Laura grew up in Broadway, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley and graduated from Bridgewater College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences and Certifications in Family and Consumer Sciences grades 7-12 and Early Childhood and Elementary Education grades PreK-Middle School. She later earned a teaching certificate in Special Education. Upon graduation, Laura began her teaching career in the Montgomery County, Maryland Public School system and lived in both Montgomery County and Frederick County during that time. She taught second grade from 2006-2008 at Takoma Park Elementary school in Takoma Park, MD and then moved to Sherwood High School in Olney, MD to teach Child and Adolescent Development and Food Trends and Technology in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department from 2008-2012. During this time, she was also the school’s Student Service Learning Coordinator and school liaison for the MCPS On the Move Wellness Program. She was also involved with her church and volunteered with the Helping Kids Eat Backpack Weekend Food Program through Women Who Care Ministries in Gaithersburg, MD. Laura moved to Garrett County in November, 2012 and began the Garrett Mentors Program Director position in April, 2013. Outside of her work with Garrett Mentors, Laura is also a licensed agent for Railey Realty, serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland State Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce as Secretary, serves on the Community Trust Foundation Garrett County Advisory Committee, is Secretary of her Community Association. She assists with a local food pantry, attends and volunteers at Crossroads Church and is involved with other various local organizations. Laura is also a founding director, social media coordinator and assists with various roles for All Of God’s Children, an organization supporting a children’s home in Sucre, Bolivia where she enjoys visiting and volunteering. Laura and her husband, Jared, have been married since 2006 and live in Garrett County with their two Yorkshire Terriers.