Laura grew up just outside of Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Ohio University in Athens with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2000. Her love of the outdoors, hiking, and the environment was sparked working at an overnight camp in New Hampshire after college and eventually she left the indoor classroom for the outdoor one. She has taught outdoor education and environmental science since 2004 in various locations in southern California and for NatureBridge, a non- profit in Yosemite National Park.
Her love of travelling and adventure, as well as a desire to learn about other cultures and countries led her to teach English in Japan, outdoor education in China and to backpack in Thailand, New Zealand, Australia and Spain. Currently she works for Outward Bound California, instructing and facilitating backpacking and rock climbing trips in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains and the desert of Joshua Tree California.
Laura first visited Kenya in January 2015 to be a part of the Naretoi mountain expedition and was captivated by the experience. She has returned to Kenya every winter since for various lengths of time, to be a part of the mountain expedition two more times, travel on other treks, and to support the girls education and beading projects.