Congratulations to our 2021 Winner, Colleen T. Ouzts from Anchorage. She will be attending the NGA conference this year in Reno, Nevada from 10/23 to 10/26. Colleen grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and has a BA in Criminal Justice and is a paralegal for the Alaska Native Justice Center overseeing a program that helps to prevent crimes on elders, vulnerable adults and youth. “I assist many Alaska Native people with Guardianship paperwork to initiate guardianships, and to prepare reports. Prior, I worked for many local law firms as a paralegal in civil litigation after obtaining my certificate in 1997. I subsequently worked for the State District Attorney’s office in the violent crimes unit assisting victims of crimes, and eventually I worked with the Department of Energy and the Department of Transportation on projects for pipeline safety and the Amchitka Project.” Colleen hopes to expand her knowledge on guardianship to further help those she serves in Alaska! Congratulations Colleen!
The next Jackson Stanley Conference Scholarship will begin October 1, 2021 for applications through April 30, 2022 with the winner chosen by May 31, 2022. The next NGA conference is being held in Dallas, Texas! The scholarship is open to any Alaskan guardian, conservator as well as any provider or professional working with guardians or in the guardianship field. Check back in October for the new application.