Laurie Krom, MS is a Programme Director in the Collaborative to Advance Health Services at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Nursing and Health Studies. Ms Krom is a leader in grant development and implementation, having received multiple, multi-million dollar federal awards. Under funding from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), she is the Principal Investigator of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (TTC) Network Coordinating Office, the Co-Director of the Prevention TTC Network Coordinating Office, and the ATTC Co-Director of the Opioid Response Network. Ms Krom also has funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and, through March 2019, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to build capacity in HIV prevention both in the United States and abroad. Ms Krom’s expertise is in building and strengthening inter-organisational networks to deepen the impact of public health collaborations. She is a lifelong learner in transformative education, facilitative leadership and technology transfer, and a recognized leader in the substance use disorder treatment field. She serves on numerous boards and expert panels for SAMHSA, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the US State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the United National Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and other organizations.