Leadership and Staff
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President / CEO

817.831.2111, ext. 103

Lauren is the President/CEO of Camp Fire First Texas. She began her role in October 2020. Lauren is a native Texan and a graduate of Highland Park High School in Dallas. She received her BA in Psychology from Southern Methodist University before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Loyola Marymount University. Lauren relocated back to Texas after completing graduate school and has lived in Keller since 2004.

Lauren started her nonprofit career at Educational First Steps in Dallas where she served as Director of Education. She worked for 5 years in the corporate arena working with school districts in the area of educational technology before returning to her nonprofit roots as Executive Program Director at The Family Place in Dallas. Lauren’s dedication to both education and social emotional health was fully realized when she became the Director of Therapeutic Services at Momentous Institute, as well as in her most recent role as Executive Director at Project Transformation North Texas.

Lauren has served on the Beyond ABC Advisory Board for Children’s Health, the Dallas City of Learning Advisory Committee for Big Thought and as an Accreditation Validator for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She was also the initial coordinator for the creation of the Texas School Ready program, a state-adopted system with ongoing professional development. She is married to John and they have five children, Brandon 30, Evan & Drew 28, Jack 15 and Grace 12.

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