Lauria Baker Executive Director
Lauria Ann Baker has accepted the position of Excutive Director of Greene County Community Fund. Born in Poplar Bluff, MO, and was raised in Neelyville Mo. Was involved with community/social clubs and athletics at Neelyville High school where she graduated in 1986. Shortly after graduation she relocated to Paragould, AR to attend Crowley’s Ridge College. During college she served on the student government and varies different organizations associated with life at CRC and graduated with an AA degree in ’88.
That following fall she attended ASU Jonesboro, AR to earn a BA of Social Work in 1991. While at ASU Lauria was an active member of the Social work club and the Churches of Christ Student Center and a Licensed Social Worker with the AR State Board of Social work. Her degree opened up doors for working with groups of all ages, ethnicities, social/work classes, and faiths. Well-versed in many areas is what inspires Lauria for this job ahead. The love of Greene County is seen in her daily life as she and her husband have raised their family here in Paragould. All members are heavily involved in varies non for profit organizations and causes on a daily basis.
Lauria is married to Perry Baker (a native of Corning, AR) for 30 years. Perry has worked with Childrens Homes Inc. for 17 years and has held the title of Maintenance Supervisor for 12 years. They have three Children, all who attended and graduated high school from GCT. Curtis M. Baker of Texarkana who is Director of operations of CMB Solutions. Zachary C. Baker of Conway, earning a Masters in Buisness Entrepreneurship with a minor in Music Composition from UCA in 2020 and Abigayle R. Baker of Paragould, attending ASU while pursuing a doctorate in Dentistry. Lauria and Perry also have many children that they have raised as their own while houseparents at CHI for 11 years. There are currently 15 extended family members that make up the Baker family! Staying involved and being a constant family structure in their adult lives is a blessing for the Baker family as a whole.
Active members at Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro for the past 33 years, is where Lauria was able to develop her love for mission work. Involved in local and foreign missions to provide humanitarian efforts to those in need. Greatest fulfillments have been conducting educational class and providing funds to the orphanages of Romania for over 10 years. Lauria believes in making our community better for our families, friends, neighbors and natural resources. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greene County Fine Arts Council where she assists in bringing citizens of North East Arkansas, opportunities to experience first hand the pleasures and benefits of performing arts right here in Paragould.
Lauria is kicking off this fund drive excited about the opportunity to serve the citizens of Green County for years to come. Starting by rallying community awareness and about the need for support to our charitable causes. Her main purpose is to assist the residents of Greene county to imagine the impact they can have by pooling their charitable dollars with other people who care about the community where they live. Understanding that large non-profit organizational giving is good but knowing that the monies raised by the GCCF stay right here to support our family, friends, neighbors and natural resources is priceless!