Please join us in welcoming Cara Lauer to the Queen Anne Helpline as our incoming Executive Director. Cara grew up in the Seattle area and migrated south to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies in psychology at Stanford University, where she studied the ways in which life tends to get better with age across adulthood, in spite of cultural presumptions of decline. This academic focus was inspired by her grandmother, Fay Kerry, a Queen Anne High School alum for whom learning was a lifelong endeavor and living was a gift.
Cara moved back to Seattle in 2005 to be closer to family and work more directly in community. She comes to us with a depth of experience in social services, including serving as the Executive Director at Elderwise and a variety of roles within Sound Generations (then Senior Services), Solid Ground, and most recently, Neighborhood House. She and her husband, Brian, have a 19-month-old daughter, Maggie, who you may see waving and saying hello from her stroller at the Fun Run!