The Team Builder
Executive Director, TEAM for West Virginia Children
In 1986, Laurie McKeown became the first employee of what was then the Cabell County Child Protection Team in a spare office at the Cabell Department of Health and Human Resources—using her own personal typewriter. With a mission to promote child well-being through education, advocacy, and support. TEAM has grown under McKeown’s guidance from a countywide nonprofit with a shoestring budget to the leading child neglect and abuse prevention agency in the state, successfully piloting a number of programs promoting positive relationships and environments.
McKeown is known as an authority on the welfare of children, someone who doesn’t seek to be the center of attention or strident in expressing her opinions, an expert who keeps up with the latest developments in her field. She also leads by example and is regularly sought out for her insights on the betterment of West Virginia’s children.
Written by Tara Wine-Queen
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