Lori is also a Board Member for the National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR), an organization dedicated to supporting persons in recovery from substance use disorders by improving their access to quality recovery residences through standards, education, research and advocacy. Through these combined roles, Lori initiated and continues to foster the development and operation of Ohio Recovery Housing as an affiliate of NARR.
Lori has over 20 years of operations and leadership experience with gender-specific addictions and trauma treatment, the development and operation of supportive housing for women and families with substance use disorders, and program and community planning to support healthy and stable families. Her current focus is on policy related to recovery housing, opiate addiction, and integrated physical and behavioral healthcare.
Ms. Criss holds a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University College of Social Work.
She founded the SAMHSA Workgroup on Women, Sober Housing and Treatment and graduated from SAMHSA’s 2010-2011 Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute. Lori served on the Policy Committee of Ohio’s Interagency Council on Homelessness & Affordable Housing and the Steering Committee for the Columbus/Franklin County Continuum of Care.
Lori resides in the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Upper Arlington with her husband Scott and their two daughters.