Posted: Sunday, October 10, 2010

Diana Rossmiller was honored at the United Way of Southeast Alaska's Kick Off and Day of Caring breakfast as the 2010 Volunteer of the Year. She received a framed certificate and a resounding round of applause. Shattuck & Grummett sponsors a $1,000 award that is given to an outstanding volunteer who has served their community by giving their time and talent. The cash award is presented to the volunteer's nominating agency, the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center in her name.

Rossmiller has volunteered her time and energy to the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center since its inception in 1996. She was a founding member of the Board of Directors and has served as the Secretary all fourteen years. She helped to build the first birth center and raise funds to build the current Health and Birth Center on Salmon Creek Lane.

"She is the keeper of Juneau Family Health and Birth Center's history and documents," said Susan Jubal, the center's program director. "She keeps minutes at every board meeting, prepares and distributes them, and also archives them for future reference. Diana updates our bylaws as needed and keeps information about each of our Board Members."

She handled the creation and distribution of their newsletter, often hand addressing and stapling each copy in preparation for mailing on a quarterly basis. She was also the driving force for the success of their annual fundraiser and silent auction.

"The most remarkable thing," said Jabal, "is that Diana does all these things quietly, selflessly, without any thought of recognition or self interest."

Diana homeschools her three children, all of whom were born at home with the assistance of midwives, and is the co-owner of the Juneau Veterinary Hospital with her husband Dr. Michael New.

Volunteers are judged on leadership, potential to inspire others and the impact to their community.

"Choosing just one winner from amongst a fantastic group of nominees is always one of the hardest calls the United Way Board of Directors has to make annually," said Brenda Hewitt, President of the United Way of Southeast Alaska. "All of the nominees deserve special recognition."

Other nominees who also received certificates of recognition were Ray Cole of Juneau's Glory Hole, Ron King of the American Red Cross, Clarence Price of Ketchikan and Sheri Mayo of Sitka.


Capt. Brian P. Schnick has retired from the U.S. Air Force after 23 years of military service. Prior to retirement, Schnick served as the situational awareness duty officer assigned to the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc, Calif.

He is the son of Les E. Schnick of Hastings Avenue W., Port Townsend, Wash., and Kathee A. Hays of Juneau. His wife, Lara, is the daughter of Ernest R. Faubion of Cork Drive, Papillion, Neb., and granddaughter of Ernest E. Faubion of Terry Road, Terry, Miss.

The retired captain earned a master's degree in geographic information science in 2010 from Denver University.

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