepilepsy.com for additional information.

Press Contact:    Candi Huff – Epilepsy Association of Utah
Phone:                  801-557-0326
Email:                   candi@epilepsyut.org
Website:               www.epilepsyut.org

Press Contact:     Jennifer Hardy-May – Hope 4 Children With Epilepsy
Phone:                  801-400-0046
Email:                   lovingthemayhem@gmail.com
Website:               www.hope4childrenwithepilepsy.com

Letter of Clarification Regarding Non-Merger with the Epilepsy Foundation of America

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For Immediate Release: Epilepsy Association of Utah & Hope 4 Children With Epilepsy Letter of Clarification Regarding Non-Merger with Epilepsy Foundation of America
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Friday, March 13, 2015
Over the past 40 years, the Epilepsy Association of Utah has served the community with programs designed to improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy and seizure disorders. Along with its strong political advocacy and outreach, the Association has maintained statewide support programs, medical assistance, transportation assistance, scholarships, Get Seizure Smart! training, summer camps, and awareness events, among other activities.  It is our continuing
commitment to her people that drives us to find innovative ways to educate Utah citizens, increase awareness about seizures, and reach out to those in need.In May of 2014, the Epilepsy Foundation of America reached out to the Association with an invitation to become the Foundation presence in Utah. In keeping with our commitment to our members to continuously consider options for growth and development, the board of directors voted in August to investigate the proposal more closely and then began working through the details of a possible merger.

The Association’s Merger Committee was tasked to work with the principals involved and present a finding to the board in March of 2015.  In discovery with the Foundation, the Merger Committee was unable to elicit assurances from the Maryland-based group that their presence here would improve the quality of life for Utahans or better serve their community; it became clear that our interests were not aligned.

Most recently, the EAU lobbied for several bills during the 2015 Legislative session.  We found that the Association’s focus on the best for the people of Utah was not mirrored in the EFA’s position regarding our legislative efforts.

The Association is not about market share. We are committed to our people, programs, services and advocacy. Our focus remains strong: enhancing the quality of life for all individuals living with epilepsy and seizure disorders. The board voted to pursue an “affiliate” status that would allow local governance, but the Foundation declined.

We are committed to you. The Association is your association. Our Board is a local board, in touch with the needs of the people, rather than operating from afar. We embrace the community, irrespective of race, religion or gender. We encourage engagement and seek to partner with businesses and legislators to improve the lives of Utahans. We invite you to join us in this endeavor.

Please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and epilepsyut.org

Seize hope,
Board of Directors – Epilepsy Association of Utah#####ABOUT THE EPILEPSY ASSOCIATION OF UTAH
Founded in 1973, the Epilepsy Association of Utah is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals living with epilepsy and seizure disorders. One in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some time in their lives, leading to over 100,000 people with epilepsy in Utah alone. Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the US, after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. The Epilepsy Association of Utah offers a public education program, statewide support groups, personal and professional advocacy, college scholarships, art exhibits, educational conferences, summer camp and more.

ABOUT HOPE 4 CHILDREN WITH EPILEPSY
We are parents of children with severe forms of epilepsy. The seizures take a toll on our children’s overall health, ability to function, and quality of life, leaving them with increased risk for sudden death. We desperately need new treatment options. We lobby to make high-CBD/low-THC cannabis extract available in Utah, and across the United States, to those who suffer with intractable epilepsy. The extract is not smoked and does not cause a “high”, but it can save the lives of children.

Press Contact: Candi Huff, Epilepsy Association of Utah
Phone: 801-557-0326
Email: candi@epilepsyut.org
Website: www.epilepsyut.org

Press Contact: Jennifer Hardy-May, Hope 4 Children With Epilepsy
Phone: 801-400-0046
Email: lovingthemayhem@gmail.com
Website: www.hope4childrenwithepilepsy.com

 

