Vanessa Lawson is a versatile, high energy, caring human being who enjoys collaborating, facilitating and educating. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Mount Saint Mary College through a New York State opportunity program and went on to graduate school to receive a Masters of Science degree in Forensic Psychology. She has a unique skill set developed through her experiences as a college athlete and coach, residential case worker, paraprofessional, federal correctional officer, higher education academic counselor, and program director. Through her professional journey, she has developed a high sense of commitment to help build and give back to her home community, Kingston, NY. She is beginning to foster her passion for social justice and education through giving young people opportunities to grow within the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ulster County and through her involvement in the LGBTQ Community for Racial Justice organization.