Macrae named as new Executive Director

The Board of Directors for Rockbridge Area Occupational Center (RAOC) has named Laurie Macrae as their new Executive Director. Assuming her role on January 8, 2018, Macrae comes to RAOC most recently from Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) where she was Director of Senior Services for Buena Vista, Lexington, Rockbridge and Bath County. Prior to VPAS Macrae served 12 years at Providence Service Corporation an international behavioral health organization as an executive leadership coach and director of their international award winning, High Potential Leadership Development Program.

Macrae has lived and raised her family in the Rockbridge community since 1978. A Lexington entrepreneur and seasoned business owner, employer and an elected County school board official from 2004-2011, Macrae brings to RAOC a myriad of professional experiences, many of which steeped in human services.

In March of 2017 RAOC closed its sheltered workshop with the Board of Directors redirection and focus to become a regional leader for services for people with disabilities, offering a wide range of services and activities on-site and through community engagement.

RAOC chose as its first priority the establishment of a Supported Employment (SE) program to provide integrated jobs for disabled adults 18-74 referred by Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) or other social service agencies, who are under-employed, unemployed, under-served or in need of specialized services toward gainful employment. SE was launched in May of 2017. The transformation will allow RAOC to serve more individuals over time, integrate individuals into the community and create job centered supports for employers.

Vicki Turner, Board Treasurer for RAOC shares, “Having Laurie join our team is an extraordinary opportunity to take advantage of her many strengths and long association with local community organizations. We are extremely excited to have her leading the organization through its transformation.”


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