Our Founders

Catherine Smith | Community Relations Manager

Catherine graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Education and has experiencing teaching both elementary and high school students. In 2012, she decided to pursue full time ministry and currently works for The Grove Church in NC as an event coordinator. Catherine is also passionate about helping women connect with their true purpose and discover their value. As the Community Relations Director, Catherine manages our outreach projects, events, and relationships with other organizations that support women.

Lauren D’Alessandro | Editor-in-Chief & Web Manager

As the founder of The You Are Project’s print magazine and blog, Lauren is passionate about developing publications that inspire creativity and action. In addition to receiving her B.S. in Entrepreneurship from Rowan University in 2010, she is a self-taught programmer and graphics designer. Lauren is the Editor-in-Chief of You Are REAL and the creator and manager of our website and online marketing initiatives. Her dream is to continue using writing and publications as tools for communicating God’s love to the world. Keep up with her latest endeavors at www.laurendalessandro.com.