Kara Teeple holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Loyola University. She brings over 20 years of experience in the field. She started as a residential treatment specialist and later was a case worker in foster care. She spent 16 years working for the Department of Children and Family Services holding various senior level roles overseeing Statewide Foster Care, Placement Services, and Performance Based Contracting. She joined Lawrence Hall Youth Services in 2013 as the COO and later was named interim CEO in July 2014 and permanent CEO in January 2015.

Kara has a passion for prevention and has led Lawrence Hall in moving from a primary child welfare-focused agency to a true community-based organization. Kara sits on the Board of the Illinois Collaboration on Youth and various state-level workgroups on system reform efforts.