Meet Wheeling Cast Member Lara


Lara Lawson is a social developer, a writer and storyteller, a connector of people, and an advocate for social justice. A lifelong native of Milton, West Virginia, she is currently the Director of Development for Recovery Point West Virginia. Lara also serves on the Interim Board of Call to Action for Racial Equality and is a co-founder of HOPE in Appalachia. She has a BA and MA in Sociology from Marshall University where she is a John Marshall Scholar and recipient of the Ambrose Award for Outstanding Sociology Student. She has spent her professional career working in public service and nonprofits with the goal of improving her home state.

Lara strives to spread a message of hope, champion recovery, and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health conditions. She wholeheartedly believes bipolar disorder is her superpower. She has dealt with plenty of troubles due to episodes of mania, but she has also found new strength and knowledge through each one. Opening about her disorder and her recovery, she regularly finds that others are more than ready to talk about their own struggles with mental health.

She is married to Zak Lawson and mother of the vivacious and precocious Zeta Lawson, who always keeps her on her toes. She remains grounded thanks to the endless love and support of her mother, Judy Stephens, and brother, Jared Stephens.

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