She was chosen from candidates across the United States based on her demonstrated leadership and involvement in the work of the organization.
Some of the activities Claxton was cited for include serving as chair of the credential committee at the NOHSE, presenting white papers at regional and national conferences, and serving as regional representative and as vice president for conferences at the national level.
Claxton has a long history of volunteerism.
She has been involved in the Haralson Leadership class, served on the Haralson Council on Aging, and worked with the Grady Rape Crisis Center, the Council on Disabilities and the Council on Child Abuse.
She currently serves on the board of the Northwest Sexual Assault Center and volunteers with Critical Incidence Stress Management of Floyd County and Transitions Hospice.
She is a 1986 alumna of GHC, a graduate from then-Floyd Junior College with an Associate of Science in human services. She also holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in human Services from Georgia State University. She has pursued postgraduate study in sociology from the University of West Georgia and recently received her naturopathic doctorate degree from the Clayton College of Natural Health. She came to Georgia Highlands in 1996 as an adjunct instructor, and was hired as site director of the former Waco site later that year. In 2001 she became the Human Services coordinator and a sociology instructor.
Claxton will formally be presented with the award at the NOHSE conference in October in Portland, Maine.