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Cover Story: Louanne Roark – A Passion for Service

By: Karen A. Newman
Posted: February 11, 2008, from the February 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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A Life in Balance
There is little doubt that a job like Roark’s requires a heavy emotional investment, but outside the pressures of the job, she enjoys a rich life filled with good friends and a loving and supportive family. Roark is an avid reader whose all-time favorite work of fiction is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. She has been influenced by M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Traveled, and First Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, as well. 

“My work does indeed require emotional investment, but I prefer it that way, and I find that I am happier doing work that demands that level of investment from me,” says Roark. “It motivates me to reach a greater level of achievement if I know that there are real people who will benefit. Sometimes, if I am working with women who are in the throes of their battle with cancer, it can be very emotionally engaging and draining.”

Program participants are at a difficult point in their lives, but Roark believes that she and LGFB offer them a short break from their daily struggle—a chance to rekindle their spirits. “What I get in return is pleasure in giving, and clarity about what is important in life,” says Roark. “Knowing that we can help in that way is very rewarding to me; my way of ‘paying if forward,’ if you will.”

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