The Attachment & Trauma Network congratulates our very own, Dr. Laura Dennis, the 2020 recipient of the William T. Miles Community Service Award.
Dr. Dennis is a professor of French language, culture and literature at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. On campus, she has been a guest lecturer and has led students in service learning experiences at local schools. Dr. Dennis is an active member of her church, where she enjoys playing piano and assists with the backpack program and monthly community meal.
Dr. Dennis is passionate about language and culture and currently serves on the board of the Kentucky Philosophical Association as a foreign language representative. Another one of Laura’s passions are issues surrounding adoption and family.
She generously offers her time and skills to the Attachment and Trauma Network (ATN), a leading organization in the U.S. for raising awareness, understanding, and support for families affected by childhood trauma. She is an organizer of ATN’s Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference and is a regular contributor to the ATN blog.
Her nominator wrote, “She (Laura) believes deeply in the power of sharing stories, especially those that tend not to be heard.” She serves her University of the Cumberlands students, the local community, the larger adoption community, and her own family well.
About the William T. Miles Community Service Award
The William T. Miles Community Service Award is named for the late William T. Miles, a respected medical doctor. Established by his late son, Curtis W. Miles, a long-time devotee of the Field Trials at the Ames Plantation in Grand Junction, TN. In accordance with the younger Miles’ life philosophy, “Treat people like you want to be treated,” the award is intended to recognize significant contributions and service to the Knoxville community.