Laurie Laird Joins Calo Preteens as Executive Director

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"Our core purpose is simple: to profoundly change lives and create joy and our focus is singular: healing the effects of developmental trauma.

Laurie Laird, MA joined Calo Preteens as its first Executive Director. Mrs. Laird will have oversight of all aspects of design, development and strategy for the unique program. She is also responsible for the day-to-day operation of the center. Laird is joining Calo's Leadership team and will report to COO, Chris Perkins.

"I am delighted that Laurie joined our team,” said Perkins. “Not only does Laurie represent exceptional character and leadership, but her deep seated commitment to children and their development is consistent with our purpose and mission."

Laurie comes to Calo after two decades of experience in behavioral health and education. She has been a compassionate advocate for children and their learning needs working tirelessly to align curriculum and instruction to the unique learning styles of each student. She has also been a coveted lecturer at local, state and national levels on topics ranging from learning disabilities, trauma, executive functioning and social skill development.

"I am overjoyed to be part of Calo and am excited to bring my passion and experience to the preteen program", expressed Laird. "Helping children heal from developmental trauma through relationship-based treatment in a safe, nurturing and accepting environment is so poignant". And the canines are so much fun," reflected Laird.

Ms. Laird joins Calo after 15 years as the Academic Director at New Haven RTC in Utah and adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix where she taught in the education and math departments. Laurie is special-education certified and specializes in learning styles, learning disabilities, behavior management, trauma, NLD, and negative mind processes.

Laurie is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s secondary education program and has a master’s degree in educational counseling from the University of Phoenix. She is also certified in Special Education. Laurie has four children and enjoys running, sewing, travel, and the outdoors. She lives on a farm in the country, complete with emus, four horses, chickens, and dogs.

Ms. Laird began her role as of July 6, 2015 and can be contacted at: llaird(at)ca-lo(dot)com.

Alex Stavros, CEO of the Calo Family of Programs, when asked about the opening of Calo Preteens and future growth opportunities asserts, "we are not growing for growth's sake. Our Core Purpose is simple: to profoundly change lives and create joy and our focus is singular: healing the effects of developmental trauma. Any and all growth will be focused on addressing the epidemic in our country caused by early childhood trauma and we believe hiring Laurie is another step in that direction."

Late last year Calo opened a new standalone campus dedicated to a younger population of adopted youth. The intimate program is comprised of both a boys and girls home and will have its first successful graduation this August.
Calo Preteens offers the best of Calo, including canines and Neurotherapies, and years of research on the developmental needs of the younger population.

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Calo has specialized in working with adoptive families for almost a decade. Through its leadership Calo has remained on the leading edge of mental health, substance abuse, and behavioral health issues that revolve around adoption.

Calo also offers Calo Teens;, and New Vision Wilderness; NVW is an outdoor behavioral health program with two locations in the North Woods of Wisconsin and the Mountain Desert of Oregon. NVW offers one of the most clinically intensive wilderness models in the country and is the only wilderness program completely specialized in Trauma Informed Care.

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