Meridian appoints Laurie Michaelson, MAdv., VP of Marketing, Communications & AdvancementMeridian is proud to announce the appointment of the organization’s new Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Advancement, Laurie Michaelson, in April. Prior to the appointment, Michaelson served as Meridian’s Director of Marketing Communications since 2014. In her new role, Michaelson will oversee marketing, communication strategies and fundraising objectives to advance our mission: To promote the health, recovery, and well-being of those affected by mental illness and substance use disorders through prevention, coordinated treatment, and supportive services.. Michaelson joined Meridian after working as an account planner for a local advertising agency. With more than 10 years of experience in marketing, research, communication and business development, Michaelson has acquired a wealth of knowledge and skills ideal for leading Meridian’s marketing, communications and advancement team. Michaelson earned a Bachelor’s of Arts at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and received a Master’s in Advertising from the University of Florida, where she serves as an adjunct lecturer at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Her background in photojournalism and passion for travel have taken her all over the world chronicling the stories of people from Germany, Peru, South Sudan and Tanzania.