Laurie Kolano Named Executive Director of Hope Loves Company

Pennington based nonprofit organization, Hope Loves Company, Inc., announced last month that Laurie Kolano will be serving as its new Executive Director.

Working with children and teens more for than 25 years, beginning an outreach coordinator with YouthSupport, a non-profit helping vulnerable children.  Kolano has a dual degree in Biology and Economics from Rutgers University and mostly recently worked with children in her roles with Good Grief as a facilitator and with CASA as a court-appointed advocate for foster children. Kolano also serves on her Township’s Juvenile Conference Committee which permits Township youth who have been arrested (for the first time) to follow an alternate path instead of entering the court system.

Hope Loves Company, Inc. was founded in 2012 by President Jodi O’Donnell-Ames who lost her husband to ALS in 2001. The mission of Hope Loves Company is to provide educational and emotional support to children and young adults who have had or have a loved one battling ALS, (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Hope Loves Company (or HLC) is the only nonprofit with this mission in the entire United States. ALS, a terminal illness, affects 30,000 Americans annually.

About her new role, Laurie says, “I am incredibly honored and humbled to have this opportunity to advance Hope Loves Company’s mission of supporting children and young adults who have had or have a loved one battling ALS.  The services available to these children have been limited and what appealed to me most about this opportunity was being a part of a fantastic team that is revolutionizing the way services are provided to these children.”

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