Laurie joined CooperRiis in November of 2020 as Chief Development Officer to work with alumni, families, and donors.
I plan to build an Ambassador Program and would love to connect with those interested in volunteering with me on this project. Whether you’re an Alumni, Parent, Employee, or Donor to CooperRiis, I’d love to hear your story. How has CooperRiis touched your life, what is most special to you about CooperRiis and what ideas might you have in raising funds to support CooperRiis Healing Community’s mission? OR, Are you an “influencer?” Might you know someone who has a passion for helping our mission? If yes, please connect with us!
Before working at CooperRiis, Laurie worked full time in the nonprofit sector as CEO at an infant/toddler mental health center called A Child’s Haven and at Pendleton Place, an emergency shelter. Laurie also worked for ten years at United Way, as the Success By 6® Director, and oversaw Child Care Resource and Referral, the School Readiness Council, and was the lead staff member during the Institute for Child Success development years. She rounded out her United Way career as Community Affairs Director and built their Public Policy Initiative and the Faith-Based Roundtable.
Laurie practiced as a licensed mental health clinician and worked in several different group homes and mental health clinics prior to her years in community impact or leading nonprofit agencies. She attended Western Maryland College, aka McDaniel College. She earned two master’s degrees, one in Deafness Rehabilitation from New York University and the other in Social Work from Hunter College, NY.