Laura Bauer, MPA

National Program Director, Operation Family Caregiver

Laura Bauer is the National Program Director for Operation Family Caregiver at the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW). Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University, and also holds a Certificate of Gerontology from GSW.She is the co-author of RCI's signature training program, Caring for You, Caring for Me - Education and Support for Family and Professional Caregivers, 2nd Edition. She has co-authored numerous journal articles and contributed chapters to Voices of Caregiving (LaChance Publishing, 2008) and Re-Creating Neighborhoods for Successful Aging (Health Professions Press, 2008). Laura also teaching several courses in the RCI's Certificate in Caregiving Program, housed at GSW.

Laura has previously worked as a counselor for at-risk youth at an outdoor therapeutic program and as a child abuse investigator. She serves as Vice-President of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation in Rockville, Maryland and sits on the Board of Governors of the We Are Family Foundation in New York City. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Alpha Alpha, and the American Association of University Women.

Laura describes herself as an advocate for social justice, the environment, caregiving issues, and peace. She enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, photography, bird-watching, dancing, and music of all genres. She and her dog, Katie, are a certified Pet Partner animal therapy team regularly volunteering their services at local elementary schools, hospices, hospitals, and nursing homes.