• Community Works names new director

  • Community Works has hired Laura O'Bryon as executive director of Community Works.
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  • Community Works has hired Laura O'Bryon as executive director of Community Works.
    O'Bryon has served as interim director since August.
    "She has done an outstanding job as interim ED, quickly developing rapport with the staff, building strong relationships with outside organizations and gaining the confidence of the board," Stuart Meyer, board chairman, said in a release.
    O'Bryon brings more than 20 years of experience in education and leadership in nonprofits to Community Works.
    She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology and behavioral therapy, as well as a master's degree in business/organization and management.
    She has served in a variety of leadership roles at Southern Oregon University for more than 17 years. Prior to SOU, she worked as a behavioral therapist and family counselor. She has served on the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force Campus Committee and the City of Ashland's Ad-Hoc Homelessness Steering Committee.
    Community Works serves 16,000 children, adolescents, women and families who are working to overcome a severe life crisis or trauma. It provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through Dunn House and support services; youth and families in need of counseling and transitional life support; and adjudicated youth with education, treatment and life skills programs.
    Community Works has 100 employees and more than 100 volunteers working in three facilities: the Medford main office, Lithia Springs Program in Ashland, and the Dunn House shelter.
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