Adjunct Assistant Professor
Laura currently serves as the Director of Operations for Austin Recovery. Prior to that she was a Social Services Program Administrator for Travis County Health and Human Services, supervising all 8 social workers in the Family Support Services Division. Prior to this she was a Senior Program Coordinator for Communities in Schools, supervising after school programming on 12 campuses partnered with 6 public housing projects. Prior to that she spent 10 years working in prisoner re-entry in Austin, including serving as Executive Director for a re-entry focused non-profit organization called Crime Prevention Institute. Laura is the current Chair of the Austin/Travis County Re-Entry Roundtable, an adjunct member of the UT School of Social Work Faculty, and Room Mom for her third grade son.
She also serves a consultant and expert witness to the State of Texas Office of Capital Writs on indigent death row cases. Most recently, she founded Adastra Enterprises, a holding company set up to provide opportunities for people with barriers to live and to work. Her vision is to create multiple small businesses providing opportunities for housing and employment that will ultimately become funding streams for community based re-entry services, much like those of the still missed Crime Prevention Institute.
As an undergraduate student at UT, she was awarded UT Austin Volunteer of the Year, and NASW Student of the Year in Austin as an MSW student. Under her leadership, Crime Prevention Institute won a Ring of Honor award from the Mental Health Association of Texas and a Non-Profit Excellence Award from Greenlights for Nonprofit Success. Laura’s work was mentioned in the documentary, Troop 1500: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, and is the focus of a documentary in progress called Return to Sender, a film about re-entry and redemption.
Social Work BuildingRoom:3.104A
Mailing AddressThe University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358