HB424 Endorsed by Epilepsy groups
















EAU & H4CE Announce
Support of HB424 “Epilepsy Training in Public Schools”
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Thursday,
March 5, 2015
The
Epilepsy Association of Utah and Hope 4 Children With Epilepsy announce their
support of HB424 “Epilepsy Training in Public Schools”, a bill introduced last
week by Rep. Doug Sagers. The bill requires that school districts allow the administration of
epilepsy rescue medications to students, as prescribed by a physician, and
provide training to volunteer “first responders” who are willing to administer
the medication as needed.
A
family in Rep. Doug Sager’s district brought this issue to him, as they are
concerned with their school’s seizure response protocol for their child. Because
each school district establishes their unique guidelines for seizure response, some
districts elect not to allow the administration of rescue medications, instead
requiring that school personnel call 911 and wait for emergency responders to
arrive and treat the seizure or transport the student to a hospital for
treatment. This process results in varying and unpredictable lengths of time
between seizure start time and treatment. Students suffer through their seizures
until emergency personnel begin treatment that could be initiated promptly and
safely by volunteers at the scene.
HB424
does not require school personnel to administer rescue medication. It directs
schools to allow volunteers to treat seizures, as outlined by a physician, and
requires that school nurses arrange for the training of such volunteers. The
bill also protects district nurses, school personnel, and volunteers from
liability for such treatment.
“This
bill addresses a critical gap in emergency care management for students with
epilepsy and related seizure disorders”, says Holly Ferrin, executive director
of the Epilepsy Association of Utah. “Additionally, this bill empowers and
supports school personnel in rendering potentially life-saving assistance. The
EAU is thankful for the gracious work Representative Sagers is putting forth,
and we fully support HB424.” 
HB424 is listed on the agenda for Health and Human
Services Committee today at 4:10pm.
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ABOUT THE EPILEPSY ASSOCIATION OF UTAH
Founded in 1973, the Epilepsy Association
of Utah is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for
all individuals living with epilepsy and seizure disorders. One in 26 people
will develop epilepsy at some time in their lives, leading to over 100,000
people with epilepsy in Utah alone. Epilepsy is the fourth most common
neurological disorder in the US, after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s
disease. The Epilepsy Association of Utah offers a public education program,
statewide support groups, personal and professional advocacy, college
scholarships, medical and transportation assistance programs, educational
conferences, summer camp and more.
ABOUT HOPE 4 CHILDREN WITH EPILEPSY
We are parents of children with severe forms
of epilepsy. The seizures take a toll on our children’s overall health, ability
to function, and quality of life, leaving them with increased risk for sudden
death. We desperately need new
treatment options. We lobby to make high-CBD/low-THC cannabis extract available
in Utah, and across the United States, to those who suffer with intractable
epilepsy. The extract is not smoked and does not cause a “high”, but it can
save the lives of children.
Press Contact: Candi Huff, Epilepsy Association of Utah
Phone:                    801-557-0326
Email:                      candi@epilepsyut.org
Website:               www.epilepsyut.org
Press
Contact:  Jennifer Hardy-May, Hope 4
Children With Epilepsy
Phone:                    801-400-0046
Email:                      lovingthemayhem@gmail.com
Website:               www.hope4childrenwithepilepsy.com

Epilepsy Association supports 2015 Legislative efforts













For Immediate Release

EAU & H4CE Announce
Support of HB94 “Right to Try” & HB199 “Pilot Program
for
Assistance for Children With Disabilities & Complex
Medical Conditions”
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Monday,
February 9, 2015
The
Epilepsy Association of Utah and Hope 4 Children With Epilepsy announce their
support of HB94 “Right to Try” & HB199 “Pilot Program for Assistance for
Children with Disabilities and Complex Medical Conditions.”
Rep.
Gage Froerer’s HB94 “Right to Try” would allow terminally ill patients access
to treatments not yet approved by the FDA. Patients are required to try all
viable approved options before moving to an experimental treatment, and the new
treatment must have completed Phase 1 trials. Pharmaceutical and insurance
companies are allowed, but not required, to provide these treatments and may
charge patients only the manufacturing cost.
Cristina
Might, mother of an H4CE child and executive director of the NGLY1 Foundation,
explains the dire situation for those with rare terminal illnesses. “Bertrand
is going to die without treatment–slowly going deaf, blind, wasting muscles,
losing nerve and brain matter. And maddeningly, we know for a fact that a drug
in clinical trials called EPI-743 does a partial rescue in his cells (and that
of all the other kids with NGLY1). The FDA guidelines were written for a
different era. They have not caught up with the advances in technology that
make precision treatments possible. A “right to try” has gone beyond
being a “right for hope”.  With
new medical breakthroughs, it is the right to an effective, existing
treatment.”
With
HB199 “Pilot Program for Assistance for Children with Disabilities and Complex
Medical Conditions” sponsored by Rep. Ed Redd, the bill directs the Department
of Health to apply for a Medicaid waiver for children with disabilities and
complex medical conditions. Currently, very few people served by the Division
of Services for People with Disabilities are children. The wait list is many
hundreds of people long, and those with complex medical conditions do not
qualify if they are without intellectual disability.
Families
on the wait list have incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, yet the
financial, physical and emotional burden of caring for a disabled or medically
complex child often results in bankruptcy, divorce, depression, loss of
employment, and trauma to siblings. Tragically, in some cases, failies are left
with no other option but to sign away their parental rights so their children
can get the care they critically need. By reducing their cost of care, HB199
would provide enough assistance to help families keep their disabled children
at home.
Jennifer
May, co-founder of Hope 4 Children With Epilepsy stated, “Many families in our
group fall into this gap where there is no help and no hope. Only one parent
can work, and even with insurance the medical bills pile up. There are
necessary treatments and supplies not covered by insurance, and  no funds left to pay for caregiver help. The
financial stress, combined with the exhaustion of caring for a disabled child,
cause families to crumble and become desperate. We need to make these children
and families a priority. This bill will do that.”
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ABOUT THE EPILEPSY ASSOCIATION OF UTAH
Founded in 1973, the Epilepsy Association
of Utah is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for
all individuals living with epilepsy and seizure disorders. One in 26 people
will develop epilepsy at some time in their lives, leading to over 100,000
people with epilepsy in Utah alone. Epilepsy is the fourth most common
neurological disorder in the US, after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s
disease. The Epilepsy Association of Utah offers a public education program,
statewide support groups, personal and professional advocacy, college
scholarships, medical and transportation assistance programs, educational
conferences, summer camp and more.
ABOUT HOPE 4 CHILDREN WITH EPILEPSY
We are parents of children with severe
forms of epilepsy. The seizures take a toll on our children’s overall health,
ability to function, and quality of life, leaving them with increased risk for
sudden death. We desperately need new
treatment options. We lobby to make high-CBD/low-THC cannabis extract available
in Utah, and across the United States, to those who suffer with intractable
epilepsy. The extract is not smoked and does not cause a “high”, but it can
save the lives of children.
Press Contact: Candi Huff, Epilepsy Association of Utah
Phone:                    801-557-0326
Email:                      candi@epilepsyut.org
Website:               www.epilepsyut.org
Press
Contact:  Jennifer Hardy-May, Hope 4
Children With Epilepsy
Phone:                    801-400-0046
Email:                      lovingthemayhem@gmail.com
Website:               www.hope4childrenwithepilepsy.com

