L to R: David Dwyer, Mike Murtha, Aaron Stone, Joe Leddy

The Frank Loughran Award was established in memory of our late Vice President, Frank Loughran, to recognize excellence in Supported Employment. It is given annually to an employee who has exhibited creativity in job development strategies for individuals with disabilities and a commitment to natural supports in the workplace. Frank was a wonderful person who balanced his work as head of the finance department, with the work that Work Opportunities Unlimited did with individual clients we served. Frank cared deeply about the quality of services we provided and was a leading voice in the company to ensure individual clients were gaining vocational skills and independence. Upon Frank’s untimely death Work Opportunities Unlimited decided to honor Frank with this recognition in memory of his commitment to helping individuals improve their lives through the world of work. This award has been given annually since the early 1990’s.

Aaron Stone is the recipient of the Frank Loughran Award, 2017.    He placed another 46 individuals into their dream job this fiscal year, and has placed 419 individuals into a perfect job match for WOU overall.  When it comes to creative job development, job matching, job retention strategies, and advocating for his clients, nobody does it better than Aaron.