Laurie Nelson was selected as the Saratoga County Citizens Committee for Mental Health 2016 Citizen of the Year for her 30-plus year career serving people living with mental illness.
Nelson was honored on May 4 at the Mental Health Matters benefit at Longfellows Restaurant.
Nelson was formerly the deputy director for Transitional Services Association, where she worked for many years and in several capacities. She began her career working for the state Office of Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities, which is now the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
After joining Transitional Services Association, she worked in the community residences and served as a program supervisor for Hammond House.