Outstanding Association Volunteer Award Recipients


2021 Recipients

Susan J. Gay
Susan J. Gay | McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP | Hartford, Connecticut
Susan joined ALA in 2000 and in her 20 years with the Association has held numerous leadership positions at the international level and within the Nutmeg Chapter. And the organizations excelled with the help of her guiding hand. For example, under her presidency from 2006 to 2009, the Nutmeg Chapter earned two gold and one platinum Presidents’ Awards of Excellence.
At the chapter level, she took on everything from education to business partner relations to community service to the newsletter and website. Susan was extensively involved with Region 1 (when that organizational structure existed), planning programming for that region and for the larger Regional Legal Management Conferences. “We feel that her efforts over her 20-year membership exemplify the spirit of volunteerism on both the local and international level,” wrote her nominator.
Lori A. Hughes
Lori A. Hughes | Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP | Portland, Oregon
Lori joined ALA in 2002 and has racked up an impressive list of volunteer positions at the local and international levels. Right now, she’s serving as the President-Elect of the Oregon Chapter and a Membership Ambassador, while also facilitating some of the virtual member meetups that were organized in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the past, Lori has served on the ALA Board of Directors, on conference planning committees and as Region 5 Director. For her chapter, she’s been the newsletter editor and the business partner relations representative. Oh, and she’s already been the Oregon Chapter President once before.
“Lori is a genuinely kind person. No matter the issue of the day, she remains objective and positive and reaches out to new chapter members,” noted her nominator. “Just recently, I had a challenge at my current firm and needed some advice. Lori lengthened her already long day to video-chat with me, share her experiences and helped with perspective. … I can’t think of a more deserving member to receive recognition for all that she has done and continues to do on a daily basis to promote ALA, mentor its members and give of her time.”

Past Recipients

  • 2020: DeAnna L. Vaughan, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP; DeAnna L. Ouderkirk, CLM, MBA, SHRM-SCP; Mark S. Tallent
  • 2019: Katie Bryant, CLM; Julie Logan, SPHR, SHRM-SCP; W. Scott Peterson; Mary Ann Rojas, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP; Teresa Walker 
  • 2018: Richard Nigon, CLM; Eric Hightower, CLM, SPHR
  • 2017: William D. Mech; Lisa R. Dasher, CLM, CPA, CGMA
  • 2016: Janine Book; Paul Farnsworth
  • 2015: Stephen G. Dempsey, CLM; Luci Hamilton
  • 2014: Charly Doe, CLM; Roselyn Hazzard; Steven Morris, CLM; Carol Anne Nitsche; Clara Onderdonk
  • 2013: Debbie Piker Sanders; Shari Tivy
  • 2012: Fred Esposito; Karen Glowacki; Kris Oliveri
  • 2011: Barbara Foley; Frank Gould; Kathy Scourby
  • 2010: Mark Bridgeman; Laura Broomell; Lorri Salyards
  • 2009: Julie Brandsness; Mary Jennings
  • 2008: Charles McLaurine; Steve Wingert
  • 2007: Gary Dodman; Sue Lamb; Wendy Rice-Isaacs
  • 2006: Joan Gleich; Karen Griggs; Judy Hissong; Mike Katos
  • 2005: Kathy (Fichtman) Haney; Rob Harris; Mike Palmer
  • 2004: Patti Groff; John Kirk
  • 2003: Dawna (Brophy) Mason; Betsy Glover; Jim VanDusen
  • 2002: Char Coulbert; John Cummens; John Moohr
  • 2001: Jackie Mitchell; Erica Tamblyn
  • 2000: Bob Crowell; Marilyn Mickelson
  • 1999: Phil Hamilton; Jim Lantonio; Bobbie Mathie; Morris Schorr
  • 1998: Ron Henry; Chuck Stinnett
  • 1997: Ted Boersma; Jim Cowan
  • 1996: Dave Farrell; Kathy Krylowski
  • 1995: Judy Anderson; John Cummens
  • 1994: Ted Boersma; John Kirk
  • 1993: John Gerhard; Sandy Hardy
  • 1992: Richard Turnbow; Carol Vodra; Cheryl Wisbrock
  • 1991: Jim Cowan; George Nicholson; Marilyn Phillips; Richard Turnbow