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Our Leadership

United by our belief that human connection and compassionate care lead to recovery, our leadership creates an environment of innovation and authenticity.

Laura McCallister

Senior Vice President of Transition

In March 2024, Laura transitioned from Chief Executive Officer to Senior Vice President of Transition. Laura began her career at Places for People as a community support worker in 1989 then, as PFP expanded, transitioned into a variety of fiscal/administrative roles until 2001. In 2004 she went to Community Alternatives (CA) as the CFO of the newly developed non-profit organization. She remained with Community Alternatives until 2011 when CA merged with PFP.

Before being named the Chief Executive Officer at PFP in July of 2020, she served as the Vice President of Finance. As someone that has been loyal to serving vulnerable populations in St. Louis, especially people of all ages experiencing some of the toughest cases of mental illness and substance use disorders, her passion and dedication to this work is undeniable. After working on both the “front lines” and the administrative side, she has a well-rounded view of what it takes to make fulfilling the mission possible.

Under her leadership, the organization has grown tremendously in every way, shape, and form, and she continues to value additional growth in services. She will be the first to tell you about the rich history of the organization and why our comprehensive strategic plan is going to continue allowing us to meet the  expanding behavioral health needs in our community. More than anything, she will assure you that people will continue to be put first, which includes persons served, staff, and our supporters.

McCallister has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Work from University of Missouri – St. Louis and received her MBA from Fontbonne University in 1997. Being a believer in remaining a constant learner, she was a member of the 2018-2019 Leadership St. Louis class. To further make an impact on the field, she also serves as the Finance/Audit Committee Chair for the Missouri Behavioral Health Council as well as Treasurer for the Behavioral Health Network.

It’s so rewarding to work for an organization that I truly believe in and that has such an impact on improving people’s lives.