Lara Naughton, MPW, is Director of Compassion NOLA. With more than twenty years teaching and facilitation experience, she has worked with students K-12 as well as adults, and has led workshops with individuals who have faced challenging circumstances, including homelessness, HIV/AIDS, wrongful conviction, incarceration, and torture. As a writer and documentarian, she often incorporates personal narrative exercises into her classes, and assists individuals who wish to tell their own stories. She is Chair of Creative Writing at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and a certified Compassion Cultivation Trainer through the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine. She wrote and directed a one-man documentary stage play, Never Fight a Shark in Water, about the wrongful conviction of Gregory Bright, which is being performed by Bright himself on stages across the country. Her book, The Jaguar Man, was published by Central Recovery Press in July 2016.