Order your QR Life Support Bracelet or Dog Tags NOW!

With Gift Giving Season just around the corner, the Epilepsy Association of Utah is happy to announce that QR Life Support will be donating $1 for each active Bracelet or Dog Tags to the EAU every month!
 
You normally can’t put a price on peace of mind, but this time, maybe you can!
 
The Bracelet or Dog Tags are FREE, just pay $3.95 S&H!  Enter all pertinent medical information online and pay $2.99 per month for maintenance.  In the event of an emergency, medical personnel can access the information quickly.
 

Community Service Awards

Black and White and Red and Purple and Teal and
Orange, The Community Service awards were all the colors of a rainbow! And
twice as beautiful. Led by Gene Kennedy and rocked by Craig Chambers, the
evening was filled with appreciation, dancing and a fabulous amount of
beautiful people being acknowledged for their fantastic efforts. Established to
recognize those people and entities within Utah who advance the cause of
epilepsy awareness and understanding, the 2nd Annual Community
Service awards were held at Adobe in Lehi with 100 in attendance at the Black
and White event.

Pictures soon, but until then, check out our amazing award recipients:
Results are presented by category. 
Medical Professional:

Dr. Francis Filloux – MD of the Year
Dr. Denise Morita – President’s Award for Outstanding Medical Professional
Dr. Matthew Sweney – President’s Award for Outstanding Medical Professional
Kim Orton – President’s Award for Outstanding Medical Professional

Volunteer Group:

Hope 4 Children With Epilepsy – Volunteer Group of the Year
Laps for Lyndsay
President’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Group
Utah Kids
President’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Group
Purple Dash 5K
Purple Star Award for Outstanding Volunteer Group

Volunteer:

Keri Beardall – Volunteer of the Year
Christine Ferrin – President’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer
David and Judy Hultgren- President’s Award for Outstanding Volunteers
Cameron May – Purple Star Award for Outstanding Volunteer
Jenn Whiting – Purple Star Award for Outstanding Volunteer
April Sintz – People’s Choice Award

Youth Volunteer:

Rachel Hair – Youth Volunteer of the Year
Taylor Maughan – President’s Award for Outstanding Youth Volunteer
Demi Sintz – President’s Award for Outstanding Youth Volunteer
Makayla May – Purple Star Award for Outstanding Youth Volunteer

Advocate:

Laura Warburton – Advocate of the Year
Emilie Campbell – President’s Award for Outstanding Advocate
Lulu Hammond – President’s Award for Outstanding Advocate
Charlie and Mandy Lynch – President’s Award for Outstanding Advocate
Sarah Nitta – Purple Star Award for Outstanding Advocate
Holly Ferrin – People’s Choice Award
Syndi Knowlton – People’s Choice Award
Glenn and Annette Maughan – People’s Choice Award
Jennifer May – People’s Choice Award
April Sintz – People’s Choice Award

Youth Advocate:

Demi Sintz – Youth Advocate of the Year
Savannah Spacil – President’s Award for Outstanding Youth Advocate
Jaime Chadwick – President’s Award for Outstanding Youth Advocate
Bertrand Might – Purple Star Award for Outstanding Youth Advocate

Commercial Partner:

Living Planet Aquarium – Commercial Partner of the Year
Adobe Systems – President’s Award for Outstanding Commercial Partner
National Ability Center – President’s Award for Outstanding Commercial Partner
Futura Industries – Prurple Star Award for Outstanding Commercial Partner
Lundbeck – Purple Star Award for Outstanding Commercial Partner
MassMutual SpecialCare – Purple Star Award for Outstanding Commercial Partner

Keystone Award:

Senator Patricia Jones
Representative Marie Poulson
Representative Paul Ray
Senator Steve Urquhart

Dedicated Service Award:

Janis Hardy
Charlee Nelson

Charlee Award

Representative Gage Froerer

Person of the Year

Laura Warburton

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Steve White