The Extraordinary Community Service (faculty or staff) award rewards a faculty or staff member who exhibits the Volunteer spirit in the community.
Laura Odom is a clinical nursing instructor who cares about improving the lives of others. Along with her teaching responsibilities, she volunteers as a nurse practitioner for the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic, a full-service mobile facility that provides primary care to poor and medically underserved patients. She also volunteers at her daughter’s school and coaches and coordinates a division for the American Youth Soccer Organization. She teaches Sunday school and is helping empower women to become business leaders though her service to the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center.