The Junior League of Nashville is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017-2018 Paragon Awards! Please join us in congratulating the following outstanding women.
Outstanding Community Service of the Year Award
The Outstanding Community Service of the Year Award is presented to a nonmember of the Junior League who has demonstrated the ideals of Junior League volunteer service, leadership, and dedication to improving our community.
Sharon Roberson is deeply committed to promoting voluntarism and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Sharon is passionate in her belief that we can lift everyone through education and in her role as President and CEO of the YWCA of Middle TN she works relentlessly to help women, girls and families by eliminating racism and empowering women. Sharon has dedicated countless hours to serving the Nashville community through hands-on volunteer work and in leadership roles such as serving on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Symphony, YMCA, Girl Scouts of Middle TN, the Nashville Chapter of The Links, and Dressed for the Test. She has been a longstanding supporter of Junior League of Nashville and we are honored to present her with the 2018 Paragon Award for Outstanding Community Service.
Outstanding Sustainer of the Year Service Award
The Outstanding Sustainer of the Year Service Award is presented to the Sustainer who best exemplifies how to lead a life of voluntarism and who has translated her volunteer education and is committed to promoting voluntarism and to training into community commitment and involvement.
Sally Smallwood founded All About Women in 2002 after reading the sobering statistics in the Tennessee Women’s Health Report Card that detailed how women struggle to meet their own health needs. Through this organization Sally helps remove barriers that keep women from living healthier lives and taking better care of themselves. Thanks to her vision, All About Women has served nearly 70,000 women. Sally was also very active in promoting Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to use federal Medicaid funding to expand insurance coverage for under-served women and children in Tennessee. She advocated at the state capital, meeting with state senators and representatives, personally paid for Insure Tennessee billboards, and rallied others to do the same. Sally truly “walks the walk” for our under-served population and has devoted her life to service in our community.
Outstanding Active of the Year Service Award
The Outstanding Active of the Year Service Award is presented to the member who best exemplifies the purpose of the Junior League of Nashville and is committed to promoting voluntarism and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
This year two women were selected as recipients of the Outstanding Active of the Year Paragon Award.
Sarah Woodall has been a committed active member of the Junior League of Nashville for fourteen years. During her tenure, she has double placed several times, chaired numerous committees, and served on the Board of Directors three times. She passionately believes in the mission of the Junior League of Nashville and is committed to serving and supporting the League’s many initiatives in the community. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Sarah also dedicates time to Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center and this year will commence her first term as a member of the organization’s board of directors. Sarah is originally from Bolivar, Tennessee and enjoys being in Nashville (and in the League) with one of her two sisters, Laura. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband Jay and future Junior Leaguer, her 5 year-old daughter Eva Grace. Professionally, Sarah has a background in event planning, which in recent years, has developed into a career in higher education administration. She has worked at Vanderbilt University since 2004, and currently serves as the administrative director of Vanderbilt School of Medicine Office of Medical Student Affairs.
Jenna Watson is from Marietta, GA and graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology. A League member since 2014, Jenna has double placed in every year of active service. She works tirelessly to share and live the mission of the Junior League of Nashville on a daily basis and promotes the JLN to everyone she meets. She was a 2015 honoree for Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 and a member of the 2014 Young Leader’s Council. She has also served in leadership roles on the boards of Friends of Children’s Hospital and Friends of the Nashville Ballet. Jenna is the Director of Digital and Direct Marketing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is currently working on her Executive MBA at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. She and her husband, Brian, live in East Nashville with their beagle Jillie.