Chief Executive Officer

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Magruder brings a varied background in nonprofit management, crisis intervention and business administration to Maggie’s Place. Diverse paths in her career include work with the City of Phoenix Police Department as a Victim’s Services Unit Advocate and Phoenix Fire Department, Alternative Response Unit as a Behavioral Health Specialist providing on-scene crisis intervention. In addition to her career accomplishments, Magruder has an affinity for asthma awareness and children of foster care.  As an advocate for the Allergy & Asthma Network- Mothers of Asthmatics, she lobbied federal and state legislators to pass asthma legislation allowing children to carry and self-administer medication.

From 1999 to 2007, Magruder served as a board member for the Arizona State Supreme Court, Foster Care Review Board at both state and county levels.  Community activities include Organization for Nonprofit Executives as a board member, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix where she served as Board Vice President, Secretary and Capital Campaign Chair and as Auxiliary President and founding member of Grace Evangelical Mission – Kisumu, Kenya.

Fun Facts about Laura

Meal of choice: Anything Italian

Favorite quote: Bible verse; Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)

Your happy place: the beach

$500 shopping spree to any store: Marshall’s

Most memorable Maggie’s Place moment: meals with the mom, babies and staff at the Houses!