Monday, March 19, 2012

NWLS Executive Director Receives Excellence Award

NWLS executive director Robert A. Oakley, Esq., was named a 2012 Excellence Award honoree by the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN), the agency that administers state funding for civil legal services.

Oakley was honored for his 35 years of service to legal aid as a community educator, board member, staff attorney and managing attorney for a legal services organization in Ohio, and as executive director of programs in both southeastern Wyoming and northwestern Pennsylvania.

In addition to his years of service to legal aid, Oakley has been active in community groups in the region. He is currently the board president for the JFK Center, Inc., a neighborhood organization that provides a wide variety of essential services to inner city residents of Erie.

Oakley joins NWLS staff members Caulene Sanford, Debbie Place, Paul Troskosky and Jim Montero, along with board members Thelma Grady, Jay Alberstadt and Tom Tupitza, as Excellence Award honorees. The 2012 awards ceremony will take place March 27 at the Harrisburg Hilton.