Laurie leads Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools and Communities Program, which guides schools and out-of-school sites to create and sustain healthier environments where all kids, especially those in greatest need, can thrive. Laurie is a seasoned senior leader in public health and early intervention health care, serving on numerous local, state, and national coalitions driving the future of health.
Prior to Healthier Generation, Laurie was the director of wellness at Mission Health System in Asheville, NC, where she worked to improve employee health and well-being as well as population health strategies for the regional health care system. In 2010, Laurie became a founding staff member at the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville, serving as the director of state and community collaboration. Here, she became more involved in healthy eating and food access, working with the National Farm to School Network to improve the connection between children, schools, farms, and farmers. At the core of her work in this field is a deep commitment to supporting schools and communities in improving children’s health—complemented by a strong appreciation for policy to improve health outcomes through legislative change.
Laurie holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the College of William & Mary as well as a master’s degree in exercise physiology and a doctorate of public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She resides in Asheville, NC with her husband Matt, daughter Millie, son Sammy, and their pets, Daisy, June, and Jericho.