Laurie Jo Wallace, MADirector
For over 20 years, Laurie Jo Wallace has been a major force at HRiA in promoting healthy communities and healthy youth. With an advanced degree in Critical and Creative Thinking, Ms. Wallace brings special expertise and energy to HRiA’s youth development and training programs. Her work with communities, coalitions, and youth has served agencies in the Boston area, throughout New England, and nationally.
Her passion for youth development and public health promotion grew out of her 10-year career as a high school educator. She has subsequently contributed to and written youth development and peer leadership curricula and facilitated strategic planning and organizational development initiatives for a variety of youth and other community groups. She brings expertise in peer leadership program development, youth/adult collaboration, conflict resolution, and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention.
Ms. Wallace serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Peer Professionals, and is a member of the board of Mission Safe, a youth agency. She has presented at many national conferences, including the American Public Health Association, the National Network for Youth, and the National Peer Helpers’ Association.