Laurie ShoulterKarall serves as the Communications and Marketing Manager for CICS. Laurie supports in planning and directing strategic external and internal communications for the Chicago International Charter School network in support of city and state policy goals. She is also responsible for supporting media responses, employee communications, and higlighting CICS's work using a variety of traditional and digital media platform. Prior to coming to CICS, Laurie worked at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) as the Assistant to the Vice President of Higher Education. She also worked at After School Matters, a non-profit that provides after-school programs for Chicago teens. As an adult learner, Laurie completed her Bachelor of Arts: Business degree at North Park University. She has also earned a paralegal certificate from Roosevelt University, a marketing certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School and continues to work on obtaining her editing certificate through the same institution. She recently joined the Professional Development Student Advisory Board at the University of Chicago. When not working, Laurie is an avid reader, editor and involved in arts.