Laura Wheless

Development Director, Institutional Giving

Laura, our Development Director for Institutional Giving, joined the Hope and Healing Center & Institute full-time in January 2016 after working part-time since May 2015 as Fund Development Specialist.  Laura is a native Houstonian and graduate of the University of Texas.  Prior to devoting her time to fundraising, Laura spent 18 years in marketing communications where she developed new business, managed projects and accounts, and created branding and communications strategies for corporations and non-profit organizations.  She also founded Hannah’s Fresh Baked Goodness, a company named for her daughter that used an old family recipe to produce custom iced decorated sugar cookies for special events.  Laura became a grant writer in 2013.  Laura has served on the board of the International Association of Business Communicators and is an active community volunteer.  She enjoys books, golf, and travel with her family.