Snoqualmie Valley Community Network Names
Laura Smith as Executive Director
Submitted by: Leanne Christensen, SVCN
The Snoqualmie Network Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Laura Smith, M. Ed. as their new Executive Director.
Laura has worked with the Network for the past six years and has demonstrated inspiring character, integrity and immense talent in her work with both youth and adult community programs.
Over the years, Laura has worked in a variety of capacities within the structure of the Network, including the creation and direction of both the Riverview and the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Councils, Key Leaders’ Summits, Rise and Shine Breakfasts, Healthy Youth Forums, Healthy Coalition work, ongoing Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention at schools throughout the valley, and the Positive Norms Campaign, “Hometown Trivia.” Additionally, Laura has established positive relationships with school districts and communities throughout the Snoqualmie Valley that will support the Network’s mission of promoting a healthy community.
After earning a Masters’ degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado, she researched and developed Prevention Curriculum when she worked with Committee for Children. Laura’s interest in and concern for prevention efforts continued locally after she left Committee for Children and started an educational consulting business. As a consultant, she assisted schools in taking a closer look at their climate and looking for opportunities to foster healthier learning environments for students and staff alike. Laura is a seasoned presenter with expertise in youth engagement, positive community norms, bullying prevention, school success, social-emotional learning, and more.
First and foremost, as a member of the community and a parent, Laura deeply cares and is invested in the community. She has proved this time and time again through successful, sustainable activities with significant school and community involvement.
The board is extremely pleased to welcome Laura as the Network Director, as SVCN President, Steve Bates shares, “Please join us in offering our congratulations to Laura. We look forward to continuing the vital work of the Network which connects, supports and helps to sustain the many vital sectors of our community.”