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 soon after. She is passionate about the mission of Garrett Mentors and its role in the community and loves living and working in the area. Aside from Garrett Mentors she previously served on the Board of Directors for the Maryland State Chamber of Commerce, served on Judge Ray Strubin’s campaign committee, serves on the Board of Directors for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce previously as secretary and currently as the chair for the Workforce Development Task Force and serves on the Community Trust Foundation Garrett County Advisory Committee, the GCPS Career and Technical Education Local Advisory Council, is Secretary of her Community Association and holds a real estate license. She has volunteered with her church and many local organizations over the years in the area as well as helping organizing sponsors and funds with an orphanage in South America where she has also enjoyed visiting and volunteering. Laura and her husband Jared love to be with their their three Yorkshire Terriers and enjoy traveling and spending time with their friends and family.