Laird served as interim administrator after the retirement of Jerry Echols in December 2013. She started with BHC in 2001 as director of business development and was then named operations manager.
Laird has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Texas at Tyler. She has previously worked at Austin State Hospital and several other psychiatric facilities.
A native of Kilgore, Laird is a member of the Smith County Mental Health Task Force, the Behavioral Health Council and the American College of Healthcare Professionals. She served on the state advisory committee on inpatient mental health for the department of state health services.