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Laura B. Guilliams, M.A.

A crisis intervention professional for more than ten years, Laura joins us as Director of Crisis Services at SARA where she works with the center’s crisis hotline and response services as well as recruits and trains volunteers to serve as Volunteer Companions for the Roanoke Valley.

Laura earned her B.S. in Communication from Radford University in 2001 where she first developed her interest in non-profit agencies and higher education. Upon graduation, Laura went on to develop skills in public relations, marketing, donor development, and non-profit program administration as well as human development and crisis intervention.

Shortly after entering the workforce, Laura received her M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida in 2006 where she further expanded on her experience in human development, specifically with college students and teenagers. After graduation, Laura continued working with college students in several higher education institutions before entering the non-profit sector as an advocate for sexual and domestic violence victims and victims of child abuse.

Laura has developed several training programs delivered to thousands of students, community members, and allied professionals throughout the NRV and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Laura is a veteran public speaker and facilitator and continues to share her passion for ending violence in our communities through community education, advocacy, and prevention programming.

Currently living in Floyd, Laura was born and raised in the beautiful mountains of Ferrum, Va. She is an active yogi who spends her free time hiking, traveling, and attending music festivals with family and friends.