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Laura Edwards

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Laura came to Clark-Lindsey in 2011 as an undergraduate intern in the Wellness Department. Upon graduation, Laura accepted a position as Volunteer & Internship Coordinator, where she worked to develop the robust internship program she runs to this day. Later, she transitioned to the position of Community Relations Coordinator, where she developed community outreach initiatives such as Ethel & Maud’s Table and Celebrate Aging Week. Currently, as Director of Strategic Initiatives, Laura serves as the project manager for a variety of new initiatives, anything from software implementation to staff development programs, and assists in leading the strategic planning process.

Laura is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and holds a B.S. in Community Health & Health Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.S. in Technology & Project Management from Illinois State University. Laura received the 40 Under 40 award from Central Illinois Business Magazine in 2015, the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award in 2018 and is a fellow of the LeadingAge National Leadership Academy.

Laura lives in Bement with her husband, Evan, and young son. In her free time she enjoys cooking for her family, planning and hosting parties and events for family and friends. In addition to her work at Clark-Lindsey, Laura also runs a small companythat supports local women-owned businesses.