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Why Dr. Elena Cherepanov Deserved the Carol Hacker Award

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Our last post was written by Dr. Elena Cherepanov in reaction to receiving the 2010 Carol Hacker award. As most of you read, Dr. Cherepanov was both surprised and completely honored to be this year’s recipient.

Now, ATSS President Kent Laidlaw explains what Dr. Cherepanov’s role is inside ATSS and why she was the unanimous choice for the 2010 Carol Hacker award:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Elena Cherepanov, Certified Trauma Specialist, was the unanimous choice of the ATSS Board of Directors to be the recipient of the prestigious Carol Hacker Award for 2010.

Elena has worked tirelessly as the Chair of the Education and Training Committee for the past several years.

In this role, Elena reviews all of the submissions for individuals and/or organizations that want their trainings endorsed by ATSS and are suitable for the various certifications offered.

In addition to this significant role, she also acts as the ATSS representative for organizations that seek to have a memorandum of agreement or protocol with ATSS.

When the 2010 conference planning was ongoing, Elena volunteered to review all of the abstracts and submissions for potential workshops for the conference. A huge undertaking as we had approximately 40 abstracts submitted for consideration.

Elena has also volunteered to assume a variety of other Board-related responsibilities.

Based on this significant list of accomplishments, on behalf of ATSS, we are pleased to confirm Elena as the 2010 recipient of the Carol Hacker Award.


Written by traumalines

November 30, 2010 at 8:56 pm

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  1. I first met Elena at the Maine conference in 2008. New to the Board, I immediately found her energy and dedication to ATSS to be s a positive force. As the ATSS Certification Chair, she wanted to work closely to improve the certification process for members. She volunteered her time for so many areas and stuck with the Board during a very trying transition and re-organization. Most people would have run the other way, but not Elena!! She took on more work. Everyone involved with ATSS knows that she was very deserving of this award.

    Diane Travers

    December 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm

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