2012-01-12 / News

Hosley named director at RISAS

Rhode Island Student Assistance Services, a nonprofit organization serving 44 schools and 6,000 students in the state, recently announced it has named Laura Hosley as director of community prevention.

Hosley is responsible for cultivating community knowledge and awareness of substance abuse, addressing environmental barriers to risk reduction and treatment, and building long-term capacity within Rhode Island communities for addressing substance abuse. Specifically, she oversees the Drug Free Communities grant for North Kingstown and a Block Grant for Central Falls. She also serves on committees for the Friends of Jamestown Youth, Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws, and the Rhode Island Interscholastic League.

“Laura Hosley has been working in the field of prevention for a long time and yet her passion and dedication to substance abuse prevention remains evident in every aspect of her work,” said Sarah Dinklage, executive director of RISAS. “Her work ethic is truly commendable and she is a tremendous asset to our organization.”

Hosley obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island, having double majored in psychology and education. She received her master’s degree in applied management from Lesley University.

Hosley worked for eight years for Fellowship Health Resources, in a residential setting with individuals struggling with chronic mental health and substance abuse issues. She then provided services as a student assistance counselor in many Rhode Island middle and high schools for over 10 years for Child & Family Services of Newport County.

From 2001 to 2004, Hosley worked at URI in the Cancer Prevention Research Center managing projects relating to substance abuse and public health issues. From 2004 to present, she worked for the Rhode Island Employee Assistant Services as the manager of prevention and cessation services, coordinating grants from the Department of Health relating to youth smoking prevention. She worked with school districts to encourage the adoption of a model tobacco policy and curriculum, as well as collaborated with individuals and groups statewide an effort to promote healthy behavior in youth.

The grant ended at the end of June 2007, at which time Hosley became manager of community prevention at RIEAS in charge of the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive grants for three communities: Bristol, North Kingstown and Warwick. Hosley has been the coordinator and advisor for the Jamestown Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force for more than 18 years.

Hosley lives in Jamestown with her husband, Dave. She has three children and two stepchildren between the ages of 15 and 20 years old.

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