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Lauree Morton

Lauree Morton is the Executive Director of the Council. Her work for the anti-rape and battered women's movements started in 1984 at a shelter in rural east Texas. While there, she worked as an advocate and a volunteer coordinator. Prior to being hired by Tundra Women's Coalition and moving to Bethel in 1989, Lauree also worked in a large metropolitan area shelter as a rape crisis counselor and shelter manager.

As the executive director at TWC, Lauree gained first-hand experience in working with a Board of Directors, applying for state and federal grants, engaging in political discourse and complying with the Council's regulations as a grantee. The TWC is an organizational member of the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and as TWC's representative Lauree served that agency as Secretary and President of its Steering Committee. Lauree's growing interest in systemic change influenced her decision to leave Bethel and direct service. She moved to Juneau in 1994 accepting the executive director position at the Network, serving in that capacity for ten years. One of her primary responsibilities was to act as liaison between the Network and the Council.

The mid-nineties saw sweeping change as the Violence Against Women's Act passed Congress and the Domestic Violence Act passed the Alaska Legislature. During her tenure at the Network, Lauree established the Legal Advocacy Project and guided Alaska's participation in the national 10 State Health Initiative and the Model Code Project of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She formed the Network's Training Project and the Network was a successful applicant to participate in the CDC's Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) prevention project. Lauree left public service and saw her mother through the last stages of Parkinson's disease.

In the summer of 2007, she joined the Council as a grant-writer/special projects coordinator and moved from the program coordinator II position to fill-in as the interim director. Lauree was named Executive Director of the Council on July 7, 2011.

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