Chief Executive Officer
cEO of Minnesota One-Stop for Communities
Through her own experience over ten years ago, Larene began her career out of wanting the voices of parents in the child welfare system to be heard.
Larene joined the Parent Leadership Team with Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota in 2009. This team was created to bring parents voices to the table through the shared collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota.
As a result of being on the Parent Leadership Team, Larene was invited to sit on the advisory council for William Mitchell College of Law Child Protection Clinic. While on that advisory council, Larene brought the idea of parents helping parents navigate the child welfare system. With support from William Mitchell, Larene created the Parent Mentor Program.
Since 2012, the Parent Mentor Program has become a trusted ally to parents across seven-counties and growing. Her organization provides non-traditional methods of supportive services to parents in crisis. Her leadership team, known as the Parent Mentors, think outside the box creating options with boldness while de-escalating crisis as a different approach. Parent Mentors are everyday people and parents appreciate the fact that parents look like them and can relates to the trials from their life’s experiences.